Inserting Text Boxes and Shapes

Use a Google Docs text box to set important details apart. Also use the Google Docs shapes feature to organize information.

Adding shapes

You can add a variety of shapes to your document, including arrows, callouts, squares, stars, and flowchart shapes. Shapes are customizable, so you can add text and change the background color and line width. You may find shapes useful for creating diagrams and flow charts, and they can add visual appeal to your document as well.

To insert a shape:

  1. Click Insert, then select Drawing from the drop-down menu.
    Inserting a new drawing
  2. The Drawing dialog box will appear.
  3. Select a drawing command. Hover the mouse over a style, then select the desired shape.
    Selecting a shape
  4. Click and drag in the drawing area to create the shape to the desired size.
    Creating the shape to the desired size
  5. Release the mouse. The shape appears.
    The new shape
  6. If you want, you can add more shapes. When you have completed the drawing, click Save & Close to insert it into your document.
    Clicking Save & Close
  7. The drawing will appear in the document.
    An inserted drawing
  8. If you want to resize the shape, click and drag a resizing handle to the desired size.
    Resizing the shape in the document

To delete a shape from your document, select it and press the Backspace or Delete key on your keyboard.

To reopen the drawing tool to edit the shape, select the desired shape and click Edit from the options that appear below the drawing.

Clicking Edit