If you want to add page numbers to a document in Google docs, you’re in the right place, because in this article, that’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do.
First, I’ll cover the basics of simply adding the page numbers to your document, and then, I’ll show you how you can customize the page numbers and get them looking exactly the way you want. So without further ado, let’s get into it.
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How To Insert Page Numbers In Google Docs
To insert page numbers in Google Docs, the first thing you’ll need to do is click on “Insert” in the menu across the top of the screen.
And then, in the menu that appears, hover your mouse over “Page numbers”.
And now you will be presented with four different options.
The first option allows you to add page numbers at the top of the page on every page, the second option allows you to add page numbers to the top of every page starting with the second page (leaving space for a title page), the third option allows you to add page numbers to the bottom of every page, and the fourth and final option allows you to add page numbers to the bottom of every page starting with page two (leaving space for a title page).
It’s really up to you which of these four options you choose, whether the numbers are at the top or the bottom of the page really comes down to personal preference, but you’ll need to decide whether to start with the first or the second page based on weather or not you have a title page.
But for the purpose of this demonstration, I’m just going to click on the first option to have the numbers at the top with no title page.
And that’s really all you have to do! Now you will have page numbers on your Google Doc!
So you could just call it a day and leave it like this, but if you want the page numbers to look a bit better, or you need to tweak the formatting in any way, let’s take a look at how you can do that.
How To Style The Page Numbers In Google Docs
If you want to make any tweaks to the look of the page numbers in your Google Doc, fortunately, that is quite easy to do. And better yet, you’ll only have to do it to one of the numbers, and the formatting will apply to all of them.
All you need to do is double click on the first number to begin editing the header.
And now, you can highlight the number and make any format changes you want to it just as though you’re styling any other text in the document.
You could make it bold, change the font, make it larger, change the color, and much more! The possibilities are endless!
You could also change the positioning of it if you want. By default, the page number will be aligned to the right, but if you want to have your page numbers in the center or to the left, all you have to do is highlight the number and click on the alignment you want in the menu…
And then the number will be aligned where you want it.
And, if you want, you can also add additional text before or after the number, so if you want it to say something like Page 1 or # 1 instead of just 1, all you would have to do is click before the number to add the cursor, and then type whatever you want.
And now you’ll have your extra text added in there!
Then, once you’re finished with all the customizations, just click somewhere in the regular text to stop editing the header, and you will now be able to properly see your numbered document.
And, if you scroll down to the next page, you’ll see that all the customizations have been applied there as well.
And that’s all there is to it. Now you know how to insert page numbers in a Google Doc, and how to style and customize the numbers however you want.