I would like to know how to change the background color of the cover page of a multi-page Google Document.
AFAIK there is no way to change the background color of a single page. The best workaround I can think of is to create a a table that is 1x1 and expand the cell to be as big as possible. You can then change the color of the cell to be whatever you want.
The downside here is that, well, it's a table, so already not ideal. There other thing is that you are constrained by the margins of the page, unless you want to change the margins for every page in the doc.
It is possible to change the background color of a single page !! This is how you do it:
Select page setup from the file menu
Choose the color you want
Color is set for a single page, but also set for the whole document.
If you print out the finished documents as PDF files, then you can use for example the following web app to merge the two documents: http://www.pdfmerge.com/.
You can only change the page background color for the entire document (
File > Page Setup), not a single page. However, you can set paragraph styles (
Format > Paragraph Styles > Borders and shading) with background colors, which should accomplish the same effect:
Double-check that bullets and indent inputs work correctly with whatever you choose.
Re: alternatives, full-width tables technically work with the major caveat that tab function will skip to next table cell rather than indenting the line, which is usually a dealbreaker. And there's no way to send a shape to the doc background to write text over it.