How To Add Headings In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add headings in Google Docs.

How To Create Headings In Google Docs

Headings are an excellent way to organize the structure of your document. Not only can they help readers quickly skim through your text, but they can also be used to generate a table of contents.

In Google Docs, headings come in four different levels, from Heading 1 to Heading 4. While there are pre-existing formatting options for each heading, users have the ability to change the styling of each type of heading.

For example, you can create a heading of a specific font, font color, and font size. Using the heading feature will allow you to update the formatting of multiple headings at once.

In this guide, we will show you how to add headings in Google Docs and how to see all headings through the document outline.

How to Add Headings in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add headings in google docs.

Step 1

First, select the text you want to convert into a heading.

In the image above, we want to apply Heading 1 formatting to the text “Sample Title”.

Step 2

Click on the “Normal text” option in the toolbar to reveal the dropdown menu. Select the appropriate heading from the dropdown menu and click Apply.

Step 3

The heading formatting should now be applied to the selected text. Different heading styles will have their own font sizes and font colors.

We can update the style for a particular heading style by applying our desired style to one heading and selecting the Update ‘Heading’ to match option.

Step 4

We can use the document outline to see the list of all headings. Click on the outline icon in the top-left corner of the document to reveal this feature.

The document outline will show the hierarchy of all sections of your document.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to add headings in google docs.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.