How to Change the Background on Google Docs

Use the steps below to change the background in a Google Docs document to a color other than white.

  1. Open your Google Docs document.

    Access https://drive.google.com to view and select the Docs file.
    open the Docs file

  2. Click the “File” tab.

    It’s under the filename at the top of the window.
    click the File tab

  3. Choose “Page setup.”

    It’s one of the bottom-most options on the File menu.
    choose the Page setup option

  4. Click the button under “Page color.”

    click the Page color button

  5. Select the desired color for your page background.

    You can click the Custom option if you want to choose another color.
    how to change the background in Google Docs

  6. Select the “OK” button to apply the new background.

    click the OK button

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

How do you get rid of the background in Google Docs?

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.

How do you switch to landscape in Google Docs?

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.

How do you change the background for a paragraph in Google Docs?

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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