I'd like a footer that has not only page number, but also the chapter title (heading 1) depending on what chapter the page is in.

How do I add the chapter info to the footer?


The best way to automatically do this is through Fields. Assuming the format of your chapters or headings are styles, you need only to add a reference to styles.

In Word 2010, while editing the Header & Footer go to Header & Footer ToolsDesignQuick PartsField....

In Word 2013 it's in Insert → *Quick Parts → FieldStyleRef (thanks to @techbrunch)

Location of Field in the Ribbon UI

Now in the Field dialog box, choose StyleRef from the Field name list and your desired heading from the Style name list.

Heading name in header

You can similarly add page numbers by choosing Page in the Field name list.

Additional Notes

Using fields, the data is automatically updated, and you don't need to repeat anything per different pages or sections. In pre-ribbon Word versions (2003 and earlier) simply go to InsertField when editing the header/footer.

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    With Word 2013 : Insert > Quick Parts > Field > StyleRef
    – null
    May 29 '13 at 8:11
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    What if I my Heading 1 is a numbered list and I want to display the number with the title as well? This solution displays only the title, not the number. Dec 14 '14 at 10:23
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    I found these instructions incomplete. Insert > Field, select "StyleRef", and in the field code below it will say "STYLEREF". Add in quotation marks the name of the style, for example: STYLEREF "Heading 1". You can pick these graphically on the Options button, under the "Styles" tab. Apr 9 '15 at 18:19
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    This works even if the document is not divided up into sections (via Insert Break). Very easy and quick. Dec 25 '16 at 2:53
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    @Vadorequest Insert a second Heading1 StyleRef. Use the first for "Chapter 1" and the second for "Your Chapter Name". You can achieve this by right-clicking the first StyleRef and selecting "Edit Field". Go to field options and check "Insert paragraph # in full context". Feb 22 '17 at 1:28