How To Put an Image Behind Text in Google Docs

Posted by Arch on October 22, 2018

Google Docs is a pretty practical application which allows you to do many cool things with your documents. However, one of its biggest downsides is the inability to add background images to the documents you create. Read on if you’d like to find out how to bypass this flaw.

How Does it Work?

Changing/adding a background image directly in a Google document is impossible. However, there are workarounds to this. The two most popular include the use of the online version of Microsoft Word and Google’s very own Slides.

In the first case, you will need assistance from Word to add the images. The trick with this method is to add them above the text and then adjust the image transparency when you upload the document to Google Docs.

The second method bypasses Docs completely and uses Google Slides. This one is simpler and does not require you to juggle between different applications. It is a great solution if you want to make your own wedding invitations or a customized greeting card.

Microsoft Word

If you opt to add a background image to your Google Docs document with the help of Word, you should follow these steps:

1. First, you should log into your Google account and go to Google Docs.

2. Click on the “Main Menu” button and select the “Docs” option.

3. There, select the “Blank” option and edit your document.

4. After that, you should go and create your Microsoft account on the Office Online If you already have one, log into it.

5. Once you are logged in, you should create a blank document.

6. Now, copy the contents of your Google Docs document into the Office Online document. Note that if your Google Docs document contains some complex multimedia and graphics, you should download it first as a .docx file and then re-upload it to OneDrive. If, however, your Google Docs document contains no complex graphic and media elements, just copy the contents from your Google Docs document to your blank document in Word Online.

7. Once you open the document in the online version of Word, select the “Insert” button in the “Main Menu” section and click on “Picture”. Browse your computer for the image you want to add to your document.

8. When the image is uploaded, you should right-click on it and hover over the “Wrap Text” option. A side menu will appear. Choose the “In Front of Text” option here. Choose this one because Google Docs doesn’t support the “Behind Text” option. Repeat the steps 7 and 8 as many times as necessary.

9. When you’re done, save the file to your computer. It should be in .docx format.

10. Now, go to Google Docs and create a blank file.

11. Click on “File” and select the “Open…” option.

12. Select the “Upload” option and upload the file that you saved in step 9.

13. Once the file is uploaded, right-click on the image/s and select “Images Options”.

14. A panel will open up on the right side of the screen. There, you can set the transparency of each image in the document.

Google Slides

Though, technically, you will not add a background image to a Google Docs document, the Google Slides route is a neat alternative. You can use it in situations where you don’t need a lot of text. Here’s how it works.

1. Log into your Google account and go to Google Slides.

2. Click on the “Blank” button and open a new presentation.

3. Next, click on “File” and then select “Page Setup”.

4. You should then click on “Custom”. Set the height to 11” and width to 8.5”. Now, your presentation will look like a page in a Google Docs document.

5. After the initial setup is done, you should click on the “Slide” tab and choose the “Change Background” option.

6. The “Background” dialog box will appear and you should click on the “Choose” button.

7. Next, browse your computer for the image you want to add and click on “Open”.

8. Once the image is uploaded, click on “Done”. If you need more images, repeat the steps from 6 to 8. Note that if you want the same background on multiple slides, you will have to upload it to each of them.

9. After that, you can add text boxes and edit the text as you want.

10. Once you’re done editing text, you can download your newly created presentation as a PDF and use it with PowerPoint.

Final Thoughts

As powerful and cool as it is, Google Docs still lacks some of the features its offline counterparts offer. Hopefully, in the future versions, Google will incorporate the ability to add background images to Google Docs documents. Until then, you’ll have to rely on alternative routes.

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