Page numbers in a document are helpful if the pages of that document become separated. They also provide an easy point of reference when reviewing.
Aside from the usefulness of page numbers, they are simply a requirement for a lot of institutions like schools or corporations.
But it’s entirely possible for you to have a document with page numbers that are unnecessary for your current needs. If so, then it becomes necessary to remove the page numbers from your document.
Our guide below is going to show you how to delete page numbers from a document in Google Docs so that existing and future pages no longer include those page numbers in the header or footer.
How to Delete the Page Numbers from a Google Doc
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Safari.
Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open your document.
Step 2: Double-click in the header or footer near the existing page number.
Step 3: Delete the page number.
Note that deleting one of the page numbers in the document will delete all of the page numbers from the document. Items in the header and footer are copied over to each page of the document, so deleting something from the header or footer on one page deletes it from every page.
How to Remove Page Numbers from the First Page in Google Docs
Sometimes you will have a title page in your document that doesn’t need a page number.
But Google Docs doesn’t know that it’s a title page, and will still include a page number on that page if you have added them to your document.
Fortunately you can change a page number setting and skip the first page of a document.
Step 1: Double-click inside the header or footer on the first page.
Step 2: Check the box to the left of Different first page.
This will remove anything that is in the header or footer, including a page number. The page numbering will still exist on the rest of the pages.
If you’ve already added page numbers to the header or footer of your document, but want them in the other spot, then you can move them.
Step 1: Double-click on the existing page number.
Step 2: Delete the page number.
Step 3: Click Insert at the top of the window.
Step 4: Select Page numbers.
Step 5: Choose the desired location.
How to Change the Starting Number for Page Numbers in Google Docs
If your document is part of a larger document, then you may need to start your page numbering with something other than the number 1.
Step 1: Double-click the existing page number.
Step 2: Click Options, then click Page numbers.
Step 3: Click inside the field to the right of Start at and enter the first page number to use. Click OK when finished.
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