How to Change Text or Background Color in Google Docs

In this post you will see:

  • How to change the text color in Google Docs
  • How to change the default text color in Google Docs
  • How to highlight text in Google Docs
  • How to change the background color in Google Docs

In this case I use Windows 10 PC, Android, and iPhone. Let’s get started.

How to change the text color in Google Docs

PC

Open the Google Docs document.

Select the text. Remember that the color change is only for the selected text.

Click on the “Text color” icon at the top between “Underline” and “Highlight color.”

Click on the desired color.

Note: To return to the default setting, follow the steps above, but select the color “Black.”

Android or iPhone

Launch the Google Docs app.

Open the document and tap the “pencil” icon at the bottom.

Select the text for which you want to change the color.

Tap the Format icon at the top. On the Text tab, you will find the Text color. Press it.

Select the desired color.

Note: If you want to revert to the default setting, follow the steps above. However, select the color “Black.”

How to change the default text color in Google Docs

PC

The above section shows you the steps to change the text color of an individual document.

If you want to change the default text color, this section is for you.

The following steps relate to the “Normal text.” However, remember that you can also change the default text color for the title, subtitle, and heading with the following steps.

Open a new Google Docs document.

Make sure the one you prefer is selected in the styles drop-down list. In my case, Normal text should be selected.

Now choose the text color you prefer.

Click on “Format” at the top.

Move the mouse over “Paragraph styles” and then over the same that you’ve chosen earlier. In my case it is “Normal Text.”

Click on the “Update” option that you see. In my case, it is the “Update ‘Normal text’ to match” option.

Click “Format” again at the top.

Move the mouse over “Paragraph styles” and then over “Options.”

Click on the “Save as my default styles” option.

That’s it. The default text color for the “Normal text” has been successfully changed.

If you want to revert a particular color change (for instance: Normal text), follow the steps above, but be sure to pick the color “black.”

How to Highlight Text in Google Docs

PC

Open the Google Docs file.

Select the text you want to highlight.

Click on the “Highlight color” icon at the top between “Text color” and “Insert link.”

Click on the desired color. “Custom” is for the custom color.

To remove text highlighting: Select the highlighted text. Click on the “Highlight color” icon at the top. Select “None.”

Android or iPhone

Open the Google Docs app.

Open the document and then click on the “Pencil” icon.

Select the text and then click on the “Format” icon.

On the Text tab, you will see “Highlight color.” Tap it.

Select the desired color.

To remove text highlighting: Select the highlighted text. Click the Format icon > Highlight color. Tap “No color” (iPhone) or “None” (Android).

Read: How to Add Header in Google Docs

How to change the background color in Google Docs

PC

Sign in to Google Docs.

Open the document you want.

Click “File” at the top and “Page setup” at the bottom.

Open the drop-down list under “Page color.”

Select the color you want to use. “Custom” is for the custom color.

Click the Set as default button if you want to set all settings in the pop-up as default.

Click on the “OK” button in the pop-up.

Read: How to Add Page Break in Google Docs

Android or iPhone

Open the Google Docs app.

Open the document and click on the “pencil” icon at the bottom.

Tap the three vertical or horizontal dots at the top.

Click on the “Page setup.”

Click on “Page color” and select the desired one.

To view the change: Tap the three vertical or horizontal dots at the top. Activate the “Print layout.”

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