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Edit and format a document

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Edit a document, change how it looks, and work in it much like you did in your old program. Google Docs automatically saves every change you make.

In this section, you learn how to:

Add and edit text


Rename your document:

At the top of the page, click Untitled document, enter a new title, and click OK.

Add or edit text:

Just click in the page and start typing.

Add and edit text

Customize your document


Depending on what you want to change, choose an option:

  • To customize margins, page color, and orientation, click Fileand thenPage setup.
  • To customize text, images, tables, and more, use the toolbar options.

Note: Some options only appear for certain types of content, such as tables or images.

"" "" "" Undo or redo your last changes or print your document.
"" Check spelling and grammar.
Copy formatting Copy formatting from any text and apply it to another selection of text.
Normal text "" | Arial "" | 10 "" Change the style, font, or font size.
"" "" "" "" Make text bold, in italics, or underlined or change the text color.
"" Add or change the text highlight color.
"" "" "" Insert a link, comment, or image.
Text alignment Change the text alignment.
Adjust line spacing Change the line spacing or add a checklist, bullets, or numbers.
Indent Change the text indentation.
Remove text formatting Remove text formatting.
Table and image options
Add background color Add background color to a table or change the border color, width, or style.
"" Crop an image.
Image options… Change the color, transparency, brightness, or contrast.
Replace image "" Replace an existing image with a new one.


The Insert menu lets you add different features to your document. Here are the highlights:

Image—Insert an image from your computer, the web, Drive, and more.

Table—Select the number of columns and rows to create a table.

Drawing—Create shapes, pictures, and diagrams right in your document.

Link—Add a link to another page or to a header or bookmark in the same document.

Bookmark—Add shortcuts to specific places within your document.

Table of contents—Create an auto-generated table of contents that links to each heading in your document that has a heading style applied.

Insert items using the menu

Create page columns


If you’re working on an academic paper or another large document, you can organize your text in columns.

  1. Click Formatand thenColumns.
  2. Select the number of columns you want.
  3. (Optional) To adjust the spacing, or add lines between columns, click Formatand thenColumnsand thenMore options.
  4. Click Apply.

Create page columns

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