How to change default formatting in Google Docs

what to know

  • Format the text the way you like, highlight the text, and go to Format > Paragraph Styles > Normal Text > Update Normal Text to match .
  • Save the new default settings: Choose Format > Paragraph Styles > Options > Save As My Default Style .
  • Reset to the original Google Docs style: Choose Format > Paragraph Styles > Options > Reset Styles .

This article explains how to change the default formatting in Google Docs. Instructions apply to the desktop version of Google Docs.

After changing the default values, all subsequent documents you create will reflect these settings. Of course, you can still change the formatting of any individual element in the document, but the default formatting provides a consistent starting point.

To change the default setting for normal text in Google Docs, follow these steps:

  1. Open a document.

  2. Highlight the text you want to change.

  3. In the bar above the text, select the font, font size, paragraph spacing, text color, background color, or any other aspect you want to change.

  4. Choose a format.

  5. Choose a paragraph style .

  6. Click on the normal text.

  7. Select Update Normal Text to match .

  8. Click "Format".

  9. Click Paragraph Style > Options > Save as my default style .

You can also use the same process to change the default formatting for other elements, such as headings, headings, borders, and shading.

Instead of selecting Format > Paragraph Styles , select the formatting options you want to set instead of the paragraph style. Update the styles to match the selected text and save as default styles, which will apply to every document you create from now on.

If you want to reset to the original Google Docs style, select Format > Paragraph Styles > Options > Reset Styles .

When you create a document in Google Docs, default settings such as font style, line spacing, and background color are automatically applied to the document.

It's very easy to change any of these elements for some or all of your documents on a case-by-case basis, but if you consistently use the same settings in most or all of your Google Docs, you can save yourself a lot of time and the hassle of changing default document settings.