How to Insert Text Box and Delete Boxes in Google Docs

561041 How to Insert Text Box and Delete Boxes in Google Docs

What is a Text Box?

A text box in Google Docs allows you to insert a floating text element that can be moved around independently from the rest of the document. Text boxes are useful for:

  • Highlighting or emphasizing important points
  • Separating text from images or other elements
  • Adding visual interest to documents

Text boxes can be customized with different borders, background colors, and text formatting.

Inserting a Text Box

Inserting a text box in Google Docs is simple:

  1. Click Insert > Drawing > New in the toolbar
  2. Select the Text box icon
  3. Click and drag to draw the text box on the page
  4. Type or paste text into the box
  5. Customize the text box by changing the border, background color, font, size, etc.
  6. Click Save and close when finished

Here is the step-by-step process:

Inserting a text box in Google Docs

Formatting Text Boxes

Once inserted, text boxes can be formatted like any other text:

  • Change font family and size
  • Bold, italicize, or underline text
  • Change text and background color

To format a text box:

  1. Double-click inside the text box to open the editor
  2. Use the formatting toolbar to customize text
  3. Click outside the text box when finished

You can also change the border style, color, and width to further customize the appearance.

Moving and Resizing Text Boxes

Text boxes can be freely moved around the document by clicking and dragging them to the desired location.

To resize a text box:

  1. Click inside the text box to select it
  2. Click and drag any of the round handles on the edges or corners to resize
  3. Let go when text box is the desired size

Deleting Text Boxes

To delete a text box:

  1. Click inside the text box to select it
  2. Press Delete on your keyboard

The text box will be removed.

To delete multiple text boxes at once:

  1. Click inside the first text box
  2. Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac)
  3. Click inside additional text boxes to select them
  4. Press Delete

All selected text boxes will be deleted.

Inserting Other Shapes

In addition to text boxes, other shapes like rectangles, circles, arrows, callouts, and lines can be inserted from the drawing toolbar. Insert them the same way as a text box, then customize size, color, borders, etc.

Double-click a shape to add text inside.


Text boxes are a great way to make Google Docs more visually appealing and easier to read. Use them to highlight key points, separate text and images, and add some creative flair. Customize them with different colors, borders, and text formatting.

Experiment with text boxes, shapes, and lines to take your documents to the next level!

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