How to use fields to create a conditional header or footer in a Word document

If you run into a conditional header or footer request that you can’t handle, take a look at Word fields. They’re not magic, but it kind of feels like magic when they do what you want.

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If someone asked you to add a conditional header or footer to a document in Microsoft Word, would you panic? Some users might because the interface offers no such option. You can use the Different Odd & Even Pages option, but that’s not the same thing. 

A conditional header or footer will display, or not, depending on whether an expression returns TRUE or FALSE. In this article, I’ll show you three ways to use fields to generate a conditional header or footer, although the examples will all be in the footer. 

SEE: 83 Excel tips every user should master (TechRepublic)

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