Inserting a Movable Google Doc Text Box

Last week this question was asked by a Google Doc User in the Google Doc Help Forum. This is when I discovered the easiest way to add a movable text box in a Google Doc is by inserting a Google Drawing. This will allow you to insert text which may be easily dragged around a Google Doc once the Text Break and “0” Margins are selected. Please check out the following easy steps to success for adding a draggable text box into a Google Doc.


  1. Open a Google Doc
  2. In Tool Bar Click Insert, followed by Selecting Drawing
  3. A Pop Up Window Opens
  4. Select the Text Box Tool from Tool Bar
  5. Drag Text Box to Size
  6. Click More in the Tool Bar
    • This allows you to select text style
  7. Type Words into the Text Box
  8. Size the Text Box (Close to the Text’s outer perimeter)
  9. Click Save & Close Button
  10. Under Text Box Click  “Wrap Text” or “Break Test” and a “0 inch” Margin
    • This will allow you to move the text box around depending upon the layout

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Google Slides Transforms Into EBook

What would your student’s think if the Google Slides Book they created magically transformed into an EBook with curling pages? This can be done with the wave of a magic wand. No kidding aside! Okay maybe with a savvy teacher at the helm guiding the students with this innovative project. Alright you caught me again! All you really need is minimal technology skills to guide your students with authoring their first Ebook.

The trick to this project is creating a Google Slide using 8.5″ x 11″ page setup. Once the book is created the slide deck is downloaded as a PDF. Now the fun begins! The next thing the teacher does is upload the PDF to FlipSnack Edu. Yup it really is as easy as this sounds!

Set Google Slides Page Setup

  1. Open the Google Slide Presentation
  2. Click File
  3. Select Page Setup
  4. Under Page Setup Click Drop Down Arrow
  5. Select Custom
  6. Add Width Size (8.5″) followed by Length (11″)
  7. Click OK

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Download Google Slide Deck as PDF

  1. Click File
  2. Select Download as
  3. Click PDF


Upload Slide Deck PDF to FlipSnack Edu

  1. Logon to
  2. Wave Cursor over New Project
  3. Select start from PDF
  4. Select Upload or Drop and Drag PDF file

upload-to-flipsnackeduWhy Turn a PDF Into a Flip Book???

  1. Provides Engaging way to share Student Creative Writing
  2. Teacher or Student can embed Flip Book into Blog or Website
  3. Student or Teacher can use as a classroom presentation
  4. Provides another format to share projects
  5. Offers an easy way to organize and curate projects

Who Said, “One Slide Can’t Be Restored Using Revision History?”

The other day I was in the midst of creating my  Google Slide Interactive Notebook when I realized my “Goof Up!”  Quickly I clicked on the revision history and realized if I restored the one slide all the work I did after the mistake would be lost. Sitting there frustrated and puzzled I figured out a work-around which saved the day! You will be amazed to discover how easy this is to do! I see this as a lifesaver for times when students are doing group projects.

This method of restoring one slide comes in handy because it maintains the integrity of the slide deck. It allows the user to restore just one slide from the past without changing any slides in the deck created after this point. The single slide restoration can be a lifesaver when students are collaborating creating a group project using Google Slides.


Using the  Revision History

  1. Open the Google Slide
  2. Click File and Select Revision History
  3. Click “Show more detailed revisions”
  4. Select a Revision Date
  5. Right Click the Slide in the Deck
  6. Followed by Selecting Copy
  7. Click Back Arrow to leave the Revision History
  8. Click under last slide in Deck
  9. Right Click and Select Paste