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 organise your document.

Add headers and footers

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. At the top left, click Insert and then Header and 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, tick 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 on 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 and 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 and 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 page numbers and total page count

You can add page numbers and the number of total pages to an entire document or a document section.

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 Google Docs.
  2. At 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.

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. At the top left, click Insert and then Footnote.
  4. Type your 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.

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