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How to add a header or footer to Google Slides

Headers and footers are useful tools in Google Slides that allow you to add a date, company name, or creator to your presentation. This way you can add additional details without distracting from the content of the presentation.

What do you need to add a header or footer to your Google Slides presentation

Google Slides is Google’s flagship presentation app that sits in your browser as part of Google Docs. It’s completely free – the only requirement for use is that you have a Google account.

Because Google Slides is a free Web app, it’s not as full-featured as desktop apps like Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote. Nevertheless, it makes up for its lack of aesthetic features by boasting very strong collaboration capabilities. Some users find such features to be the best.

The learning curve for Google Slides is also much lower than that of a full-featured desktop app because of the fact that it contains the most important features and avoids most bugs.

Anyway, one of the most interesting features of Google Slides is the ability to add headers and footers to your presentation. So, here’s how to do that. Let’s move step by step.

What is Google Slides

Google Slides is a tool for creating and editing presentations. With Slides, users and teams can create unique presentations and share them with others. The finished presentations can be viewed on most types of devices, as well as displayed on the big screen.

In Google Slides, you can create a presentation from scratch or using templates. Templates are available for topics ranging from portfolios to product presentations. There are many tools for creating presentations: changing backgrounds and fonts, inserting graphs, tables, images and videos, shapes, text boxes, and animations. You can share your presentations with colleagues or save them as PDF and PPTX files.

Since Google Slides is only available online, it assumes collaborative editing and presentation creation. This requires sharing a link to the presentation or sending an invitation to Google Mail. Once accessed, participants with access will be able to make changes to the layout and leave comments.

What are the main features of Google Slides

Here are the features and advantages of Google Slides:

  • Create presentations using templates or from scratch.
  • Collaborative creation and editing of presentations.
  • Access control.
  • Inserting images, videos, charts, and tables.
  • Creating styles.
  • Convert presentations to PowerPoint, PDF, or ODP formats.
  • Automatically save and manage versions.

How to add a header or footer to Google Slides by inserting a text box

One way to add a header or footer to Google Slides is to insert a text box. The text box can then be moved to the top or bottom of the slide and formatted to your liking. So, if you want to do so, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open the Google Slides web page and create a presentation.
  • After that, select the slide where you want to add a header or footer.
  • Next, click on the “Text Box” button in the toolbar or click “Insert” and select “Text Box”.
  • Then, drag to draw the desired text box size, or just click to place the box, and then type the text.
  • Finally, move the text box by dragging it to the top of the slide as a header or footer.

Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to add a header or footer to your Google Slides presentation by inserting a text box.

You can copy the text box and paste it to other slides. However, if you want each slide to have the same header or footer, you can edit the master slide.

How to edit a master slide in Google Slides to add a header or footer

If you want to edit a master slide in your Google Slides presentation to add headers or footers, you have to follow these steps:

  • At first, open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Then, click “Slide” in the toolbar and select “Edit theme” from the list of options.
  • Once the Theme Builder opens, select the slide at the top directly below the theme and above the layouts.
  • Next, click on the “Text Box” button in the toolbar or click “Insert” and select “Text Box”.
  • After that, drag to draw the desired text box size, or just click to place the box, and then type the text.
  • Finally, click on the “X” button in the upper-right corner of the Theme Builder to close it.

As you can see on the screenshot below, there’s a header at the top left corner of each slide.

Once you have completed these steps, you will return to presentation editing mode and see the header or footer you added to each slide.

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