Delete a header or footer from a single page

For many documents, you’ll want a first page (a title page) that has no header or footer.

  1. Double-click the header or footer area (near the top or bottom of the page) to open the Header & Footer Tools.

  2. Click the check box Different First Page.
    Image showing 'different first page' checkbox under Options in the Header and Footer tools.

  3. If you have a header or footer, they’re removed automatically on the first page. You can leave this area blank or add a different header or footer for this page only.

Delete a header or footer on other pages besides the first

If there are other pages besides the first page where you want to remove a header or footer (like the first page of a new chapter), there’s another process. Start by inserting a section break.

Note:  Section breaks are different from page breaks. If you already have a page break before the page where you want to remove the header or footer, delete the page break and replace it with a section break as shown below.

  1. Click where you want to start a new page without the header or footer.

  2. Click Page Layout > Breaks > Next Page to create a break.
    Next Page section break

  3. Double-click the header or footer area (near the top or bottom of the page) to open the Header & Footer Tools.

  4. Click Link to Previous to turn off the link between the sections.
    Link to Previous

  5. Then click the Header or Footer button and choose Remove Header or Remove Footer near the bottom of the menu. (You’ll need to repeat steps 3-5 if you want to delete both the header and the footer.)

  6. To return to the body of your document, click Close Header and Footer.
    Header and Footer Tools

Tip:  You can also close header and footer tools by double-clicking in the body of your document.

The header and/or footer is removed from the first page after the section break.

To remove all headers or footers after the section break, double click in the header or footer area on the page where you want to remove the header or footer and then repeat steps 4-6 above. If the section has different odd and even pages, you may need to repeat this.

If you’d like to add headers or footers back later in the document, insert another section break and then add a header or footer to the new section.

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