How to Change Text or Background Color in Google Docs (and More)

In this post, you will see:

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

How to Change Text Color in Google Docs

PC

Open the Google Docs document.

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

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

Click on the desired color.

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

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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 see Text color. Press it.

Select the desired color.

Note: If you want to go back to the default setting, follow the steps above. However, choose the color “Black.”

Read: How to Change Default Font in Google Docs

How to Change Default Text Color in Google Docs

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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.” Remember, however, that you can use the following steps to change the default text color for Title, Subtitle and Heading too.

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 you see. In my case, it is “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 select the color “black.”

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How to Highlight Text in Google Docs

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​Open the Google Docs file.

Select the text you want to highlight.

​Click on the “Highlight color” icon at the top, located 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.

In 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).

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How to Change 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 the “OK” button in the pop-up.

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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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