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.

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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.

If you need to know how to perform certain actions in Google Docs, like how to do subscript in Google Docs, then we have tutorials on this site for those actions, too.

How to Create a Newsletter in Google Docs

  1. Go to the Google Docs homepage.
  2. Click on Template gallery.
  3. Scroll down and click a Newsletter option.
  4. Edit the placeholder text as needed.
  5. Replace images by going to Format > Image > Replace image.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

How to Make a Google Docs Newsletter (Full Tutorial with Pictures)

The steps in this guide were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Safari.

If you need to make a Web page or site where you can post more information in addition to the newsletter, then Google Sites is a great free option.

Step 1: Open your browser and navigate to 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

Now that you know how to create a newsletter using a Google Docs newsletter template, you can make it a little easier to create attractive newsletters that you want to share with others.

Once you’ve gotten comfortable using one of the newsletter templates, it can be a little easier if you decide to create your own newsletter in Google Docs from scratch. For example, you might want to create a newsletter with multiple columns, more pictures, or with more formatting.

There are a lot of different ways to customize a document in Google Docs, just like there are in Microsoft Word, but simply seeing an example of a Google Docs newsletter like one of the templates can make it easier to design your own.

Google Docs has a number of other templates you might want to use in the future as well, including resumes, letters, recipes, and more.

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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