Google Docs is a cloud-based word processing system offered by Google. Despite its many advantages, Docs does have a downside: it has a relatively limited set of features. Unlike Microsoft Word, which has a giant list of features, Google Docs focuses on doing a few basic things and doing them well. For 99% of users 99% of the time, this is more than enough. Sometimes we rely on solutions to achieve our document goals.
This article will show you all the known methods to add a background photo to your document.
How to Add Text Above Images in Google Docs
If you want to add text above an image in a Google document, follow these steps:
- Go to Google docs, sign in and click Open Document.
- Click on the option to open a new document.
- Click Enter.
- Click Picture. Then, select the location of your image file.
- Select an image and click Open.
- Click on the image in Google Docs. Then, click on the three vertical dots in the sub-menu. You will see a small pop-up that says Image Options.
- Click All Image Options.
- Click Adjustment.
- Move the slider to the right to adjust Transparency.
- Then click Text Wrapping.
- Click the box above Behind Text. Then, click X in the upper right corner to close the editor.
- Place the cursor over the image and use the down arrow key on your keyboard to place the cursor where you want the text to start.
Top Three Google Docs Solutions for Adding Image Behind Text
If, for some reason, the above method didn’t work for you, there are at least three ways to add a background image to your Google Docs file. If you have any other suggestions or approaches, please share them with us in the comments section at the end of this article!
Three Solutions for Adding Image Behind Text in Google Docs include:
- Use Microsoft Word to add a background image, then adjust the transparency of the image when you import the file into Docs.
- Use Google Slides to add images.
- Use Google Docs by taking advantage of the Images feature.
Let’s break down these three options.
Option 1: Use Microsoft Word to add a Google Docs Background
The MS Word method requires that you have a licensed copy of Microsoft Word through a Retail plan, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), or the free Office Online software.
- Create your document in Google Docs with text (but no background image) and any other elements you want for your final copy.
- Copy the contents of your Documents document and paste it into a Word document or save the file as a .docx file (most accurate) by selecting File > Download As > Microsoft Word (.docx).
- Open the .docx file in Word and select Insert > Picture from the main band.
- Choose your image in File Explorer popup window and select Enter. Your image now appears in the Word document.
- Right click on the image and select Wrap Text > In Front of Text because Google Docs doesn’t support Behind Text choice.
- Save the Word file and close Word.
- Go back to Google Docs and select File > Open. Choose Uploading and select the Word file you just saved. Images are inserted into Google Docs.
- Right click on the image and select Image Options. Adjust the transparency slider to your needs, then save your document. You now have (sort of) a background image in your Documents document.
Option 2: Use Google Slides to add a Google Docs Background
Another option for creating a simple document with a background image using only Google tools is to take advantage of Google Slides. This option works well when you don’t need a lot of text and don’t need editable text unless you include some around the image.
- Create a new blank presentation in Google Slides.
- From your blank slide document, click on File > Page Setupthen select Habit and adjust the height to fit your Google Docs page. Adjust the size based on the margin settings, so 11″ wide is 9″ with 1″ margins.
- Click on Shift tab and select Change Background.
- In Background Google Slides dialog box, click Select Image. Browse your computer to find the image you want to add and click Open” After the image is uploaded, click Done.
- Repeat the steps above for each Google Slides page, then add a text box and paste your Google Docs content.
- Once you are done placing and editing the text, take a screenshot of the slide. Then, open a new Google Docs document and insert an image. It’s not editable text, but it works. Adjust the image size if needed.
Option 3: Use the Image Feature in the Document to Add a Background
If you prefer to stick with Google Docs to create a background image under the text, you can use Picture features and added text boxes.
- In your current Documents file, position the cursor and select Insert > Image > + New.
- Click Picture button and select the file you want to use as the background.
- Change the transparency of your image if necessary by clicking pencil icon and click Transparent.
- Choose Add Text Box button and place the text box where you want your foreground text to appear. Next, type the foreground text, setting the font, color, and size as desired. Presto, instant background image!
Using the steps above, you may need to tweak your images and get the text to match the existing content. This technique is better for very simple text overlays than transparent background images on standard text documents, but it works.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to more of your questions about Google Docs.
How do I use the same image for every page of my Google Doc?
If you have multiple pages and you want the same image behind the text on every page, you’re in luck. When you copy an image, the settings will follow. This means you only need to copy the initial image once after selecting Behind the text choice.
Click on the image on the first page and use Control + C or Command + C keyboard shortcut to copy the image to your clipboard. Then, go to the next page and use Control + V or Command + V shortcut for pasting images.
How do I delete an image?
If you decide you no longer want an image on the page, all you need to do is click on the image (a box will appear around the image) and click the backspace key on your keyboard. The text will still be there, but the image will be gone.
Can I add an image after I add text?
Yes! You may need to click your computer’s enter key to make some space. However, you can add an image using the steps above and use the text wrapping feature to move the image behind the words on your page.
The words in the temporary document will move down to accommodate the image, but when you click the text wrapping option, the words will return to their previous position. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to double-check that everything looks correct before sharing your document.
Images, Text and Google Docs
As you can see, there are several ways to add a background to Google Docs; You just have to be creative sometimes. While the image quality might drop, it gets the job done, and Google is expected to fix that problem soon.