How to Add a Header in Google Docs

The header section of a document is a good place to put important information, such as the author’s name, the title of the document, or a page number.

If you are familiar with Microsoft Word, then you are likely accustomed to adding information to the header in a particular way. Therefore you may be having difficulty adding to the header in Google Docs.

Fortunately Google Docs does allow you to edit the header, and you have many of the same options that are available in other word processing applications. Our tutorial below will walk you through inserting information into the header so that it appears at the top of of every page in your document.

How to Put Information in the Header in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the Web browser version of Google Docs, specifically Google Chrome. We will be putting information in the header section of our document with this tutorial.

Step 1: Go to Google Drive at and open the Google Docs file to which you would like to add a header.

Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

open the google docs insert menu

Step 3: Click the Header option near the bottom of this menu.

click header on the insert menu

Step 4: Uncheck the box to the left of Different first page header/footer if you want the same header on every page of your document. Leave it checked if you want to have a different header on the first page. You can then enter the content that you would like to appear in your header.

how to add a header in google docs

Once you are finished you can return to the document body by clicking anywhere inside of it. If a page number is visible in the header and you don’t want it there, you can delete it in the same way that you would delete any other text.

Now that you know how to add a header in Google Docs, you can use this area to display useful information that you want to add to every page.

Another piece of information that is commonly added to a document header is a page number. Learn how to add page numbers in Google Docs if the guidelines for your document require them.

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