How To See Formatting In Google Docs

Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that not only lets you write documents but also collaborate with others. However, while working on a document, you might want to see the formatting to ensure the document is well-structured and properly formatted. This blog post will guide you on how to see formatting in Google Docs.

What is Formatting?

Formatting in Google Docs includes various features such as bold, italic, underline, fonts, alignment, line spacing, colors, indentation, bullets and numbering, and more. These features help in enhancing the presentation of your document.

How to See Formatting in Google Docs

To view the formatting of your Google Docs document, you need to use the ‘Show Document Outline‘ feature. Follow these simple steps:

  • Open your document in Google Docs.
  • Go to the ‘View’ option in the menu bar.
  • Click on ‘Show Document Outline’. This will open a pane on the left side of your document showing the outline of your document including headings, subheadings, and list formatting.

How to See HTML Source Code in Google Docs

If you’re looking to see the HTML source code formatting of your Google Docs, you’ll need to publish the document to web and then inspect the webpage. Here’s how:

  • Click on the ‘File’ menu.
  • Select ‘Publish to the web’.
  • Click on ‘Publish’.
  • Open the link generated in a new tab.
  • Right-click on the page and select ‘Inspect’ to see the HTML source code.

Note: When viewing the source code, remember that changes to the HTML will not be reflected in your original Google Docs document. This is because Google Docs and HTML are fundamentally different types of document formats.

Seeing Formatting for Collaboration

If you’re collaborating with others on a Google Docs document, you might want to see the formatting marks that others have made. To do this, you can use the ‘Suggesting’ mode. Here’s how:

  • Click on the pencil icon in the top right corner.
  • Select ‘Suggesting’.
  • Now, all changes made in the document by others will be highlighted, making it easy for you to see them.

Google Docs’ powerful formatting features make it easy for you to create professional, well-structured documents. By understanding how to view formatting in Google Docs, you can ensure your document is always well-presented and correctly formatted.