Use the steps below to change the background in a Google Docs document to a color other than white.
- Open your Google Docs document.
Access https://drive.google.com to view and select the Docs file.
- Click the “File” tab.
It’s under the filename at the top of the window.
- Choose “Page setup.”
It’s one of the bottom-most options on the File menu.
- Click the button under “Page color.”
- Select the desired color for your page background.
You can click the Custom option if you want to choose another color.
- Select the “OK” button to apply the new background.
The steps above were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Safari.
You may find yourself wondering how to change the background color in Google Docs when you are creating something like a flyer or a newsletter that needs to catch people’s eye.
Perhaps you experimented with highlighting text, only to find that the resulting effect wasn’t what you wanted.
There is an option on the Google Docs Page Setup menu that lets you change your document background. You can select from essentially any color of the rainbow, allowing you to change from the default white background color to something that is more appropriate for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your current document already has a background color that you don’t like, then a similar process will help you remove the background.
Go to File > Page setup and click the Page color button, then choose the white color at the top-right.
The page orientation setting is also found on the “Page setup” menu. So you must go to File > Page setup then check the circle to the left of the “Landscape” option under orientation.
You can use a different background color for an individual Google Docs paragraph by going to Format > Paragraph styles > Borders and shading then clicking the Background color button.
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