How to Insert a Text Box in Google Docs

The steps in this article will show you how to add a text box to your Google Docs document. You can then add text to that text box, resize it, or change the manner in which the rest of the document content wraps around it.

  1. Open your Google Docs document from Google Drive.
  2. Select the point in the document where you wish to add the text box.
  3. Select the Insert tab.
  4. Click the Drawing option, then click New.
  5. Choose the Text Box button in the toolbar.
  6. Click and hold on the canvas, then drag your mouse to draw the text box.
  7. Type the text box content, then click Save & Close.

A text box is a useful element of different word processing applications like Microsoft Word and Google Docs. They provide you with the ability to include information in the document without making that information part of the document body.

If you are already familiar with adding text boxes in Microsoft Word, then the Google Docs method is going to be a bit different. Our guide below will show you how to use the Google Docs drawing tool to add a text box to your document.

How to Insert a Text Box in a Google Docs Document in Google Drive

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

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and double-click the document where you want to add the text box.

Step 2: Click at the point in the Google document where you want to add the text box.

choose where to add the text box

Step 3: Choose the Insert tab at the top of the window.

select the Insert tab

Step 4: Select the Drawing option, then click the New option.

choose Drawing, then choose New

Step 5: Click the text box icon in the drawing tool menu bar, then click on the canvas and drag your mouse to draw the boundaries of the text box.

how to insert a text box in Google Docs

Step 6: Type your text box content into the text box, then adjust any of the formatting options that you wish to change.

add content to the text box

Step 7: Click the Save & Close button at the top-right of the drawing tool when you are finished.

There are a number of formatting options available when you are in the drawing tool, including options like fill color, line color, font size, and more. However, these settings must be adjusted from the Drawing window, as you won’t be able to change them from the document body.

If you wish to adjust the text box font, simply click the drop-down menu that displays the current font above the drawing canvas, then select from any of the available options.

After you add text boxes to your document, you will see some new options available when you click on that text box. These options include items like In lineWrap text, and Break text. Selecting one of those choices will change the way that the document content surrounding the text box adjusts to the addition of the text box object.

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