Show and hide slides in Google Slides

When you or import a slideshow, you may end up with slides that you don’t want to present, but you don’t necessarily want to delete either. You may want to temporarily hide a slide in a Google Slides presentation.

While not an obvious feature, you can hide a slide and show it again later in just a few steps.

Hide a slide in Google Slides

Once you visit Google Slides, log in and open your slideshow, you can hide a slide using the Skip slide feature. Plus, you can do it in any view.

Step 1: Select the slide you want to hide.

  • In the filmstrip, which places slide thumbnails on the left, choose the slide to highlight it.
  • In the Grid view, which displays thumbnails of the slides in a grid layout, choose the slide to highlight it.
  • In normal view, where only one slide is displayed at a time, press the Upwards or down arrow on your keyboard or scroll with your mouse or trackpad until you land on the slide.

Step 2: Go to the slide tab.

Step 3: Select Skip slide

Skip slide from the Slide menu.

Step 4: You can also right-click a slide in Filmstrip or Grid view and choose Skip slide in the Shortcut menu.

When you skip a slide, an eye icon with a line through it is placed and hidden from the presentation.

You can still work on or move a slide that you skip in a slideshow. This allows you to keep it out of the presentation, but still edit it.

Slide with the Skip icon in Google Slides.

Hide multiple slides

If you want to hide more than one slide from your presentation, you can skip multiple slides at once. This prevents you from manually skipping the slides one by one.

Step 1: Either display the filmstrip with VisionShow film strip or go to grid view with VisionGrid view

Step 2: Select the slides you want to hide to highlight them.

  • To select adjacent slides, select the first, hold your Shift key and select the last one.
  • To select non-adjacent slides, select the first, hold Ctrl on Windows or Assignment on Mac and select each additional slide.
Multiple slides selected in grid view.

Step 3: Go to the slide tab.

Step 4: Select Skip slides

Skip slides in the Slide menu.

Step 5: You can also right click on one of the slides and choose Skip slides in the Shortcut menu.

You’ll then see the eye icon and the line on each slide you skipped. These slides do not appear when you present your slideshow.

Slides with the Skip icon in Google Slides.

Show a slide in Google Slides

When you’re ready to unhide the slides you’ve hidden or skipped, you can follow the same process as above to unhide them.

Step 1: Select the slide or all slides you want to view.

Step 2: Go to the slide tab.

Step 3: Select Skip slide(s) to remove the check mark.

Skip slide checked in the Slide menu.

Step 4: You can also right-click on a slide or group of slides in Filmstrip or Grid view and choose Skip slide(s) in the shortcut menu to remove the check mark.

This then removes the icon from the slide(s) and displays it in your presentation.

Skip Slide checked in the shortcut menu.

Show a slide while presenting

Maybe you’ve hidden a slide and decide to show it while presenting. You can view a skipped slide when using the presenter view in Google Slides.

Step 1: When you’re ready to present, select the slideshow drop-down list at the top right and choose Presenter View

Presenter View in the Slideshow menu.

Step 2: You will then see your main browser window with the slideshow and a smaller window that allows you to control the presentation.

Google Slides Presenter view on a Mac.

Step 3: In the control window, select the drop-down list at the top left with the slide numbers. You’ll see your hidden slides, each with that familiar icon of an eye with a line through it.

Choose the skipped slide you want to show and it will appear in your presentation.

Presenter view with skipped slides in the list.

Step 4: When you’re done with that slide, select the next one you want to present from the drop-down list and continue with the slideshow as usual.

You can hide unfinished slides or slides you’re saving from other audiences and show them when you’re done. Take advantage of this feature of Google Slides!

For more information, learn how to add audio or video to your presentation or how a draw on Google Slides

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