How to Insert Text Box in Google Docs

The steps in this article are going to show you how to add a text box to your document in Google Docs.

  1. Open your document from Google Drive.
  2. Click where in the document you want the text box.
  3. Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.
  4. Choose the Drawing option, then click New.
  5. Click the Text box icon in the toolbar.
  6. Draw the text box on the canvas.
  7. Type to add text to the text box, then click the Save and Close button.

While much of the content that you add to a document in Google Docs will be done by simply clicking in the document and typing, you may have other needs.

Certain document layouts can only be accomplished by positioning content in a way that is not achievable via standard document editing. Luckily you can use text boxes in Google Docs to accomplish this.

But adding a text box in Google Docs isn’t as simple as it is in programs like Microsoft Word, and you need to use an additional tool to insert a text box in a Google Docs document.

Our guide below will show you where to go to add your text box, as well as how you can edit text box information after it’s been added.

How to Insert a Text Box in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the Google Chrome desktop Web browser, but it will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge.

Step 1: Navigate to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the document for the text box.

Step 2: Click at the point in the document where you want to add the text box.

Step 3: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.

select the Insert tab

Step 4: Choose the Drawing option, then click New.

click Drawing, then click New

Step 5: Click the Text box button in the toolbar above the canvas.

click the text box button

Step 6: Click and hold on the canvas, then drag your mouse to draw the text box. Release the mouse button when finished.

how to insert a text box in Google Docs

Step 7: Type your content into the text box, then click Save and Close when you’re done.

how to save the text box and close the Drawing tool

You can edit the text box later by either double-clicking on it in the document, or clicking on it once, then selecting the Edit option.

Can you enter a text box in Google Docs?

When learning how to insert a textbox on Google Docs you will likely explorer most of the options in the menu bar at the top of the window. But unlike figuring out how to add a text box in other word processing applications like Microsoft Word, the Google Doc insert text box method uses a drawing tool instead.

While this drawing method is an interesting alternative to add a text box to a document, the drawback is that you need to go back into this tool when you want to edit the information inside of it. So you simply double-click on the box in the document to open the drawing tool, then you can click inside the box to add or edit the text.

Note that if you wanted to change the color of the box you would also do it on this menu. Click the Fill color button at the top of the window, then choose the color for the background.

How do you put a text box on a picture in Google Docs?

Now that you know how to insert text box on Google Docs you may eventually encounter situations where you want a Google Docs text box in some atypical situations.

One such situation involves adding a picture to the document, then writing text over top of it. But you will discover that you can’t simply use the drawing method to create a text box, then click and drag the text over top of your image. Alternatively you aren’t able to add a new object directly on top of an existing image.

Fortunately the Drawing tool is a little more than just a way to add text boxes, and you are able to insert images, too. So if you are trying to place a text box over an image in Docs, go to Insert > Drawing then click on the Image icon in the toolbar and add the picture. Then you can click the Text box icon and draw your object, then add the text. Finally, drag the text box over top of the picture to achieve the desired result.

Note that you may need to experiment with different text colors or fill colors as well, otherwise the text may be difficult or impossible to read.

How do I include a text box?

As mentioned in the article above, you can add one by choosing the location where you want it to appear in the document, then clicking the Insert tab, following by the Drawing option. The Text box icon is then available in the toolbar above the window.

After you have drawn the object and added the words to it, you can click the Save and Close button to insert it into the document.

Any additional edits can be accomplished by double-clicking on it inside the document, where you will be taken back to the Drawing tool.

There are some additional features available in this application that allow you to control the appearance of your content. For example, inserting a table can be a useful option when you need to show a lot of data that doesn’t really fit well into paragraph format. This is done by going to Insert > Table and choosing the number of rows and columns.

Additionally if you need to adjust the appearance of content that you have already added to the document, you can do so by clicking and dragging with your mouse to select the text, then choosing the various options in the toolbar above the document. For example, you could change the font or the font size for that selected text.

Find out how to change margins in Google Docs if the existing margin settings are different from what your document requires.

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