Out of the many word processors available out there, Google Docs is perhaps the easiest and the most convenient to work with. Everything is right where it needs to be, and the service works seamlessly across devices.
However, Google Docs’ capabilities go a lot further than just simple word processors features. In this article, we’re taking a look at how you can make a cover page in Google Docs.
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Making a cover page the easy way
One of the best features in Google Docs is the hundreds of templates available at your disposal every time you start a doc. If you’re looking to get a quick cover sheet for your document, pick a template and customise it down to your liking.
For this article, we will use the Newsletter template by Lively to create our cover page. Note that while the template may not look like a cover page right away, it can be exactly what you want with a little bit of work and the right content.
Note that by simply replacing the images in the template and modifying the text to suit your needs, you can turn a template into a perfectly capable coversheet. To replace an image, click on the image and then click Replace image from the toolbar.
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Making a custom cover page
Sometimes templates might not match exactly what you’re looking for, and you may have to make your cover page from scratch. In such cases, all you need is a little bit of creativity and a few workarounds in Google Docs.
Adding a border
First up, we’ll be adding a border to our cover page. The problem is, Google Docs doesn’t allow users to add a border natively, but there’s a rather clever workaround you can use.
Step 1: Head over to File and click on Page Setup.
Step 2: Reduce the page margins to the size of the border you’d like to have.
Step 3: Now head over to Insert and select Table. Select just one cell.
Step 4: Drag the cell all the way to the bottom of your page and you have your page border.
Adding the content
Now you can add the rest of your content, including any text and images, as you normally would. Images can be added from the Insert menu or dragged into the document, and text is added the way you normally would. Here’s how our cover page looks with all the content we’ve added.
One thing you should keep in mind, though, is to make sure that you wrap your text around any images you’ve added instead of putting the images inline, which is the default setting. To do this, select the image and click the Wrap text option underneath.
If you’re looking to add some text on top of an image. You’re going to have to use the Drawing tool. Here’s how.
Step 1: Click Insert followed by Drawing. Select the New option.
Step 2: Select the Text tool, and type out whatever text you want to put in the image. You can even add shapes under the text to make your text stand out.
Step 3: Click Save and close when you’re done adding and styling your text.
Step 4: Now just drag out your drawing to wherever you want it placed on the image.
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