What is pageless format in Google Docs and how do I use it?

Do you want to insert a wide table or a large image into your document that does not shrink? Not planning to print your document? Learn about pageless format in Google Docs.

About pageless format in Google Docs

The pageless format of Google Docs gives you a continuous page with no page breaks, just like in the default Pages view. So you can compose your document without worrying about the transition between pages.

This format also provides space for large elements, such as tables and images, without shrinking them to fit. In the case of a table, a scroll bar is displayed at the bottom so that you can easily view its columns from left to right.

Unlike the Pages format, the Pageless format does not display headers, footers, or watermarks. You also won’t be able to add things like page numbers, columns, or footnotes. However, you can add and see these items if you change back from Pageless to Pages.

As Google points out, this format is intended to help people who are collaborating on a document and probably don’t need to format the document for printing.

À l'heure où de nombreux employés se tournent vers le travail hybride, avec moins de besoins d'impression, le format Pageless permet aux équipes de collaborer plus facilement sur des documents comportant de larges tableaux, de grandes images ou des réactions détaillées dans les commentaires.

Comments and emoji reactions remain on the right side of the document as usual. And any sidebars you open for things like image options show up on the right, as usual.

Switch to pageless format

Switching from the default Pages format to the Pageless format only takes a moment. Select File > Page Setup from the menu.

Page Setup in the File menu

In the window that appears, choose “No pagination” at the top of the page. You will see a brief description of this format and an option to change the background color. You can also choose “Set as default” to use this format for future new documents. Click “OK” when finished.

Layout window for pageless format


Change text width

Text width is one of the features of Google Docs pageless format that you want to adjust. This allows you to use the format and keep your text as is or take advantage of the full width of the document.

Select View > Text Width from the menu and choose an option from the drop-down menu. You can choose a narrow, medium or wide width and your document will update immediately.

Text width options

If you collaborate on your document, other users won’t see your choice of text width.

Pageless format and Pages format

Here we have a pageless format document using a wide table and a panoramic image. As you can see, you have plenty of space to accommodate these types of items. Also note the scroll bar below the table, as mentioned earlier.

Pageless format in Google Docs

If you create the document using the same elements in Pages format, you may find that the table and image are smaller in size.

Format Pages in Google Docs

So if you have a document that would benefit more from a large canvas than from headers, footers and page numbers, the pageless format is the way to go.

Print a document in pageless format

If the pageless format is intended for online work, you can still print the document if necessary. Just note that Google Docs formats the printed version to reflect the elements of the document, as you can see in the print preview screenshot below.

Pageless format in print preview

If your document’s elements are larger than what Google Docs allows by default, try the pageless format to see your document’s elements as they should be.

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