How To Lock An Image In Google Slides

Google Slides is a powerful tool that allows you to create impressive presentations. One of its features is the ability to add and manipulate images. However, what happens when you want to lock an image in place to prevent accidental movements? Currently, Google Slides does not have a specific feature to lock images or objects. However, there’s a workaround for this. In this blog post, we will guide you step by step on how to ‘lock’ an image in place in Google Slides.

Step 1: Insert an Image

To begin with, you need to insert an image to your Google slide. Click on “Insert” in the menu bar, then select “Image” from the drop-down menu, and choose your desired image from your computer or the web.

Step 2: Resize or Move Your Image

After importing the image, you can resize or move it to your desired position. To resize, simply select the image and drag one of the corners. To move, click and hold the image, then drag it to your preferred location.

Step 3: “Lock” the Image

Since Google Slides doesn’t have a lock feature, we need to use a trick. The idea is to insert a shape over the image and make that shape transparent. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the “Shape” button in the toolbar. It’s next to the “Line” tool.
  2. Select any shape— it doesn’t matter which one since we’ll be making it transparent.
  3. Draw the shape over your image. Try to match the size of the shape with your image.
  4. With the shape selected, click on the “Fill color” tool in the toolbar and select “Transparent”.

Now, whenever you try to select the image, you’ll actually be selecting the transparent shape. This effectively “locks” the image in place, preventing it from being moved or resized unintentionally.


This might not be the most straightforward solution, but until Google Slides introduces a feature to lock objects, this workaround does the job. We hope this step-by-step guide helps you in creating more polished and professional presentations. Now you won’t have to worry about accidentally moving your images around!