Google Docs makes it easy to add design elements to document headers, such as text, images, tables, horizontal rules, and more. In this video, staff author Jess Stratton walks you through creating a professional looking header containing text, a table, image, and horizontal line to complete the look.
- [Instructor] If I click my mouse inside this document, I can see that I'm currently working on the header of the document. There is an image in there, and a horizontal line. It's easy to add all of these things to headers in your Google Doc. Let's start over with a blank document. I'll click file from the top menu, select new, and then choose document. It's going to open up a blank document. To get into the header and footer, click insert, from the top menu, and choose header.
Now we're ready to start building it. The first thing I'm going to do is create a table. I find creating a table in my headers makes it incredibly easy to put images and text side by side. I'll select table, insert table, and from here, I can choose how many columns and rows I want. In this case, I only want two columns, and one row. This way, I can put text and an image side by side, and control where they go. I'll start by adding my text.
Now I can format my text just how I want to. I can change the color of it, I can make it boldfaced or not. In this case, I'm going to right-align it, because I want it to be flush with the image that I'm about to insert. Now I'll put the cursor into my second cell. This time, I'll click insert image. It doesn't matter if I'm in a header. You'll notice that I can insert anything that I could insert into my normal document. I'll click choose an image to upload, and I'll browse my computer for my logo.
I'll click on it, and the next thing I want to do is resize it, so that it closely matches the text that I've added. That looks great, but I still have the table borders. I can hide these by selecting my table, clicking more on the toolbar menu all the way on the right hand side, clicking the pen to choose the border color, and setting it to white. Now it's still there, but you can't see it. The last thing I'm going to do is add a horizontal rule.
This is just going to make my header look a little bit more polished, and it's going to further separate the header from the rest of my document. I'll click insert, horizontal line, and now it's added. To continue working on the rest of my document, all I have to do is click the mouse outside of that header. Now I can keep working on it, and I have a fantastic professional header, with an image in it, to go along with my document.
- Downloading files as PDFs or Word documents
- Using Docs templates
- Finding and adding additional fonts
- Copying styles with Paint Format
- Replacing text as your type
- Finding images using the Research tool
- Tagging others in comments
- Turning on Suggesting mode for collaborators
- Creating flowcharts with Google Drawings
- Translating documents into different languages