Microsoft Word: how to increase the distance between header and main text

Let’s say that you have this great header over your document, and is so close to the main text, you wish there was some more space in between.

There is no obvious way to do it, not even if you resort to the ruler, which you shouldn’t any way, since you might have different settings for each of your document’s sections.

Here is how you increase — or decrease — the empty space between your header and the main text. Open the Page Setup dialogue (from the Page Layout menu) and go to the third tab (Layout). There you see the Header settings, referring to the distance of your header from the edge of the paper. Please note: your header will keep this distance whatever the size of your margin might be.

For example, if you set your header 2 cm away from the edge, and your margin as tall as 1 cm, then 1cm of body text will appear over your header!

Therefore, to increase the distance between header and body, first decide where your header should be, then increase your margin until it passes your header and more.

In the previous example, if I wanted the main text to have a 5 cm distance from the header, I should add 5 cm to the 2 cm of the header, setting my margin to 7cm.

To decrease the distance just make smaller the size of the margin getting it closer to the size of your header, but not identical, because then you will not have any empty space at all separating your header from the main text.

Enjoy!

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