Headers, Footers, and Page Breaks

In Google Docs headers and footers let you add important information to each page. Use the Google Docs page break feature to separate text.

Horizontal lines

Horizontal lines separate text into sections. The addition of a few thoughtfully placed horizontal lines can make your document more visually appealing and easier to read.

To add a horizontal line:

  1. Place the insertion point at the location where you want the horizontal line to appear.
    Insertion point
  2. Click Insert, then select Horizontal line from the drop-down menu.
    Inserting a Horizontal line
  3. The horizontal line will appear in the document.
    Viewing the inserted horizontal line

To remove a horizontal line, double-click the line to select it, then press the Backspace or Delete key on your keyboard.


  1. Open our example file. Make sure you're signed in to Google, then click File > Make a copy.
  2. Insert a header. On the first line, type First Edition; on the second line, type June 2016.
  3. Right align the text you just entered and bold the words First Edition.
  4. In the footer, insert a page number and right align it.
  5. In the footnote, select the hyperlink and use the cut feature to remove it.
  6. Select the text ASPCA, Pet Statistics, format it as a hyperlink, and paste the web address you cut in the previous step.
  7. When you're finished, the first page of your document should look something like this:
    Header Footer Challenge