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A Guide to Adding and Formatting Page Numbers in Google Docs

April 3, 2019

Whether you’re writing a term paper or just want to remain organized, page numbers are a valuable tool for maintaining order in your work.

If you tend to work on the go, then Google Docs or Google Sheets are essential to understand! Users can create and edit documents, anywhere and at any time. If you are familiar with Microsoft Word, the two systems work similarly to one another – both providing the option to add page numbers to document.

In this particular article, I’ll be covering how to add page numbers in Google Docs.

How to add page numbers in Google Docs

While Google does not automatically add page numbers, here is some good news: there are only a few simple steps to insert page numbers into a Google Doc.

For those of you wanting a shortcut, I’ve provided one below:

More of a visual learner? Follow this step-by-step guide with screenshots:

1. Go to the toolbar and click on “Insert”

The first step is simple. You'll notice that at the top of your screen is a toolbar placed horizontally. Move your cursor over to “Insert” and click so that a drop-down menu appears.


2. Find “header & page number” and click on “page number”

Once you click on “Insert” you’ll see a drop-down menu appear with a list of items that are possible to insert. You will want to find “header & page number” and hover your cursor over the button until another pop-up menu appears. From there, click on "page number."

page number

3. Choose which style of page number fits your document

Not only does Google allow users to insert page numbers, but it also provides options for design as well. Users can choose to place page numbers at either the top or bottom of the page or can choose to start enumerating on the second page. 

page number options

4. Formatting and styling the page numbers

Congrats – once you’ve chosen a style option, you’ve successfully inserted a page number into your Google Doc! From here, there are various formatting alternatives that you may want to take advantage of.


Google Docs automatically places page numbers in the top or bottom right-hand corner, but you’re able to adjust that by clicking on the “Left Align” or “Center Align” button. You can find these in the horizontal toolbar at the top of the screen.


Starting on a different page

In some cases – such as having a title page – it’s not appropriate for the first page to be numbered. By clicking on the box next to “different first page,” you are able to leave numbering off the first page and instead start it on the second.

different first page

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Implementing style

So, now that you have learned how to format page numbers on Google Doc, there are various style options you can implement as well. Page numbers should match the overall form of the document. By utilizing the toolbar at the top of the page, the font type, size, and color can all be manually adjusted to fit your needs. If you're looking to add more pages, without changing the content consider double spacing your Google doc

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