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Edit and format a document

You can edit the text, paragraphs, spacing, and more using the bar at the top of the page in a document. You can also change the font style, size, and color

Note: If you're editing Microsoft Word files, you may see other editing options that aren't described here.

Editing options

Edit a document

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. To select a word, double-click it or use your cursor to select the text you want to change.
  3. Begin editing.

Change paragraph spacing and alignment

You can edit the alignment of paragraphs and the line spacing in a document.

Change paragraph alignment

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the paragraph you want to change.
  3. In the bar at the top of the page, choose one of the alignment options:
    • Left align:
    • Center align:
    • Right align: Right align
    • Justify (left and right align):

Change line spacing

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the lines you want to change.
  3. In the bar at the top of the page, click Line spacing .
  4. Select an option from the menu. To enter a number for line spacing or to add space before or after a paragraph, click Custom spacing.

Undo or redo an action

  • To undo an action, in the bar at the top of the page, click Undo .
  • To redo an action, click Redo .

Format your font

You can change the font of your text at any time.

Change text

Select text you want to change, then choose from the following options in the bar at the top of the page:

  • Bold:
  • Italicize: 
  • Underline:
  • Font: Shows current font
  • Font size: Shows current size
  • Change text color:
  • Change highlight color: 

Change font style

To change the style of font or to create a heading:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text you want to change.
  3. Click Formatand thenParagraph styles.
  4. Choose a font or heading style for the selected text.
  5. Click Apply [style].

Choose a different font for a section of text

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text you'd like to change.
  3. In the bar at the top of the page, click the name of the current font.
  4. To choose a new font, click the Down arrow Down Arrow. The changes will be automatically applied to the text you selected.

Set a default font

To set a preferred font for all your new documents:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Begin typing.
  3. Highlight the text you want.
  4. From the bar at the top of the page, select the font you want to add as the default.
  5. Click Formatand thenParagraph stylesand thenNormal Textand thenUpdate ‘Normal text’ to match.
  6. With the text still highlighted, click Formatand thenParagraph stylesand thenOptionsand thenSave as my default styles.

After the default font has been set, all new documents that you create will use this font unless you change the default option again.

Add fonts to your font list

In some languages, you can add new fonts to your font list if they don't appear already:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click the current font to open the font list.
  3. At the bottom of the list, click More fonts.
  4. Browse or search for new fonts.
  5. Click a font to add it to your "My fonts" list.
  6. To sort your fonts or change how they will appear in your list, use the "Sort" and "Show" arrows.
  7. Click Ok.

Note: You can add fonts to your font list in these languages:

  • Catalan
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese

Clear formatting

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text you want to change.
  3. In the menu, click Formatand thenClear formatting.

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