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How to Delete a Text Box in Google Slides?

Ever found yourself stuck trying to remove an unwanted text from your Google Slides presentation? Worry not! We’ve all been there, and today I’ll walk you through it step by step. Sounds good? Let’s dive in! 

Text boxes provide structure. They allow for clear segmentation of your content, making your presentation neat and readable. Remember those boring lectures with slides crammed full of text? Text prevent that mess!

Step-by-Step Tutorial: How to Delete a Text Box in Google Slides

  1. Open Your Presentation
    • Firstly, open the Google Slides presentation containing the text you want to deal with.
      open google slides presentation
  2. Navigate to the Desired Slide
    • Browse through the slides in your presentation until you locate the slide in Google Slides that contains the text box you want to delete.
      choose slide which you need
  3. Selecting the Text Box
    • Move your cursor over to the border of the text box.
    • Ensure you don’t mistakenly click inside the text box or click the text, but rather on the border.
    • When you click on the text box, you’ll see a blue or colored outline appear around it. This indicates the text box is selected.
      blue frame choose text block
  4. Alternative Selection Method
    • If you find it challenging to select by the border, you can also click inside the text box to get the cursor inside. From there, press and drag to select the entire content, then move outside and click the border to select the whole box.
      another way select text box using mouse
  5. Deleting Using the Context Menu
    • With the selected text box, right-click to bring up a dropdown menu.
    • Find the option that says ‘Delete’ and click it. Your delete text box in Google process is completed!
      remove the text box in google slides
  6. Using Keyboard Shortcuts for Deletion
    • Once you’ve selected the text box you want, simply press the delete key on your keyboard.
    • You can also use the backspace key, but ensure the keyboard while the text box object is selected and not just the text inside.
  7. Selecting and Deleting Multiple Text
    • If you’ve added a text (or perhaps multiple texts) that you now need to delete, you can select multiple text boxes simultaneously.
    • Press and hold the ‘Shift’ key, then click on each text you want to include in your selection.
      removing text boxes more than one
    • Once all the desired texts are highlighted, either right-click and select the option to delete the text boxes or simply press the delete key on your keyboard to delete them together.
  8. Undoing the Text Box Deletion
    • Mistakes happen! If you accidentally delete a text box, you can quickly undo the text box deletion. Just press ‘Ctrl + Z’ on your keyboard.
  9. Adding and Deleting Text: A Cycle
    • Remember, the way to add text is as easy as removing. Once you add a text, inputting your text, aligning, and then deciding you want something different is all part of the creative process. The flexibility of Google Slides using its tools, like text box addition and text box deletion, makes it a favorite among many!
  10. Wrap-up and Precautions
    • Always ensure you’ve selected the text box and not just the text when you want to delete a text box.
    • Keep a close eye to not delete text you might still need. But remember, there’s always a way to bring back something you’ve removed accidentally.

Remember, Google Slides is all about flexibility, allowing you to bring ideas to the front, push them to the back, or even remove them altogether. Don’t be afraid to experiment, knowing that you have the tools to quickly undo or redo actions. Practice these steps, and you’ll soon become a Google Slides pro, adding and removing texts with ease!

Troubleshooting Common Issues with Text Boxes in Google Slides

1. Struggling to Select the Text Box?

Sometimes you might find it challenging to click on the border of the text box that you want to interact with. If you find yourself clicking the text inside or struggling to get the box to select, remember these tips:

  • Always aim for the border or the edges of the box, not the text on a slide inside.
  • If you find your cursor inside the text, click outside and then try to click the border again.
  • Should you still face issues, don’t fret! Close the tab and reopen your slide containing the text box. Refreshing often resolves many temporary glitches.

2. Text Box Stubbornly Stays Put?

Have you ever tried to remove a text box and found that even after you box and press delete, it remains on the slide? Here’s what you can do:

  • First, ensure you’re not just clicking the text. The entire text box should be selected.
  • Slow internet connection might be playing spoilsport. Check your connection and wait a moment before trying again.
  • If you’re using keyboard shortcuts, ensure you’re pressing the right keys. Whether it’s the delete key or the backspace, using them while the text box is selected should work.
  • Close and reopen Google Slides. Sometimes, a fresh start is all you need!

3. Dealing with Multiple Text Boxes?

If you’re trying to remove a text box from a slide containing the text box and others, things might get a bit tricky. Remember these points:

  • When trying to delete multiple text boxes in Google Slides, ensure you’ve selected all the ones you want to get rid of.
  • Use the ‘Shift’ key to select more than one text at a time.
  • After selecting, either right-click and choose ‘Delete’ or simply box and press delete using your keyboard.

4. Did the Text Disappear but Not the Box?

It’s possible you might accidentally remove just the text and not the textbox itself. If this happens:

  • Click the text box on Google Slides and ensure it’s empty.
  • Follow the steps to delete the box by using the keyboard or the right-click menu. This ensures both the text and its container are gone.

5. Moved a Text Box and Can’t Get It Back?

If you’ve shifted a text box in a Google Slides presentation to the back and can’t bring it forward, try this:

  • Right-click on the slide and look for the ‘Order’ or ‘Arrange’ options.
  • Use the ‘Bring forward’ or ‘Send backward’ options to adjust the position of your text area.

Deleting a text box in Google Slides is a breeze once you know how. Practice makes perfect, and soon, you’ll be optimizing your presentations like a pro! Remember, the key is to keep things organized and clean for the best viewer experience.


Can I undo the deletion of a text box?

Yes! Just use the ‘Ctrl + Z’ shortcut for an immediate undo.

Is there a limit to the number of text boxes I can add?

Nope! Add as many as your presentation needs.

Can I add shapes or images the same way I add texts?

Absolutely! Google Slides is versatile and allows you to add a variety of elements to your slides.

What if I can’t see the ‘Delete’ option in the dropdown menu?

Ensure you’ve selected the text area properly. If the issue persists, refresh the page.

Can I customize the appearance of my texts?

Yes! You can change the font, size, color, and even add a background color or border.

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