I'd like to reduce the size of the footer in the following example, because I want to get rid of the extra whitespace area under the footer.


\ihead[left head]{left head} 



\section{Section 1}

Can this be accomplished somehow?


You could use the geometry package to modify the page layout. For instance, based on your example, adding


to just after the \documentclass, the footer appears much lower. You can tweak the geometry options (either at package load or at the beginning of the document via \geometry{...}) to suit your needs. There may also be other options by setting this manually. For ease of explanation, consider reading the fancyhdr package documentation.

Footer/page layout modifications via the geometry package

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