In this video, author Jess Stratton shows users how to manipulate slides on a presentation, including adding new slides, deleting them, rearranging them, and selecting multiple slides at once to work with them.
- [Instructor] Now it's time to add some slides. I'll be adding some basic text, but we'll go over that much more in depth later. Right now I'm focusing on how you can manipulate the slides themselves. I will title this first slide by clicking inside this text placeholder and titling it slide one. I can click once, the placeholder text disappears and I can just start typing. It instantly updates the thumbnail on the left. I don't have to hit the Enter key. I can just click anywhere outside of this text box to deselect it.
You'll also notice that this text of the placeholder below doesn't show up on the thumbnail over here. Placeholder text is only visible in the final presentation when you add your own text. To add a new slide, I can click the plus sign on the top left hand side of the screen. I could also hit Control M on my keyboard. You'll notice the placeholder text boxes are a little different. Google Slides will assume that the first slide is going to be a title for your presentation and the rest of them will be content. I'll click inside and call this one slide two.
If I click the plus sign again I'll get a slide with text box placeholders in the same spot. I can create a new slide with a different layout by clicking the down arrow next to the plus sign. All of these content placeholder layouts are available for me to use. I'll make a section header. Click inside the text placeholder once, and call it slide three. I can also click in between these slides. The black horizontal bar will tell me where the slide will be inserted. If I click the plus sign again, it's going to use the same layout that was in the previous slide above it.
Let's call this one slide 2.5. Now that we have some slides, I may decide that there's a better order for them. I can click and hold my mouse button down, drag it to a new spot and let go when it's in the right place. I can also take a slide and right mouse click or secondary click if you're on a Mac, and select Move slide to beginning. This is useful if you have a lot of slides and you don't want to drag it that long. If you've worked hard on the design of one slide and you need a similar one but with a slight change, maybe a different color or a text, you can duplicate a slide.
Right click on that slide and choose Duplicate slide. Now you have an identical slide, and you can make changes to just that one. You can even drag it around and rearrange it just like you could with any other slide. If you have a lot of slides, sometimes it's easier to get a bird's eye view of your presentation. On the very bottom left hand side of the screen click the grid icon. This is going to change into a much bigger thumbnail view. From here, you can also drag and drop to rearrange the slides however you want to on your presentation.
I'll go back to showing the slides on the left hand pane, which is called filmstrip view, by clicking the icon on the bottom left hand side. You can also make changes to multiple slides at once by hitting the Control key and selecting multiple slides or the Command key if you're on a Mac. When they're all selected, you can drag and drop them all at once and you can even right click and duplicate them all at once. Finally, if you want to discard a slide or multiple slides, you can choose Delete slides.
And now we're back to where we were when we started, but with a good foundation to build a presentation. I can remove this text and get that placeholder text back by deleting it and deselecting the slide.
- Planning a presentation
- Adjusting slide layout
- Changing colors and backgrounds
- Inserting images, shapes, videos, and charts
- Adding transitions and animations
- Collaborating on revisions
- Presenting your slideshow