Removing titles from OmniOutliner printed documents

OmniOutliner is an excellent Mac OS X app for outlining and organizing just about any kind of information.

It’s intuitive, powerful, and elegant, but there’s one thing that annoyed me about it: it insisted on printing the title of each document at the top of the document.

This totally violates the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) principle, since the title, of course, does not appear on the screen while you’re building your document.

After trying in vain to find a way to undo this via the app’s preferences, and then searching in vain for support information on this, I emailed support, and (after a couple of iterations) got this answer:

If you’d like all new documents to print without headers & footers do the following:

* open the preferences
* Press Edit New Document Template
* Open Page Setup in the document that appears
* Select the OmniOutliner option from the Settings pull-down
* uncheck the headers & footers option
* Press Ok and save the template

Now all new documents will have that options disabled. Follow the same instructions for any existing documents and that option will be saved with them. Let me know if you have any more questions.


Now, I’m happy that my document titles, which are intended for my view and my use, primarily to help me find them back on my computer, etc., are not appearing on the public, printed, presented final form of my work.

But should you really have to go through that much labor to take something off that shouldn’t be there in the first place?

In any case, if anyone else searches Google in frustration after trying to rid OmniOutliner of its omnipresent titles in printed form, hopefully they’ll find this article and be able to do it!