How to insert Text Box in Google Docs

This post covers how to insert a Text Box in a Google Docs document. A text box object is a good way to draw attention to a particular text as well as move the text to a particular part of your document. Google Docs has built-in options to add a text box in a document as well as customize that text box.

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You can add the text box and change the text font, border width, background color, etc., of that text box in a Google Docs document depending on the option used by you.

How to insert a Text Box in Google Docs

You can add a text box in Google Docs with different options:

  • Using the Drawing option
    • Text box option
    • Shape option.
  • Using single cell table option

Let’s check these options.

1] Using the Drawing option

The drawing option comes in handy to add text box via two options:

  1. Text box option
  2. Shape option.

1] Text box option

text box option in drawing

Here are the steps:

  • Open a Google Docs document
  • Access the Insert menu
  • Go to the Drawing section
  • Click on the New option to open the Drawing box
  • Click on the Text box option
  • Drag n drop mouse cursor to drawing area to insert the text box
  • Add your text content
  • Click on Save and Close button.

This will add a text box in your Google Docs document. Before adding the text box, you can also customize the text box in the drawing box using the available options. For example, you can resize the text box, set border color, border weight, change text font, make text bold, italic, set line spacing, add numbered list, and more. Just play with options and then insert the text box.

Once the text box is inserted, you can also edit it anytime. Simply click on the text box that you added and use the Edit option to open the Drawing box again.

Furthermore, text box size, rotation, text wrapping style, and text box position can also be set easily. For this, first, select the text box, click on the Image Options (three vertical dots), and select All image options, as visible in the below screenshot.

set size rotation text wrapping

After that, all such options will be visible in the right-sidebar. You can expand any option and use it as per your needs.

2] Shape option

shape option in drawing

This option is very much similar to the Text box option. The benefit of this option is that you can use any of the available shapes like rectangle, rounded rectangle, round single corner rectangle, square, etc., for your text box. These are the steps:

  • Open a document in Google Docs
  • Click on the Insert menu
  • Access Drawing section
  • Tap on the New option to open the drawing box
  • Access the Shape section
  • Select a shape from the available shapes to add it to the drawing area
  • Add text to the added shape
  • Press Save and Close button.

This will add a text box in your document with the shape selected by you. Again, before adding the text box, you can edit it using the options present in the drawing box.

Read next: How to add line numbers in Google Docs document.

2] Using single cell table option

use single cell table

This is not a direct option but good enough to insert a text box in a Google Docs document. The steps are:

  1. Open a Google Docs document
  2. Click on the Insert menu
  3. Access the Table section
  4. Click on the 1*1 (single-cell) table option.

This will add a single-cell table inside which you can add the custom text and that will become your text box. You can also change table width and height to make your text box better.

Apart from that, you can also select all lines of the inserted table and then set its color, border width, etc., using the options available in menus.

Hope it is helpful.

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