How To Lock Text In Google Docs

While Google Docs is a fantastic tool for creating, editing and collaborating on documents, there are times when you need to prevent changes from being made to your text. This is where the ability to ‘lock’ text comes into play. Although Google Docs does not natively support text locking, there are workarounds that can help you achieve a similar outcome. Let’s dive into the steps on how to lock text in Google Docs.

Method 1: Using Table

One of the simplest ways to lock text in Google Docs involves inserting your text into a one-cell table. This prevents the text from accidentally being edited or moved. Here is how you do it:

  1. Select the text you wish to lock.
  2. Click on the “Table” menu at the top of the Google Docs interface.
  3. Choose “Insert table”, then choose “1×1” to create a single cell table.

Now, your selected text is inside a table and it is a bit harder for someone to accidentally edit or delete it.

Method 2: Using Drawings

The second method to lock text is by using the “Drawings” tool in Google Docs. In this method, you can create a drawing of your text which then can’t be edited. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the “Insert” menu.
  2. Select “Drawing”, then “New”.
  3. In the drawing window, click on the “T” (Text box) icon.
  4. Type your text into the text box, then click “Save & Close”.

Your text is now an uneditable image in your Google Doc. While this method is a bit more time-consuming, it’s probably the closest you can get to actually locking text in Google Docs.


Although Google Docs does not natively support locked text, the workarounds we have discussed certainly help. Whether you choose to use the table method or the drawing tool, each offers a way to ensure your text remains unchanged. Hopefully, future updates from Google will include a text locking feature to make this process even easier.