You have to add text
and bullet points to Google Slides to add your content. But if you’ve never
worked with Google Slides before (or if it’s been a long time since you did),
maybe you’re not quite sure what to do.
Don’t worry. We can
Text and bullet points
are important. Adding text to your presentation allows you to share information
with your audience. Bullet points break
up the text and add an element of interest to your slides.
If you have a
presentation due soon, but aren’t sure how to work with text or bullets, this
tutorial will explain exactly what you need to do. We’ll show you the basics of
how to add text and bullet points to your Google Slides presentation. We’ll
also cover some text formatting basics and explore several different types of
bullets available in Google Slides.
You may also wish to
refer to our Google Slides quick start tutorial for even more helpful
Also, before you read on, browse through our best Google Slides templates, if you need a quick design jumpstart to your next presentation.
How to Add Text and Bullet Points in Google Slides (Screencast)
For a quick look at how to add text and bullet points into
your Google Slides presentation, watch the screencast below.
For more detailed information about adding text and bullets to Google Slides presentations,
review written steps in this tutorial.
1. How to Add Text
to a Google Slides Presentation
You’re ready to create
your Google Slides presentation. You need to add text to the slides and format
that text once you’ve added it. These steps will take you through the process:
Step 1. Insert Text
Open Google Drive. Start by opening the Google Slides
presentation you want to work with:
Add a new slide to the
presentation by clicking the down arrow next to the plus symbol in the left
corner of the screen. Various slide layout options display:
Click a slide layout
to select it. For this example, I select the Blank layout. A new blank slide
appears in the presentation:
Since we used a blank
slide, we need to add a text box to it before we can add text. Click the Textbox
icon in the toolbar (it looks like the letter T in a box). Then, click anywhere
in the blank slide. The cursor should look like a cross hair:
Hold and drag the
cursor diagonally to create a text box on your slide. A text box appears
outlined in blue.
When the text box has
been drawn, click in it and begin typing your text:
As you can see, we’ve
added some text to the text box. But the text isn’t formatted yet.
Next, we’ll take a
look at how to format your text.
Step 2. Format Your Text
In this step, we’ll look at three ways that you can format your text:
- change the font type and size
- change the vertical and horizontal text
- change font attributes
To begin formatting text in Google Slides, drag your cursor over
the text to select it:
The selected text should appear to be highlighted in blue.
Change Font Type and Size
Let’s start by learning how to change the font type and size
of the selected text. To change the font type, click the arrow to the right of
the Font tool in the toolbar. A
drop-down menu listing various fonts displays:
Click on a font to
apply it to the selected text. Now you’re ready to change the size of your text.
First, make sure your text is still selected. Next, click on the arrow to the right of the Font Size
tool in the toolbar. A drop-down menu appears showing various font sizes:
Click a font size to
apply it to your selected text. Next, let’s take a look at how to change
vertical and horizontal text alignment.
Note: In the example above, I’ve changed the
font to 30 pt Verdana.
Change Text Alignment
Click on the text box to select it. A blue outline should
appear around your text box.
If you cannot see the Text
Alignment icon, click the More button.
You’ll see a drop-down toolbar:
Click the arrow to
the right of the Text Alignment icon to see the various alignment
options. Click on an alignment option to apply it to the text. In the example
below, we’ve centered the text horizontally and vertically:
Now that we’ve
centered the text on the Google Slide, we’re ready to add some bold and italics
To add font attributes to the various parts of your text, start by selecting those parts of the text you want to change. If you cannot see
the Font Attributes icons, click the
More button. You’ll see the
The drop-down toolbar includes the Bold (B), Italics (I), and Underline (U)
font attributes. Click on a font attribute to apply it to the selected text. In
the illustration below, we’ve applied the Italics
attribute to the words “Travel and tourism” and the Bold attribute to the words
“several billion US dollars:”
Note: Font attributes are a great way to
break up text and add interest to a slide. They can also add emphasis to a
specific word or words.
Now that we’ve changed
some font attributes on the Google Slide, let’s look at adding a hyperlink to
our text. Hyperlinks are particularly helpful in webinars and other online
presentations where the audience can click on the link to go to a related URL.
Step 3. Add
To add a hyperlink to your Google Slides presentation,
highlight the text where you want to insert the hyperlink:
If you cannot see the Hyperlink
icon, click the More button. From the drop-down tool bar, click on the Hyperlink
icon to open the dialog box:
In the dialog box,
type the URL you wish to link to in the Link field. Click the Apply
button when you’re done. Here is the completed slide with a hyperlink added:
As you can see, the
hyperlinked text is colored and underlined so that the reader knows that there
is a hyperlink in the text.
Now it’s time to learn
how to delete text.
Step 4. Delete Text
There are basically two ways to delete text in a Google
- delete selected text
- delete an entire text box
First, let’s look at how to delete selected
text. Start by highlighting the text you wish to delete:
Click Edit > Cut
to remove the selected text. The text is deleted. In this case, we deleted the
words, “each day.”
Now, to delete the entire text box, click on it.
It should be outlined in blue:
Right-click to bring up the sub-menu:
Click the Cut
option. The text box is deleted from the slide.
Note: Without a text box
on the slide, you cannot add text to it. To add text to this slide, you will
have to re-add a text box.
2. How to Add
Bullets to a Google Slides Presentation
Bullets are helpful in a Google Slides presentation for
defining a list. They can break up large chunks of text and add visual
interest. Numbered lists can also be used to indicate an order to a list of
In this section, we’ll look at how to create three types of lists:
- bulleted lists
- numbered lists
- lists with special characters
We’ll take a look at
each type separately, starting with bulleted lists.
Add a Bulleted List
Now let’s learn how to put bullet points in Google Slides. First, open the slide with the text you wish to convert
to a bulleted list. Select (highlight) the text you want to be bulleted:
If you cannot see the Bulleted
list icon, click the More button:
Click the Bulleted
list icon on the drop-down toolbar to apply bullets to the selected text.
Your slide should look something like this:
Add a Numbered List
The process for adding a numbered list is nearly the same as
the process for adding a bulleted list. Start by selecting the text you want to
If you cannot see the Numbered
list icon, click the More button. The Numbered list icon is to the immediate left of the Bulleted list icon.
Click the Numbered
list icon to apply it to your selected text. Your slide should look
something like this:
You’ve now learned how to put bullet points in Google
Slides. You’ve added both regular bullets and numbered bullets.
Note: When adding numbered lists to a Google Slide, remember to consider the order of the
bulleted items carefully. Because there are numbers your audience may believe
that there is an order to the listed items.
However, sometimes you might want to create a bulleted list
with unusual characters. Let’s explore how to do that in Google Slides next.
Add a List With
The process for adding a list with special characters to a
Google Slides presentation is nearly the same as the process for adding any
other type of bullets. Start by selecting the text you want to be bulleted.
If you cannot see the icon, click the More button. Click the arrow to the
right of the Bulleted list icon to
display the various bullet options:
As you can see, there are a wide variety of bullet
options ranging from circles to check boxes to arrows. For this example, I
select check boxes. The resulting Google Slide appears below:
Note: A bulleted list
with check boxes could be used as a checklist or to do list.
It’s not hard to work
with text and bullet points in a Google Slides presentation once you know what
to do. In this tutorial, we’ve covered the basics of adding both text and
bullets to Google Slides.
If you experiment a
little, you’ll find that there are many ways to use text and bullet points to
enhance the appearance of your presentation. Learn more in our quick start guide to Google Slides or jump into our comprehensive Google Slides tutorial series.