Quickly remove all headers and footers in Word

Quickly remove all headers and footers in Word

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We've looked at the Document Inspector as a tool for preparing Office documents for public release. It's great for finding and deleting private and hidden details. But it can also be helpful for other tasks, such as removing headers and footers in Word documents.

If you only have one header and footer, this is a pretty easy task to delete it. Just double-click the top or bottom of the page to open the Design tab, click the Header (or Footer) button and select the Remove option. But if your document is long and complex with different headers/footers on different pages, it's a little more daunting. Unless you know this helpful trick.

In Word 2010, go to the File tab, click the large Check for Issues button, and select Inspect Document:

Inspect Document

In Word 2007, Inspect Document is under the Microsoft Office Button and the Prepare menu item.

Now uncheck all boxes EXCEPT Headers, Footers, and Watermarks. Note: This tool also remove any watermarks from your document.

Document Inspector

Click Inspect and you should see a result like this if you have headers, footers, or watermarks in your document:

Inspection results

Simply click Remove All to delete these. Note that you cannot undo the removal, so be sure to first save a version of the document with these elements intact if you wish to retain them.


  • Thank you! Great tip that saved me much time getting header/footer junk out of a scanned document that was OCR's with ABBYY Fine Reader.

  • Thank you! Great tip that saved me much time getting header/footer junk out of a scanned document.

  • Thanks a ton! Saved lot of time from removing header/footer for almost 120 pages.

  • oh no :(

    i want remove header and footer from many file :(

    But, thanks

  • Thank you so much! I've been trying to fix my header and footer wonkiness ~ very helpful.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge Suzanne!!

  • Indeed, great trick and thank you for posting it.

  • Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! a million times!

  • Thanks so much! Saved me a ton of time with a 300-page document!

  • Worked like a charm, thanks :)

  • Mine doesn't find headers and footers, though THEY'RE THERE! When I open Word, it's there by default and I can't get rid of them... it's driving me crazy, any ideas? :(

  • There is NO "Remove al" on your last step!

  • Thank You!!! save a lot of time for me today.

  • Super-Big help, this was.  Thank you.

  • So kind of your for sharing this :)

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