How To Add Line Numbers In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add line numbers in Google Docs.

How To Add Line Numbers In Google Docs

When you are writing a document, adding line numbers can be a great way to keep track of your progress. Line numbers can also be helpful when you want to reference certain parts of your document.

While there is no built-in feature in Google Docs to add line numbers to your document, there are workarounds you can use. For example, we can use the numbered list feature to enumerate each line starting from 1. We can also create a table where one of the columns is used to hold our line numbers.

In this guide, we will show you how to add line numbers in Google Docs. We’ll show you how to add line numbers using the numbered list feature and how to use a table to format our own line numbers for our document.

How to Insert Line Numbers in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to insert line numbers in Google Docs.

Step 1

Open the document where you want to add line numbers.

Step 2

Select the text that you want to add line numbers to.

Step 3

Click on the numbered list icon in the toolbar.

Each line in the selection will now be preceded by a number, sorted in increasing order.

Step 4

We can also add line numbers manually using a table. First, add a table using Insert > Table. Create a table with two columns and enough rows to hold all the lines you want to enumerate. In this example, we’ll create a table for 10 lines.

You should now have an empty table in your document. Use your cursor to shrink the length of the leftmost column, where we will put our line numbers.

Step 5

Fill out the first column with the line numbers and the second column with the actual text.

Right-click on the table and click on Table properties.

Under the Color section, set the table border to 0pt width.

This will ensure that our table will have no outline. Your table should now appear as if each line in our document is numbered.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to add line numbers in Google Docs.

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