How to Create a Newsletter Using a Google Docs Newsletter Template

Organizations typically have members that want to be kept up to date with what is happening in that organization. This can be accomplished through several methods, but one of the more common options involves creating and sending a newsletter.

Due to its accessibility and price, the popularity of Google’s suite of productivity software, including Google Docs, has been rising for several years. If you are tasked with creating a newsletter and have Google Docs as your word-processing option, then continue below to learn how to use one of the Google Docs newsletter templates to create your document.

How to Make a Newsletter in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will work in other desktop browsers as well. Note that we are going to be navigating to Google Docs in a specific way so that we can access a specific screen. Even though you are using a template in the steps below you are still able to adjust document settings, so find out how to change the margins in Google Docs if you want more or less white space around your document content.

The first part of this section will provide a quick overview of how to make a newsletter in Google Docs. For additional information, including pictures for each step, you can proceed to the full tutorial.

Yield: Google Docs Newsletter

How to Create a Google Docs Newsletter

How to Create a Google Docs Newsletter

Find out how to make a Google Docs newsletter using one of the default templates available in Google Docs.

Active Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Newsletter content
  • Images (optional)

Tools

  • Google Docs

Instructions

  1. Open a browser tab and navigate to https://docs.google.com.
  2. Click the Template gallery button at the top-right of the window.
  3. Scroll to the Work section and click the preferred newsletter template.
  4. Click on the existing text and replace it with your own information.
  5. Click on a placeholder image, then click the Format tab at the top of the window.
  6. Select Image, click Replace image, then choose where your replacement image is located.

Notes

If you are using your own image to replace the newsletter's placeholder image, then you may need to crop your image to make it fit in the template. Continue reading our guide below to see how to perform this crop.

You are able to reformat the text in the newsletter in the same way that you would typically reformat text in Google Docs.

Full Tutorial with Pictures

Step 1: Open your browser and navigate to https://docs.google.com. If you aren’t already signed into your Google Account, then you will be prompted to do so.

Step 2: Click the Template gallery button at the top-right of the window.

click the template gallery button

Step 3: Scroll down to the Work section of this menu, then click the Newsletter option that you prefer.

how to create google docs newsletter from template

Step 4: Click on any of the text fields and replace the existing information with your own. Note that you can then select the replaced text and use the toolbar above the document to change format options like the font, color, or text size.

change placeholder text

Step 5: Click on a placeholder image in the template, then click the Format tab at the top of the window.

select image to replace

Step 6: Select the Image option, click Replace image, then choose the location from which you wish to add your own image.

replace a placeholder image

Depending on the size of the original placeholder image and the one you have chosen to replace it, you may need to change the image cropping. You can do this by right-clicking the picture, then selecting Crop image.

right click the picture, then choose crop image

You can then drag the black handles around the image to the desired locations for the crop.

drag the handles to change the crop

Do you need to download a document so that you can use it in a different application? Find out how to download a Google Docs file in the Microsoft Word format so that you can open and edit the file in Microsoft’s word processor.

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