Change how paragraphs and fonts look

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You can use the toolbar at the top of a document to:

  • Edit and format the text and paragraph spacing
  • Change the font and background colour
  • Bold, italicise, underline or strikethrough text

Format paragraphs

Change paragraph spacing or alignment

Change paragraph spacing

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the lines that you want to change.
  3. Click Format and then Line spacing.
  4. Select a line spacing option.

Change paragraph alignment

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the paragraph that you want to change.
  3. At the top, choose an alignment option.
Change paragraph borders or colour
  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the paragraph that you want to change.
  3. Click Format and then Borders and lines.
  4. In the window that opens, change how you want your paragraph to look.
  5. To remove paragraph borders or colour, click Reset.
  6. When you have finished, click Apply.

Format font

Change text case
  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text that you want to change.
  3. Click Format and then Text and then Capitalisation.
  4. Select Lowercase, Uppercase or Title case.
Choose a default font
  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Highlight the text that you want.
  3. At the top, select the font that you want.
  4. Click Format and then Paragraph styles and then Normal text and then Update 'Normal text' to match.
  5. With the text still highlighted, click Format and then Paragraph styles and then Options and then Save as my default styles.

After you choose a font, your new documents will use this font unless you change it again.

Add fonts to your font list

In some languages, you can add new fonts to your font list.

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. At the top, click the font name to open the font list.
  3. At the bottom of the list, click More fonts.
  4. Browse or search for new fonts.
    • Click a font to add it to your 'My fonts' list.
    • To sort your fonts or change how they appear in your list, use the 'Show' and 'Sort' arrows.
  5. Click OK.

Available languages

Fonts are available in these languages:

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bangla
  • Burmese
  • Catalan
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Kannada
  • Kazakh
  • Khmer
  • Kyrgyz
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Norwegian
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese 
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Sinhala
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese

Change the font color

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google docs.
  2. Select the text that you want to change. 
  3. Click Text colour Colour text .
  4. Select the colour that you want.

Change the background or highlight colour

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google docs.
  2. Select the text that you want to change. 
  3. Click Highlight colour  Highlight text.
  4. Select the colour that you want.

Bold, italicise or strikethrough text

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google docs.
  2. Select the text that you want to change. 
  3. Format the text.
    • To bold: Click Bold Bold.
    • To italicise: Click Italic Italic.
    • To strikethrough: Click Format and then Text  and then Strikethrough.

 

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