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How to add, show and delete page and section breaks in Google Docs

When you create a document, do you consider its structure? Similar to Microsoft Word , Google Docs provides page and section breaks. These tools help you space your content by inserting pages and creating sections.

If you are new to using page and section breaks in Google Docs , we’ll walk you through the basics. We will explain how to insert, hide or show the section breaks and remove the breaks you no longer need.

Add a page or section break in Google Docs

Adding a pause in Google Docs is easier than you think. Open your document and place your cursor where you want to insert the break. Then click Insert> Break from the menu. Choose “Page Break” or “Section Break” from the pop-up menu.

Insert a page or section break in Google Docs

  • Page break : places the text after the cursor on a new page.
  • Section break (next page) : start a new section on the next page.
  • Section jump (continuous) : starts a new section on the same (current) page.

Page breaks are ideal if you have a heading or are starting a new paragraph and are at the end of a 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 area in your document.

Show or hide section breaks

Since page breaks do not show any kind of indicator in your document, there is no way to show or hide them. As you learned earlier, a page break simply starts a new page.

Section breaks, on the other hand, have a blue dotted line indicating the start of the section.

Section break in Google Docs

While this section indicator is useful, it can be distracting. Fortunately, you can hide it. Click View> Show Section Breaks from the menu.

Deselect Show section breaks to hide them

This deselects it by removing the check mark and the blue dotted line disappears.

Hidden section break in Google Docs

To show section breaks again later, go to the same place in the menu and select Show Section Breaks to put a check mark next to it. Then you should see those dotted lines for the section breaks one more time.

Remove page and section breaks

If you insert a page or section break that you no longer want, you can delete it. The way you do it differs on Windows and Mac because will use specific keys on your keyboard .

Remove an interrupt in 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.

Delete a page break in Windows

To delete a section break in Windows, place your cursor on the line directly above the section break. This is easier to do if you have Show Section Breaks enabled. Then press Delete.

Delete a section break in Windows

Remove a pause on Mac

To remove a page break in Google Docs on 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.

Delete a page break on Mac

To remove a section break on Mac, place the cursor at the beginning of the line with the section break. Again, you can enable Show section breaks to make this simpler. Then press Fn + Del or Control + D.

Delete a section break on Mac

To see another way to structure your document, especially if it is a brochure or pamphlet, take a look at how create multiple columns in Google Docs .

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