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.
Google Docs also has a lot of tools and settings that you can take advantage of if you need to apply some certain or unusual formatting to your document. This even means that you can completely eliminate the header area from your document.
You can remove a Google Docs header by either double-clicking in the header, choosing Options, and selecting Remove header, or you can go to File > Page setup and change the Top margin to “0.”
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 Can I Remove the Header Area in Google Docs?
- Open the document.
- Select the File tab.
- Choose Page Setup.
- Change the top margin to “0” then click OK.
Our guide continues below with additional information on the Google Docs removing header process, including pictures of these steps.
Our 1 inch margins Google Docs article will provide you with additional information on margin settings in the application, as well as how to change them in the mobile app.
How to Get Rid of the Google Docs Header (Guide with Pictures)
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.
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Step 1: Sign in to 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.
Step 3: Choose Page Setup at the bottom of this menu.
Step 4: 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.
Our guide continues below with additional discussion on removing the top margin in Google Docs documents.
How to Remove or Add Content in the Header of a Google Docs Document in the Google Docs App
If you are using the mobile version of Google Docs on your Android or iOS device then you may need to know how to edit the header content there as well. You can do this with the following steps.
- Open the Google Docs app.
- Open the document.
- Tap the three dots icon at the top-right of the screen.
- Touch the Print layout toggle switch.
- Select the pencil icon at the bottom-right of the screen.
- Tap inside the header section and edit the content as needed.
If you need to remove the header section in the mobile app then you can tap the three dots at the top-right of the app and choose Page setup. There you will select the Margins option, choose Custom, then change the top margin value to 0.
More Information on How to Get Rid of Top Margin in Google Docs
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.
Effectively this means that you will have a header or top margin with a size of 0, it’s just forced to expand to include the page numbers or title or whatever you currently have in the header space.
While we have focused on how to remove header sections from a Google Docs document in this guide, you can go more than just modify Google Docs headers from the Page Setup menu.
This is a good way to change the other margins in your document if your school or organization has specific document formatting requirements that have margin specifications.
if you need to make changes to your header format, rather than choosing to remove headers entirely, then you may need to go to a different location.
For example, if you need to customize page numbering for your document, then you would do so by going to Format > page numbers. This “Page Numbers” Menu gives you options for putting the page numbers in the header or footer, a “Show on first page” box that you can check or uncheck depending on whether or not you wish to include the page number on the first page header or footer, and you can even select a number at which you would like the page numbering to begin.
If you double-click inside the header text space in the document you will see a check box for Different first page, as well as an Options dropdown menu that includes options for Header format, Page numbers, and Remove header. This is another option that you have if you want to completely remove the header from your Google Docs document.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
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