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Heading vs. Header: Know the Difference

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A heading is a title or label of a section in a document, while a header is a section at the top of a document or page containing information like the title, page number, or author's name.
Heading vs. Header

Key Differences

Headings are titles or subtitles used within the main text of a document to signify the start of a new section or topic. Headers, however, are part of a document's layout, appearing at the top of each page with consistent information.
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The purpose of a heading is to provide a clear, concise title for a specific section or subsection of content. A header's function is to offer repeated information on every page, such as a document title or chapter name.
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Headings are integral to the organization of the content, helping readers navigate the document. Headers are more about the format and structure, giving a professional appearance and aiding in document identification.
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A heading is often formatted distinctly, with different sizes and styles to indicate hierarchy. A header is typically uniform across all pages, maintaining a consistent format for ease of reference.
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In digital documents, headings can be used for navigation, like in a table of contents. Headers, while less interactive, provide a quick reference to the document's title or other key information.
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Comparison Chart

Location in Document

Within the main text as titles or subtitles
At the top of each page
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Function

Signify the start of new sections/topics
Display consistent information on each page
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Role in Document

Organizational and navigational
Formatting and identification
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Formatting

Varies to show hierarchy and importance
Uniform across the document
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Interaction

Often used in digital navigation
Typically non-interactive
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Heading and Header Definitions

Heading

The title that denotes a subsection within a larger text.
Under the main heading, there were several smaller headings.
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Header

The top margin of a page in a document used for titles or important info.
The document's header made it easy to locate the current chapter.
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Heading

A heading is a title at the beginning of a section or paragraph.
The document had a heading for each chapter.
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Header

One that fits a head on an object.
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Heading

A label used to indicate the subject or topic of content.
Each major topic was introduced with a bold heading.
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Header

One that removes a head from an object, especially a machine that reaps the heads of grain and passes them into a wagon or receptacle.
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Heading

Part of a document's text used for organizational purposes.
The report used different headings for various sections.
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Header

A pipe that serves as a central connection for two or more smaller pipes.
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Heading

A navigational element in documents, particularly digital ones.
Clicking on the heading in the table of contents took me to the right section.
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Header

A floor or roof beam placed between two long beams that supports the ends of the tailpieces.
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Heading

The title, subtitle, or topic that stands at the top or beginning, as of a paragraph, letter, or chapter.
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Header

A brick or stone laid at a right angle to the face of a wall so that only its short end is showing. Also called bonder.
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Heading

The course or direction in which a ship or aircraft is pointing or moving.
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(Informal) A headlong dive or fall.
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Heading

A gallery or drift in a mine.
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(Sports) A pass or shot made in soccer by heading the ball.
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Heading

The end of a gallery or drift.
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Header

Textual information, such as a title, date, or page number, positioned in the top margin of a page and usually repeated throughout a document.
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Heading

Present participle of head
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Header

A raised tank or hopper that maintains a constant pressure or supply to a system, especially the small tank that supplies water to a central heating system.
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Heading

The title or topic of a document, article, chapter, or of a section thereof.
Put the information under the "Advantages" heading
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Header

The upper portion of a page (or other) layout.
If you reduce the header of this document, the body will fit onto a single page.
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Heading

(nautical) The direction into which a seagoing or airborne vessel's bow is pointing (apparent heading) and/or the direction into which it is actually moving relative to the ground (true heading)
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Header

Text, or other visual information, used to mark off a quantity of text, often titling or summarizing it.
Your header is too long; "Local Cannibals" will suffice.
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Heading

Material for the heads of casks, barrels, etc.
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Header

Text, or other visual information, that goes at the top of a column of information in a table.
That column should have the header "payment status".
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Heading

(mining) A gallery, drift, or adit in a mine; also, the end of a drift or gallery; the vein above a drift.
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Header

(informal) A font, text style, or typesetting used for any of the above.
Parts of speech belong in a level-three header. Level-two headers are reserved for the name of the language.
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Heading

(sewing) The extension of a line ruffling above the line of stitch.
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Header

(computing) The first part of a file or record that describes its contents.
The header includes an index, an identifier, and a pointer to the next entry.
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Heading

(masonry) The end of a stone or brick which is presented outward.
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Header

(programming) header file
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Heading

(flags) A strip of material at the hoist end of a flag, used for attaching the flag to its halyard.
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Header

(networking) the first part of a packet or stream, often containing its address and descriptors.
The encapsulation layer adds an eight-byte header and a two-byte trailer to each packet.
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Heading

The act or state of one who, or that which, heads; formation of a head.
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Header

(masonry) A brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall or within the brickwork with the short side showing.
This wall has four header courses.
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Heading

That which stands at the head; title; as, the heading of a paper.
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Header

A horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening.
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Heading

Material for the heads of casks, barrels, etc.
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Header

A machine that separates and gathers the heads of grain etc.
They fed the bale into the header.
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Heading

A gallery, drift, or adit in a mine; the vein above a drift.
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Header

(soccer) The act of hitting the ball with the head.
His header for the goal followed a perfect corner kick.
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Heading

The extension of a line ruffling above the line of stitch.
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Header

(soccer) Someone who heads the ball.
Diving header
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Heading

That end of a stone or brick which is presented outward.
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A headlong fall, jump or dive.
The clown tripped over the other clown and took a header.
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Heading

A line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about;
The heading seemed to have little to do with the text
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Header

A raised tank that supplies water at constant pressure, especially to a central heating and hot water system.
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Heading

The direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
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Header

A pipe which connects several smaller pipes.
Common practice is to use plastic pipes with iron headers.
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Heading

A horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine;
They dug a drift parallel with the vein
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Header

The rodeo performer who drives the steer toward the heeler to be tied.
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One who puts a head on something.
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To strike (a ball) with one's head.
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One who, or that which, heads nails, rivets, etc., esp. a machine for heading.
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One who heads a movement, a party, or a mob; head; chief; leader.
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A brick or stone laid with its shorter face or head in the surface of the wall.
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Header

A reaper for wheat, that cuts off the heads only.
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Header

A fall or plunge head first, as while riding a bicycle, or a skateboard, or in bathing; - sometimes, implying the striking of the head on the ground; as, to take a header.
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Header

A line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about;
The heading seemed to have little to do with the text
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Header

Horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window
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Header

Brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
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Header

A framing member crossing and supporting the ends of joists, studs, or rafters so as to transfer their weight to parallel joists, studs, or rafters
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Header

A machine that cuts the heads off grain and moves them into a wagon
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(soccer) the act of hitting the ball with your head
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Header

A headlong jump (or fall);
He took a header into the shrubbery
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Header

A header is the top section of a document page with specific information.
The header of each page included the book's title.
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Header

A repeating element at the top of pages in a document.
The header contained the chapter number and the page number.
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Header

Part of a document's format, appearing consistently on all pages.
She customized the header to include her name and the date.
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Header

A section in digital documents containing metadata or navigation links.
The website's header had links to the home page and contact information.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is a heading?

A heading is a title or subtitle within the text, marking the start of a section.
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Where do you find a header?

Headers are found at the top of each page in a document.
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Why are headings important?

Headings help organize content and guide the reader through a document.
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What is a header?

A header is the top section of a document page with repeated information.
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Are headers the same on every page?

Yes, headers are typically consistent across all pages of a document.
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What information is in a header?

Headers often contain the document's title, page numbers, or author's name.
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Where is a heading located?

Headings are located at the beginning of sections or paragraphs in the main text.
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Can headings vary in size?

Yes, headings often vary in size to indicate different levels of importance.
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Can headings be used in tables of contents?

Yes, headings are often used to create a table of contents.
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Do headers change from section to section?

Headers usually remain the same throughout the document for consistency.
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What's the main purpose of a heading?

The main purpose of a heading is to label sections and indicate topics.
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Are headers interactive in digital formats?

Headers in digital formats are usually non-interactive, but may contain navigation links.
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How do headings help in digital documents?

Headings can be used for navigation, like in a digital table of contents.
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What's the primary role of a header?

The primary role of a header is to provide consistent, important information on each page.
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How do headings aid in document organization?

Headings break down the text into manageable sections, making it easier to read and navigate.
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Is a header necessary on every page?

While common, it's not necessary to have a header on every page.
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What type of information is not suitable for headers?

Detailed or section-specific information is not suitable for headers.
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Can headings and headers be formatted differently?

Yes, headings and headers often have different formatting styles.
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Are headings part of the document's body?

Yes, headings are considered part of the document's main text body.
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Can headers include graphics or logos?

Yes, headers can include graphics or logos for branding or visual appeal.
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