How To Keep Text Boxes From Moving In Google Slides

Google Slides is a powerful tool that can be used for creating presentations, but when you’re putting together a complicated slide, you may find that text boxes have a tendency to move around. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you are trying to maintain a certain layout or design. In this article, we will guide you through several steps to solve this issue and keep your text boxes from moving in Google Slides.

Locking Text Boxes in Google Slides

Unfortunately, Google Slides doesn’t provide a built-in feature to lock text boxes or images in place. However, there’s a workaround that can help you achieve the same result.

Using Tables as a Placeholder

Tables can act as a placeholder to keep text boxes from moving. Here are the steps:

  1. Insert a table by going to Insert > Table. Choose a 1×1 table for a single text box.
  2. Resize the table to match the size of the text box you wish to lock.
  3. Change the table’s border color to transparent, or the same color as the background, so it will not be noticed.
  4. Place your text box over the table.

Grouping Elements Together

An alternative way is to group the text box with another object. This method works best when you want to fix the position of the text box relative to another object. Here are the steps:

  1. Select the text box and the object together.
  2. Right click on them and choose Group.

This will bind the text box and the other object together so that they move as a single unit. Hence, your text box will stay in its intended position relative to the grouped object.


Although Google Slides does not offer a direct way to lock text boxes from moving, by using the techniques of implementing a table as a placeholder or grouping elements together, you can achieve a similar result. This will not only keep your text boxes in place but also help you to create more professional and organized presentations.