If you want to delete the headers or footers defined in your document, follow these steps:
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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JD 07 Jan 2017, 07:24
Anyone know how to remove the actual header and footer COMPLETELY? This just removes the text. I am baffled. (Word Starter)
J 15 Dec 2016, 21:36
I could not delete the header/footer either, but instead retyping the all document I opened a new document (ctrl+N) and just page by page highlighted just the body! of the page and copy and paste to the new document. There eas no header or footer.
Lyn 24 Jun 2016, 13:49
Thank-you. Just saved my McBook Air from a tour out the window into the flower bed. Treat yourself to an ice cream.
Espen 24 May 2016, 04:00
Only removes content. As the tip in the Word help files.
Does not help me remove/delete the header.
Grace 17 May 2016, 11:42
Thank you!! It did the job!!!
GeordieLad 03 Dec 2015, 11:50
For Billie Jones:
Maybe it doesn't work for your version (possibly a later one) - but whatever happened to good manners. Please and Thank You still exist in my vocabulary!
Your closing comment would have been better as "Could you please make your instructions clearer?"
Billie Jones 02 Dec 2015, 18:20
This doesn't work for my version, and make your instructions more clearer
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.