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Deleting a Header or Footer

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Deleting a Header or Footer.

If you want to delete the headers or footers defined in your document, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point in the section that has the header you want to delete.
  2. If you are using Normal or Outline view, choose Header and Footer from the View menu. In Print Layout view, you can simply double-click on the Header or Footer you want to delete. You will see the Header and Footer dialog box, and the header area of the page.
  3. If you want to delete the footer, click on the Switch icon in the Header and Footer dialog box.
  4. Select the contents of the header or footer.
  5. Press the Del key, or press Ctrl+X.
  6. Click on Close.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (259) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Deleting a Header or Footer.

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san    12 Aug 2015, 09:15
In header some kind of text is available in my ms word wich is removed but how to add page numbers again.
sheela    05 Aug 2015, 01:33
It works thank you Dr Allen!!
Caryl    03 Aug 2015, 18:35
Nothing works. PLEASE give me Word 2003; this was SO easy. I'm going to have to retype the entire document and it's 13 pages long.
David S.    09 Jun 2015, 22:50
Rather than delete the header, just decrease the header height to zero. This reclaims your header space to use for text etc.

The following applies to word 2010. To adjust the height of your header, first make sure your ruler is displayed. Now click into header and use vertical ruler on your left to drag the header height to whatever suits you. You can actually decrease it to zero if you wish. By clicking and dragging where the white section of the ruler meets the grey section of the ruler you can adjust your header height.
Florian    22 May 2015, 18:34
Useless tip, removes only text
Basse    09 Apr 2015, 17:42
This is not working. Sure, you can remove whats written in footer, but you cannot delete the empty space.
Pizza dave    23 Mar 2015, 10:29
my friend knew how to do this anyway!
awyatt    26 Jan 2015, 07:43
Aleistar: You delete headers and footers in Word by deleting their content. There is no other way.

Aleistar    26 Jan 2015, 07:36
You are not explaining how to remove header and footer, but only it's content. This tip is useless!!
Martyn    23 Jan 2015, 10:25
I do not want ANY headers or footers, they seem to be generated for no apparent reason...
Hello    27 Oct 2014, 07:01
Thank you for this information.

Question: How do I delete all Headers at once?

Michael Kraus    26 Oct 2014, 21:31
This still leaves the stupid header and footer there with an empty return.
This "tip" is worse than useless.
ali    20 Sep 2014, 03:44
Ilove you word
Richard Humphries    24 Jun 2013, 05:01
If your header or footer is linked to the previous section, you will find that it will be deleted there as well, which may not be what you intended.
I find that I have to check that the header/footer is not linked to the previous section both in this section AND THE NEXT SECTION to make that the deletion (or even any changes you may want to make) is not propagated further than desired.

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