How To Do X Bar In Google Slides

The x̄ symbol, also known as x-bar, is a statistical notation representing the average or mean value of a dataset. In presentations or documents dealing with statistics, you might often need to insert this symbol. Unfortunately, Google Slides doesn’t offer an x-bar symbol in its standard set. However, this does not mean it’s impossible to do! In this blog post, we will guide you on how to insert an x-bar in Google Slides.

Method 1: Using Special Characters

Google Slides has a large library of special characters that you can use in your presentation. Here’s how you can access them:

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation.
  2. Click on the slide where you want to insert the x-bar.
  3. Go to the menu and click on Insert > Special Characters.
  4. In the search box, type “x bar” or “x with line over it”. The x-bar symbol should appear in the selection box.
  5. Click on the x-bar symbol to insert it into your slide.

Method 2: Using Google Docs Equations

You can also create an x-bar using Google Docs and then copy it over to your Google Slides presentation. Here’s how:

  1. Open a new Google Docs document.
  2. Click on Insert > Equation.
  3. A new equation box will appear at your cursor. Type “x” in the box.
  4. Click on the “Accent” option in the equation toolbox (represented by a “Σ” symbol).
  5. Select the overbar option.
  6. You will now have an x with a line over it (x̄). Copy this symbol.
  7. Return to your Google Slides presentation and paste the copied x-bar where you need it.

Both methods above are effective ways to insert the x-bar symbol into your Google Slides presentation. Choose the one that best suits your needs and comfort level!

Remember, Google Slides is a powerful tool with many features. Don’t hesitate to explore it and learn what you can do!


Adding the x-bar symbol in Google Slides might not be as straightforward as clicking a button, but with the methods we’ve outlined above, it should be a breeze. Happy presenting!