The basic premise in Microsoft Word is that you will click into the header of the paper, go to the Header & Footer Tools menu, and then click "Different First Page." Once you have set your paper to have a different first page header in Microsoft Word, follow these directions to set up the header on the first page of the paper: The header on the second and subsequent pages will look like this: The page header should now be correctly formatted for APA Style on all pages of your paper.
You can also see examples of the running head format in our APA Style sample papers.
APA has a number of rules that your instructor may want you to follow.
The following information came from the 6th edition of the APA Manual.
The running head identifies the pages for the reader in case they get separated, and if you submit your paper for publication, it does this while preserving your anonymity during the review process (that is why the running head is a short title and not your name).
In published articles the running head also identifies the article for the reader at a glance.
See the page number that follows each style rule for more information.
Atomic Learning - Many short tutorials on all aspects of APA from how to create a title page to compiling your references.
Otherwise, you can shorten your paper title however you want.
Here is an example: Formatting Instructions The running head appears in the header of every page along with the page number.