How to Change Google Docs Background Color

Changing a Google Docs background color requires you to make an adjustment to a setting on the Page Setup menu. Use these steps to change the Google Docs background color.

  1. Open your document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the File tab at the top-left of the window.
  3. Choose Page setup at the bottom of the menu.
  4. Click the Page color dropdown menu.
  5. Select the desired background color from the various options, then click OK.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for each of the steps.

New documents that you create in Google Docs are going to have a white background by default. This is the most common option when writing a document that needs to be submitted or shared with others in professional or scholastic settings.

But Google Docs can be used for more than just basic document creation, and you may discover that you need to create a flyer or newsletter that might need a more eye-catching background color.

Fortunately there are a number of different background color options for your document, including the ability to use an HTML color code, if you so choose.

Our guide below will show you how to change the Google Docs background color.

How to Change the Background Color in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Edge or Firefox.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document to modify.

Step 2: Select the File tab in the toolbar at the top of the window.

click the File tab

Step 3: Choose Page setup from the menu.

select the Page setup option

Step 4: Click the button under Page color.

click the Page color button

Step 5: Select the desired background color, then click OK.

how to change Google Docs background color

As mentioned earlier, you have the ability to use a custom HTML color rather than one of the options shown. To use a custom color simply click the Custom option on the color picker. Selecting that option will not only let you use an HTML code, it also gives you some more color options as well.

If you want to use the background color that you select as the default page color for all future new document, you can click the Set as default option on the Page setup menu. Note that this will not affect the background color on existing documents, just new ones that you create.

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