Use headers, footers, page numbers, & footnotes

You can use footnotes to add references in your Google Doc. In documents that are in pages format, you can add page numbers, and you can also include headers and footers to add content to every page in the document.

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.

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.


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. Double-click the header or footer you want to remove. 
  3. On the right, click Options and then 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," choose a section or the entire document.
  5. Enter your margin sizes. 
  6. Click Apply.

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

Add page numbers & total page count

You can add page numbers to the whole document, to specific sections of your document, or starting from a specific page.

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 Google Doc.
  2. In the top left, click Insert and then Page number.
  3. Then, click either:
    • Page number: Choose where you want the page numbers to go.
    • Page count: The page count is added wherever your cursor is placed in the document. 
    • More options: You can apply page numbers to specific pages or sections, or change their alignment. 

The page numbers or page count will be added automatically.

Start page numbering on a specific page or section
  1. Open a Google Doc.
  2. In the top left, click Insert and then Page number and then More options.
  3. Under "Apply to," choose where you want to apply the page number change.
  4. Click Apply.

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.

Tip: If your document is in pageless format, footnotes will all appear together at the end of your document.

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