How to Wrap Text in Google Slides

Tweak text to make your presentations look better

Google Slides is one of the best free alternatives to Microsoft Powerpoint out there, enabling you to easily make slideshows and presentations from within your browser and without paying a penny. Despite that, Google Slides isn't always the most intuitive of software and it can be tricky to know how to complete certain tasks. If you're keen to wrap text around an image while creating a presentation, here's how to wrap text in Google Slides, making your presentations look a little smarter than before. 

These instructions only work in Google Slides in the browser. You can't make these changes within the iOS or Android apps.

How to Insert an Image in Google Slides

If you want to wrap text around an image in Google Slides, you need to know how to add an image to your presentation. Here's what to do.

  1. Open Google Slides.

  2. Click the presentation you wish to edit.

    Google Slides with a presentation highlighted
  3. Click Insert.

    Google Slides with Insert highlighted
  4. Click Image.

  5. Select Upload from Computer.

    Google Slides with Upload from Computer highlighted

    Alternatively, you can choose to search the web, take a photo with your webcam, or find a photo on Google Drive.

  6. Find the image on your computer and click Choose.

    Google Slides with the image upload dialog highlighted
  7. The image is now displayed on your presentation ready for text wrapping.

How to Wrap Text Around Images in Google Slides

Do you want your presentation or slideshow to look really eye-catching? Having the text wrap around images is a great way of making your presentation look more professional without being too much effort. Unfortunately, Google Slides doesn't have a wrap text option like Google Docs does. Fortunately, there is a workaround although it is a little more awkward than a simple button. Here's how to wrap text around an image in Google Slides.

  1. Open the presentation you would like to edit and click Text Box.

    Google Slides with Text Box icon highlighted

    You can also find it under Insert > Text Box

  2. Place your cursor in the presentation where you'd like to add the text box.

  3. When the text box appears, add the text you wish to be displayed.

  4. Click on the text box edges where there's a blue line, then drag it to resize it. You can then move it alongside the image that you want to wrap it around. 

    Google Slides - a text box with the corners highlighted for dragging

    Look out for a red line that highlights when your text is about to overlap the image.

  5. The text box should now be lined up with the image and suitably wrapped. 

Can I Improve How the Text Wrap Effect Looks in Google Slides?

If you're looking at your text wrap and you're not entirely happy with the results, you can do more to make it look a bit smarter. Here's how.

Breaking up text into smaller chunks is often an immediate improvement to presentations.

  1. Select the text box.

    Google Slides - a text box highlighted for clicking
  2. Click Format.

    Google Slides with Format menu highlighted
  3. Scroll down to Align & Indent.

  4. Click Justified.

    Google Slides - Align & Indent menu option highlighted
  5. This changes the alignment on the text box so there's no ragged right edge, which makes it look more professional.