Changing a Docs Style

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 5, 2013)


Docs provides a number of different styles you can use within your documents. For those familiar with styles in other word processing programs, you'll find the styles capabilities in Docs to be extremely limited. Basically, Docs comes with nine pre-defined styles that you can apply to the text in your document. You cannot add to this limited cadre of styles, but you can modify the existing styles to fit your needs.

To modify a style, start by formatting some text to reflect how you want that style to look. Use the formatting controls in Docs to apply whatever combinations of font, font size, and attributes you want. When the text looks like you want it to, follow these steps:

  1. Select the formatted text.
  2. Click the drop-down Styles option on the toolbar. Docs displays a list of styles.
  3. Hover the mouse pointer over the style you want to change. Docs displays a right-pointing arrow at the right side of the style name.
  4. Click the right-pointing arrow and Docs displays a couple of options for that style.
  5. Click the "Update to Match" option. (The exact name of the option varies depending on the style you are modifying.)

That's it. The style is modified, and any other text in the document that uses that style is immediately updated to reflect the modified formatting.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is one less than 4?

2013-12-06 08:03:24

Alan Perkins

Then how about a macro to allow me to get the style I want instead of what some Googlers designed?

Or an app that will do this?

2013-12-05 07:33:34


As far as I can tell, this is on a per-document basis. So the next time you open a particular document, the style changes should be there. They won't, however, be there for a different document.

2013-12-05 06:11:09

Alan Perkins

Will this change is a style stick ? Will the style be changed the next time I open Drive to work or do I have to re-change the style for each document?