Add or remove headers, footers & page numbers

Add dates, titles, or names to every page in a document using headers and footers. You can do this with Google Docs, but not Google Sheets or Slides.

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Add headers & footers

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. In the top left, click Insert and then Header & page number.
  3. Choose Header or Footer.
  4. Enter text for the header or footer.

Use different headers or footers per page or section

  1. Click a header or footer. 
  2. To choose your header and footer layout, check the box: 

Use different headers or footers on odd or even pages

  1. Click a header or footer.
  2. At the right, click Options
  3. Under "Apply to," click Whole document.
  4. Click Different odd and even and then Apply.

Remove a header or footer

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click the header or footer you want to remove. 
  3. At the top, click Format and then Headers & Footers
  4. Click Remove header or Remove footer.

Change or remove header & footer margins

You can set different header or footer margins for each section of your document or the entire document.

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click in a header or footer.
  3. At the top left, click Format and then Headers & footers and then More options.
  4. Under "Apply to," chose a section or the entire document. If you don't find this option, add a section break. Learn how to add a section break.
  5. Enter your margin sizes. 
  6. Click Apply.

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

Insert automatic page numbers & total page count

You can add page numbers and the number of total pages to a document.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. In the top left, click Insert and then Header & page number.
  3. Then choose:
    • Page number: Choose where you want the page numbers to go, and whether you want the first page to be skipped.
    • Page count: The page count will be added wherever your cursor is placed in the document.

The page numbers or page count will be added automatically.

Add a footnote

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click where you want to insert a footnote.
  3. In the top left, click Insert and then Footnote.
  4. Type your footnote.

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