What is the pageless format in Google Docs and how is it used?


Want to insert a wide table or large image into your document that doesn’t shrink? No plans to print your document? See the format without a page in Google Docs.

About the Pageless Layout in Google Docs

Pageless format in Google Docs gives you one continuous page without page breaks like in the default Pages view. So you can draft your document without worrying about the transition between pages.

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This format also gives you room for wide elements like tables and images without shrinking them to fit. For a table, you’ll see a scroll bar at the bottom so you can easily view your columns from left to right.

Unlike the Pages format, Pageless 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 view these items if you change from non-paged to paged format.

As Google says, this format is meant to help those collaborating on a document who probably don’t need to format the document to print it.

With so many employees migrating to hybrid working, with less need to print, the pageless format makes it easy for teams to collaborate on documents with wide tables, large images, or detailed comments.

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

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Change to pageless format

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

Page setup in the File menu

In the pop-up window, choose “No Page” at the top. You will see a brief description of this format with an option to change the background color. You can also choose “Set as default” to use this format for new documents in the future. Click “OK” when finished.

Page setup window for pageless format

Change the width of the text

One feature of the pageless format in Google Docs that you may want to adjust is the width of the text. This allows you to use formatting and keep the text as it is or take advantage of the full width of the document.

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Select View > Text Width from the menu and choose an option from the pop-up menu. You can choose narrow, medium or wide and you will see your document update immediately.

Text Width Options

If you’re collaborating on your document, others won’t see your text width option.

Format without page versus format with pages

Here we have a document in Pageless format using a wide table and panoramic image. As you can see, you have a lot of space to accommodate this type of element. Also note the scroll bar below the table as mentioned above.

Layout without a page in Google Docs

If you create the document using the same elements in the Pages layout, you can see that the table and image are smaller in size.

Page layout in Google Docs

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

Print a format document with no pages

While the pageless format is intended for online work, you can still print the document if needed. Just keep in mind that Google Docs formats the print version to fit the elements in the document, as you can see in the print preview screenshot below.

No Page Layout in Print Preview

When you have document elements that are wider than Google Docs allows by default, try the Pageless format and see your document elements as they should be.

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