By Naaziyah IsmailThu. 07 Dec. 20233min Read

How to Change Background Color On Google Docs

In this guide, we'll explore how to change the background color on Google Docs, from using preset colors to customizing shades that match your style.
How to Change Background Color On Google Docs

Whether you want to create a visually appealing document or personalize it according to your preferences, changing the background color is a simple yet effective way to enhance your Google Docs experience.

Naaziyah Ismail
Blog Author - B2B SaaS Content Writer
Naaziyah has written many tutorials on apps and software such as, Jira, Asana, Trello, and PDF Reader Pro. She excels at engagingly simplifying complex processes.

How to Change the Background Color on Google Docs

Follow our step-by-step guide to change the colors on the background of your Google Docs. 


Step 1: Open Google Docs

Open your Google Docs document and select a document to open. 

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Step 2: Click "File"

Select "Page Setup" from the list of drop-down options. 

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Step 3: Click "Pageless"

Click on the background color box in the menu to reveal a palette of preset colors. Select a color that suits your document's style from the present colors.

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Step 4: Applying the Background Color

Once you've selected or customized your preferred color, click "Apply" or "OK" to set it as the background color for your document.

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Choosing a custom color for your background page is as easy as selecting a present color!

Follow the previous steps to change the page color, but click on the "+" or the dropper for a "Custom" color!

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Helpful Customization Features in Google Docs

Google Docs offers a range of customization features that can enhance your document creation and editing experience, making it more efficient and tailored to your needs. Here are some notable customization features:

1. Templates

Access a wide variety of pre-made templates for reports, resumes, newsletters, and more, allowing you to start with a professionally designed layout.

2. Styles

Customize and save your own text styles for headings, subheadings, and body text to ensure consistency across your documents.

3. Add-ons

Extend the functionality of Google Docs with add-ons from the G Suite Marketplace, offering tools for citation, diagramming, language translation, and more.

4. Table of Contents

Automatically generate a clickable table of contents based on the headings within your document, facilitating easy navigation.

5. Headers and Footers

Insert customized headers and footers to add page numbers, titles, dates, or any other relevant information at the top or bottom of every page.

6. Custom Dictionaries

Add your own words to the dictionary to avoid being flagged as spelling errors, it is useful for technical terms or names.

7. Voice Typing

Use the voice typing feature to dictate text and commands directly into your document, enhancing accessibility and efficiency.

8. Language Settings

Write and edit documents in multiple languages with support for language-specific features such as spell check and document translation.

9. Revision History

View and revert to previous versions of your document with the detailed revision history, ensuring no changes are ever permanently lost.

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Changing Background Color: FAQs

How do I access the color menu?

The color menu is located in the upper-right corner of the Google Docs interface. Click on the "Color" menu to reveal preset color options and customization features.


Are there options for customizing background colors with HEX codes?

You can customize background colors by choosing the "Custom" option in the color menu. This opens a color picker where you can input HEX codes for precise color selection.


Can I use RGB values to customize the background color?

Absolutely. The color picker in Google Docs allows you to use RGB values, providing fine-grained control over the background color by adjusting the red, green, and blue components.


Is there a way to create a gradient background?

While Google Docs doesn't have a direct gradient background feature, you can achieve a gradient effect by using color blocks in different shades and arranging them strategically.


How do I change the background color using mobile devices?

On mobile devices, access the background color options through the setup menu, typically represented by three dots or a pencil icon. Look for customization options within this menu.


Can I use the drawing tool in Google Docs for background customization?

Yes, the drawing tool in Google Docs allows you to create shapes and text boxes with customized background colors. Access this tool through the "Insert" menu.

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