How to Change Layer Order in Google Slides

The drag and drop nature of organizing elements on a slide in Google Slides can create a situation where a slide object is being hidden by another object. Often this can be resolved by simply moving those objects so that they aren’t overlapping, but you may have something, such as a text box, that you would like to appear on top of something else.

Fortunately Google Slides lets you manage the order of your slide objects as layers, which allows you to choose which elements appear on top of other elements. Our tutorial below will show you how to change the layer level for an object in Google Slides so that you can specify which object is on top.


How to Bring a Google Slides Layer to the Front

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome. This guide is going to show you how to adjust the levels of slide objects that overlap. The specific example we use in this article is a text box that you want to put on top of a picture, but the picture is currently hiding some of the text.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the presentation containing the slide objects that you want to reorder.


Step 2: Select the slide object whose layer you want to adjust.

select the slide object to reorder



Step 3: Choose the Arrange tab at the top of the window.

how to move an object to the front in google slides



Step 4: Select the Order option, then click the action that you want to take. If the object is currently hidden by another layer, then choose the Bring to front option. If you want to put the layer behind another object, then choose the Send to back option.

how to change an object layer in google slides



Does a picture in your slideshow need some edits? Find out how to crop a picture in Google Slides if it contains elements that you don’t wish to use in your slide. newsletter
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