Change a document’s page setup: pages or pageless

On each document, you can change your page setup and choose one of the following formats:

  • Pages: Set up your Google Doc with pages and page breaks. In this setting, you can add elements like headers and footers, page numbers, and more. You can also adjust page settings, like page orientation and margin size.
  • Pageless: Set up your Google Doc so that it continuously scrolls without page breaks. In this setting, images will adjust to your screen size, and you can create wide tables and view them by scrolling left and right. Line breaks for text will also adjust to your screen size, and as you zoom in and out.

To change whether a document has pages or is pageless:

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Go to File and then Page setup.
  3. At the top of the dialog window, select Pages or Pageless.
  4. Click OK to confirm.


  • You can click Set as default to apply these settings to any new documents you create.
  • To switch formats at any time, at the top, click Format and select Switch to Pageless format or Switch to Pages format.

Important: If your document has certain elements, such as headers and footers, or watermarks, and you switch it to pageless, you won’t be able to see those elements. If you switch the document back to pages, you’ll see those elements again.

Also, on a document that’s in pageless format, you won’t be able to add certain features, such as columns, page numbers, headers and footers, and more. To use those features, make sure your document is in pages format.

Change text width for pageless docs

When you view a pageless document, you can select a text width of narrow, medium, or wide. You'll see the same text width on all pageless docs that you view. Your text width choice won't affect how collaborators see your docs.

To change your pageless text width:

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
    1. Make sure your document is in pageless format.
  2. Go to View and then Text Width.
  3. Select an option.

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