How to Insert a 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.

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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