How to Create a Sidehead in your Word Document

Microsoft WordSidehead? What in the heck is a sidehead?? A lot of folks scratch their heads when I mention this topic as they have never heard the term before. Well sideheads are document headings that are in the margin of your document rather than in the body of your document. Something new, to shake things up a bit eh?

You can use sideheads as a different image for the information you are writing about. I know it may sound a bit complicated for some, but this is really a very simple and useful operation. You create sideheads in Word using text boxes.

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  1. Make sure you are in Print Layout view.
  2. Display the page where you would like to have your sidehead.
  3. Make sure that you have a wide enough margin to accommodate your sidehead.
  4. Make sure the Insert tab of your Ribbon is displayed.
  5. In the Text group, click the drop-down arrow next to Text box to display many different choices to chose from.
  6. You can also click on Draw a Text Box at the bottom of that list to add a text box to contain your sidehead text.

sidehead in Word

  1. Make sure your text box is completely between the edge of your document and the your text margin.
  2. Your sidehead has now been created and you can key in your text.
  3. You can design your text box in any manner you like.


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