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For a Document ( Word-like) in Google Docs, I want to be able to change the font size, familiy and spacings for the built-in in styles. How can I do that?

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This can be done in new Google Docs (Drive) as well.

  1. Do the necessary styling in a part of the document.
  2. Place your mouse pointer over this location.
  3. Click on the style selector and select the style you want to change the defaults of.
  4. Click on update option to change the defaults.

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@RobertMunteanu Consider changing the accepted answer to be this one since Google Drive does allow you to change the look of headkings – Juan Mendes Jun 16 '15 at 18:17

This ability has been removed from the new version of Google Docs. As of now, you're able to tell Google to use the old version, but this comes with trade-offs, and only affects new documents.

In the Editing tab of your settings, see the following option:



Here are some of the most interesting features of the new version of Google documents:

  • Real time collaboration: See updates from other collaborators as they edit the document.
  • Higher-quality imports: More consistent imports from your desktop into Google Docs.
  • Chat with other collaborators: As you make your edits, you can chat with other document editors about the changes, from within the document.
  • Ruler: Google documents have a ruler for setting margins, indentations, and tab stops.

What else is different?

You'll probably notice that some features from the older version of Google documents aren't available yet. Don't worry: we'll be adding a lot of them soon.

These features from the previous version of Google documents, however, won't be available in the new version:

  • Offline document access via Google Gears
  • Edit HTML
  • Edit CSS
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After searching for a quite a while, it seems like the only way to change the paragraph spacing (i.e. the amount of space added when you "format -> Line spacing -> Add space before paragraph") was to use custom CSS. Is there a different way to do this now that CSS is not allowed? – David Doria Jun 23 '12 at 14:39
This answer is no longer correct, it is possible to modify the styles. – Brad Koch Apr 20 at 14:42

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