Styles for Google Docs

Get an additional set of headings, titles, and normal text styles from this tool for your documents. Just pick a style in the sidebar and use it for any part of your text to make it look pretty.

Video: How to style your text in Google Docs

How to work with the Styles add-on

Run the tool

Open your document in Google Docs and go to Add-ons > Styles > Start to open the sidebar with the styles:
Start the add-on from the Google Docs menu.

Apply a new style to the selected paragraphs

You can pick any style set in the list to see its full-size preview in the sidebar:
The add-on pane with the style previews.

Tip. If your screen is too small to show all styles, the add-on will reduce the list and leave the possibility to open it and choose between all pre-supplied sets.

It is very easy to apply any style to your text:

  1. Place the cursor in the paragraph you want to format in your document, or select several paragraphs to change.
  2. Click on the style you prefer, e.g. Heading 1, Title, or Normal text, in the sidebar.
Tip. You can use a standard option in Google Docs to Apply new format to all similar styles, e.g. to all headings:

  1. Right-click the text formatted as Heading 1 or the text with the style you want to change in the document.
  2. Pick the option Select all matching text. This way you automatically select all occurrences of Heading 1.
  3. Click any style in the sidebar you want to apply to all the selected paragraphs.

The add-on will keep bookmarks, links, and such formatting as bold, italics, and underline in your document.

Note. Due to the current technical limitations in Google Docs add-ons, we cannot keep your indentation and numbered list formats.

Apply the style set to the entire document

If your document has its structure with titles and headings, you can make it look polished in just one click:

  1. Pick one of 12 designed style sets in the list.
    Tip. You will see full-size preview below the list in the sidebar.
  2. Click on the Apply style button.

All styles in the document will change accordingly.

The add-on will keep bookmarks, links, and such formatting as bold, italics, and underline in your document.

Note. Due to the current technical limitations in Google Docs add-ons, we cannot keep your indentation and numbered list formats.


How can i customize the styles according to my needs?


Hello Lorenzo,

Sorry, but it is not possible to customize styles in the current version of the add-on. We are planning to add this possibility but I can't give you any timing yet.

We will be sure to let you know as soon as this functionality is available.


Love the concept of this, though would like to see more specifics of what exactly this does. For example:
Does this support paragraph styles other than "Normal text" of if so, what are they?
Can you customize the new styles you provide in the same way Google Docs allows you to "change to match" a style?
What happens if your document is edited by someone else that doesn't have this add-in?
Can you collaboratively edit a document when only one participant has this add-in?
What new features are you expecting in the near term?

Thank you,


Thank you for your questions, Erik.

  1. Each style set contains variations of normal texts and headers. They differ in font, its size, colour, and another text formatting. If you have something in mind that you'd like to see, we're open to your suggestions 🙂
  2. The standard 'Update to match' option supports the styles from our add-on. We didn't implement the feature to the tool but will consider when updating it.
  3. All doc users will see the changes made by the add-on. They won't be able to use the tool (if they don't have it) but can revert/change anything in the doc.
  4. We plan to make it possible to edit styles and create your own ones. But I can't give you any timing regarding when it all will be available. We'll appreciate any suggestion you may have for us to improve the tool.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.


This seems like a great tool, but I really need the ability to create my own styles. It would be super cool if you could then "share" your own styles with other people. We use Google Docs for a lot of joint collaboration across the industry. It would be nice if we could create a style and share it with everyone in the group.

A feature that I really need is the ability to define prefix and suffix text for each heading. So normally would have something like:

1 Heading 1
2 Heading 2
2.1 Heading 2.1
2.1.1 Heading 2.1.1

I need the ability to add some text either before or after the treatment, like:
apple 1 Heading 1 someapple1
apple 2 Heading 2 someapple2
pear 2.1 Heading 2.1 somethingelse1234
fruit 2.1.1 Heading 2.1.1 fruitthing4321


Hello Bret,

We really appreciate your taking the time to share your feedback.
At the moment, the add-on doesn't offer the possibility to create and share styles. We'll continue to collect votes and comments on this idea to gauge interest and impact.

Thank you for your understanding.


Can I add more levels than the current limitation of 6?


Thank you for your interest in our product, Tawn.

Unfortunately, you can't edit or add styles in the current version of the add-on. We do plan to add the possibility to customize styles, but I can't give you exact timing yet.
My apologies for any inconvenience.


can i create my own style??


Hi Kalid,
not yet 🙂 The current version of the add-on can't do that, but we are working on implementing this in the coming upgrades.

Thank you.


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