How to Make a Google Doc


This wikiHow teaches you how to create a new document in Google Docs on a computer, phone, or tablet. Google Docs is a free word processing app you can use to create, edit, and share text-based documents with others.

Part 1
Using a Computer

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//docs.google.com in a web browser. You can use any Windows or macOS web browser to access Google Docs, including Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. If you don't have a Google/Gmail account, you'll need to create one before you can access Google Docs.

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Follow the on-screen instructions to sign in with your Google/Gmail account name and password. This brings you to a list of documents you've opened, edited, or otherwise worked on. You'll also see some options for creating a new document at the top of the screen.

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It's in the top-left area of the page. This creates a blank document that you can edit however you wish. If you want to create a new document from a template, click Template Gallery near the top-right corner of the page to expand the list, then click a template to create a new document. Popular template options (such as Resume and Brochure) appear at the top-center area of the page.

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The document is called "Untitled document" by default. To change the title to something other than "Untitled document," press Del to delete the text, and then type a new name for your document. Press ↵ Enter or ⏎ Return to save your changes.[1]

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As long as you're connected to the internet, Google Docs will save your work as you type. Use the toolbar at the top of the document to adjust the font size, face, color, and style. To adjust the line spacing, click the Format menu, select Line Spacing, and then choose Single, Double, or your preferred option. The Format menu also contains tools for adding columns, headers, footers, headers, and more. To insert an image, table, chart, or special characters, click the Insert menu, choose the item you want to insert, and then follow the on-screen instructions. Google Docs will underline any potential spelling errors—click an underlined word to see suggestions, then click the one you want to use. To spellcheck your entire document, click the Tools menu, and then select Spelling. If you want to download a copy of your document, click the File menu, select Download as, and then choose a format.

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If you want the document to be a collaborative effort with others, you can share it with an individual or group. Here's how: Click the blue Share button near the top-right corner of the page. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with, separated by commas. Click the pencil icon to the right of the "People" box to view a list of permissions (Can view, Can edit, Can comment), then choose an option. Click Advanced at the bottom-right corner of the Sharing window to see more options, and make changes as needed. Click Send to send a link to the document.

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Click the blue sheet of paper icon at the top-left corner of the page to return to the document list.

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When you want to work on the document, just return to , then click the document's name in the file list.

Part 2
Using a Phone or Tablet

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If you're using an iPhone or iPad, you can download the app from the App Store. If you have an Android, you can download it from the Play Store. See How to Install Apps to learn how to download an app to your mobile device. If you don't have a Google/Gmail account, you'll need to create one before you can access Google Docs.

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It's the blue sheet of paper icon (labeled "Docs") typically found on the home screen (iPhone/iPad) or in the app drawer (Android).

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It's in a circle at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

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If you're using an Android, this creates a new blank document. If you're using an iPhone or iPad, enter a title for the document and tap CREATE. [2] If you'd prefer to use a template, tap Choose template to open the template browser, then tap a template to create a document with that format.

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As long as you're connected to the internet, Google Docs will save your work as you type. To adjust paragraph alignment and/or line spacing, double-tap the location where you want the change to begin, tap the Format icon (the A with multiple lines), select Paragraph, and then choose your options. To change the look of your text, double-tap some text to bring up the blue markers, then drag them to select the text you want to edit. Tap the Format icon (the A with multiple lines), select Text, and then choose your desired options. You can insert images, headers, footers, tables, page numbers, and more when you're in Print Mode.[3] To turn on Print Mode, tap the three dots at the top-right corner, then slide the "Print layout" option to On. Then, tap the pencil at the bottom-right corner to return to the editor, tap the + to open the insert menu, then select the item you want to insert.

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If you want the document to be a collaborative effort with others, you can share it with an individual or group. Here's how: Tap the Share button (a person with a "+") at the top to open the "Share screen. Type the email address of someone you want to share with into the "People" field. Tap the pencil icon to the right of the "People" box to view a list of permissions (View, Edit, Comment), then choose an option. Tap the Send icon (a paper airplane) at the top-right corner to email the document link.

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When you want to work on the document, just launch the Google Docs app and tap the document's title in the file list. To make changes, tap the pencil icon at the bottom-right corner to enter editing mode.