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Add 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.

Add or change headers & footers

  1. 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 into the header or footer.
  5. To make the first page header or footer different from the other pages, check Different first page header/footer. You can’t add different headers or footers to every page.

To remove the header or footer space, change your margin size.

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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