Insert custom building blocks

Custom building blocks are only available for eligible work or school accounts, and you’re not currently signed in. Learn more about work and school accounts.

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If you're using Google Docs on an eligible work or school account, you can turn content in your document into a custom building block so you can quickly reuse it in the future.

Important: You can only create custom building blocks from a document if you're able to copy content. If you are unable to copy content, reach out to the document owner and ask them to give you copy access to the document.

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Highlight the content you want to turn into a building block.
  3. Right-click the highlighted content.
  4. Click Save as custom building block.
  5. Add a name. You can also add an optional description.
  6. Click Create and then Got it.

Create a custom building block with the “@” menu

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Type "@custom building block" and click New custom building block New.
  3. Highlight the content you want to turn into a building block.
  4. In the pop-out at the top, click Save.
  5. Add a name. You can also add an optional description.
  6. Click Create and then Got it.

Use, view, & edit custom building blocks

To insert a custom building block:

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. You can either:
    1. Type “@" and enter the name of the custom building block.
    2. At the top, click Insert and then Building Blocks and then Custom building block and select a building block.

View and edit custom building blocks

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. You can either:
    1. Type "@," and next to "Building Blocks," click Expand Expand.
    2. At the top of the document, click Insert and then Building Blocks and then Custom building block.
  3. Click Manage custom blocks. This will open a list of your custom building blocks in Google Drive.
    1. Tip: To remove a custom building block, you can delete the file from your Google Drive.
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