How to Remove Headings in Google Docs

How to Remove Headings in Google Docs How to Remove Headings in Google Docs

Headings help organize the content in your Google Docs by breaking up sections and highlighting important points. However, you may want to remove a heading if you decide to restructure your document or no longer need a particular section. Removing headings in Google Docs is easy – here is a step-by-step guide.

Accessing the Header and Footer Menu

To remove a header or footer, you first need to access the header and footer menu. Here’s how:

  1. Double click in the header or footer area to activate it
  2. Click on the Insert tab at the top
  3. Select Header & footer from the options

This will open up the header and footer customization menu on the right.

Removing the Header

Once the header and footer menu is open, removing the header is simple:

  1. Click on Remove header at the bottom of the menu
  2. The header will disappear from all pages

And that’s it! The header is now removed from your Google Doc.

Tip: If you want to delete the contents of the header but keep the header section, simply highlight the text and press delete rather than removing the entire header.

Removing the Footer

Removing the footer works the same way as the header:

  1. Double click in the footer area
  2. Click on Remove footer in the menu

The footer will now be removed from all pages in your document.

Adjusting Margins

After removing headers and footers, you may notice extra space at the top or bottom of pages. To get rid of this:

  1. Go to File > Page setup
  2. Under Margins, set the Top and Bottom margins to 0.5 inches (or your preferred margin size)
  3. Click OK

The text will now take up the available space on the page.

Pro Tip: For an even cleaner look, try switching to pageless view under File > Page setup. This will remove page breaks and extra spacing, allowing you to scroll continuously through your document.

Adding Headers and Footers Back In

If you change your mind and want to add headers or footers back in later, simply:

  1. Double click in the header or footer area
  2. Click on Insert and select your desired header or footer layout
  3. Customize the text and formatting as needed

It’s easy to toggle headers and footers on and off.

Troubleshooting Issues

If you are having issues removing headers and footers, try the following:

  • Make sure you are double clicking in the correct area – double click the very top of the page to activate the header and very bottom to activate the footer
  • Check what view mode you are in – headers and footers can only be accessed in Editing view
  • Headers and footers are attached to sections – make sure you remove them from all sections
  • As a last resort, try copying all the text to a new blank document


Here are the key points for removing headers and footers in Google Docs:

  • Activate the header or footer, then select Remove header or Remove footer
  • Adjust top and bottom margins if extra space appears
  • Add headers and footers back anytime
  • Troubleshoot issues by checking view mode, sections, or starting fresh

Hope this helps you easily remove headers and footers from Google Docs! Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions.

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