How to Change Background Color on Google Docs

995705 How to Change Background Color on Google Docs

Changing the background color in Google Docs can transform dull, plain documents into visually appealing masterpieces. Whether you want to reduce eye strain, match colors to your brand, or simply make your documents more fun, changing the background color is easy to do.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk through the step-by-step process to change background color on Google Docs, both on desktop and mobile.


Before we get started, make sure you have the following:

  • A Google account
  • The latest version of Google Docs, either on your desktop browser or mobile device
  • A document open in Google Docs (or create a new blank document)

Step 1: Access Page Setup

The Page Setup menu is where you’ll change the background color. To access it:

On Desktop:

  • Click “File” in the top left menu
  • Select “Page setup”

On Mobile:

  • Tap the 3-dot menu in the top right
  • Choose “Page setup”

Step 2: Navigate to Page Color Section

In the Page Setup pop-up:

On Desktop:

  • Scroll down and find the “Page color” section

On Mobile:

  • Tap “Page color”

Step 3: Select Background Color

You now have a few options to choose your desired background color:

Use Preset Colors

Google Docs has several preset background colors to choose from:

  • Click/tap on your preferred color option
  • The color will preview on the page behind the dialog box

Use Custom Color

For more specific shades:

  • Click/tap “Custom”
  • Use the color picker slider or enter a HEX code

Set as Default (Optional)

To automatically apply the color to new docs:

  • Check the “Set as default” box below the color picker

Step 4: Confirm Selection

Once you’ve selected your ideal background color:

On Desktop:

  • Click the blue “OK” button at the bottom

On Mobile:

  • Tap the back arrow in the top left corner

The color will now fill the background of your Google Doc!

Customizing Background Further

You can further customize the background using Google Docs’ drawing and image tools:

  • Insert shapes or images to overlay on the background
  • Adjust transparency levels
  • Layer multiple colors and textures

Get creative and transform your documents with custom backgrounds!


Changing the background color makes documents much more visually engaging. By following the simple steps to access Page Setup and select your desired shade, you can create stylish Google Docs in minutes.

Set your brand colors as a default for beautifully consistent documents. Or pick a new hue for each project to match themes and topics.

So ditch the plain white page and bring your docs to life with vibrant, customized background colors!

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