Basic Editing of a Google Site

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This KB Article References: Google Sites
This Information is Intended for: Clubs, Faculty, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants
Last Updated: April 04, 2017

There are two types of editing in Google Sites: page specific and overall edits.  That is, page-specific changes (adding text or an in-text image, inserting a Google Doc, etc.) and overall changes (modifying the header, footer, navigation, fonts, and other elements that appear on all pages) are done using different tools in Google Sites.

Edit a page or edit your entire site

Edit a page of a Google Site

adding an in-text image or text, inserting a Google Doc, etc.

Step 1

Access your Google Site by signing in to sites.google.com and clicking on the site you wish to edit.

Step 2

Click on the edit page pencil icon in the top right corner to access the page-edit options:
Google Sites WYSIWYG editor

The menus (Insert, Format, Table, Layout) will allow you to

  • Insert: add images, links, lines, calendars, Google Docs, maps, gadgets, and more
  • Format: format text as headings, strikethrough, super- or subscript, or code and change alignment
  • Table: insert a table, add and remove columns and rows
  • Layout: change page layout to one of several options
    Google Sites page layout options

Use the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor to

  • change font type, size, bold/italics/underline, color, and text background color
  • add links
  • make numbered or bulleted points
  • indent/unindent items
  • remove formatting (Tx)
  • modify <HTML>

Step 3

Click Save to save and view changes.

Step 4

Access more page options by clicking on the settings gear (top right); options include:

  • Revision history: allows you to revert to a previous version of the page
  • Page settings: show/hide page title and links to sub-pages, allow attachments and comments, add page description
  • Print page
  • Page template options: allow you to create, use, change templates for a page, which can help your website’s pages have a more consistent look

Step 5

Add more pages by clicking on ; then name the page and, optionally, select a template and change the location of the page

Edit Overall Site Settings

header, header logo, footer, navigation, sidebar, overall colors/fonts, background image, etc.

Step 1

Access your Google Site by signing in to sites.google.com and clicking on the site you wish to edit.

Step 2

In the top-right corner, click on the settings gear and then Manage Site.

Manage Site is divided into topics on the left side of the screen, including

  • Recent site activity: view recent site changes (especially helpful for sites with 2+ owners/editors)
  • Pages: view existing pages and move pages
  • Attachments: view, upload, rename, replace attachments
  • Page templates: create and manage page templates
  • Apps Script: Apps scripts used on site
  • Delete items: Deleted content

Only site owners and editors have access to the following:

  • General: to modify the Site name or description
  • Sharing and Permissions: share your site and/or set who can edit, view, and comment on site/pages

Only site owners have access to the following:

  • Themes, Colors, and Fonts: change colors, fonts, background color/images, for header, sidebar, navigation, content area, gadgets, and background and change site theme (e.g., color palette)

Step 3

Click Preview (if applicable) to view changes and/or Save to save changes made in Manage Site.

Step 4

To return to your site, click on your site’s name just below Manage Site.

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