You can modify the layout of your document by utilizing the header and footer sections and inserting page breaks. Headers and footers usually contain additional information like page number, date, document name, and footnotes. Page breaks and horizontal lines create separation in the text and can increase readability.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to insert and edit headers, footers, and footnotes, and you'll also learn how to insert page breaks and horizontal lines.
Watch the video below for a detailed look at headers, footers, page numbers, and more.
The header is a section of the document that appears in the top margin, while the footer is a section of the document that appears in the bottom margin. Text entered in the header or footer will appear on each page of the document.
After you close the header or footer, it will still be visible, but it will be locked. To edit it again, just click anywhere on the header or footer, and it will become unlocked.
To format text in headers and footers, you can use many of the same formatting options that are available to format text in the body of your document. You can align the text, modify the font style and size, and add bolding, italics, and underlining. Visit our lesson on Formatting Text and Adding Hyperlinks to learn more about the formatting options available in Google Docs.
Google Docs can automatically label each page with a page number and place it in a header or footer. If you want to display the word Page as part of the page number, you will need to type Page at the desired location in the header.
Google Docs can also automatically display the page count—or how many pages your document has—in the header or footer. If you want to add the page count next to the page number, you will need to type the word "of" after the page number.
Page breaks allow you to have more control over the layout of your document. You might use a page break if you're writing a paper that has a title page or a bibliography to ensure it starts on a new page.
To remove a page break, place the insertion point below the break and press the Backspace key on your keyboard. You may need to press the key several times to delete the break.
A footnote provides additional information on the text it refers to. It could include information for how to learn more about the topic, or it could include a citation (a reference to published work) for a quote used in the text. Footnotes are commonly used in research reports and academic writing. For more information about adding footnotes, visit our lesson on Adding Citations.
Horizontal lines separate text into sections. The addition of a few thoughtfully placed horizontal lines can make your document more visually appealing and easier to read.
To remove a horizontal line, double-click the line to select it, then press the Backspace or Delete key on your keyboard.