How Can I Remove the Header Area in Google Docs?

The header section of your document is a useful place to put important information like your last name or page number. Many schools and corporations have strict formatting requirements for documents, which typically involve putting some information in those locations.

But if you are creating a document that doesn’t need any information in the header, and you would prefer to eliminate the white space at the top of your document, then it’s possible to remove the header in Google Docs. Our tutorial below will show you how to do this by reducing the size of the top margin to 0.

How to Get Rid of the Google Docs Header

The steps in this guide were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Note that you can set the size of the Google Docs header to 0, but there will still be a small amount of white space at the top of the page. The same goes for other margins as well, such as the left, right, or bottom.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive account and open the document where you want to remove the header.

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

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Step 2: Choose Page Setup at the bottom of this menu.

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Step 3: Click inside the Top field under Margins, then delete the current top margin value and set it to 0. Click the OK button when you’re done.

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Note that if you have information in the header currently, such as your name or a page number, then the header will still display that information. If you delete it the header will reduce to reflect the 0 margin size.

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