How To Outline Words In Google Slides

Google Slides is a versatile tool that allows users to create stunning presentations. One of the features that can add a touch of professionalism to your slides is the ability to outline words. In this guide, we will take you through the process of outlining words in Google Slides, step by step.

Step 1: Selecting the Text

Start by opening your Google Slides presentation. Navigate to the slide where you want to outline words. Click on the text box that contains the words you want to outline to select it. If you do not have a text box, click on the ‘Text box’ button in the toolbar at the top, then click anywhere on the slide to place it.

Step 2: Outlining the Text

With the text box selected, you will notice the toolbar at the top changes to display options for formatting the text. However, there is no direct option to outline the text. This is where we will use a little trick to achieve our purpose.

Click on the ‘Fill color’ button (which looks like a paint bucket) in the toolbar. In the dropdown menu that appears, select the ‘Transparent’ option. This will make your text appear invisible for the moment, but don’t worry, we will fix that in the next step.

Step 3: Adding the Outline

Next, we are going to add the outline to our “invisible” text. Click on the ‘Border color’ button (which looks like a pencil) in the toolbar. In the dropdown menu that appears, select the color you want for your outline.

After selecting the color, click on the ‘Border weight’ button (which looks like two lines of different thickness) in the toolbar. Choose a suitable weight for your outline. The higher the number, the thicker the outline.

Finally, click on the ‘Border dash’ button (which looks like a line with breaks) in the toolbar. Select ‘Solid line’ from the dropdown menu that appears.

And there you have it: outlined text in Google Slides!


Outlining text in Google Slides can give your presentation a professional edge and make your slides stand out. While Google Slides does not have a direct option for this, you can easily achieve this with a few simple steps. We hope this guide was helpful in allowing you to enhance your Google Slides presentations.