How to Change Background Color in Google Docs

The default background colour of your Google Docs pages is white. You can change the background colour to any colour that you want. 

There are many benefits of changing the background color of your Google Docs pages. It makes your pages look more colorful, something different from the typical pages.

Changing the background colour is especially useful if you are creating artwork. Some examples include greeting cards, social media posts and logos. 

There are two options for changing the background colour of your Google Docs page. One, you can change the background colour of the entire document. Alternatively, you can also change the background colour of a single page. This allows you to have different-coloured pages in your document.

3 ways to Change Background Color of Google Docs

  • Going to the ‘Page setup’ option in the File menu
  • Inserting a text box from the Insert menu
  • Creating separate documents and merging them 

Note that this article is intended for complete beginners. Hence, you can follow along even if you’ve never used Google Docs before.

With that introduction, let’s get started.

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How to Change Default Fonts in Google Docs

The default font style in Google Docs is Arial, with the font size being 11. Any time you create a new document, the text in that document will be formatted in this style. It is possible to change this default style in Google Docs. 

Google Docs offers numerous options for font styles. Some examples include Cambria, Roboto and Times New Roman. You can find all these fonts and more by clicking on the font option in the toolbar. 

If you want more options for fonts, you can click on ‘More fonts’. Another way of finding more fonts is by installing an add-on called Extensis Fonts. We have written a detailed article about installing new fonts on our website.

The main benefit of changing the default font in Google Docs is that it saves you time and effort. Any time you create a new document, the text in that document will be formatted in the new default style. This means that you don’t have to spend any time or effort changing the defaults of each document.

In this article, we will be talking about how you can change the default font in Google Docs. Specifically, we will be talking about the following two methods.

Two ways to change default font in Google Docs:

  • Changing the normal text (and other paragraph styles) from the toolbar
  • Changing the normal text (and other paragraph styles) from the Format tab

We will also talk about how to reset the default styles.

Note that this article is intended for complete beginners. Hence, you can follow along even if you have no or very little experience with Google Docs. 

With that introduction, let’s get started.

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How to add custom fonts to Google Docs

There are different ways in which you can format the text in your document. For example, you can change its size and colour. In this article, we will be focusing on the text’s font.

Font refers to the way your text looks. Google Docs offers a lot of fonts for you to choose from. For example, Cambria and Ariel are two popular fonts. 

You can see the list of fonts that are available in Google Docs in the toolbar.

If you are not satisfied with the fonts that Google Docs already offers, you can install new ones. There are many situations in which you might want to install custom fonts. For example, if you are a graphic designer, you might want to use unique fonts for your projects. 

The benefit of using a custom font is that it makes your document stand out. For example, you could use a readable custom font for your resume. This would help make it stand out among the thousands of resumes that a recruiter goes through. 

Two methods of adding custom fonts in Docs:

  • Filtering the fonts that are already installed on Google Docs
  • Using the Extensis Fonts add-on

Note that this article is meant for complete beginners. So, you can follow along even if you don’t have much experience with Google Docs.

With that introduction, let’s get started.

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How to wrap text around table in a google doc

Text wrapping is a way of positioning the text in your document. When you wrap text around an object, you surround it with text. Some examples of objects that you can wrap text around are images, charts and tables.

Google Docs allows you to wrap text around some objects, like images. However, it doesn’t have the option of wrapping text around a table. 

Hence, you cannot directly wrap text around a table in Google Docs. However, there are some alternative methods you can use. In this article, we will be talking about five of these methods.

5 ways to wrap text around table in google docs

  • Using Google Sheets
  • Converting a table into an image
  • Creating a table in the Drawing window using text boxes and shapes
  • Creating a table within a table
  • Using a column of a table for text

Also, this article is intended for beginners. So, you can follow along even if you have never used Google Docs before.

Before we talk about the methods, let’s understand what text wrapping is.

What is text wrapping?

In Google Docs, there are 3 ways you can position text around an object. The first is ‘In line,’ which is the default mode in which text is placed around an object. This means that the object is placed on the same line as the text. Here’s what the ‘In line’ format looks like:

The other option is the ‘Break text’ option. As the name suggests, this option places the object on a separate line from the text. This is what the ‘Break text’ option looks like:

Lastly, we have the ‘Wrap text’ option. As we mentioned, this option places the text around the image. This is what the ‘Wrap text’ option looks like:

There are many benefits of the text wrapping feature. Firstly, it uses space more efficiently than the in-line and break text formats. Hence, if you want to print your document, you would need fewer pages. This saves you paper. 

Another benefit is that it improves your document’s readability. With the in-line and break text options, the object separates the text. This may distract you from the text. However, with the wrap text option, the text is continuous.

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How to setup custom page size in Google Docs

The page size of a document refers to its length and width. In Google Docs, the default page size (or paper size) is the ‘Letter’ format. In this format, the width of the document is 8.5 inches and its length is 11 inches.

Google Docs allows you to change the default page size. You can choose from one of the many options for page size formats. Some examples are tabloid, legal, A3 and A4.

However, Google Docs doesn’t allow you to customise your page size. This means that you have to use one of the existing formats for page sizes. You cannot create your own format.

There are methods we can use to overcome this limitation. In this article, we will be talking about three of these methods.

3 ways to setup custom page size in Google Docs

  • Look at the available page sizes and choose one that is similar to the one you want
  • Use add-ons like Page Sizer
  • Use ‘Print’ to change the page size of the document (you can save it as well)

Note that this article is written for complete beginners. Hence, even if you’ve never used Google Docs before or are not familiar with it, you can follow along.

With that introduction, let’s start.

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How to move images in Google Docs (S)

Once you’ve uploaded your images to Google Docs, you can move them in the document by following a few simple steps. In this article, we will talk about the different methods for moving images. We will also provide the steps for each of them.

Specifically, we will be talking about these four methods of moving images in your Google Doc:

  • Using your mouse pointer to drag the images in the document 
  • Using one of the position options (either move with the text or fix the position on the page)
  • Using one of the alignment options (left, centre, and right)
  • Copying/cutting and pasting the images

Note that this article is intended for complete beginners. Hence, you can follow along even if you’ve never used Google Docs before. This is why we will also be talking about how to upload images to a Google Docs document (and other image settings).

With that introduction, let’s start.

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How to create two columns in Google Docs (S)

Sometimes, you might want to organize the text in your document in two columns. It is the standard format for many types of text. For example, newspapers, newsletters and brochures often use this format. 

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There are also other benefits of organizing your text in two columns. For instance, if you want to compare two pieces of text, you can put them in two columns. This would allow you to compare them side-by-side. 

Another benefit is that it sometimes reduces the number of pages you are using. Hence, if you are printing the document, this will save you paper. 

Google Docs allows you to organize your text in two columns in a few simple steps. In this article, we will be talking about two methods you can use to do this:

  • Organizing your text in two columns by going to the Format menu
  • Creating and formatting a table with two columns

Note that this article is beginner friendly. So, you can follow along even if you’ve never used Google Docs before.

With that introduction, let’s start.

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How to add borders in Google Docs

There are several situations when you might want to add page numbers in your document. Some examples are when you are writing a report or compiling a manuscript for a book.

You can add page numbers in the header (the top part of the document) or the footer (the bottom part of the document). Most documents (e.g. books, reports, etc.) have page numbers in the header, as it is more convenient for the reader.

You can use different methods to add page numbers in your Google Docs document. In this article, we will be talking about three of these methods.

3 Ways to add Borders in Google Docs

  • Double-clicking the header or footer
  • Going to the ‘Insert’ menu
  • Going to the ‘Format’ menu 

We will also be talking about how you can change the format of your page numbers. This includes things like their font style, colour and alignment.

Also, we wrote this article for complete beginners so you can follow along even if you’ve never used Google Docs!

Let’s get started.

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How to resize an image in Google Docs (S)

Sometimes, the images you add in your document may not be the right size so you have to resize them. For example, you might want to reduce the number of pages you use when you are pritning a document with images. You can do this by reducing the size of the images.

Another reason why you might want to resize your image is to improve its look. When your images don’t have a good resolution, they tend to look pixelated. Reducing their size would make them look better.

Google Docs gives you several options for resizing your image. In this article, we will be talking about the following four methods you can use to resize your images.

3 ways to Resize an Image in Google Docs

  • Using the anchors on your image
  • Using image options 
  • Cropping your image

Note that this article is meant for complete beginners. So, even if you’ve never used Google Docs before, you can follow along!

With that introduction, let’s get started.

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How to add page numbers in Google Docs (S)

There are several situations when you might want to add page numbers in your document. Some examples are when you are writing a report or compiling a manuscript for a book.

You can add page numbers in the header (the top part of the document) or the footer (the bottom part of the document). Most documents (e.g. books, reports, etc.) have page numbers in the header, as it is more convenient for the reader.

You can use different methods to add page numbers in your Google Docs document. In this article, we will be talking about three of these methods:

3 Ways to add Page Numbers to a Google Doc

  • Double-clicking the header or footer
  • Going to the ‘Insert’ menu
  • Going to the ‘Format’ menu 

We will also be talking about how you can change the format of your page numbers. This includes things like their font style, colour and alignment.

Also, we wrote this article for complete beginners so you can follow along even if you’ve never used Google Docs!

Let’s get started.

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