Tips & Tricks
(A Bit Beyond the Typical!)
Always resize from the CORNER handles
(handles are those blue squares that you get around an image when you select it).
Generally, you crop from the MIDDLE handles
(crop handles are the black rectangles you get when you DOUBLE CLICK on an image).
Crop to change the proportion (length to width) of the image instead of resizing.
Using black CROP handles to change proportion to fit
Using middle blue RESIZE handles to force fit
Images, including GIFs can be “masked” into images using any of the shapes available in Slides.
COPY without COPY/ PASTE
Sometimes you already have something copied that you want to paste into a text box and you want to use the same formatting of a text box on the slide. You can get an exact copy of the text box without using copy/paste!
Just click the edge of the text box you want to copy, hold down “ctrl” and drag (hold mouse button while moving your mouse). You’ll have an identical text box to paste into!
See “PASTE w/o FORMATTING” to paste.
CTRL + a
A double click in a text box selects a word. A triple click selects a paragraph. And “Ctrl” + a -selects all text in the text box.
PASTE w/o FORMATTING
pasting from website WITH formatting.
Normal copy/paste (“ctrl”+c, then “ctrl” + v).
Bottom shows pasting from website WITHOUT formatting.
Special copy/paste (“ctrl”+c, then hold down
“ctrl” + “shift” and type “v”).
You can change the space between lines of text using decimals (such as .8 or .9) to help fit your text within a particular space.
Locate transparent images easily. When in a Google image search, click “Tools”, then under “Color”, choose “Transparent”. Most of the returned image will have transparency which is shown by the checkerboard pattern after the Woody image loads.
LINK SHARE OPTIONS
Hit “enter” to see that the link forces a copy.
Additional URL end replacements:
Replace with “present” to go directly to “present” mode.
Replace with “preview?rm=minimal” for “present” mode without the bottom toolbar
Replace with “template/preview” for a preview file with the option to “Use template”.
On any Google file, delete what’s after the last “/” in the link (“edit...”) and change to “copy”.
COPY/PASTE MULTIPLE SLIDES
In the “side panel”, hold down “ctrl” while clicking on multiple slides. You can, then, copy and paste within the same file or another file.
Make sure that both files use the same slide size or items will be distorted.
Some of the more specialized text formatting options
Some of the more specialized image formatting options
Text boxes and shapes
DRAW SPECIAL CHARACTERS
You may need to use special characters, but may not know what they are called to be able to search for them. What to do? Just draw it!
Windows machine/ Chromebook
Hold down “Ctrl” AND “Alt” while dragging from a corner handle
Hold down “Option”
TY to Ray Birks
@raybirks for the Mac Info!
By Becky Foellmer