Advantage of Page Numbers in Google Docs
A Google Document with page numbers makes it easier for printing.
You get to choose which pages you want to print.
Say you’ve written several chapters of a book. And you want to print out only chapter 1. You get to select only the Chapter one page numbers. For example pages 1 to 5.
The same applies if you’re creating a PDF document.
Also, when it document is separated by pages, you can easily change page margins. You may also use the header or footer features and more.
Disadvantage of Page Numbers in Google Docs
When you have page numbers, certain page elements get automatically pushed to the next page.
Say you insert an image into a document. If the image size doesn’t fit the page margins, it gets pushed to the next page.
A big chunk of white space is left on the page. This isn’t visually pleasing.
So, to overcome this problem, you can create a pageless document in Google Docs.
A pageless document is a single, flowing one.
What You Get and Lose When You Create a Pageless Document
With a pageless document, you eliminate page breaks.
You can include attachments like images without having to reduce their sizes to fit the page margins.
If you include a full-size table, you’re provided with a scrollbar at the bottom of the page.
You can move the scrollbar to the left and right to take a closer look at the contents of the table.
If you have headers and footers in your document, you’ll lose them. That applies to watermarks as well.
You also can’t also switch page orientation. If your original document is in portrait mode, then you can’t switch to landscape in pageless mode.
Here are the steps on how to create a pageless document in Google Docs.
Step 1. Go to Page Setup
Open your Google Document and go to File.
Then choose Page setup from the menu.
Step 2 – Choose Pageless
On the page setup menu, choose Pageless. Then click OK.
Step 3 – Choose your Pageless Option
You have only 2 options to choose from here.
The first is the page background color. Unless you want to change to another color, you would want to leave it at the default white.
Next, you may want to set the pageless document as the default for other documents. Unless you want all your documents to be pageless, you don’t want to set this option.
Click Done to proceed.
Step 4 – Check your Pageless Document
You’ll see that your document has now been converted into a long, flowing one. In other words, all the pages have been converted into a single page.
Also, there isn’t a gaping white space between text and image as in the page mode.
Those are steps on how to create a pageless document in Google Docs.
If you change your mind later, you can switch back to the default paginated mode.
Better still, make a copy of the paginated document. Then convert it to a pageless document.
This way, you can compare both and choose the one that suits your needs.