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How to Arrange and Align Objects in Google Slides

How to Arrange and Align Objects in Google Slides | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

When you’re working on a presentation, you need to take into account a proper arrangement and alignment of the objects present on your slides so that your audience doesn’t get lost and stays focused. In this new Slidesgo School tutorial, you’ll learn step by step how to arrange and align elements in Google Slides.

Arranging an Object

  • Open your Google Slides presentation.
  • Go to the slide that contains the object to be arranged and select it.
  • On the top menu, click Arrange.
Arrange menu
  • There are several options for you to choose:

Arrange → Order: This allows you to place objects behind or on top of others, making them easier to select or rendering them more visible. For example, if you choose “Bring to front”, the selected element will be on top of the others, so you’ll be able to see it in its entirety. By choosing “Bring forward”, you’ll do the same, but one layer at a time.

Bring to front option

Arrange → Order → Send to back: By choosing this option, you’ll place the selected element behind the others. You can do the same, one layer at a time, if you choose “Send backward” instead.

Send to back option

Arrange → Center on page → Horizontally: The element will be horizontally centered on the current slide.

Centering horizontally

Arrange → Center on page → Vertically: The element will be vertically centered on the current slide.

Centering vertically

Arrange → Rotate: This allows you to rotate the object clockwise or counter-clockwise. You can also flip it horizontally or vertically. 

Rotate options

Arranging Multiple Objects at the Same Time

  • Open your Google Slides presentation.
  • Select the objects you want to arrange. To select more than one object at a time, click one of them, hold Shift and then click the rest of the elements.
Selecting multiple elements
  • On the top menu, click Arrange. There are several options for you to choose:

Arrange → Align → Left: The selected elements will be aligned to the left. 

Aligning to the left

Arrange → Align → Center: The selected elements will be centered.

Aligning to the center

Arrange → Align → Right: The selected elements will be aligned to the right.

Aligning to the right

Arrange → Distribute: These options allow you to distribute the vertical and horizontal spacing between the selected elements evenly. 

Arrange → Distribute → Horizontally. 

Distributing horizontally

Arrange → Distribute → Vertically.

Distributing vertically

Arrange → Group: This allows you to group several objects so that they act as a single element.

Grouping objects

After grouping elements, you can still double-click one of them to work individually with it.

Working individually with a grouped element


Arrange → Ungroup: This allows you to separate the elements on a group so that you can work with them individually.  

Ungrouping elements

Aligning Objects on a Slide Automatically

  • Open your Google Slides presentation and select the object you want to align. 
    There are two ways to align objects on a slide automatically:

View → Snap to → Guides: When dragging the object, you’ll see some red lines that indicate to which other element you’re aligning the selected one. This option is enabled by default. 

Snap to guides option

View → Snap to → Grid: When dragging the object, it will be aligned to an invisible grid. Unlike the previous option, you won’t see any red lines.

Snap to grid option

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