How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs

How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs

Google Docs is one of the most used web-based applications that allow you to create documents and spreadsheets in various formats. The application is popular for a reason. It doesn’t just make it super easy to share your work with colleagues and lets you access your files on other devices with your Google account, which is really practical. The features on Google Docs are usually very straightforward, but many users are confused about adding a text box to their documents or how to customize them. 

Adding text boxes to your document helps make certain information in your presentation stand out and grab people’s attention. You can also use them to create graphics, diagrams, and flowcharts, to make a more dynamic and visually stimulating presentation. When you get the hang of it, adding a text box in Google Docs is easy to do and is a quick way to make your document look more professional. Continue reading this article to learn how to add text boxes in Google Docs. 

Using the Drawing Tool to Insert a Text Box in Google Docs

The drawing tool is versatile and can be used for different purposes, including creating text boxes, shapes, and flowcharts. Follow the steps below to create a text box in the drawing tool.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Navigate to “Insert” on the top, and choose “Drawing” then “New” from the drop-down menu. This will open a drawing dialog box.
  3. Here you can either create a text box using the “Text Box” button or “Shapes Tool.” We will explain how to use both.
using the box tool

Using the Text Box Tool

The text box tool is efficient if you need a box with text in it. Here is how to use it:

  1. Click the text box icon at the menu bar of the drawing tool.
  2. Create a text box in the drawing area by clicking and dragging to create the shape and dimension you want. 
  3. Type in the desired text.
  4. Customize your text box by using the desired formatting commands. You can use “Fill Color” to add a background color, choose your border diameter and text style.
using the shapes tool

Using the Shapes Tool

Using the shapes tool to create a text box allows for more diverse designs so that your presentation looks more interesting. Here is how to use it:

  1. Click on the shapes icon at the menu bar of the drawing tool, and choose your desired shape from the options.
  2. Create a shape in the drawing area. 
  3. Double-click anywhere on the shape to enter your text.
  4. Customize your shapes, color, dimension, border, and text to your desire. 

When you are done drawing, click “save close” to insert text box and shapes into your document.

  • Tip 1: To make several of the same shapes, hold the alt key, and drag your shape. This will duplicate the same shape.
  • Tip 2: To move or manipulate more than one shape, hold the shift key and click on the shapes you want to move or manipulate together. 
  • Tip 3: If you make more than one shape or text box on the drawing page and proceed to save and close it, you won’t be able to manipulate each shape on its own in your document later on. So if you want several shapes to stand alone on your document, create them separately.
using the single cell table

Using the Single Cell Table to Insert a Text Box in Google Docs

While I find that the best way of adding a text box in Google docs is using the drawing tool, because of how highly customizable the feature is, another quick way to add a text box to your document is using the cell table. Here is how to do it. 

  1. On the menu bar, navigate to “Insert.” Choose “Table” from the drop-down menu and click on a single cell with one row and one column shown by 1×1. 
  2. The single-cell text box will appear on your document. You can adjust the dimensions of the text box and write your text in the cell. 

FAQ About Adding a Text Box in Google Docs

How can I put text on top of an image on Google Docs?

To put text on top of an image, open the drawing tool, click on the picture icon, and choose the desired image. After the image uploads to Google Drive, open a text box and drag it on wherever you want on the image to insert text. Finally, write your text and adjust the size, color, and font.

What shapes can I make in Google Docs?

Google Docs Drawing tool offers many shape options in which you can also insert a text. Some shapes that you can make include arrows, geometric shapes, stars, callouts, speech balloons, and flowchart shapes.

How can I freely move a Text Box in Google Docs?

To freely move a text box or shape in your Google Doc, click on the text box or shape you want to move, click on “Wrap Text” from the menu that appears, next set the margin to “0 mm”. This will enable you to move your shape freely.

How can I layer several shapes over one another in Google Docs Drawing Tool?

You can create several shapes and drag them over one another to layer them. The problem with this is that your last created shape will appear on the front layer. If you want to send certain shapes to the back or front, right-click on the layer you want to move, click “Order,” and choose the ordering option that you want from the menu.

How can I rotate a shape in Google Docs Drawing Tool?

To rotate a shape in the drawing tool, click on the shape, hold the round spot in the top middle of the shape, and turn your shape in the desired direction. 

Conclusion on How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs

Adding text boxes to your document can make it look more exciting and professional. Therefore you should definitely make use of text boxes and graphics in your presentations. Creating and customizing text boxes is an easy task in Google Docs. You can either use the drawing tool or the single-cell table to add text boxes to your document. Follow our step by step guide to creating text boxes effortlessly on Google Docs. Finally, don’t let your Docs skills get rusty; learn how to strikethrough on Google Docs.

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