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Format objects on a slide

Google Slides gives you many ways to format objects on a slide. To get started, click the object you want to format, resize, or move.

  • To add custom formatting to an object, you can use the Format menu or the toolbar above the slide editing space.
  • To copy formatting from one shape to another, such as background color, use the paint format tool. It works in the same way as the paint format tool in Google Docs.
  • To resize an object, click one of the resize handles surrounding it. Then, drag the box inward or outward until you’re happy with the size. You can preserve the object’s height or width by holding Shift while resizing the object.

    diamond tool

  • To move an object, drag-and-drop it to another place on the slide.
  • To turn on vertical and horizontal dragging guides, hold the Shift key while dragging an object.
  • To nudge an object in one pixel increments, hold the Shift key while moving an object with the arrow keys.
  • To preserve an object's aspect ratio while resizing, hold the Shift key while resizing an object.
  • To rotate an object 15 degrees at a time, hold the Shift key, click the small circle above an object, and drag your mouse clockwise or counter-clockwise.

You can also adjust the dimensions and alignment of an object. Select an object, then click the small yellow diamond in the middle. Dragging this diamond lets you edit the dimensions and proportions of the object. You can also click the circle connected to the top of the object to rotate it clockwise or counterclockwise.

Change the color of objects

To change the color of objects, select an object or multiple objects. Then, click the Fill color icon in the toolbar. Select a color from the color picker.

color picker

You can also create custom colors for objects. When the color picker is open, select Custom... (Add a color in the old version of presentations) or select one of the blank custom color boxes. Here, you can choose a custom color, add a color by name, or insert a hex value.

Modify multiple objects at once

To select multiple objects, hold the Shift key while selecting each object or drag your mouse over all of the objects you'd like to select. To deselect one or more objects, press the Shift key and click the object(s). Multi-shape formatting only applies to objects in the new presentations editor.

You can perform the following actions on all selected objects:

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