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How to Start Page Numbers on Page 3 in Google Docs

If you’re writing an ebook or a report, you might be looking to start your page numbers on page 3 in Google Docs.

This is because the cover page and the table of contents are usually on the first couple of pages.

However, starting your page numbers from a specific page on Google Docs is complicated.

As a result, many users get stuck in the process of doing so.

It took me more than 15 minutes to figure out how to specify page numbers on Google Docs.

Hence, I’ve written this guide to help you to do so.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to specify page numbers or start page numbers on page 3 in Google Docs

How to start page numbers on page 3 in Google Docs

To start page numbers on page 3 in Google docs, you must first remove all of your current footers by double-clicking them and clicking on “Remove footer”.

Secondly, you need to insert a section break on page 2.

Lastly, you need to uncheck “Link to previous” on page 3, click on “Page numbers”, and apply it.

By doing so, the page numbering will start on page 3.

Remember, if you want to start page numbers on a specific page, you need to insert a section break on the previous page.

For example, if you want to start page numbers on page 3, you need to insert a section break on page 2.

Here’s how to start page numbers on page 3 in Google Docs:

1. Remove all of your current footers

Remove footer in Google Docs

Note: You can skip this step if you haven’t added any page numbers to your document.

The first step is to remove all of your current footers (containing page numbers).

If you’ve already added page numbers to your document, you need to remove them.

To do so, double-click the bottom of the pages containing a page number.

After you’ve double-clicked the bottom of a page, you’ll see the footer bar.

On the footer bar, click on “Options” and click on “Remove footer” to remove the footer.

Repeat this step until you’ve removed all of your current footers.

2. Insert a section break on page 2

Insert section break in Google Docs

After you’ve removed all of your current footers, you need to insert a section break.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to start page numbers from a specific page.

For example, if you want to start page numbering on page 2, you need to insert a section break on page 1.

Since you’re looking to start page numbering on page 3, you need to insert a section break on page 2.

Firstly, navigate to page 2 of your document.

Once you’re on page 2, click on Insert > Break > Section break (next page).

This will add a section break on page 2 so that you can start page numbering on page 3.

3. Uncheck “Link to previous” and open “Page numbers” on page 3

How to exclude first two pages from page numbers Google Docs

After you’ve added a section break on page 2, a new page will be added.

You might need to press backspace on your keyboard until the page is removed.

Now, you need to navigate to page 3 of the document.

Once you’re on page 3, double-click the bottom of the page to edit the footer.

Now, uncheck “Link to previous” and click on “Options”.

Lastly, click on “Page numbers” to start adding page numbers on page 3.

4. Apply these settings

Start page numbering on page 3 in Google Docs

After you’ve clicked on “Page numbers”, you’ll need to modify its settings.

Firstly, click on the “Apply to” dropdown box and select “This section”.

Secondly, select the “Footer” position and check the “Show on first page” check box.

Thirdly, select “Start at” and make sure that the field is set to “1”.

Lastly, click on “Apply” to add page numbers starting from page 3.

5. Align the page numbers to the right

Align page numbers to the right in Google Docs

After you’ve clicked on “Apply”, the page numbers will now start on page 3.

However, the page numbers will now be aligned to the left.

If you want to align the page numbers to the right, you must first double-click the page number.

Lastly, click on “Right align” on the top navigation bar in Google Docs.

You’ve successfully learned how to start page numbers on page 3 in Google Docs!

How to start page numbers from a specific page in Google Docs

  1. Remove all of your current footers (containing a page number) by double-clicking the bottom of each page and clicking on “Remove footer”.
  2. Insert a section break on the previous page of the page that you want to start page numbers on. For example, if you want to start page numbers on page 3, you need to insert a section break on page 2. You can do this by clicking on Insert > Break > Section break (next page).
  3. Navigate to the page that you want to start page numbers on. Double-click the bottom of the page > uncheck “Link to previous > Options > Page numbers.
  4. This section > Footer > Show on first page > Start at 1 > Apply.
  5. Lastly, align the page numbers to the right by double-clicking a page number > Right align.

How to start page numbering on page 2 in Google Docs

  1. Remove all of your current footers (containing a page number) by double-clicking the bottom of each page and clicking on “Remove footer”.
  2. Insert a section break on page 1. You can do this by clicking on Insert > Break > Section break (next page).
  3. Navigate to page 2. Double-click the bottom of the page > uncheck “Link to previous > Options > Page numbers.
  4. This section > Footer > Show on first page > Start at 1 > Apply.
  5. Lastly, align the page numbers to the right by double-clicking a page number > Right align.

Conclusion

In this guide, you’ve learned how to add page numbers.

The guide is quite complicated, so you need to make sure to follow it thoroughly.

In nutshell, you need to insert a section break to start page numbers on a specific page.

The section break needs to be inserted on the page before the page that you want to start page numbers on.

For example, if you want to start page numbers on page 3, you need to insert a section break on page 2.

Once you understand this logic, you’ll be able to easily modify the page where you want to start page numbers on.

If you’re lost, please re-read the guide again and look closely at the screenshots.

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About the author

Lim How Wei

Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with 8+ years of experience in Social Media Marketing and 4+ years of experience as an active investor in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.