The APA 6th edition running head format requires a different running head on the title page to all the other pages.
Can you see the difference in the running head (i.e. the header) of pages one and two in Figure 1?
The header on page one has the words "Running head:" before the shortened title whereas page two does not.
A document written in APA 6th edition style has the header as shown on page one, and the header shown on page two, on the remaining pages.
The APA 6th edition running head can be easily created in Word as follows (see Figure 2):
Your title page has now been created using the APA 6th edition running head format.
To create the running head on page two and subsequent pages:
Your document should have:
NOTE: You do not have to add the Title page running head as soon as you create page one as shown above.
To add the title page running head anytime:
The words "Running head:" are an instruction to a person, known as a typesetter, that the following text was to be the running head on each page.
This was important in the past when academic papers were printed on paper, for example, in bound theses and journals.
Now, most academic papers are published online. Software, such as Microsoft Word, will enable running heads to appear in the header automatically.
So, the words "Running head:" have been removed in the latest version of APA, that is the 7th edition.
However, if you are still using the 6th edition, you must insert those words in the running head of the title page.
In today's academic writing, inserting the words "Running head:" is something of an anachronism, that is, important in the past but not now because of advances in technology.
Once you get onto the 7th edition of APA, you will not have to do it.
Reference - APA 6th edition running head (opens in new window).