When creating a document, do you think about its structure? Similar to Microsoft Word, Google Docs provides page and section breaks. These tools help you unpack your content by inserting pages and creating sections.
If you’re new to using page and section breaks in Google Docs, we’ll walk you through the basics. We’ll explain how to insert them, hide or show section breaks, and remove breaks you no longer need.
Add a page or section break in Google Docs Editor
Adding a separator in Google Docs is easier than you think. Open the document and position the cursor where you want to insert the separator. Then click Insert > Separator from the list. Choose “page break” or “Section Break” from the popup menu.
- page break: to drop the text after the cursor to a new page.
- Section break (next page): It starts a new section on the next page.
- Sectional break (continuous): Starts a new section on the same (current) page.
Page breaks are ideal if you have a title, start a new paragraph and are at the bottom of the page, or if you want a separate page for each topic or category in your document.
Section breaks are useful for spacing images and other content or if you want to insert columns for a small space in your document.
Show or hide section breaks
Since page breaks do not display any kind of pointers in the document, there is no way to show or hide them. As you learned above, a page break simply starts a new page.
The section breaks, on the other hand, have a blue dotted line indicating the beginning of the section.
While this section indicator is useful, it may distract you. Fortunately, you can hide it. Click View > Show Section Breaks in the list.
This deselects it by removing the check mark and the blue dotted line disappears.
To show section breaks again later, head to the same place in the list and select Show Section Breaks to place a check mark next to it. You should see these dotted lines for section dividers again.
Remove page and section breaks
If you insert a page break or a section that you no longer want, you can remove it. The way to do this on Windows versus Mac is different because you will be using specific keys on your keyboard.
Remove separator on Windows
To remove a page break in Google Docs on Windows, place your cursor in front of the text at the top of the page. Then press Backspace. This moves the content to the previous page.
To remove a section break on Windows, place the cursor on the line just above the section break. This is the easiest thing to do if you have Show Section Separators enabled. Then press Delete.
Remove separator on Mac
To remove a page break in Google Docs on a Mac, place your cursor in front of the text at the top of the page. Then press Delete. This moves the content to the previous page.
To remove a section break on Mac, place your cursor at the beginning of the line with the section break. Again, you can enable Show Section Breaks to make this even simpler. Then press Fn + Delete or Control + D.
For another way to structure your document, especially if it’s a brochure or booklet, take a look at How to Create Multiple Columns in Google Docs.