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Insert and arrange text, shapes, and lines

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

Add text or objects to a slide

Insert a text box or object
  1. Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Go to the slide where you want to add a text box or object.
  3. At the top, click Insert.
  4. Choose what you want to add, then click Text box, Image, Shape, or Line.
  5. The object will get added to the slide and you can arrange or format it however you want.
Remove a text box or object
  1. Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Select the text box or object you want to remove.
  3. At the top, click Edit.
  4. Click Delete.

Arrange objects on a slide

Arrange objects

  1. Select an object or multiple objects. To select multiple objects, hold the Shift key on your keyboard and click each object you want to select.
  2. At the top, click Arrange.
  3. Choose from the following options:
    • Order: Put the object behind or in front of text, other objects, or images.
    • Align horizontally or Align vertically: When you select multiple objects, you can align the edges of the objects.
    • Center on slide: Center objects vertically or horizontally on a slide.
    • Rotate: Change the orientation of an object.
    • Distribute: When you select three or more objects, you can evenly distribute the space between them.
    • Group: Lock multiple objects together to make them easier to move around and format.

Align objects on a slide automatically

To easily align objects on a slide, click and drag any object where you want. There are two ways to align:

  • Snap to Guides: When you drag an object, you will see colored lines appear. These lines show what your object lines up with. This setting is turned on by default.
  • Snap to Grid: When you drag an object, it will align to an invisible grid on your slide. To turn on this setting, click View and then Snap to and then Grid.

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