Google Docs Headers and Footers

closeThis post was published 14 years 12 days ago. A number of changes have been made to the site since then, so please contact me if anything is broken or seems wrong.

Ionut Alex Chitu from Google Operating System has noted that Google Docs has a couple new options on the Insert tab: Header and Footer. Observe my astounding screenshot (subjective adjective use alert):

Isn’t that neat? That’s another missing feature that’s sort of bugged me but hasn’t been a priority. I don’t use headers and footers that much, so it wasn’t a big priority for me, but it was scary thinking I’d have to use Microsoft Word to make a document with headers or footers. Now I don’t have to worry about that. The only annoyances: There’s no dynamic content (page number, etc.), and Google Docs still doesn’t support pagination, so you can’t tell how many pages there will be or where the headers and footers will go.

I hope next up is footnotes and endnotes; I use those a lot more than headers/footers. Soon after that, pagination display. It can be read-only — that’s what Zoho Writer does — but at least make it possible to display.

Update (01/08): And the Official Google Docs Blog has done a short post about this, too.


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.


  1. David Murray

    Header/Footer does not work in Spreadsheet.

  2. @David: No, they don’t, but I don’t recall saying it did. “Google Docs” is generally used to refer only to the Documents section; Spreadsheets and Presentations are pretty much separate apps. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail (or subscribe without commenting)

Comments are subject to moderation, and are licensed for display in perpetuity once posted. Learn more.