How To Lock A Slide In Google Slides

Google Slides is an incredible tool for creating presentations. It provides a variety of features that can help you create powerful and visually appealing slideshows. However, one particular feature that many users find themselves searching for is the ability to lock a slide. In other words, to prevent it from being edited or modified. Unfortunately, Google Slides doesn’t directly offer such a feature. But don’t worry, there’s a handy workaround that we can use!

The Workaround: Utilizing the Master Slide Feature

Although there isn’t a direct option to lock a slide in Google Slides, we can use the Master Slide feature to achieve a similar goal. The Master Slide is the top slide in your hierarchy. Any changes made to this slide are applied to all your other slides. However, individual slides cannot modify the Master Slide. This makes it a perfect solution for our problem.

Now, let’s jump into the step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Step 1: Open Master Slide View

First, open the presentation you want to modify. Go to the Slide menu in the top left corner, then click on Edit Master. This will open up the Master Slide view.

Step 2: Choose a Layout

In the Master Slide view, you’ll see a collection of slide layouts on the left side of your screen. Choose the layout that corresponds to the slide you want to lock.

Step 3: Add your Content to the Master Slide

Whatever you want to lock on your slide – be it text, images, shapes, etc. – add it directly onto the selected layout in the Master Slide view. Position it exactly as you want it to appear on your actual slide. Remember, the content added here cannot be edited or moved in the normal editing view.

Step 4: Close the Master Slide View

Once you’re done adding and positioning your content, click the X in the top-right corner to close the Master Slide view. This will bring you back to your normal editing view.

Step 5: Apply the Modified Layout

Now, select the slide you want to lock. Go to the Slide menu, then select Apply layout. Choose the layout you modified in the Master Slide view. Your slide will now contain the uneditable content from the Master Slide.

And there you have it! You’ve now ‘locked’ a slide in Google Slides. This workaround isn’t perfect since it doesn’t prevent someone from changing the slide’s layout. But it can be a good solution when you need to keep specific elements in your slideshow unchangeable. Happy presenting!