How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs

Google Docs Add Text Box

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:

  1. Open the desired Google Docs document you would like to add a text box to.
  2. Click on the “Insert” option in the toolbar at the top. Select “Drawing” from the menu followed by “New.”
Google Docs Drawing Add
  1. The Drawing window will show up. Click on the “T” icon to activate the text box.
Google Docs Drawing Add Text Box
  1. Drag the mouse to draw a text box in the drawing area, then type the desired text in the text box.
Google Docs Drawing Add Text 1

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.

  1. 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.
Google Docs Drawing Text Box Customize
  1. Once your text box is ready, click on the “Save and close” button.
Google Docs Drawing Save
  1. 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.
Google Docs Drawing Add To Document

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:

  1. Open a Google Docs document on your computer.
  2. Go to “Insert → Table” and select a “1*1” table (a table with just one box or cell).
Google Docs Table Add
  1. After the single cell is added to your document, type the desired text in this cell.
Google Docs Table Add Text
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Google Docs Table Customize

Tip: you can use this method in the Google Docs mobile apps as well.

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Adding a text box is just one way to edit your Google Docs documents. Next, learn how to add a written signature in Google Docs.

Mehvish Mushtaq
Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she's always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She's been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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