How To Lock A Text Box In Google Slides

Google Slides is a fantastic tool for creating presentations. It offers a variety of features that make it easy for you to design, style, and format your slides. One feature that users often seek is the ability to lock a text box in Google Slides, however, Google Slides does not inherently have this feature. But don’t worry! There’s a workaround that you can use to achieve this. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps you need to take in order to lock a text box in Google Slides.

Method: Using a Background Image

The trick to locking a text box involves converting the slide with the text box into an image, then using that image as a background. This effectively “locks” the text box in place, preventing it from being edited or moved. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Prepare Your Slide

Create your slide as you want it to appear when locked, including placing and styling the text box as desired.

Step 2: Download the Slide as an Image

Once you’re satisfied with your slide, go to the File menu, select Download, and then choose JPEG image or PNG image from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Insert the Image as a Background

After downloading the image, go to the slide where you want the locked text box. Delete any existing content if necessary, then right-click on the slide and select Change background. In the dialog box that opens, click on Choose Image and select the image you just downloaded.

Step 4: Locking the Text Box

Once the image is set as the slide background, your text box is effectively locked. You can’t select or edit the text in the box, and you can’t move the box around the slide.


While Google Slides does not come with an inherent feature to lock text boxes, this workaround is a simple and effective way of achieving the same result. It allows you to ensure your presentation looks exactly as you want it to, without worrying about accidental edits or movement of your text boxes.

We hope this guide was helpful and that you now feel confident in locking your text boxes in Google Slides. Happy presenting!