Adding pages in Google Docs allows you to insert new, blank pages anywhere in your document to better organize your content. Whether you’re writing a long research paper, creating an in-depth report, designing a book, or working on any other lengthy document, learning how to add pages gives you more control over the structure.
Follow the steps below to easily insert new pages on both desktop and mobile.
Insert a Page Break
The easiest way to add a page is to insert a page break, which tells Google Docs exactly where to end one page and begin another.
- Open your document and place your cursor where you want the new page to start. This is typically at the end of a section or paragraph.
- In the top menu, click Insert > Break > Page Break. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcuts:
- Ctrl + Enter (on Windows/Chromebook)
- Command + Enter (on Mac)
- A page break line will display in your document indicating the new page. Content below the line will now appear on page two.
- Open the Google Docs app and the document you want to edit. Tap the pencil icon in the top-right corner.
- Place your cursor where you want the new page to begin, just like on desktop.
- Tap the + icon at the top of the screen then select Page break from the insert menu.
Add a Blank New Page
If you want to add a completely blank, new page and manually start typing from there:
- Position your cursor at the beginning of the first blank line after your content ends.
- Press Enter to add a blank line.
- Keep pressing Enter until you’ve created enough space for a new page.
- At the end of your document content, tap the blank line to position your cursor.
- Tap the return key on your mobile keyboard to add a new line.
- Continue tapping the return key until you’ve reached the top of the next page.
Use Page Break Before Formatting
The “page break before” formatting option automatically adds a page break every time a selected paragraph or text appears. This helps keep headings attached to the top of pages.
- Highlight the heading or text you want at the top of every page.
- Click Format > Line and Paragraph Spacing > Add page break before.
- Tap and hold the heading or text to select it.
- Tap Format in the top menu then navigate to Paragraph > Add page break before.
Insert a Section Break Instead
A section break allows you to divide your document into sections but have them remain on the same page. The content continues immediately after the break but can have different headers, footers, margins or formatting.
To insert a continuous section break:
- Position your cursor at the end of the content section.
- Click Insert > Break > Section break (continuous).
Add Pages Through Outline View
Outline view displays just the headings in your document, making it easy to add new pages between sections.
- In the top-right corner, switch to Outline view.
- Find the heading you want your new page to follow. Hover to the right of it and click + Page break.
The page break will now be visible in both outline and print view.
Set Default Page Breaks
You can save time by setting Google Docs to automatically add a page break in specific places of every new document:
- Click File > Page setup.
- Under “Section breaks” choose where you want page breaks inserted by default, like after the title or abstract.
- Click Apply to new documents.
Adjust Page Break Location
Accidentally add a page break in the wrong spot? Quickly move it to the correct location.
- Click and drag the page break line to the new location.
- Release the mouse button when positioned correctly.
- Tap and hold the page break line, then drag it above or below paragraphs to the new location.
- Lift your finger when positioned correctly.
Learning how to properly add, move, and format page breaks gives you greater design control when working in Google Docs. Follow the instructions above to quickly insert new pages on both desktop and mobile.