How to Make the Header Smaller in Word 2013

When you need to remove some of the white space from a document in Word 2013, two of the most common areas to look are the header and the footer. Fortunately you can adjust some settings for both of these locations that will allow you to minimize the amount of space that they use.

Our guide below will show you two different settings that you can modify which will make the header section of your document smaller.


Making the Header Smaller in a Word 2013 Document

The steps in this article will adjust the size of the header for the document that you are currently editing in Word 2013. It will not change the default settings for the Normal template, so other documents that you create in Word 2013 will not be affected by this change.

Here is how to make a smaller header in Word 2013 –

  1. Open the document in Word 2013.
  2. Double-click inside the header. This will open a Header & Footer Tools Design tab at the top of the window.
  3. Click inside the Header from Top field in the Position section of the ribbon, then change the value to something smaller. Note that reducing this value to something lower than 0.2″ may cause part or all of the header to be cut from the document when printing.


These steps are also shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.


Step 2: Double-click inside the Header area of the document to make it the active section. This is also going to open a new Header & Footer Tools Design tab at the top of the window.

click the design tab



Step 3: Click inside the Header from Top field and change the value to a smaller number. Note that you may not be able to see the complete header when printing if you set the value to something lower than 0.2″.

make the header smaller



You can also adjust the size of the Header section by changing the top margin. Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window, then click the small Page Setup button at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup section of the ribbon.

open page setup menu



Click inside the Top field in the Margins section and enter a lower number. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.

make the top margin smaller



Note that you may encounter issues where your printer is unable to print a document if the top margin value is too small.


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