Insert and arrange text, shapes, and lines

To enhance your presentation, you can add text, shapes, lines, and other objects to a slide in Google Slides.

Add text or objects to a slide

You can draw lines, shapes and other objects directly on a slide in your presentation.

Desktop

Insert text or an object

  1. Open a presentation to the slide where you want to add an object.
  2. Click the Insert menu.
  3. Choose from the following options:
    • Text box: Adds a box to your slide where you can add text
    • Line: Choose from several different types of lines
    • Shape: Choose from standard shapes, or from a list of arrows, callout boxes, and equation shapes

The object will automatically get added to the slide and you can arrange or format it however you want. Learn more about formatting text and objects on a slide.

Remove a text box or an object

  1. Open a presentation.
  2. Select the text box or object you want to remove.
  3. Click the Edit menu.
  4. Click Delete.
Mobile

Insert text or an object

  1. In the Slides app, open the presentation to the slide you want to add an image onto.
  2. Touch the + button in the top-right of your screen.
  3. Choose one of the following options:
    • Text: Adds a box to your slide where you can add text
    • Shape: Choose from standard shapes, or from a list of arrows, callout boxes, and equation shapes
    • Line: Choose from basic lines, and elbow or curved connectors

Remove a text box or an object

  1. In the Slides app, open the presentation to the image or shape.
  2. Touch the object to select it.
  3. Touch the object again to pull up the context menu.
  4. Choose Delete.

Arrange objects on a slide

Once you’ve added an object to your presentation, you can arrange the way it looks on a slide.

Desktop
  1. Select an object or multiple objects.
  2. Open the Arrange menu.
  3. Choose from the following options to arrange the object:
    • Order: Choose if you want the object behind or in front of text or other objects and images.
    • Align horizontally (or Align vertically): If you selected multiple objects, you can make them align the edges of the object either horizontally or vertically.
    • Center on slide: Center objects either vertically or horizontally on a slide.
    • Rotate: Flip an object a number of different ways either horizontally or vertically.
    • Distribute: With three or more objects, you can evenly distribute the space between them.
    • Group: Group multiple objects together to make them easier to move around and format.

To move and resize multiple objects at the same time, hold down the Shift key while you click each object, or drag over all of the objects you'd like to select. If an object has already been selected, holding the Shift key while clicking an object will deselect it.

Mobile

Select multiple objects

  1. In the Slides app, touch and hold an object until a blue bar appears at the top.
  2. Select other objects by touching them.
  3. You can move the group of objects by dragging your selection to a new location or rotate the objects by pressing the blue circle attached to your selection and rotating.

Group multiple objects together

If you want to work with multiple objects at once without having to continue reselecting them, you can group the objects together.

  1. In the Slides app, open a presentation and go to the slide with the objects you want to group.
  2. Touch and hold one of the objects until a blue bar appears at the top. Then select the other objects you want to group by touching them.
  3. At the top of the screen, touch the group icon to group the objects.
  4. To ungroup the objects, select the group and then touch the group icon again.

Move an object

  1. In the Slides app, open a presentation.
  2. Touch an object to select it and drag the object to a new location.

Resize an object

  1. In the Slides app, open a presentation to the object you want to resize.
  2. Touch the object.
  3. Drag the blue corners around the object to resize it.

Rotate an object

  1. In the Slides app, select a slide with an object you want to rotate.
  2. Touch the object.
  3. Press and hold on the blue circle attached to the shape and rotate it the way you want it. You can also rotate with two fingers by touching an object and dragging both fingers in a circular motion.

Snap to grid

Snap to grid allows you to easily auto-align text, images, shapes, and tables.

In Google Slides, Snap to Guides is enabled by default. You can enable or disable the Snap to Grid and Snap to Guides options under the "View" menu.

If you have the Snap to Guides option disabled, you can also use the following keyboard commands to modify the way you work with objects on a slide:

  • To turn off the grid to smoothly drag-and-drop your object, hold the Alt key (Option key on a Mac) while dragging an object.
  • To create a duplicate of an object while leaving the original in place, hold the Ctrl key while moving an object.