How to Add Page Numbers in Google Docs

Michael Michael (175)

You have some basic options in terms of page numbers in Google Docs, but adding them is actually pretty easy.

In this guide, I'll walk you through the steps to insert page numbers to your Google Doc and even show you some of the options available for your page numbering.

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insert page numbers in Google Docs

To insert page numbers in your Google Doc:

  • Go to Insert.
  • Select Page numbers.
  • Choose which type of page number you want for your Google Doc.

The page number will be added to an existing footer or header—or Google Docs will create a new one for the page number.

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Once you've inserted the page numbers, you can edit the placement and format of the page number.

To access the page number editor in Google Docs:

  • Click on Options on the footer (or header) where your page number is located.
  • Select Page numbers.

Page number editing options

You can:

  • Edit the placement of the page number.
  • Choose whether to show "1" on the first page of your Google Doc.
  • Choose a different number to start.
  • Choose to continue numbers on new sections or not.

Did you know you can also add a signature to a Google Doc?!

It's both more complicated and more precise an art than you would imagine!
Michael Michael (175)
2 minutes

It's much more difficult to insert page numbers in InDesign than it is in Word.