Structure of a presentation

This guide tells you about the data types that make up a Google Slides presentation. For additional detail on pages, page elements, and their properties, see the corresponding section of the Google Slides API documentation.

A Google Slides Presentation is composed of pages. A Page can have one or more page elements.

Page types

There are various different types of pages that a presentation can contain. A Page can be one of the following types:

Page type Description
Slide The pages that users see and flip between when the presentation is rendered on a screen.
Master Contains placeholders that establish default text styles, as well as background and other shapes that make up the default background for all slides based on that master.
Layout Determines how content is arranged on each type of slide.
NotesPage Used for speaker's notes.
NotesMasters Used for speaker's notes.

Page element types

Each PageElement on a page can be one of the following types:

Page element type Description
Shape A plain visual object, such as rectangles, ellipses, and text boxes. Shapes can contain text, so they are the most common page elements to build slides.
Line A visual line, curve, or connector.
Image A graphic imported into Slides.
SheetsChart A chart imported into Slides from Google Sheets.
Video A video imported into Slides.
Table A grid of content.
WordArt A visual text element that behaves more like a shape.
Group A set of page elements that are treated as an individual unit. They can be moved, scaled, and rotated together.

The visual appearance of some page elements can be modified by changing their fill, border, and text. You can also change a page element's size and position.