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Is it possible to set the background of a text box in Google presentation to be semi-transparent? All I see are options to either transparent (a.k.a. "no fill") or completely opaque text boxes.

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Yup, you can set the background color to be semi-transparent. Use the custom color option, it gives you the ability to set transparency.

Setting Opacity on box in Google Docs Presentation

The result will be..

Transparent example on Google Docs

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Kudos Deepak! I never knew this existed. Deleting my other answer now. – OnenOnlyWalter Jan 28 '13 at 17:57
Yup, it exists but not easily visible. Hope the OP sees my answer now :D – Deepak Kamat Jan 28 '13 at 18:03
@DeepakKamat I guess it was a partially visible (semi transparent) feature? :-) – Clay Nichols Mar 4 '14 at 17:15

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