Insert and arrange text, shapes, and lines

Add text or objects to a slide

In Google Slides, you can draw lines, shapes and other objects directly on a slide in your presentation. Go to the slide where you’d like to draw an object, and select a drawing tool from the Insert menu or from the toolbar.

To edit text or an object, click the shape. Then, you’ll see the toolbar display several formatting options for that object. If you’ve drawn a line on a slide, for example, you’ll see formatting options that include line weight, line dash, and arrowheads. Learn more about formatting text and objects on a slide.

Arrange objects on a slide

If you’d like to change the way objects are arranged on a slide, select an object or multiple objects. Then, go to the Arrange menu and choose from the following options:

  • Select an option from the Order menu to create overlapping effects with the text and objects in your slides. This will rearrange your overlapping text and objects in the order you choose.
  • After selecting multiple objects, you can align them in a several ways by selecting an option from the Align horizontally or Align vertically menus.
  • Go to the Center on page menu to place your object(s) at the horizontal or vertical center of your slide.
  • Use the Rotate menu to flip your object(s) horizontally and vertically.
  • If you've selected three or more objects, you can evenly distribute the space between them horizontally or vertically by selecting the applicable Distribute option.
  • Select Group or Ungroup to group multiple objects together. This makes it easier to format or move them around as a single unit.

Every option in the Arrange menu is also available when right-clicking on an object.

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.

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.