How to Add, Duplicate, Move, Delete or Hide Slides in Google Slides

When using a template to work on a presentation, you might want to create new slides, keeping the design included in the template. Or sometimes, you might prefer to duplicate an existing slide to reuse its elements, such as text boxes. In addition to this, you can perform other actions, such as deleting slides, moving slides or even hiding slides so that they’re not visible during your presentation.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do all of this to turn any of our templates into your own presentation.

First, let’s talk about how you can create a new slide from scratch. There are many ways to do this. Here’s the easiest one: select any slide and press Ctrl + M in Windows, or Cmd + M in Mac. A new slide will be created with the same design as the one you selected.

You can also select any slide, go to the toolbar and click the “+” button, located in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear, where you can choose the design that you want to apply to this new slide (remember that it will be created below the selected slide).

Creating a new slide in Google Slides
Creating a new slide in Google Slides

Let’s see other ways to create new slides:

  1. Right-click any of the thumbnails → New slide.
New slide option in right-click menu
New slide option from right-click menu
  1. Click Slide → New slide.
New slide option in the Slide menu
New slide option from Slide menu

You also have the option of duplicating already existing slides, which can be useful especially when you’re not using a template, and thus you won’t need to readjust the images (because you just want to replace them altogether).

To duplicate any slide, select it, right-click and choose Duplicate slide. Or you can just click Slide → New slide.

Duplicate slide option in right-click menu
Duplicate slide option

Alright, you have all the slides that you need for your presentation, but you’ve just realized that they’re not in the correct order. To move any slide, select it and drag it to the desired position.

Moving slides in Google Slides
Moving slides in Google Slides

You can also delete slides. To do this, just select the ones you want to remove, right-click and choose Delete. Or just select them and press the Delete or Backspace keys.

Deleting slides in Google Slides
Deleting slides in Google Slides

Last but not least, there’s another action that could be useful for your presentations: hiding slides.

By hiding a slide, you prevent it from showing up in your presentation without deleting it. To do this, select the slides that you want to hide, right-click and choose Skip slide. You’ll see the icon of a crossed-out eye, which means these slides won’t be visible in the presentation. To make them visible again, just repeat the same process.

Skip slide option in right-click menu
Skip slide option
Hidden slide in Google Slides
Skipped slide icon

We’ve reached the end of the tutorial. If you want to keep learning about Google Slides, stay tuned for more Slidesgo School content. We also have tutorials on how to work with presentations in PowerPoint, so check them out too. Learn with us and use our templates to create awesome presentations!