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.

Customizing text boxes and shapes

The drawing tool has a variety of line and shape tools you can use to format your text box or shape. You can also modify the size and color of the font inside the text box or shape, as well as the colors of the background and lines.

To format a text box or shape:

  1. With the drawing tool open, select the desired text box or shape.
    Selecting a text box to format
  2. Click the desired formatting command to modify the text box or shape.
    The formatting commands
  3. The shape will appear formatted.
    The formatted shape

To add or edit the text inside of a text box or shape, double-click it to open the text editing box.

To change the order of text boxes or shapes:

If one shape overlaps another, you may need to change the ordering so the correct shape appears in front. You can bring a shape to the front or send it to the back. If you have several overlapping objects, you may need to use the Bring forward or Send backward options to achieve the correct ordering.

  1. In the Drawing dialog box, right-click the desired text box or shape. Hover the mouse over Order, then select an ordering option.
    Modifying the order
  2. The order will appear changed in the drawing.
    The reordered shapes


  1. Open Google Docs and create a new blank file.
  2. Open the drawing tool and create a heart shape.
  3. Double-click inside the heart and type your name.
  4. Change the text alignment to center.
  5. Change the fill color to a color of your choice.
  6. Insert a Curved Up Ribbon shape from the callouts section so it stretches across the heart.
  7. Change the fill color of the ribbon to a color of your choice.
  8. Change the order of the ribbon shape so it is behind the heart.
  9. Save and close the drawing tool.
  10. When you're finished, your drawing should look something like this:
    Shapes Example