Customizable headers and footers, page numbers in Google Docs

Released February 24, 2015   Share with your organization

What’s new: People using Google Docs can now use different headers and footers on the first pages of their documents, which comes in handy for:

  • Following academic formatting guidelines (e.g. MLA, CMS, APA)

  • Starting page numbering on the second page

  • Making a title page without headers or footers

How it works: After inserting a header or footer in your document you’ll see a new checkbox―just tick it and you’ll be able to set a different header and footer on the first page.


There’s also a new Insert > Page Number menu that lets you customize how and where you start your page numbers―like on the bottom of the second page, for example.

Check out the Help Center for more information: Headers/Footers | Page Numbers.