How to Add a Vertical Line at the Center of Google Slides

Many of the objects that you may want to place into a slide in Google Slides, such as a text box or an image, are probably not going to be the same size as the slide itself. This can lead to deleting objects from the slide as you attempt to make everything look the way that you imagined. But adjusting the alignment in a document can be tricky, so it’s helpful to take advantage of some tools that help you position elements. Therefore, you may wish to put that object at the center of the slide so that it looks good.

While Google Slides offers the ability for you to center some of your objects, you might prefer to do it yourself, or have an object slightly off-center. One way that you can accomplish this is by adding a vertical guide that runs down the middle of the slide. This guide won’t show up when you are presenting your slideshow or when you print it, but it can come in handy when you are editing the slides.

How to Show the Vertical Guide in Google Slides

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will work in other modern desktop browsers as well.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and open a Slides file.

Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.

click the View tab

Step 3: Choose the Guides option, then click Add vertical guide.

how to add a vertical guide in Google Slides

You should now see a vertical line running down the center of the slide, as shown in the picture below.

example of a vertical guide in Google Slides

Do you have a chart or graph in your slideshow that you would like to share by itself? Find out how to download a graph or chart as a picture in Google Slides so that you can email it, share it, or add it to another file. newsletter

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