An unwanted header in a document can be a problem.
Whether you simply don’t want to display information at the top of every page, or what is being shown in that location is incorrect, being able to remove header content can be very useful.
The how to get rid of header in Google Docs steps below will walk you through deleting a document header to remove it from each page of the document.
How to Delete a Header in Google Docs
- Open the document.
- Click inside the document header.
- Delete the unwanted information from the header.
Our how to get rid of header in Google Docs guide continues below with additional information, including pictures of these steps.
Do you have a document that you received from someone else, or are you re-purposing an existing document for something new?
If so, then it is possible that there is information in the header that is no longer relevant or that needs to be updated.
Fortunately, deleting header information in Google Docs is similar to how you would delete any other information in the body of the document.
The headers on each page of the document will then be updated to display the new header layout (or no header layout at all) once you have made your edits.
You can even use this method to delete page numbers from your document as well.
Related Topic: This how to do hanging indent on Google Docs guide will show you some extra formatting options that can help with your document layout.
How to Delete Information in the Header in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, using the browser version of Google Docs. These steps assume that you have a Docs file containing information in the header that you would like to edit or delete.
Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and open the Docs file containing the header that you want to delete.
Step 2: Click inside the header section of the document at the top of the page.
Note that if you are using a different header for the first page of the document and only want to delete that header, then you will need to click inside the header on the first page of the document to do so.
Step 3: Delete any information that you don’t want in the header.
You can return to the document body by clicking anywhere in the body section of the document.
Now that you have completed the how to get rid of header in Google Docs process, you can take more control over all of the information that displays in every part of your document.
If you have finished removing header content and want to make the document’s header section smaller, then you can use the guides in the vertical ruler at the left side of the window. Simply click on them and drag them up to make the header smaller.
If you don’t see the vertical ruler, then you can click the View tab at the top of the window, then choose the Show Ruler option.
Do you want to add page numbers to your header now that you have deleted all of the unwanted information? This article discusses page numbering in Google Docs.
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