How To Double Underline In Google Docs Quickly and Easily


If you’re a Google Docs user, you may have noticed that underlining your text is a great way to add emphasis and draw attention to certain words or phrases. But did you know that you can double-underline in Google Docs? In a few steps, you can customize the look of your text in various styles and formats, one of them being double underlines. 

You can use the drawing tool or the equation box to double-underline. The most straightforward approach is using the equation tool, which applies the new format in no time. 

In this article, let’s look at double underlining a particular text in Google Docs, along with interesting tips to explore other similar formatting options to uplift the look of your document. 

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How To Double Underline In Google Docs

Equation box

  1. Open the document on Google Docs. 
  1. Click Insert on the menu bar and select Equation
Select Equation
Select Equation
  1. In the equation box that appears on the screen, type “\underline.” 
Type underline
Type underline
  1. After you hit the spacebar, type “\underline” again and then hit the spacebar. 
  1. You can notice a double-underline on this equation box. 
  1. Type the text that needs to be double-underlined.
Double underlined text
Double underlined text

That’s it. There’s no limit to the text that can be double-underlined. Isn’t it promising?

Drawing tool

Another way to double-underline in Google Docs is to use the drawing tool. 

  1. Open a document on Google Docs
  1. Type the text that needs to be double-underlined. 
  1. Position the cursor beneath the line. 
  1. Click Insert -> Drawing -> New.
Drawing tool
Drawing tool
  1. In the drawing dialog box that appears, click on the Line icon.
Line icon
Line icon
  1. Drag the pointer to draw a line on the dialog box. Click Save and Close. 
Draw a line
Draw a line
  1. You can now see the single underline on the main workspace just beneath the text you entered. 
  1. Click on the line and select Image Options -> Size and rotation. 
Size and rotation
Size and rotation
  1. Adjust the width based on the text length and then close the option. 
Adjust width
Adjust width
  1. Select the underline and then choose Edit. 
  1. In the new drawing dialog box that appears, click on the line and then select Actions on the menubar. 
  1. Click Copy and then click Paste. 
Drawing tool double underline
Drawing tool double underline
  1. Adjust the look of the second line to align with the previous line. 
  1. Click Save and Close. 
Double underlining
Double underlining

While you’ve added a double underline beneath the text, it’s essential to ensure that it doesn’t overlap with other text. Follow the steps below for a clear output:

  1. Click the line and choose the “Align line behind text” option. 
  1. Click the line again and then select Image Options. 
  1. Adjust the y-axis under the “fix position” segment. 

The double underline now appears neat and professional. It aligns entirely with the text and doesn’t overlap with other elements in the workspace. 

Double Underline In Google Docs: Overview

Double underlining in Google docs is an easy way of emphasizing particular parts of your document with two lines instead of one. Using two lines instead of one, the text stands out more and ensures readers don’t miss what’s important.

The double-line effect also gives documents a professional appearance and helps break up long paragraphs into more easily readable sections.

Tips To Use Double Underline Effectively

While the most notable difference between a single and double underline lies in the number of lines beneath the text, there are exciting ways to use double underline and add professionalism to the document. 

Here are a few ways to use double underline effectively and can bring out the PRO in you:

  • For long paragraphs where only certain words need special attention, use double underlines sparingly throughout a paragraph or dialogue box – these will stand out amongst other words but remain within context.
  • For titles containing multiple words or phrases, use alternating single and double underscores as necessary – this looks much better than having every word fully doubled.
  • Use double underlines for headings or titles that need further emphasis. You can also increase the number of underlines to add visual separation. 

Above all, if you’re a student writing notes on Google Docs, play with colors and several underlines to revise points quickly. 

Final Thoughts

Double underline is an underused or unnoticed feature in Google Docs. From emphasizing chosen words or phrases within long paragraphs that require extra attention, this feature is a must-use by every Google Docs user.  

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