I have a Google Document that was created using default styles. Our company has since created some Google Docs templates to use for styling. I'd like to apply the template's styling to this existing document, which is quite long, without having to copy/paste each heading and body text element into a new document. Is there a way to do this?

I found this Google documentation on how to create a new document from a template, but I couldn't find anything about how to apply template styling to a pre-existing document.

  • I that the question wording should be more specific as what you really need is to import the styles from one document to another.
    – Rubén
    May 20, 2019 at 17:07
  • @Rubén I updated the subject. Feel free to further edit.
    – Mike Eng
    May 20, 2019 at 17:09
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    Possible duplicate of Is it possible to Export Google Doc Default Styles?
    – Rubén
    May 20, 2019 at 17:23
  • @Rubén not a duplicate since my question is about converting an existing document, which is not covered in that linked question.
    – Mike Eng
    May 20, 2019 at 17:25

2 Answers 2


It's sort of a hassle, but copy paste a block of text with a title, subtitle, header 1,2,3,4, etc into your old doc, then one by one, select a bit of the text with the correct style, and "update Title to match", "update Header 1 to match"...

And finally, select all > Format > Paragraph Styles > Options > Use my default styles.

  • Definitely a hassle. I hope there is an easier way.
    – Mike Eng
    Aug 12, 2019 at 18:20

Just worked out that at the bottom of the styles menu you can save current styles as your default. Makes it a bit easier.

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