How To Have Different Headers In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to have different headers in Google Docs.

How To Have Different Headers In Google Docs

Having different headers on different pages of your document can be useful for many reasons. For example, it can make a document more organized and easier to read. For example, you can have different headers for different sections of your document. Sometimes, you may also want to remove headers from specific parts of your document, such as your title page.

In Google Docs, there are a few simple ways to achieve this. You can set a different header for each page, as well as different headers for different sections.

In this guide, we will show you how to have different headers in Google Docs. We’ll explain how to set different headers for odd and even pages, how to skip the first-page header, and how to set headers for different parts of your document.

How to Use Different Headers in One Document in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to use different headers in one document in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open the document you want to add headers to.

Step 2

In the Insert menu, click on Headers & footers > Headers.

Step 3

Google Docs will place your cursor in a new header section on the top of each page. You can type your preferred header and format it as you wish.

Step 4

If you want to have a different header in the first page, click the Different first page option.

You should now be able to format a different header for the first page and the remaining page. This feature is useful if you want to remove the header from the first page.

Step 5

We can also have different headers for our odd and even pages. To achieve this, select your header and click the Options dropdown. Select the header format option.

In the Headers & footers pop-up, check the Different odd & even option and click Apply.

After setting this option, you should now be able to add different headers for your odd and even pages.

Step 6

Step 7

Ensure that the Link to previous option is left unchecked so you’ll be able to create a new header for the newly added section.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to have different headers in Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!