How to Add, Copy and Delete Text Boxes in Google Slides

Text elements are important in some presentations, as they’re the perfect support for pictures or images. In this Slidesgo School tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to add and delete text boxes in Google Slides step by step.

Adding a Text Box to a Slide

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Select the slide where you want to add a text.
  • On the toolbar, select Text box. Then click and drag to create a text box on the slide.
Selecting "Text box" in Google Slides
Selecting "Text box"
  • Now enter the text that you want.
Entering a text in Google Slides
Entering a text
  • You can modify the font, the size, the alignment, the style and the color of the text by using the options found on the toolbar. For more information, please refer to the "How to Format the Text in Google Slides" tutorial.
Modifying the text in Google Slides
Modifying the text
  • You can move the text box around. Select it first and, when the cursor becomes a four-headed arrow, drag one of its borders to its new placement.
Moving a text box in Google Slides
Moving a text box
  • You can resize the text box too. Select it and then drag one of its handles.
Resizing a text box in Google Slides
Resizing a text box

Adding the Same Text to Multiple Slides

  • You can save some time if you have several slides with a similar layout and want to add the same text to all of them in the same place. As long as they derive from the same layout master, you can do it easily.
  • Select one of the slides where you want to add a text.
  • Access the master slides by clicking Slide → Edit master.
Accessing the master slides in Google Slides
Accessing the master slides
  • The master editor view will open. By default, the layout master from which your chosen slide derives will be selected.
  • On the toolbar, click the Insert placeholder drop-down arrow and select Text box.
Selecting "Text box" in Google Slides
Selecting "Text box"
  • Now draw a text box where you want to place the text. To do so, just click and drag until you’re happy with the size of the box.
Drawing a text box in Google Slides
Drawing a text box
  • Now enter the text.
Entering a text in Google Slides
Entering a text
  • You can modify the font, the size, the alignment, the style and the color of the text by using the options found on the toolbar. For more information, please refer to the "How to Format the Text in Google Slides" tutorial.
Modifying the text in Google Slides
Modifying the text
  • Exit the master editor view by clicking the “X” button at the top-right. The text will appear on all the slides derived from this layout master.
Exiting the master slides in Google Slides
Exiting the master slides
  • This text won’t be directly editable on the slides. If you want to change it, you’ll need to access the master slides again. Remember that this text will be the same in all the slides derived from the same layout master.

Adding the Same Text to All the Slides

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Access the master slides by clicking Slide → Edit master.
Accessing the master slides in Google Slides
Accessing the master slides
  • Select the slide master (the first one, which acts as the parent slide).
Selecting the slide master in Google Slides
Selecting the slide master
  • On the toolbar, click the Insert placeholder drop-down arrow and select Text box.
Selecting "Text box" in Google Slides
Selecting "Text box"
  • Draw a text box where you want to place the text. To do so, just click and drag until you’re happy with the size of the box.
Drawing a text box in Google Slides
Drawing a text box
  • Now enter the text.
Entering a text in Google Slides
Entering a text
  • You can modify the font, the size, the style and the color of the text by using the options found on the toolbar. For more information, please refer to the "How to Format the Text in Google Slides" tutorial.
Modifying the text in Google Slides
Modifying the text
  • Exit the master editor view by clicking the “X” button at the top-right. The text will appear on all the slides of your presentation, including the cover slide. If you want a text for all the slides except the cover slide, you’ll have to add a text box to all the layout masters instead. To do so, follow the instructions on the section “Adding a Text Box to Multiple Slides”.
Exiting the master slides in Google Slides
Exiting the master slides

Copying and Pasting a Text Box

  • Let’s see how you can copy a text box and paste it somewhere else.
  • Select the text box you want to copy and click Edit → Copy. As an alternative, you can press Control + C (or Command + C in Mac).
Copying a text box in Google Slides
Copying a text box
  • Now go to the slide where you want to paste the text box and press Control + V (or Command + V in Mac).
Pasting a text box in Google Slides
Pasting a text box

Deleting a Text Box

  • To delete a text box, select it, right-click and choose Delete. You can also select it and press the Delete key.
Deleting a text box in Google Slides
Deleting a text box