LinkToPrevious Property

True if the specified header or footer is linked to the corresponding header or footer in the previous section. When a header or footer is linked, its contents are the same as in the previous header or footer. Read/write Boolean.


expression Required. An expression that returns a HeaderFooter object.


Because the LinkToPrevious property is set to True by default, you can add headers, footers, and page numbers to your entire document by working with the headers, footers, and page numbers in the first section. For instance, the following example adds page numbers to the header on all pages in all sections of the active document.

ActiveDocument.Sections(1) _

The LinkToPrevious property applies to each header or footer individually. For example, the LinkToPrevious property could be set to True for the even-numbered-page header but False for the even-numbered-page footer.


The first part of this example creates a new document with two sections. The second part creates unique headers for even-numbered and odd-numbered pages in sections one and two in the new document.

With Selection
    For j = 1 to 4
    Next j
End With
With ActiveDocument
    .Paragraphs(5).Range.InsertBreak Type:=wdSectionBreakNextPage
    .PageSetup.OddAndEvenPagesHeaderFooter = True
End With
With ActiveDocument.Sections(2)
    With .Headers(wdHeaderFooterPrimary)
        .LinkToPrevious = False
        .Range.InsertBefore "Section 2 Odd Header"
    End With
    With .Headers(wdHeaderFooterEvenPages)
        .LinkToPrevious = False
        .Range.InsertBefore "Section 2 Even Header"
    End With
End With
With ActiveDocument.Sections(1)
    .Headers(wdHeaderFooterPrimary) _
        .Range.InsertBefore "Section 1 Odd Header"
    .Headers(wdHeaderFooterEvenPages) _
        .Range.InsertBefore "Section 1 Even Header"
End With

Applies to | HeaderFooter Object

See Also | HeaderFooter Object | RestartNumberingAtSection Property