Changing Header and Footer Commands in Notepad

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When you use Notepad in Microsoft Windows, you can remove and/or change headers and footers. The default header and footer settings in Notepad are as follows:
Headers: &f
Footers: Page &p
These commands give you the title of the document on the top of the page and a page number at the bottom.


All header and footer setting must be entered manually each time you want to print a document. These settings cannot be saved.

To change headers and footers, choose Page Setup from the File menu and enter the desired command(s) in the Header and Footer text boxes. The following is a short list of header and footer commands:
   Command   Action
   -------   --------------------------------------

   &l        Left-align the characters that follow
   &c        Center the characters that follow
   &r        Right-align the characters that follow
   &d        Print the current date
   &t        Print the current time
   &f        Print the name of the document
   &p        Print the page number
If you leave the Header or Footer text box empty, no header or footer will print. You can also insert words into the Header and Footer text box and they will print in their appropriate position. Letters after the "&" sign do not have to be capitalized.

In Notepad, your header is centered, regardless of the formatting codes you use, if the formatting code is not the first item in the Header text box. For example, to align a title to the left side of the page, use &lTitle text.


"Microsoft Windows User's Guide," page 386
"Microsoft Excel User's Guide," page 535


Article ID: 78790 - Last Review: September 24, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

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