Do you remember when Google Docs was known as Writerly? Yeah, that was a long time ago, but since then, Google Docs has gone from a simple word processor to a powerful tool to make creative and aesthetic Google Docs.
Google is constantly adding new features to its word processing suite, which also consists of Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google Drawings, and App Script. This turns it into a professional tool that can compete with the best word processing programs out there.
In fact, with the help of add-ons and templates, you can turn your Google Docs suite into a powerhouse. If you were wondering how to make boring old Google Docs look pretty, here are some tricks and tips to help you make cute Google Docs.
If you’ve typed up a large document before, then you’ll know the importance of having headers to break things up. Paragraph Styles+ gives you the flexibility to make your own headers outside of the program’s built-in editing tools.
If you find yourself staring at a large chunk of text, wondering how to make your Google Docs more aesthetic? Then Paragraph Styles+ is the simple answer.
You are no longer constrained by the program’s header size. When using Paragraph Styles+, you can specify which font, size, style, and format you would prefer when you decorate your Google Doc. You can also save multiple styles.
To access a saved header style:
- Highlight the text.
- Open the sidebar by going to Add-ons > Paragraph Style+.
- Click on the header that you want.
Paragraph Styles+ also has the ability to make a table of contents for that mega-project you’ve been working on.
Lucidchart Diagrams is one of the top-rated apps available for Google Docs. It’s an incredibly in-depth creation tool that allows you to design charts and diagrams to decorate your Google Doc.
If you are trying to take cute notes on Google docs, then this is the tool for you. Once you’ve created a diagram, you can insert it directly into the document, and you can also share it.
There are two levels to the app. There’s the free account, which you can try out for an unlimited amount of time with limited features. You can also use one of the paid options, which will provide access to all features.
Now this one we love a lot. While we’re an English-based site, our writers (and readers) come from all around the world. It’s handy to have Google Translate sitting in the corner of your creative Google Doc.
To make it work:
- Highlight the text in the document that you want to translate.
- Go to Tools in your menu bar.
- Choose Translate Document and select a language.
Google Docs will then duplicate your document in your chosen language – nifty!
If you don’t want an entirely duplicated document, try installing Docs Paragraph Translate from the Google Workspace Marketplace.
MindMeister is for the mindmap fans out there. It’s quite simple to use and a great way to make a pretty Google Doc—especially if you’re visually oriented. To make a mindmap, highlight your bulleted list. Click on the MindMeister add-on.
When you click on it, MindMeister will turn your bullet points into a mindmap. This is an easy way to decorate your Google Doc and also simplify the information in it. It’s also one of the better tools out there when it comes to brainstorming a project.
5. Change Case
Have you ever received a document and it had too many uppercase words or lowercase words in the wrong spots? What if this document was big, and you had to pick through it for individual instances where grammar went wrong?
No worries. Change Case is here.
Change Case is an uncomplicated, no-frills add-o,n and is incredibly useful when it comes to word processing. By highlighting the text that you need to fix and clicking Add-ons > Change Case, you can change the case to your preferred style. A few clicks, and everything is corrected.
If you’re not interested in downloading Change Case, you can learn how to change the default fonts in Google Docs, as well to begin with.
Nothing can be more frustrating than copying and pasting from one document to another, only to see all the formatting errors pop up. PDFs are notorious for this; when you take a perfectly formatted document over to Word, it usually scatters like a shotgun blast.
Reconstructing these paragraphs to make your Google Doc look good is a laborious task. With Remove Link Breaks, however, the add-on will take any text you highlight and pull it back together.
7. Easy Accents
Like Translate, Easy Accents is a simple add-on for Google Docs that allows you to insert accented characters into your Google Docs without using a keyboard shortcut.
This is especially helpful if you’re typing in a different language and you don’t know the keyboard shortcuts you need to add in special characters. Easy accent supports a great variety of languages. It is a convenient tool to have at the side of your screen when writing in another language.
Word Clouds are all the rage these days and are an easy way to make a Google Doc more creative. It allows you to create beautiful word maps that can help to illustrate your point in a creative Google Doc.
Word Cloud Generator does this by reading your entire document, determining your “theme” and then makes a visual from it. Then, you can download any word clouds you create, change their color palettes, and adjust the number of words they’re pulling from.
9. Doc Tools
Doc Tools is a similar add-on to the previously mentioned Change Case. It can adjust individual words to match the uppercase and lowercase styles that you want.
However, Doc Tools also adds more useful features to decorate your Google Doc. It does this by having a toolbox where you can increase or decrease the size of your text, highlight text, or sort lists from A to Z.
10. Word Counter Max
Finally, there’s Word Counter Max. Because Google Docs already has a built-in word count system, you may think you don’t need it. However, Word Counter Max has a couple of really cool features.
As you type, Word Counter Max constantly updates the word and character count in your document, which you can see along your sidebar. Word Counter Max also lets you set a writing goal and gives you a visual idea of how close you are to achieving it.
If you need to include an estimating reading time, then Word Counter Max can also help you with that. And if you’re a bit of a writing geek, then you can even generate reports and keep track of how much you’re writing on a monthly basis.
Making Google Slides More Aesthetic
These are just a few of the Google Docs add-ons that you can use to make your documents look attractive. However, there are many more that you can use to make your Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Docs better.