How To Change The Background In Google Docs?

Changing the background in Google Docs is a common feature that is mainly used when designing a document.

It grabs the attention of readers and improves the appearance of the document.

You can get rid of boring default color schemes with more attractive and eye-catching color options.

Fortunately, there are multiple ways to change the background in Google Docs.

So in this tutorial, I will explain how you can change the background color in Google Docx.

Apart from that, I will show how you can enable dark mode with the help of a third-party extension.

Method 1: Changing Background by Changing the Page Color in Google Docs

By default, the Google Docs writing area has a white background color.

But if you would like to change the page’s background color, you can easily do that. 

To change a document’s background color, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the File tab in the ribbon.
click the file tab
  1. In the File menu that appears, click on Page Setup.
click on page setup
  1. Click on the Page color drop-down option.
Click on the page color drop-down
  1. Select any color of your choice from the available options
select a color
  1. Doing so, a new color will appear in the Page color option.
the selected color appears as the page color
  1. Click on the “OK” button to apply the change.
click OK
  1. A new background color is applied to the document, as shown in the screenshot below.
google Docs writing area color has been changed

Using the above method, you can change the background color of your Google document to anything you want.

Remember to always adjust the background color according to the color of the text so that it would increase the legibility of the text.

For example, it’s not a good idea to use a light background page color with light-colored text.

It’s best to choose contrasting colors. You can use this color wheel to try out a few combinations.

Method 2: Enable Dark Mode in the Background

Sometimes you want to view your document in dark mode to increase its visibility.

In dark mode, the background would be black, and the text color would be white.

While this could be achieved using method 1 (where you make the background color black and the text color white), let me introduce you to a third-party extension (Google Docx Dark Mode) that can toggle between dark mode and light with a single click.

The Google Docx Dark Mode extension is available in the google web store. Follow the steps to enable dark mode using this extension.

  1. Open any browser
  2. Search for the Google Docx Dark Mode extension (or click the link)
search for Google Docs Dark Mode extension
  1. Click on Add to chrome option. A pop-up will appear on the screen.
click on add to chrome
  1. Click on the Add extension option.
click on add extension

Now you have installed the Google Docs Dark Mode Google Chrome extension. Refresh your browser once to enable the extension.

A new menu will appear on the screen, as highlighted in the screenshot below.

background color change menu highlighted
  1. To enable dark mode in Google Docs, click on the highlighted option.
click to enable dark mode
  1.  This will enable the dark mode, as shown below.
dark mode enabled in Google Docs

Note: You can switch back to the light mode by clicking on the same Icon.

Google Docs Dark Mode extension provides an instant way to toggle between light and dark modes.

Method 3: Change the Background Theme to Dark in Google Docs

You can also change the background theme color in Google Docs to dark using the Google Docx Dark Mode extension.

To do so, follow the below steps.

  1. Open any browser
  2. Search for the Google Docx Dark Mode extension (or click the link)
  3. Click on Add to chrome option. A pop-up will appear on the screen.
  4. Click on the Add extension option.
  5. To change the background theme to dark, click on the highlighted option
click on the icon to change the background theme

This will change the background theme to dark (which means that the writing area remains white but the overall Google Docs color is changed to dark color.

google Docs background theme has been changed

Note: You can toggle between dark and light themes using the above option.

In this tutorial, I showed you how to change the background color in google Docs.

Apart from that, I also explain how you can toggle between dark and light modes with the help of a third-party extension. Hopefully, everything is clear now.

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