You open up a Google Document. Your margins are set at 1 inch all the way around, and your font is Arial size 12. How do you change these defaults?

To change your default margins:

  • From the Docs menu, choose File → Page Setup
  • Set the sizes to whatever you like, then click “Set as default”.

Change your default font/style:

  • Open a Google Doc, type some text and change the font, size and/or color to look how you want your new default text to appear.
  • Select the text you have typed.
  • From the Docs menu, choose Format → Paragraph styles → Update “Normal text” to match.

  • Choose Format → Paragraph styles → Options → Save as my default styles

Do this once, and think of all the time this will save you making your documents look pretty every time you write something.