Google Docs: Formatting Page Breaks

Usually, typing in your outputs requires you to print them as well. With that, you must know how your document will look per page. Unfortunately, in Google Docs, it doesn’t automatically show you where each page ends, especially if you’re using your mobile phone. Nonetheless, say no more, because you’ll be able to solve this problem with Google Docs’ “Page break” function.


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Inserting and removing page breaks can be done using either your personal computers or mobile devices. To successfully achieve this format, simply follow the steps below.

Inserting Page Breaks Using Your Personal Computer

1. Navigate to the Google Docs website.

To begin, open your web browser and navigate to the Google Docs website. Make sure to have your account signed in before you follow the next steps.

2. Open the document that you want to edit.

After making sure that your account is logged in, scroll through your previously created documents. Select and open the document that you wish to insert a page break with. 

3. Place the text cursor on where you wish to insert the page break.

Locate where you desire to add the page break on your document. Upon deciding where to insert it, place your text cursor (the blinking line that is visible on your screen) there. Note that you have to be certain of the place where you put your text cursor because the page break will be inserted on that exact spot. 

4. Click “Insert” from the menu bar. 

After making sure that you’ve placed your text cursor on the right spot, locate the “Insert” menu from the menu bar. You can find this on the upper corner of your screen, where you’ll see several menus such as File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Tools, Add-ons, and Help. From there, click on the “Insert” menu. A drop-down list will then appear.

5. Navigate your cursor down to “Break” on the drop-down list.

From the drop-down list that appeared, locate “Break” and hover your cursor on it. Upon doing this, a second drop-down list will become visible. 

6. Select “Page break” from the list.

As the second drop-down list appears, find and click on “Page break” to format your document. Note that doing this will instantly add a page break to your document, so make sure to check if you’ve properly done it. 

Inserting a Page Break Using Your Mobile Device

1. Open your Google Docs app.

To start, find your Google Docs application on your device and open it. Again, make sure to log into it using your account.

2. Open the document that you want to edit.

After signing into your account, browse from all your documents and select the one you want to edit. Click on it to open it. 

3. Place your cursor wherever you want to insert the page break.

To edit the document you’ve selected, you can either double-tap on anywhere or click on the pen symbol located on the bottom-right corner of your screen. After doing this, place your cursor on where you want to add a page break.

4. Click the “+” sign on the top portion of your screen.

Upon making sure that you’ve placed your cursor on the right spot, click on the “+” sign (also known as the Insert menu) from the options on the top portion of your screen. From there, a list will appear. 

5. Select “Page break” from the list.

The list that would have appeared will contain several options such as Link, Comment, Image, Table, Horizontal line, Page break, Footnote, Bookmark, and Table of contents. Click on “Page break” to add it to your document. Upon doing this, a page break will be automatically added to your document. This will look like a set of broken lines. 

Removing Page Breaks

In case you’ve mistakenly inserted page breaks, you can easily remove them by hitting the backspace on your keyboard or keypad. To simply put, deleting page breaks is relatively easier to do than inserting them since the process is the same for both PC and mobile devices. 

Key Takeaways

Inserting page breaks into your document can be relatively useful, especially if you want to see your document’s format per page. This is essential to know because it’ll help you fix your document in a way that it’ll still appear presentable when printed.