add text box in google docs

Text box is primarily used to draw attention to specifics on documents or arrange important opinions visually. Quite similar to shapes, the feature also allows you to move words around quickly in your document. They also empower your document to look more standard, saving you from that scattered, tattered look.

I guess you wonder why the feature is so hidden on Google docs; I am also speechless. Fortunately, it was only hidden but exceptionally easy to use when you get a grasp of it. In this piece, I'll show you a few ways to add a textbox to your document and customize them for whatever reason you want it.

  1. The Drawing Tool
  2. The Table Tool
  3. The Shape tool

Using the Drawing Tool to Create Text Box

This method is the primary method available to Google Docs, and steps to use this feature are as follows:

Step 1: Click the “Insert” option in the options tab, then select “Drawing” from the dropdown option

Google docs page showing the insert drop down options and highlights drawing
opening a drawing tab to create text box

Step 2: Click “New”, then the drawing window tab will pop up

Doc page with the New option highlighed
opening a new drawing tab

Step 3: In the Drawing window, click the “T" looking icon (a capital letter T inside a box) on the toolbar

Drawing tool window with the text box highlighted
clicking the text box icon

Step 4: Click to start drawing and Drag to expand your text box, and then add preferred text in the box

new text box that says 'your favorite text box'
click to start drawing and drag

The tools and the extended toolbar under the “three dots” on the top toolbar allow you to customize your text box to your preference. Letting you change the color, size, font of the text, etc.

Customized text box that says 'your favorite text box' and tools available to customize highlighted
customized text box

Once your text is perfect, click “Save & Close” to save and add it to your document. Now, you can move the text box wherever you want it in the document. Double-click to edit again if need be.

Using the Table Tool

This method is another exciting and easy method. Here you use a single cell table with one row and one column, and the steps are as follows:

Step 1: Click the “Insert” option in the option's tab, then select “Table” from the dropdown option

Google docs page showing the insert drop down options and highlights table
creating a text box with a table

Step 2: Right there, click on a single tile or cell (one row and one column)

Table tool with cell dimension
click on a single tile or cell

Step 3: After the cell appears on the document, adjust to the preferred size and type your text in the cell. You can also alter fonts, color, size, and style like you do when you adjust your standard text in the document.

Text box saying 'my text box is beautiful' and the options available for customization highlighted
options to customize the text box

Using the Shapes Tool

This method is even better; you get to use text boxes of different shapes; squares, charts, circles, etc. This tool allows you to add text into various shapes and customize them by changing the background color and borderline width.

Step 1: Click the “Insert” option in the option's tab, then select “Drawing” from the dropdown option. Click “New” to open the Drawing tool window

Google docs page showing the insert drop down options and highlights drawing
creating a shapes made text box

Step 2: Click the “Shapes” option (a circle brought forward on a square shape) to select the preferred shape on the toolbar.

Drawing window with different shapes to choose from
click your preferred shape

Step 3: Click to start drawing the shape and Drag to expand, then double-click anywhere on the shape to add words.

A square shaped text box
a shape-made text box

Step 4: Click “Save & Close” to insert your shape into the document. Now, you can move and resize the shape however you want it. To edit again, select the shape and click “edit”.

Conclusively, the design available to these text boxes and shapes is only limited to your imagination. The drawing tool has various options to format your text box and shape, from letter size to color to background and borderlines.

All tools available to customize a text box on google docs
options available to customize text box on google docs

Below are fundamental tools for formatting a text box or shape:

  • Fill color: This is to change the background color.
  • Font (size, color, style): This is the style in which your text is written
  • Highlight Color: This is available to highlight text in any desired color
  • Border color and weight: This is to change the weight and color of the border lines.

There you are! I hope it was helpful. Do well to share and drop your comments on challenges and breakthroughs with this walkthrough.