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Monday, February 21, 2022

How to Use Guides to Position Items in Google Slides

 Google Slides logo against a yellow gradient background.

Show the Guides in Google Slides

By default, the guides are hidden in Google Slides. You have two ways to display them.

Select View > Guides > Show Guides from the top menu. Or, right-click the slide, move your cursor to Guides, and choose “Show Guides” in the shortcut menu.

Select Show Guides in Google Slides

You’ll then see the dark lines for the guides display on your slide. These are arranged the exact same way regardless of which slide you’re viewing. The guides aren’t visible during your presentation.

Default guides in Google Slides

To hide the guides again, go to the same spot and select “Show Guides” to deselect it.

Edit the Guides in Google Slides

When you enable the guides, you’ll see only a couple of basic lines horizontally and vertically. You can edit those lines, add more, or delete those you don’t need. You can also use exact positioning and apply color to a guide for additional help.

To quickly move a guide, place your cursor on the line. When you see the two-sided arrow, drag the line to the position you want.

Drag a guide to move it

To add a new guide, go to View > Guides in the menu or right-click and move to Guides. Then pick “Add Vertical Guide” or “Add Horizontal Guide.”

Add a vertical or horizontal guide

To remove a single guide, right-click it and pick “Delete Guide” from the shortcut menu. To remove all guides, right-click the slide, move to Guides, and pick “Clear Guides.”

Select Delete Guide

To edit the exact positions and color the guides at the same time, open the Edit Guides dialog box. Do one of the following:

  • Go to View > Guides > Edit Guides from the menu.
  • Right-click the slide, move to Guides in the shortcut menu, and pick “Edit Guides.”
  • Right-click a current guide and select “Edit Guides.”

Select Edit Guides

When the Edit Guides box opens, use the Vertical and Horizontal tabs at the top to adjust the lines.

  • Change a position for a guide by entering the location in the measurement box.
  • Choose a color for the guide using the palette drop-down arrow.
  • Remove a guide by clicking the X to the right.
  • Add a guide by clicking “Add New Guide” at the bottom.

Click “Done” when you finish.

Edit Guides window

Snap Items to Guides

While guides are helpful for arranging your slide items, they are even more useful if you snap your items to them. In the menu, go to View > Snap To and select “Guides.”

Select Snap To Guides

Now when you drag an object on your slide, you’ll see a red line where it lines up with a guide. This helps with placing your items evenly.

Snap an object to a guide

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