Use headers, footers, page numbers, & footnotes

In documents that are in pages format, you can add dates, titles, or names to every page in a document using headers and footers in Google Docs. You can also use page numbers and footnotes to organize your document.

Note: You can only see and edit page numbers, headers, and footers when a document is in "Print layout" mode.

Add a header or footer

Important: This feature isn’t available in documents that are in pageless format. If your document already includes headers or footers and you switch it to pageless format, you won't see the headers and footers in your document anymore. To use and see headers and footers, make sure your document is in pages format.

  1. Open a document in the Google Docs app.
  2. Tap Edit Edit.
  3. In the top right, tap More More.
  4. Turn on "Print Layout."
  5. Tap the header or footer.
  6. Type the text you want in your header or footer.

Add page numbers

Important: This feature isn’t available in documents that are in pageless format. To use this feature, make sure your document is in pages format

  1. Open a document in the Google Docs app.
  2. Tap Edit Edit.
  3. Tap Insert Insert.
  4. Tap Page Number Insert page number.
  5. Choose where you want the page numbers to go, and whether you want the first page to be skipped.

Add a footnote

Important: This feature isn’t available in documents that are in pageless format. If your document already includes footnotes and you switch it to pageless format, you will still see the citation number in the body of your document, but the footnote will be hidden. If you delete the citation number, you will also delete the footnote. To use and see footnotes, make sure your document is in pages format.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open a document in the Google Docs app.
  2. Tap Edit Edit.
  3. Tap where you want to insert a footnote.
  4. In the menu at the top, tap Insert Insert and then Footnote.
  5. Type your footnote.

Note: To remove header or footer space, change your margin size to 0. 

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