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How to add a border in Google Slides

How to add a border in Google Slides | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

Having an organized layout in your slides is very important and it makes it easier to understand your content and speech. Establishing lines, hierarchies and shapes is a perfect way of organizing your information, and borders are what give slides the final touch.  

With this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to add borders to slides and how to add borders to pictures in Google Slides. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and let’s go!

How to make a border on Google Slides

Adding a border to a slide makes it stand out from the rest, so if there is important information that you want to highlight, try adding a border to it, it will draw the viewer's attention and make your presentation look more interesting.  

For this part, we are going to use the template OKR Framework for Performance.

Creating a border is very easy!  

First, select the slide where you want it to appear. Then, go to Insert Shape.

How to add a border in Google Slides
Adding a shape in Google Slides

Add the shape so that it covers the whole slide. After adding it, select it and make the filling color transparent. 

You can modify the remaining line to your liking in the top menu: 

  • To change its width, go to Border weight
  • To change the type of line, go to Border dash
Add a border in Google Slides
Editing a border shape

If you want to add the border to another slide, just copy and paste it. Then, adjust it to your slide. 

Border in Google Slides
Copying the design to a new slide

Pro Tip: If you want the border to appear on every slide, you have to edit the master slide. For that, go to View → Master. Do the same as before, this time the changes will apply to every slide of the presentation. When you’re done editing the shape, close the slide master by clicking the X in the top-right corner.

How to insert a border in Google Slides
Adding a border to the master slide

How to add a border to a picture in Google Slides

The best pictures always come in beautiful frames! If you want to add a border to a picture in Google Slides, there are different ways:

  • The simplest way to add a border is to select your picture, go to border color (the icon with a pen in the top bar) and select the color you want the border to be. In the same bar, you can select the style and the thickness of your frame. If you want to delete the border, just select it and change its color to transparent in the top menu.
Insert a border in Google Slides
Adding a border to a picture
  • You can also add a border as a shape like we did before. To do so, go to the top menu Insert Shape, choose the shape that best fits your image, and insert it. Once you’ve inserted it, right click on it and select Order → Send to back. This way, your picture will be on top of the frame. You can edit the colors and effects of the shape if you click on the top menu → Format options.
How to add border in Google Slides
Inserting a new frame to a picture

The templates used in these two parts are Caramel Popcorn Day! and Rhine in Flames, but we have lots more. Take a look at our Google Slides templates in Slidesgo

If you want to continue learning about how to master Google Slides presentation, check our other tutorials at Slidesgo School!

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