How To Separate Pages In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 21, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to separate pages in Google Docs.

How To Separate Pages In Google Docs

When you are working with a long document in Google Docs, it can be helpful to break up the document into multiple pages. This can make the document easier to navigate, and help you stay organized. Google Docs has a feature that lets you quickly insert a page break and separate your document into multiple pages.

Google Docs may also be set to different page setups that prevent you from seeing how your document will be printed out. For example, with the new Pageless view, you will not be able to see how many pages your document will take up when printing.

In this guide, we will explain how to add page breaks to separate pages in Google Docs. We will also explain how to set up your document to show the actual print layout if needed.

How to Add a Page Break in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add a page break in Google Docs.

Step 1

The simplest way to separate pages is by adding a page break. This feature moves all text after the page break into a new page.

Start by placing your cursor where you want to insert a page break.

Step 2

Click on Insert > Break > Page break to add a page break in your cursor location.

You may also use the Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut. (Cmd+Enter for Mac users).

Step 3

After inserting a page break, text after the page break should now appear in the next page.

Step 4

If your document is only showing a line instead of separated pages, you may be wondering how to reveal the actual pages.

Click on View > Show print layout to restore the original print layout view for Google Docs.

Your document should now show the actual separated pages.

Step 5

You may also not see separated pages because your document is in Pageless mode.

To return back to the default paged setup, click on File > Page setup.

Step 6

In the pop-up menu, click on Pages and select OK.

Your document should now be separated into multiple pages.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to separate pages in Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!