In Word 2007, How Do You Set the Footer With the File Path?

By Gareth Downes-Powell

When creating a Microsoft Word document that is going to be shared with others, it can be helpful to put the document's file path in the footer. This shows the exact location of the document along with the filename, to allow others to find the document quickly in the future. To save you having to manually type in the document's file path, Microsoft Word has a time-saving feature that automatically inserts the document's file path for you.

Step 1

Click "Footer" from the "Insert" tab, and then select "Edit Footer" from the menu that appears. This allows you to edit the document's footer.

Step 2

Place the cursor at the location where the file path should be inserted. From the "Design" tab, click "Quick Parts" and select "Field..." from the menu.

Step 3

Select "FileName" from the "Fields" list on the "Field" dialog box. You can select how the file path should be formatted from the "Format" menu options, found in the middle of the dialog box.

Step 4

Click the "Add path to filename" check box to the right of the dialog box. This inserts the whole path to the file, rather than just the file name.

Step 5

Click "OK" to close the dialog box and insert the file path. You can then format it as required.

Tips & Warnings

  • The file path can give information about the structure of your computer system. Only insert the file path in documents which will be read by people you trust.