How To Insert Shapes In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to insert shapes in Google Docs.

How To Insert Shapes In Google Docs

If you want to add more visuals to your document, you may be wondering if there is a way to insert shapes in Google Docs. Luckily, Google Docs includes a built-in Drawing tool that allows you to easily add shapes to your document, and customize them to your liking.

In this guide, we will show you how to insert shapes in Google Docs. We’ll explain how to add shapes and customize the color, size, and border formatting. We’ll also cover how to adjust your shape’s text wrapping once it has been inserted into your document.

How to Add Shapes in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add shapes in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open a document where you wish to add shapes.

Step 2

We’ll use the built-in Drawing tool to add shapes to our document. We can access this tool by selecting Insert > Drawing > New.

Step 3

You should now see a dialog pop-up with an empty canvass for adding new shapes.

Step 4

Click on the Shapes icon and find your desired shape.

In this example, I’ll select a heart shape.

Place your cursor over the blank canvas and drag the cursor until your shape is at the right size.

Let go of your cursor to create the new shape.

Step 5

You can use the toolbar to format your shape. You have the option to change the shape’s fill color, border color, border thickness, and border style.

Step 6

Clicking on the shape will reveal a blue rectangular area with markers for corners. Drag these corners to change the size and dimensions of the object. You can also drag the circular marker to rotate the object clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Step 7

Click on Save and Close to add the shape to your Google Docs document.

Step 8

The shape should now appear as an image in your document.

Step 9

You can change the text wrapping options to control how text interacts with the shape. Choosing Wrap Text will allow the text to continue in empty spaces around the object.

You may also choose to place the object either in front of the text or behind the text.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to insert shapes in google docs.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.