I have to remove complete header and footer from checkout/cart page to all onwards pages in magento 1.7. All I know that I need to add <remove name="header"/> in the "checkout.xml" file but whenever I'm trying to add that same line, Either nothing reflecting on front-end or a blank page appear on front-end.

  • you say from checkut/cart page to all onwards pages, what do you mean by this as this will change what layout handles you use May 22, 2014 at 19:02

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I'll paste here an example how to remove header from front page (this is the content of my layout update (local.xml) file):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<layout version="0.1.0">
    <remove name="header" />

You can change context to whatever you want, for example should you replace cms_index_index with default, the update will apply to ALL pages.


Where did you add the code, perhaps you added on wrong XML node, add that inside <reference name="root"/> and clear the cache to see the result. If you do not want side columns as well then this might also help your cause.

    <reference name="root">
        <action method="setTemplate"><template>page/empty.phtml</template></action>
  • No, actually As per ur suggestion I have tried to add these code at the same place, but it generating an epmty white page on frontend Mar 10, 2014 at 10:27

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