Usually when you paste in an image in Google Docs, it will still have the margin around the outside of it but I have come up with a way to fix that.
Let me show you how to create a full page image in Google Docs.
How to create a full page image in Google Docs
I use Canva for a lot of my design work i.e creating eBooks, graphics etc. but when it comes to creating a mini eBook, sometimes it can be a bit tedious and time consuming and a Google Doc is all you need.
But, you still want to make it look pretty and like an eBook. I.e. you want a full-page image so it doesn’t look like you’ve just created a word document.
You need to know how to make an image take up the whole page in Google Docs.
You want it to have a professional-looking cover but you don’t want to have to fiddle around creating it in Google Docs.
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My easy solution – create your cover in Canva and then paste it into your Google Doc as an image.
The only problem is – Google Docs has the set margins around the outside of the page and top and bottom.
But I have discovered a little work around for making your image cover the entire page of a Google Doc (just like an eBook you might create in Canva).
How to make an image cover the full page of a Google Doc
1. Create your cover image in Canva
Open up Canva, select A4 from the design templates and design your covers.
There are lots of templates to choose from if you need a starting point.
2. Download your design as a .jpeg file
Click on download up in the top right and then select .jpeg.
Save the image that you want to make into your Google Doc cover.
3. Open Google Doc
Open the Google Doc that you want to create your cover page for.
4. Load into the header section of your Google Doc
Double click right at the top of your Google Doc to open the header section.
Tick the selection that says ‘different first page header/footer’ and then select ‘insert’ then ‘image’ and select your image.
5. Remove the margin to create a full page image
Click on your image and underneath select ‘wrap text’ then change the margin to 0mm.
Then stretch your image to cover the page.
If you’re more of a visual person, I also recorded a quick little tutorial on how to create a full page image in Google Docs.
How to add page on google docs
Once you’ve created your cover and start writing your eBook, you will want to add pages.
Adding a page to a Google Doc is really simple and there are two ways to do it.
The first way to insert a new page at the end of the document is to press the “Enter” key until you reach the next page.
If you want to insert the page at some place within the document, click on the spot you want it, select “insert” then choose “break” and then “page break.”
The cover is only one small part of creating an awesome eBook in Google Docs.
Here are 10 steps to create an eBook in Google Docs.
1 – Outline your eBook content
Before you get started, plan your eBook’s structure. Create an outline and group ideas into categories or chapters.
2 – Choose a clean font and layout
Opt for readable fonts like Arial or Times New Roman and stay away from curly or fancy types of fonts. Maintain consistent font sizes and spacing throughout the eBook.
The best way to do this is to use the ‘normal text’ ‘title’ and ‘subheading’ functions (you can set them to suit).
3 – Use Headings and Subheadings
Structure your eBook using headings (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) to create clear sections. This makes it easier for your reader to navigate.
4 – Add page numbers: Insert page numbers for easy reference. Go to “Insert,” select “Page number,” and choose the format that suits your style.
5 – Insert images and multimedia: Enhance your eBook with relevant images and multimedia. Use “Insert” to add visuals that complement your content.
6 – Create hyperlinks: If your eBook references websites or other resources, add hyperlinks. Highlight the text, right-click, and select “Link” to insert the URL.
7 – Use tables and lists: Use tables for organized data and lists (numbered or bulleted) to present information clearly and concisely.
8 – Review and edit: Regularly proofread your eBook for errors. Google Docs provides spelling and grammar checks – use them. I also recommend reading it out loud.
9 – Collaborate and get feedback: Share your eBook with collaborators or friends for feedback. Use the “Share” button to allow others to comment or edit.
10 – Export and Publish: Once your eBook is polished, export it as a PDF (“File” > “Download” > “PDF Document”). You can also publish it online by converting it into a Google Site or sharing the PDF via platforms like Google Drive or Dropbox.
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