How to remove Header from First Page in Word

How to remove Header from First Page in Word: Sometimes we need the header and footer to start from the second page instead of the first page in Microsoft Word. But when we delete the header of the first page, it will be removed from all pages automatically.

To make the header be deleted only from the first page, we have to remove the link from the pages. This can only happen through a section break in MS Word.

In this article, you will find how to start a header and footer from the second page or how to remove the header and footer from the first page.

To change the header or footer of a document in a Microsoft Word document, you must first add a section break. Follow these instructions step by step.

How to Remove Header From First Page

Headers and footers are easy to implement as long as the same text appears on each page of your document. Beyond the basics, this feature often confuses users.

The key to working successfully with headers and footers is this: headers and footers belong to sections, not the individual document or pages, and a document can have a unique header or footer for each section.

Changing a document’s header or footer is as simple as adding a new section, almost. In truth, changing a document’s header is a three-step process:

  • Insert a page break.
  • Break the link between the previous section and the new section.
  • Change the header/footer.

Step one

When you need a different header or footer, the first step is to enter a section break as follows:

  • Click the Page Layout tab. In the Page Setup group, choose the appropriate break option from the Breaks dropdown.
  • In Word 2016, choose Break from the Insert menu. Choose a break from the resulting dialog and click OK.
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Page Break in MS Word

Where to place the section break can cause some confusion. In general, you will insert a section break on the next page at the bottom of the page that is just before the page where you want the new header or footer to begin.

For example, if you want the new header to start on page 4, insert the next page section break at the bottom of page 3 (see the following figure).

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Section Break in MS Word

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Step two

After adding a section break, you need to break the link between the previous section and the newly added section, as follows:

  • Previous option in the Navigation group.
  • In Word 2016, choose Header and Footer from the View menu to open the header in edit mode. Then, click the Link to Previous button in the Header and Footer toolbar to break the link.
  • Breaking the link does not remove an existing header or footer from the new section.

I increased the header’s font size so you can compare it to the header in the next figure (below). Also, notice that the Link to Previous option is dimmed.

Step three

  • It’s important to note that the existing header is still part of the new section. Breaking the link to the previous section won’t change anything-it just allows you to make changes.
  • At this point, you’re ready to change the header. Simply change the text, field, or object as you normally would.

Worth Noting

When working with section breaks, use the Show/Hide option (on the Home tab in the Paragraph group) to display them. Accommodating section breaks is much easier if you can see them.

In addition, if you delete a section break, you’ll lose the changes you made to that section’s header/footer.

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