Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (2024)

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. On your computer, 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.

Tip: To edit a presentation on a touchscreen device, like a Pixel Book, double-tap the text box to start typing.

Remove a text box or object

  1. On your computer, 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.

Insert a diagram

Important:You can insert a diagram in any language that uses the Latin alphabet.

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Go to the slide where you want to add the diagram.
  3. At the top, click InsertInsert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (1)Diagram.
  4. Choose your style, number of levels, and template.
  5. The diagram will get added to the slide. You can change it how you want.

Arrange and align objects on a slide

Arrange objects

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Go to the slide where you want to arrange an object.
  3. At the top, click Arrange.
  4. Choose from the following options:
    • Order: Put the object behind or in front of text, other objects, or images.
    • Align: When you select multiple objects, you can align the edges of the objects.
    • Distribute: When you select three or more objects, you can evenly distribute the space between them.
    • Center on page: Center objects vertically or horizontally on a slide.
    • Rotate: Change the orientation of an object.
    • 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 ViewInsert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (2) Snap to Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (3) Grid.

Show or hide rulers

You can show rulers on the canvas to help you place text or objects.

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Click View Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (4)Show ruler.

Add or remove guide lines

You can add guide lines to the canvas to help you place text and objects.

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Click View Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (5) Guides. Choose an option.
  3. Drag the line where you want.

To remove a single line, right-click the line and click Delete guide.

To remove all guide lines, click View Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (6) Guides Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (7) Clear guides.

Move, rotate, or change the size of an object

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Go to the slide with the object or text box you want to change.
  3. Click the object or text box.
  4. In the menu at the top, click Format Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (8) Format options.
  5. At the right, click Size & Position.
  6. Make changes to the object or text box.

Tip: To keep the height and width proportions when you resize an object, click Lock aspect ratio.

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Insert and arrange text, shapes, diagrams, and lines - Computer (2024)

FAQs

What tool do you use to add text boxes and shapes to your Google Doc? ›

How to insert a text box in Google Docs
  1. Select “Insert” in the top left menu.
  2. Choose “Drawing”
  3. Choose the first option, “+ New”
  4. Once you're in the separate Draw workspace, hit “Text box,” drag to your desired size and type.
  5. Hit “Save and Close” and watch as the text box appears in the document.
Nov 24, 2023

How do I insert a diagram in Google Docs? ›

Embed a diagram in a Google doc

Click Add-ons > diagrams.net for Docs > New Diagram to create a new diagram and save it to your Google Drive. You may need to grant additional permissions to the editor to use your Google Drive account. To embed an existing diagram click Add-ons > diagrams.net for Docs > Insert Diagrams.

How do I insert a shape and type text in it? ›

Add text to an AutoShape

The shape is automatically selected. On the Drawing Tools tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Edit Text. Type the text that you want. To change the text formatting, select the text, click the Home tab, and then change the font, size, color, or any other attribute that you want to change.

Does Google have a diagramming tool? ›

Google Drawings - easily create diagrams and charts.

How do I make a Google diagram? ›

You'd follow these steps:
  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. Click “+ New” in the left-hand corner.
  3. Select More > Google Drawings.
  4. Create your flowchart in Google Drawings.
  5. Navigate back to your Google Doc.
  6. Select Insert > Drawing > From Drive.

What is the best Google tool for flowcharts? ›

Open Google's drawing tool

We will be using Google Docs' diagramming tool to create a flowchart. To do that, click on "Insert" from the menu bar on top, hover your mouse over the “Drawing” option, and click on “+ New.”

How do I add a text box? ›

Add a text box
  1. Place cursor where you want the text box to appear.
  2. Go to Insert and in Illustrations select Drawing.
  3. Select Text Box and use your cursor to create the text box.
  4. Insert text in box and apply any styling needed.
  5. Select Save andClose.

How do I add a box in Docs? ›

How to insert a text box in Google Docs using 3 methods
  1. Select "Insert" from the top menu.
  2. Click on or hover over "Drawing" in the drop-down menu.
  3. Choose "New" from the side menu to open the drawing tool.
  4. Select the text box icon, with is a capital T inside a box, from the drawing menu.
Feb 3, 2023

How do I remove a header in Google Docs? ›

Remove or adjust header or footer properties by section
  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Double-click the header or footer you want to remove.
  3. On the right, click Options. Remove header or Remove footer.

How do you send a picture to the back in Word? ›

On the Home tab in the Arrange group, click the drop-down list in Bring Forward, and then click Bring to Front. Send an object to the back of the stack: On the Home tab in the Arrange group, click the drop-down list in Send Backward, and then click Send to Back.

How do you write something on a picture? ›

Using Google Photos
  1. First, download and open the app. ...
  2. Use the "Markup" tool, and select "Text".
  3. Overlay text on the image. ...
  4. Format your text. ...
  5. Move the text box over the picture by dragging and dropping it.
  6. Save the changes you made to the image by clicking "Done" in the lower right corner.

Which tool is used to add text boxes to a slide? ›

On the Home tab, in the Insert group, click Text Box. On the slide, click the location where you want to add the text box. Type or paste your text in the text box.

How do you shape text in Google Docs? ›

Tips for curving text in Google Docs

Select "Drawing" and then choose "+ New." From here, open the shape icon and choose the shape you like. You can then insert a text box into the shape and adjust the size of your text to fit.

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