How to add Header in Google Docs

In this tutorial, I will be sharing step by step instructions for adding a header in a google document.

What is a header?

The header is a section at the top of the document, which contains essential information like date, name of the author, filename, etc. The text entered in the header will appear on every page of the Google Docs. 

How to Create a Header in Google Docs?

There are two ways to add header to a google doc.

  1. Using the ToolBar
  2. Using Keyboard Shortcut

Lets look at both the techniques.

1. Adding header using the Toolbar

Step 1:

Go to Insert ->Headers&Footer->Headers.

A drop-down option will be available after clicking the Insert button. Now hover the mouse over the Header and page number alternative.

Step 2:

You will see a new header section created on the document. Here you can type anything and they will appear on every page header.

In the Header section that has appeared in the Google Docs, you can type whatever lines you want to. 

Step 3:

You can also format the header text by going to the blue colored Options Menu button.

You can alter the style, font, and color of the text in the header. You can also change the margin or space of the header. 

If you click Options->Header Format, dialog box popup will open on the screen from where you can customize the size of the margins of the header.

2. Add Header using Keyboard Shortcut

If you are a keyboard person, then google has a nifty keyboard shortcut to easily insert header.

Here are the steps:

  • Press the key Ctrl+Alt
  • Then press O
  • Then press H
  • All this while making sure to keep Ctrl+Alt pressed

This will insert the header section in your doc.

Tips to Format the Header

Google offers various options to customize and format the header.

You can:

  • Have a different header on First Page
  • Have different headers on Odd and Even Pages
  • Easily customize the margins of the header.


Adding headers in a gogole doc is quite easy.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in comments.

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