I would like to know how to change the background color of the cover page of a multi-page Google Document.

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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
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Choose the color you want
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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/.

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    "Color is set for a single page, but also set for the whole document." So in other words it's not possible to change the color for a single page. Nov 19, 2014 at 10:15
  • Had to edit your answer. What a weird answer btw, it is NOT possible to change the color of a single page and leave the others as is. At least not yet.
    – Felix
    Dec 6, 2017 at 15:14

Why not just make a separate doc for your cover page? Or better yet, download your doc into a pdf and make a flipsnack or something for the paper.


The easiest way is to open MS Paint, make a rectangle with the colour you want, copy it into your document and format the image to stay behind the text.

Then you can expand the rectangle to fit the whole page or to whatever size you want.

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    How do you do that? I can't find options for putting the image behind the text nor for filling the whole page (it wants to stay within the margins).
    – z0r
    Sep 28, 2016 at 1:34

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:

Borders and shadingFormat > Paragraph Styles > Borders and shading

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.


A woman on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_wm2sAIubo

suggests to use Google Presentation where it is possible to add a background.

And here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/docs/pn4FgYijybU

they suggest to use a Textbox in Google Docs.


Go to page setup then click page color. Then you can change the color.

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    But that would be the color throughout the document, isn't? The OP asked if one single page could be colored differently. Apr 17, 2014 at 7:27

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