How To Do A Block Quote In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to do a block quote in Google Docs.

How To Do A Block Quote In Google Docs

Block quotes are a great way to emphasize a particular idea or quote in a document. They allow you to set off a particular section of text from the rest of the document, making it stand out and appear more important.

For example, you may have a long excerpt from a book that you want to include in your paper. Instead of using inline quotes, you can opt to place the longer quote in its own paragraph. According to some style guides, a quotation longer than 40 words must be converted into a block quote where the paragraph must be indented by a half inch.

In this guide, we will show you how to do a block quote in Google Docs. We’ll discuss how to add indentation through the Google Docs toolbar, the Indentation options dialog, and even adjust the indent markers on the built-in ruler feature.

How to Insert Block Quotes in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to insert block quotes in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open the Google Docs document where you want to insert a block quote. Use your cursor to select the text you want to convert into a block quote.

In this example, we’ll convert the second paragraph in our document into a block quote.

Step 2

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+] to add an indent.

Step 3

After adding an indent, your text should now resemble a block quote.

Step 4

Another way to create a block quote is using the Indentation options dialog. You can access this dialog menu by clicking Format > Align & indent > Indentation options.

In the Indentation options, you can use the provided fields to adjust the left and right indentation of the selected text.

In this example, I’ll apply 1.5in left indentation and 1in right indentation.

Applying indentation to both sides will narrow the space used for the block quotes you’ll make.

Step 5

Another way we can format a block quote is by using your cursor to drag the left indent and right indent markers in the top-ruler.

While the text is selected, drag the blue arrow marker to the right until you reach your desired left indent. Do a similar action for the right indent marker.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to do a block quote in Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!