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Steps to Number Pages on Google Docs

Google Docs, as a modern word processor, checks all the boxes for the usability requirements. Not only is it available on all major platforms, but it also allows you to do everything from creating and editing documents to adding images, text, charts, and graphs in various formats, as well as more advanced features like syncing your files across all of your devices, sharing them with someone you know, and collaboratively working on documents.

If you’re new to Google Docs, you’ll find that it doesn’t automatically generate page numbers for new papers. Instead, you’ll have to do it all by yourself. But don’t be concerned.

The process of adding page numbers on Google Docs is pretty simple and in this post, we’ll explain to you different ways you can add page numbers to your documents on Google Docs.

Add on all pages

If you need to navigate a book, you may want to add page numbers to all of the pages so you can keep track of which one you’re on without having to count through each one.

On PC

Open a Google Docs folder on your computer on add page numbers to all pages. Go to Insert > Page number now that the file is open.

Now choose between the first and third options. The first option adds page numbers to the top (header) of each page, while the second option adds page numbers to all pages at the bottom (footer). Google Docs distinguishes these two choices by placing numbers 1 & 2 at the top or bottom of the icon, depending on where you choose to add page numbers.

a page numbers will now be added to the top or bottom corner of all the pages, depending on how you added them.

On Phone

Open the Google Docs app on your phone and open the document you want on edit to add page numbers to all files.

To begin editing the document, tap the Edit icon in the bottom right corner of the screen once it has been opened.

Now, at the end, press the ‘+’ button.

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and pick the ‘Page number’ option from the popup menu.

Pick one of the two choices with icons with numbers 1 & 2 at the top or bottom of the next pop-up screen.

  • First icon: This option adds page numbers at the top (header) of every page.
  • Third icon: This option adds page numbers to all pages at the bottom (footer).

You should now be able to page numbers at your selected location on all pages.

Add on all pages after the cover page

You may also use the Insert feature in Google Docs to apply page numbers to all of the pages in your document while leaving the first or cover page unnumbered.

On PC

Open the document in Google Docs and go to Insert > Page number to add numbers to all pages after the cover page..

When you hover your mouse over the Page number option, a menu with various page number options will appear. From here, select the second or fourth choice, indicated by a number 1 at the top or bottom of the screen. Select the first option to add page numbers as headers, or the second option to add them as footers on either page.

Except for the first page of the book, all of your pages will now be numbered. The page numbering will begin after the cover page.

On Phone

Launch the Google Docs app on your phone and open the document you want to edit to number all pages after the cover page.

Once the document is open, tap the Edit icon at the bottom right corner of the screen to start modifying it.

Now, tap on the ‘+’ icon at the top.

When a popup menu appears in the bottom portion of the screen, scroll down and select the ‘Page number’ option.

On the next pop-up screen, select either of the options that have icons with the numbers 1 marked at the top or bottom.

  • Second icon: This option adds page numbers as headers for all pages after the first page.
  • Fourth icon: This option adds page numbers as footers after the first page.

You should now be able to page numbers at your selected location on all pages after the first page.

Hide page number on the first page

If you want the page numbering series to begin on the cover or first page but not see the page number, first add page numbers to all of the pages in the first section of this post and then follow the steps below. Instead of a page number, you can give the cover page a name by following the steps below.

On PC

Go to the first page and double-click on the header or footer section until you’ve attached page numbers to all of the pages in your folder.

Make sure the ‘Different first page’ box is checked.

Now, select the page number and press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard.

If you want to first page to be known as the cover page or title page, you can replace the number with a word you want to add here like ‘Title’ or ‘Cover page’.

To save the changes, click anywhere else on the folder. You’ll note that the top of the cover page no longer has page numbers.

On Phone

After you’ve finished adding page numbers to your text, tap on the first page’s header or footer, depending on where you added the page numbers.

When the page number portion is highlighted, using the Backspace key on your phone’s keyboard to hide the page number on the cover page.

If you wish to replace the number with a word, you can do so by typing your preferred work like ‘Title’ or ‘Cover page’ in the place of the page number.

To save the changes, tap on any other part of the folder. There are no page numbers at the top or bottom of the first page any longer.

Align page numbers to left, right, or center

When you set page numbers in Google Docs, they are automatically placed on the right-hand side. However, if you prefer, you can switch it to the middle or left hand.

On PC

Double-click anywhere in the region where the page number is to pick it and reposition it. Now, from the toolbar just above the text, choose the Left or Centre alignment button.

If the alignment tools aren’t visible there, click on the 3-dots icon from this toolbar and then select your preferred alignment.

Make sure the ‘Different first tab’ box is unchecked if you’re realigning the page numbers by choosing the first page. This ensures that if you add a setting like alignment to the first page, it will be applied to all subsequent pages as well.

If you don’t uncheck the box labeled “Different first page” and then realign the first page, all subsequent pages will be aligned with the old format.

If the first page does not have a page number, scroll to the second page and adjust the alignment there to extend the setting to all pages in the text.

For all pages, the page number will now be moved to its new position.

On Phone

Inside Google Docs, you can match page numbers by first selecting any of the page numbers. When you click it, the alignment options should appear in the toolbar at the bottom. From the toolbar, choose the alignment button.

From here, select either the Left alignment or Centre alignment icon from the options that appear.

When you do that, the position of the page numbers will move to your selected side.

Delete page numbers

If you decide against using page numbers for your document, you can delete them easily.

On PC

To remove page numbers from a text, open it and double-click on any page’s page number. Click the ‘Delete’ or ‘Backspace’ key on your keyboard once the page number has been highlighted.

This will remove the page numbering entry from the entire document and not just the page you were in.

On Phone

You can remove a page number from a Google Docs document by selecting a page number from any page and then pressing the delete key on your screen.

Add page counts inside a document

You may add a page count anywhere within the document to see the total number of pages without having to scroll to the last page.

On PC

Before adding a page count to a text, place the cursor where you want the page count to appear.

Now, go to Insert > Header & page number > Page count from the toolbar at the top.

When you do so, the total number of pages will appear at your selected location inside the document.

On Phone

On Android and iOS, unlike on PC, there is no way to add a page count to Google Docs.

That concludes our discussion of numbering pages in Google Docs.

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