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How do I turn off text color in Google Docs?

Changing the color of text in Google Docs can help highlight important information or make your document more visually appealing. However, you may sometimes want to remove text color and revert back to the default black font. Here are a few simple ways to turn off text color in Google Docs.

Using the Text Color Tool

The easiest way to remove text color in Google Docs is by using the Text Color tool. Here are the steps:

  1. Highlight the colored text you want to change back to black.
  2. Click the Text Color icon (palette icon) in the toolbar.
  3. Select the black square from the color palette to remove any color.

This will instantly change the highlighted text back to the default black font color. The text will no longer be formatted as colored text.

Using the Text Color Menu

You can also access the Text Color menu to turn off color:

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Right click and select Text Color.
  3. Choose the Remove Text Color option.

This will remove any color formatting applied to the text and revert it back to black.

Clearing Text Formatting

An even quicker way is to use the Clear Formatting option:

  1. Highlight the colored text.
  2. Right click and select Clear Formatting.

This will remove all text formatting, including fonts, sizes, colors, and any other special formatting applied to the text.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

You can also use these handy keyboard shortcuts to quickly turn off text color:

  • On Windows: Ctrl + \
  • On Mac: ⌘ + \

Just highlight the text and use the keyboard shortcut to instantly remove color formatting.

When Text Color is Applied by Default

Sometimes Google Docs applies a color to text by default. For example, when you copy text from a website, it may paste into your document with a color.

To remove the default color formatting:

  1. Highlight all the text in your document by pressing Ctrl/⌘ + A.
  2. Click the Text Color icon and choose black.

This will reset all text to the default black color.

Permanently Removing a Custom Color Theme

If you have applied a custom color theme to your Google Doc, you may want to permanently remove it to revert back to the default black text.

To do this:

  1. Click File > Theme > None.
  2. In the confirmation box, click Remove to delete the custom theme.

All color formatting will now be cleared. You can also delete custom color themes by clicking Manage Themes in the Themes menu.


Turning off text color in Google Docs is quick and easy to do. Just use the Text Color tool, Clear Formatting option, keyboard shortcuts, or Themes menu to remove color formatting. With these simple steps, you can revert text back to the standard black font and remove any custom colors applied.

Method Steps
Text Color Tool
  1. Highlight colored text
  2. Click Text Color icon
  3. Select black
Text Color Menu
  1. Highlight text
  2. Right click > Text Color
  3. Remove Text Color
Clear Formatting
  1. Highlight text
  2. Right click > Clear Formatting
Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Windows: Ctrl + \
  • Mac: ⌘ + \
Remove Theme
  1. File > Theme > None
  2. Click Remove

Turning off text color in Google Docs only takes a few quick steps. With the techniques outlined above, you can easily remove unwanted color formatting and get text back to the original default black font. The handy table summarizes the different methods.