Changing the background color of the Google Doc is simple. Let us show you that.
On the document, go to the File item on the left of the top toolbar and press it. In the drop-down menu, go down to the Page setup item and press it
In this new window, on top, you will see that the applying method is set to the “Whole document” by default since Google Docs do not support the color change of individual pages. So, keep that in mind
Then go down to the last item on the left. This is Page color. Press the color selection field below it. Here you can pick some default one or, of course, create a custom one by pressing on this + icon to access a built-in color palette and the HUE or having the HEX color code
As a sample, we are sticking with the default ones. And we choose a creamy-rose page color. We press OK to apply
Scrolling down to show you that the document just got painted in the new color
Making Black Text on White Paper
That was it. But let us also show you some of the frequent requests for the document’s color scheme. The first one is simply a reversed one — the white text on the black page. And let’s do that.
First, you need to highlight the entire text on the document. Do it by press-holding and dragging the mouse over the text of the document. Or use a Crtl + A shortcut on a PC or a Command + A on a Mac. Then we go to the Text color button on the toolbar on top. This is an icon with an A letter and a line below it. So, we press it
And we select the absolutely white. The white text is now merging with a white page
Now let’s change that by going to the familiar File item on the toolbar, then down to the Page setup item. Open the last item on the left and pick the black color. Press OK to apply
There we go. For example, we really like working with the document in such a way, as for us, it just feels easier for the eyes
Changing the Color of Canvas
The next thing we are frequently asked about is the document canvas color change. This is the change of the space color around the working area. And once again. Google Docs do not support that. So, the only workaround we found is the Chrome extension.
For that, go to the Chrome Web Store
And search here for “google docs dark mode”. And if there’s no extension with the exact same name in the results, press “More extensions” and scroll down until you find the exact same name. And here it is — Google Docs Dark Mode. Press on it. In our case, it is the first one in the list, so we don`t even need to press “More extensions”
Then press “Add to Chrome”, confirm “Add extension”, and it’s installed
Back to the document, refreshing the page, pressing on the extension from the browser
And switching the first toggle makes the canvas around the document turn black. There you go
We hope this tutorial will help you learn how to change background color on Google Docs. Good luck!
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