Google has a built in and simple way to record page numbers for multipage documents. Navigate to “Insert” and then select “Page Number” and choose whether you would like the numbers to show at the bottom or the top of the page.

This video will walk you through the simple steps to add page numbers to your Google Docs.

Click here to watch this video on YouTube.


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4 thoughts on “Add Page Numbers to a Google Doc

  1. Paul Welte Reply

    After turning on page numbering, how do you prevent a page number from being displayed on a cover page (usually first page)?

    Also, how do you get page numbering to start at number 1 for the first page after the cover page?

    Finally, how do you change page numbering styles?

    Our students need to have a un-numbered cover page, followed by a table of contents that is numbered with i, ii, iii… and then their report that starts at page 1 and counts up.

    • The Gooru Post authorReply


      These have been feature requests of Google for years and are still not an option.

  2. Derek Kaufman Reply

    To extend on this, I also like to put “of” after the page number and then go to Insert > Page Count. This way, especially for longer documents, end users now how many pages they may be printing or reading through. It also helps discourage unnecessary printing or allows users to select which pages to print.

    • The Gooru Post authorReply


      Great question! You would want to go to insert and select page count and then after that insert page number like in the video and type “of” between the two numbers. The “of” should populate to all pages. Let me know if that works for you 🙂

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