How Do You Change the Starting Page Number in Google Docs?

In Google Docs, when there are multiple pages, the contributors add the page numbers and the outline for better formatting. In the large documents, you would have observed that the page numbering starts after skipping a few pages. This approach is usually followed in the academic thesis or any informative guide where the title page and table of contents are not considered primary pages, and thus, the original numbering start after skipping this kind of page. Considering the importance, this post will demonstrate how to change the starting page number in a Google Docs document.

Let’s start with this guide.

How to Change Starting Page Number is Changed in Google Docs?

There are a few simple steps that how the starting page number is changed in Google Docs. Let’s start

Step 1: Open the Document

First, open the document where you want to change the starting page number. In our case, the page numbering of the selected document is started from the 1st page of the document (as shown below):

Step 2: Open Page Number Settings

Click on the “Format” tab and navigate to the “Page numbers” option as shown below:

Step 3: Modify Page Number Settings

A page number setting pop-up will appear; type the starting number whatever you want. As in this scenario, the number “2” is added. After the changes, click on the “Apply” button:

Step 4: Verify the Page Number

Now, the page number has been changed, and it will start from 2, according to the above screenshot:

That’s it from the Google Docs guide.


In Google Docs, the starting page number can be changed by modifying the page number settings. The page numbers settings can be accessed from the “Format” tab. This post has demonstrated how the starting page number is changed in Google Docs. This approach is useful while academic theses, reports, or any large documents.