Text boxes offer the flexibility to easily move text around and customize it in a variety of ways. Google Docs doesn’t provide a native text box tool. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot insert a text box in your document. You can create an editable text box in Google Docs with the help of Google Drawings or a single cell table. Learn how to add a text box in Google Docs through the two methods in this tutorial.
1. Add Text Box in Google Docs Using Google Drawings
To put a box around text in Google Docs, use Google Drawings, which can easily be accessed from any Google Docs document.
Follows these steps to insert a text box in Google Docs:
- Open the desired Google Docs document you would like to add a text box to.
- Click on the “Insert” option in the toolbar at the top. Select “Drawing” from the menu followed by “New.”
- The Drawing window will show up. Click on the “T” icon to activate the text box.
- Drag the mouse to draw a text box in the drawing area, then type the desired text in the text box.
Tip: to add text over a picture, click on the “Image” icon in the toolbar and add the desired image, then click on the “T” icon to add text to the picture.
- You can customize the text box by adding a background color or changing the border color and style. Click on the “Paint bucket,” i.e., “Fill color” icon and choose a color as the new background color. Similarly, click on the adjacent “Pencil” icon to choose the border color. Use the next two icons to choose border size and style.
- Once your text box is ready, click on the “Save and close” button.
- The text box will be added to your document. Double-click on the text box if you would like to edit it, and drag the text box to move it around.
2. Add Text Box Using Table
If the above method doesn’t suit you, use a single-cell table with a border to mimic a text box. You can customize this makeshift text box by adding a background color and changing the border style.
Follow these steps to add a single-cell table in Google Docs:
- Open a Google Docs document on your computer.
- Go to “Insert → Table” and select a “1*1” table (a table with just one box or cell).
- After the single cell is added to your document, type the desired text in this cell.
- To change the size of the cell, place your cursor over the cell border until you see a double-sided arrow. Hold the mouse button and drag the border outward or inward to increase or decrease the cell size.
- To add a background color to the text box, click on the “Paint bucket” icon in the toolbar and select the desired color. Similarly, click on the “Pencil” icon in the toolbar to choose the border color. Click on the border width and style icons to change the border style.
Tip: you can use this method in the Google Docs mobile apps as well.
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