How to Quickly Delete Header Rows from Google Docs Tables

Headers in tables provide important context for the data in each column. However, sometimes you may want to remove the header row from a table in your Google Docs document. Here are some quick and easy ways to delete header rows.

Why Would You Want to Delete Header Rows?

There are a few reasons why you may want to remove header rows from a table:

  • The headers are no longer needed or relevant
  • You want to consolidate data from multiple tables, and the headers are inconsistent
  • You are copying data into another document and don’t need the headers
  • The headers take up too much space or look cluttered

Delete Header Rows in the Desktop App

Deleting header rows in the Google Docs desktop app only takes a few clicks:

Delete a Single Header Row

  1. Click anywhere in the table
  2. Right-click on the header row you want to delete
  3. Select Delete row

The header row will be removed, and the data rows will move up.

Delete All Header Rows

To delete all header rows at once:

  1. Click anywhere in the table
  2. Right-click on the table
  3. Choose Delete table
  4. Insert a new table without headers

This removes the entire table including headers. You can then insert a new table and format it without header rows.

Removing Headers in the Mobile App

Deleting header rows in the Google Docs mobile app is also simple:

  1. Tap to select the header row
  2. Tap Cut in the toolbar
  3. Tap a cell to deselect the header row

The header will be removed. Repeat for any other header rows.

Tips for Managing Header Rows

  • Double check that the table data makes sense without headers before deleting them
  • Consider using table names or captions instead of header rows
  • Format the first data row to stand out if you remove the header
  • Add borders or shading to help distinguish data rows


Deleting unnecessary header rows helps simplify tables and focus on the important data. With just a few clicks, you can remove header rows in Google Docs on both desktop and mobile. Taking a minute to tidy up tables goes a long way in improving the readability and professionalism of your documents.