How to Easily Add Headers and Footers in Google Docs

When it comes to creating professional-looking business letters or proposals in Google Docs, adding page numbers, dates, and company details on every page is essential. Instead of manually inserting these elements, you can save time and make your documents look more polished by using headers and footers. In this article, we will show you how to add headers and footers in Google Docs and even save them as templates for future use.

Adding Headers and Footers in Google Docs

After adding a header and footer to your document, you can easily save it as a template. This way, you can quickly open the template and start writing your document without the need to worry about headers and footers. Let's see how to do it.

Inserting Headers and Footers in Google Docs

You don't need to rely on any third-party add-ons to add headers and footers in Google Docs. The platform itself provides built-in tools to help you. Here's how you can use them:

  1. Open Google Docs on the web.
  2. Open an existing document or create a new one.
  3. Click on “Insert” at the top, expand “Headers and footers,” and select “Header.”
  4. If you want to adjust the default header margin, click on “Options” and select “Header format.”
  5. Customize the header margin to your preference and click “Apply.”

Similarly, you can enable the footer option from the same menu by selecting “Footer” instead of “Header.” You can also adjust the footer margin if needed.

To differentiate the first page header from the rest, you can enable the “Different first page” option. This allows you to have a unique header on the first page while keeping the subsequent pages consistent.

Adding Page Numbers in Headers and Footers

Another useful feature of headers and footers in Google Docs is the ability to add page numbers. This is particularly handy when working with lengthy documents. Here's how you can add page numbers:

  1. From a Google Docs document, add headers and footers using the “Insert” menu (follow the steps mentioned earlier).
  2. Select “Options” in the “Header” section and choose “Page numbers.”
  3. Customize the page numbering options according to your needs.

You can choose to add page numbers in the header or footer, exclude the first page from numbering, and even specify a starting number for your document.

Creating a Template with Headers and Footers

If you frequently write business letters or documents that require headers and footers, it's a good idea to create a template. This ensures consistency and makes it easier for everyone in your organization to use the same formatting. Follow these steps to create a template with headers and footers:

  1. Open your preferred web browser and enter “” in the address bar.
  2. A new Google Docs document will open in your default Google account.
  3. Insert the desired header and footer (refer to the earlier steps).
  4. Save the document with a recognizable name in your Google Drive account.

Next time you need to use the same header and footer, simply open the saved template from your Google Drive account. If you want to make changes, make a copy of the template by clicking on “File” at the top and selecting “Make a copy.” Remember not to modify the original template saved in your Google Drive account.

Make Your Google Docs Documents Stand Out

While Google Docs provides basic options for headers and footers, you may want to add more creativity to your documents. You can explore third-party Google Docs templates that come with decorative headers and footers. If you can't find suitable templates online, you can always follow the steps mentioned above to manually add a header and footer. Don't forget to save it as a template for future use.

By following these simple steps, you can easily add headers and footers to your Google Docs documents, save time, and enhance the professional look of your work. So why wait? Start utilizing this feature today and create impressive documents with ease!