Google Docs: How to Change the Background Color, Page Size & Orientation

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How to change the background color, page size, and page orientation in Google Docs

Have you ever wanted to change the background color of a Google Doc? Or maybe you’ve wondered how to change the page size and/or orientation? Not only is it possible, but it’s also surprisingly simple.

While many of us (myself included) might default to using Google Slides for such tasks, Google Docs has a few formatting tricks up its sleeve too.

How to Change the Background Color

To change the background of a Google Doc, click “File” —> “Page Setup” 

This will bring up the Page Setup options. Click the box below “Page Color” to choose your background color, then click the blue “OK” button at the bottom.

Google Docs: How to Change the Background Color

How to Change the Page Orientation

By default, Google Docs pages are in Portrait mode (taller), but switching to Landscape mode (wider) is just a click away.
To change the page orientation from Portrait to Landscape, click “File” —> “Page Setup” 
This will bring up the Page Setup options. Check the Landscape box, then click the blue “OK” button at the bottom.

 

Google Docs: How to Change the Page Orientation

And that’s all there is to it.

As you can see from the Page Setup options, you can also change the paper size and document margins from this screen as well.

Note: The videos from this post were recorded with Screencastify (a Google Chrome extension) and converted to an animated .GIF with Video to GIF Animation (a Google App). Read about these and other handy Google Tools here: 5 Must-Use Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers and 5 (More) Must-Use Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers
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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica Devlin
    April 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Great, easy to follow tips. Thanks so much for sharing. I never know how to do this stuff.

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    Melissa Castan
    April 18, 2017 at 3:15 am

    This is super helpful! I have found Google Docs to not be the most user friendly so I appreciate the tips.

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    Veronika Sykorova
    April 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I never really looked into how google docs works so this is really helpful. Thank you!

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