2021 – Day 4 of Google – Google Slides

On the fourth day of Google, we will dive into a couple of tips in Google Slides. Did you know…

CREATE YOUR OWN GRADIENT COLORS

Did you know that you could create your gradient colors? I actually didn’t until a week ago. There might be times where you want to have multiple colors show up in text. To make this happen,

  • Insert a word art cell with your text
  • While text is selected, click the fill paint bucket icon
  • Under the gradient menu, select the icon to create your own color
  • Select the color you want to start with. You will then add a new gradient stop color. Repeat this step as many times as you want with the number of colors you will want to appear.
  • You can determine the type of gradient from linear to radial.

In the example below, you will see that a rainbow effect was created. You don’t need to select all of the gradient stops that I selected. You could keep it simple and only have one gradient stop.

This is something that you won’t use all the time. For me, this was a huh moment as I didn’t know it existed. When the right time comes, I will be sure to use the feature however.

FILMSTRIP

Who knew that the column on the left with all of the slides in the slide presentation is called the filmstrip? Not me. There has been some buzz lately with the fact that a user can hide the filmstrip when they want to gain more real estate.

How to do this? Under the view menu, unselect ‘show filmstrip’. Why would this be helpful? Some teachers use slides as a tool for students to interact with. Imagine there are different text boxes or images along the left and right sides of the ‘official slide page’. Students are then asked to drag the images/text that are in the outside area into the slide. By hiding the filmstrip, students are able to actually see everything that might be on the outside borders.

The gif below showcases what this looks like.

If you have any questions, you know where to find me.

And that is my Spiel…

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