Google is never one to sit back and watch the competition zoom by. With that in mind, the company is always experimenting with new features to give its products an edge over the competition. It also realizes that many modern use cases don’t stick to old-fashioned methods and needs. A good example is the new Pageless feature in Google Docs.
The pageless layout was announced over a year ago and is only now making its way to Google Docs. Pageless allows you to utilize all available space in a document (rather than dealing with margins). In the simplest terms, it just gives you more space in your documents. It’s also a much cleaner (more modern) way to access documents.
So, how do you take advantage of the new layout? Let me show you.
All you need to use Pageless layout is a Google account. That is it. Let’s see how this works.
Enable the pageless layout
The process for enabling the pageless layout is very simple. Open a new (or existing) document in Google Docs (or from Google Drive) and click File > Page Setup. In the resulting popup (Figure 1), click the Pageless tab.
On the Pageless tab (Figure 2), you can set a background color for the document (or leave it white as the default) and click OK.
When you click OK, the document switches to the pageless layout (figure 3†
You will immediately notice that your margins for text remain the same. However, if you add a very wide table, you will find that it extends beyond the text margins (Figure 4†
And that’s the gist of Google Docs’ new pageless layout. While this may not be perfect for every use case, you will find some types of documents that will greatly benefit from the new layout.
Give Pageless a try and see if it doesn’t become your de facto default layout for Google Docs.
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