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How to change the page background color on Google Docs

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February 18, 2022

Have you ever wondered if you could add more color to your content? Perhaps you have been looking for a way to make Google Docs appear in dark mode? Google Docs has a built-in function that allows you to customize the look and feel of your writing and images. That would be setting the page color. Let’s go over how to change your page background color on Google Docs.

Read more: How to change page size and orientation on Google Docs

QUICK ANSWER 

To change the background color on Google Docs on your computer, click File Page setupPage color. Select the color you want from the presets, or click CUSTOM to set a custom background color.

To change the background color on Google Docs on Android or iOS, press ⠇→ Page setupPage color. Select your desired background color, then press the back arrow button to finish.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS 

How to change the page color in Google Docs

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You can change the page background color on Google Docs on your computer and smartphone. To do this, you will need to go into Page setup and click Page color to choose one of the color presets built into Google Docs.

If you yearn for a “dark mode” type of experience, you could change the background color of your document to black. After that, make sure to turn your text color to white.

Desktop

In Google Docs, start by clicking File in the top toolbar.

click file in the top toolbar google docs
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In the subsequent dropdown menu, click Page setup.

select page setup from the subsequent dropdown menu in File
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Next, click the button underneath Page color. This should have a white circle and an arrow next to it.

click the button underneath page color
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Finally, from the dropdown menu, select the color you want for the background of your page. For this example, we will be changing the background of this page to green. When ready, click the blue OK button.

click the color you want and then click ok
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When finished, the background of your Google Doc will be the color you chose.

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Android and iOS

You can change the background color of your Google Doc on the mobile app for Android and iOS. If you change the color of your document on your phone, the document will retain its changed background color on your desktop.

To do this, open your Google Doc app on your Android or iOS device. Make sure you are in editing mode, meaning you can type on the screen, and then press the button in the top right corner.

press the three dot button in the top right corner of the google docs app
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From the subsequent dropdown menu, press Page setup. Then, within Page setup, press the button labeled Page color.

select page setup and then page color from the next menu
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You can choose whatever background color you want from the list here. Under each primary color, you can select a shade. For this example, we will be changing the background color to green. When finished, press the back arrow button in the top left to return to your Google Doc.

find your color then exit
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Your Google Doc will now have a new background color.

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How to set a custom background color in Google Docs

Setting a custom page color is only possible on the desktop form of Google Docs. It is not available on the mobile app for Android and iOS. Start by clicking File and then Page setup.

click file and then page setup
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Click the Page color button; this should have a white circle and an arrow next to it. Next, click the CUSTOM button at the top of the page color menu.

click custom at the top of the page color menu
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You can now customize your color. Use the HUE slider to find the right base color, or “hue,” then click and drag the circle around the large square in the middle to find the right color for your page background. Alternatively, you can type in the hex code at the top, in the field labeled Hex if you know it.

When satisfied with your custom color, click the blue OK button at the bottom of the color customization menu. Click the blue OK button again in the bottom right of the Page setup menu to exit.

find your custom color and then click ok twice
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FAQs

How do I make an image the background in Google Docs?

If you wondered whether you could set an image as the background in Google Docs, you can. To do so, insert your image and then format it as Behind text. Drag it into place.

How do you make the background black on Google Docs?

To do this, click File–>Page setup–>Page color. Click the black circle to make your Google Doc black.