How to place images behind or in front of text in Google Slides.

When it comes to presentations, images are often just as important as the text itself – and the location of those images is no different. Google Slides lets you place an image in front of (or behind) text.

How to adjust image position in Google Slides

To get started, open the Google Slides presentation that contains the image you want to re-position. If you haven’t already inserted an image, you can do so by clicking Insert> Image, and then selecting where the image is stored.

Related: How to place text on graphic in Microsoft Word

With the image on the slide, click and drag it to where you want it to be on your slide. If there’s text, don’t worry – get the picture there anyway. Once properly positioned, make sure the image is still selected. When selected, the border of the image will turn blue.

Click the image you want to convert into Google Slides.

Next, right-click on the image. Move your cursor to the “Order” option in the context menu.

Click Order in the context menu.

A submenu will appear with these four options:

  • Bring to the fore: This brings up the selected image in front of all the objects currently appearing.
  • Bringing forward: This brings the selected image to a level.
  • Send back: This sends the selected image back to a level.
  • Send back: It sends the selected image behind all the objects behind it.

Depending on the current position of the selected image, some options may be gray.

Four order options.

In this example, we want to place the image behind our text box. Since there are only two items (text box and image), we can only select “Send Back”, although “Send Back” will accomplish the same task.

Click send back.

Note that each option also has a keyboard shortcut. To move the image forward or backward, press Ctrl + Up or Ctrl + Down, respectively. Or, bring it up or send it with Ctrl + Shift + Up or Ctrl + Shift + Down, respectively.

What does it look like when you have an image behind the text?

An image is behind the text box in Google Slides.

Using these four order options, you can complete the space of text and images in your presentation.

Now that you know how to position images before or after text, one of the key features you need to know to master Google Slides. Depending on the image and the color of your text, the text may be difficult to read. If so, increase the opacity of your image.

Related: How to place images behind or in front of text in Google Docs.

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