MS Word: how to increase distance between header and main text

You have this great header in your document, but 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 do any way.

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), where you see 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 may be. For example,

The same way you can increase or decrease the distance between footer and body text.

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