How to Hide a Slide in Google Slides

How many times did we have to share an advance on an in-progress presentation? Or what if we created different slides to brief on different situations when presenting a topic? If that’s the case, let’s assume you questioned yourself whether to create a different version of the “final” presentation that didn’t include the mockup slides. 

Today, we will show a different method to avoid such hassle. Let’s discover how to hide a slide in Google Slides!

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Method #1 – How do you hide a slide on Google Slides without right-clicking?

Many users prefer a quick shortcut on lengthy presentations to avoid right-clicking and mixing up which slide to hide. Unfortunately, Google Slides doesn’t grant that option. 

What you can do instead is to follow these next steps to hide a slide without right-clicking.

Start by selecting the slide you wish to hide. In my case, it’s going to be the 2nd slide.

Selecting which slide to hide
The start point for our tutorial

Go to the Slide menu > Skip Slide.

Accessing Skip Slide in Google Slides via Slide Menu
Accessing the Skip Slide option from the Slide Menu

The hidden slide will now show an eye with a bar crossing it, implying it will remain hidden under Slideshow mode.

Google Slides marking a slide as hidden
The slide is now hidden

If you want to make it visible again, repeat the steps as follows, unselecting the Skip Slide (the tick has to disappear from the menu). 

Method #2 – Hiding a slide on Google Slides using right-click

The classic method for hiding a slide on Google Slides is by simply right-clicking over it (above the slide, not on the white area) and selecting the option Skip Slide.

Our hidden slide will show the same eye with a bar crossing over it. To undo this config, right-click again and uncheck the Skip Slide option.

unhiding a slide in Google Slides
Unhiding a slide in Google Slides

How to print a presentation in Google Slides with hidden slides

This is another commonly asked question we wish to answer as well. Say you want to deliver a printed copy of the presentation you are about to introduce to your audience, but your presentation contains hidden slides that shouldn’t be printed.

Whereas you could work your way with the printer settings to skip certain page numbers, it’s a tedious task that can be optimized with just a couple of clicks.

Access the File menu. In there, select Print settings and preview.

Accessing print setting options in Google Slides
Accessing the Print settings in Google Slides

The window will change its layout to present the printing preview mode. But what interests us is to locate a button that says Include skipped slides. By default, the option is turned on.

Button turned on for including skipped slides
Include skipped slides option turned on

To avoid printing those hidden slides, click on that button, and you’ll see that the page number is reduced after the page refreshes.

Button turned off for including skipped slides
Include skipped slides option turned off

And this is how to quickly hide a slide in Google Slides for slideshow and print options.

Google Slides, Presentation Skills, Printing
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