How to Reduce the Header in Word 2007


Although a header provides a handy way to use the top margin, it can also distract from the main text or take up too much space on the page. Microsoft Word 2007 provides two ways to reduce the header's size. You can move the header upward, placing it farther away from the main text, without changing the height of the main text's top line. Or, if you want to make the header smaller so that the main text has more room, you can reduce the top margin itself--this both reduces the header and expands the space available for the text.

Move the Header Up

  • Click the "Insert" tab.

  • Click the "Header" icon; on the drop-down menu, click "Edit Header."

  • Click the down arrow by the "Header from Top" field; the header will move upward, toward the page's top edge. Continue clicking the arrow until the header reaches the place you want it.

  • Click "Close Header and Footer" on the ribbon.

Change the Margins

  • Click the "Page Layout" tab.

  • Click the "Margins" button, located in the Page Setup group; then click "Custom Margins" on the drop-down menu.

  • Click the "Down" arrow by the "Top" field, under the heading "Margins," to set a new height for the header. If you set the field to 0.5, for example, then the header will take up only half an inch, instead of a whole inch.

  • Click "OK" at the bottom of the dialog box.

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