When you create a document, do you consider its structure? Like Microsoft Word, Google Docs provides page and section breaks. These tools help you clear your content by inserting pages and creating sections.
If you’re new to using page and section breaks in Google Docs, we’ll tell you the basics. We’ll show you how to insert, hide, or show section brakes, and remove brakes that you no longer need.
Add page or section breaks to Google Docs.
Adding a break to Google Docs is much easier than you think. Open your document and place your cursor where you want to pause. Then, from the menu, click Insert> Break. Select “Page Break” or “Section Break” from the popup menu.
- Page break: Moves text to a new page after your cursor.
- Section breaks (next page): Starts a new section on the next page.
- Section break (continuous): Starts a new section on the same (current) page.
Breaking the page is ideal if you have a title or are starting a new paragraph and are at the bottom of a page or if you want a separate page for each title or category in your document.
Related: How to put text lines together in Google Docs.
Section breaks are easy to separate images and other content or if you want to insert columns for a small area in the document.
Show or hide section breaks.
Because page break doesn’t show any hints in your document, there’s no way to show or hide them. As you learned above, page break only starts a new page.
On the other hand, the section breaks down, with a line of blue dots indicating the beginning of the section.
Although this section hints are helpful, it can be annoying for you. Fortunately, you can hide it. Click View> Show section breaks in the menu.
This removes the checkmark and deselects it and the blue dotted line disappears.
To show section breaks later, go to the same place in the menu and select Show section breaks to put a check mark next to it. You should then look at those dotted lines to break up your section again.
Remove page and section breaks.
If you enter a page or section interval that you no longer want, you can remove it. The way you do this on Windows vs. Mac is different because you will use specific keys on your keyboard.
Related: All the best Google Docs keyboard shortcuts.
Remove the brakes on Windows.
To remove page spacing in Google Docs on Windows, place your cursor over the text at the top of the page. Then, press Backspace. This takes the content to the previous page.
To remove section breaks on Windows, place your cursor directly on the line above section breaks. This is easiest to do if you have show section breaks enabled. Then, click Delete.
Remove the brakes on the Mac.
To remove page spacing in Google Docs on Mac, place your cursor over the text at the top of the page. Then, click Delete. This takes the content to the previous page.
To remove section breaks on Mac, place your cursor at the beginning of the line with section breaks. Again, you can enable show section breaks to make it easier. Then, press Fn + Delete or Control + D.
For other ways to create your document, especially if it’s a brochure or pamphlet, take a look at how to create multiple columns in Google Docs.