The steps in this guide will show you how to add a page color in Google Docs so that you can make your document pages a different color.
- Unlike Microsoft Word, Google Docs will include this page color by default when you print.
- Printing a document with a page color can use a lot of colored ink.
- If the page color makes the text on the page difficult to read, you can change the color of the text by clicking “Edit” at the top of the window, then “Select all” to select the entire document. You can then use the Font color option in the toolbar to change the text color.
When you create a new document in Google Docs, that document will have a lot of characteristics by default.
One of these characteristics is the page color, which is white in Google Docs if you haven’t changed that setting before.
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But sometimes you will be creating a document that requires a different page color. Whether it’s a flyer, newsletter, or other document that needs to catch someone’s eye, there are a number of reasons why you might want a blue or yellow document, for example.
Fortunately you don’t need to resort to any weird “hacks” to change the color of your pages. Our tutorial below will show you how to change the page color in Google Docs from the Page setup menu.
How to Change the Color of the Page in Google Docs
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome. You can also complete these steps in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document you wish to edit.
Step 2: Select the File tab at the top-left of the window.
Step 3: Choose Page setup at the bottom of the menu.
Step 4: Click the Page color button, then select the desired color for your document pages.
Step 5: Click the OK button to apply the change to your document.
You will noticed that there is a Set as default button on this menu. If you click that after changing the page color then all new documents you create in Google Docs will use the page color that you have selected. This won’t affect existing documents.
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