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How to place images behind or in front of text on Google slides

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

How to adjust image positions on Google slides

To get started, open the Google Slides presentation that contains the image you want to reposition. If you haven’t inserted an image yet, you can do so by clicking Insert> Image and then choosing the location where the image is stored.

With the image on the slide, click and drag it to the location you want it to be on your slide. If there’s text there too, don’t worry, take the image there anyway. Once positioned correctly, make sure the image is still selected. The border of the image will be blue when selected.

Click on the image you want to reposition in Google Slides.

Then right-click on the image. Hover over the “Order” option in the context menu.

Click Sort on the context menu.

A submenu will appear with these four options:

  • Bring to the front: This brings the selected image to the front of all the objects that are currently in front of it.
  • Bring forward: this makes the selected image go up one level.
  • Send backward: sends the selected image one level back.
  • Send to fund: sends the selected image to the back of all objects behind it.

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

All four order options.

In this example, we want to place the image behind our text box. Since there are only two objects (the text box and the image), we can select “Send backward”, although “Send backward” would do the same.

Click Send Backward.

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

This is how it looks when you place the image behind the text.

An image placed behind a text box in Google Slides.

With these four ordering options, you can fine-tune the placement of text and images in your presentation.

You now know how to place images in front of or behind text, one of the basic functions 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 that’s the case, increase the opacity of your image .

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