How to format text in a Dropbox Paper doc

To format text in a Paper doc, highlight the text you want to edit. This menu will appear: 

Dropbox Paper formatting menu

From this menu, you can format text with any of the following actions. 

Menu button (from left to right)

Action

Keyboard shortcut

B

Create bold text

+ B

S

Strikethrough text

⌘ + Opt + S

Pen

Highlight text in blue

+ E

Link

Hyperlink

⌘ + K

H1

Create a large header*

# Space

H2

Create a medium header*

## Space

H3

Create a small header (bold)*

### Space

Bulleted list

Start bulleted list

- Space

Checkbox

Create to-do

[ ] Space

Textbox

Add comment

⌘ + Opt + M 


Note: Some formatting options, like italicizing and underlining, are only accessible via keyboard shortcuts.

For a full list of keyboard shortcuts, click the keyboard icon at the bottom right of your Paper doc, or press + / on Mac or Ctrl + / on Windows.

*To collapse a large or medium header, hover over the text and click the arrow (Collapse) to the left. This feature is not supported in Firefox.

How to format a block of text

You can format a block of text by using keyboard shortcuts.

For example, you can convert a bulleted list to a numbered list by pressing  + Shift + 7 or to a task list by pressing +  Shift + C.

How to format text on the Dropbox Paper mobile app

  1. Open the Paper mobile app.
  2. Open the Paper doc you want to format.
  3. Tap into a new line or tap Edit and the formatting options will appear above your keyboard.

Looking to do something else in your Paper doc? 

Learn how to insert photos, videos, and other files

Learn how to create a timeline.

Learn how to create a table

Learn how to insert emojis

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