5 ways to use pageless formatting

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When I get into the writing zone, it can feel almost meditative. I’m deep into a thought, description or scene, and the words are just flowing. Nothing can get in my way — until I hit the end of the page.

That transition to the next page can throw me off: Sentences, bullet points and paragraphs get broken up, and those free-flowing ideas now feel disconnected. And since I usually don’t print out my writing projects, squeezing everything onto traditional paper sizes ends up being more distracting than useful.

So while there are many times I appreciate (and need) pages to stay organized, there are certain projects I’d rather work on without any constraints. In those moments, I set up pageless formatting in Google Docs.

What is pageless formatting?

Pageless format is a setting in Google Docs that removes all page breaks, so you can continuously scroll and write uninterrupted. In this setup, line breaks and images also adjust to your screen size, and wide tables are easily viewed by scrolling left and right.

To switch to the pageless format, click “File” at the top-left corner of your Doc, then “Page setup.” Select “Pageless” in the pop-up window, then “OK” to apply it. Once that’s set, you can give yourself even more room by adjusting the text width: Click “View” at the top of your Doc, find “Text width” in the drop-down and select the option that works best for you.

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