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.


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
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    @DeepakKamat I guess it was a partially visible (semi transparent) feature? :-) – Clay Nichols Mar 4 '14 at 17:15
  • This custom color technique also works for creating semi-transparent shapes in Google Slides. – dylankb Jul 8 '18 at 0:39

To add on to Deepak's answer:

If after following Deepak's instructions, the text area rectangle has a transparent background, but the area immediately behind the text characters themselves still has a solid white (or other solid color) background, then:

Google Presentation Transparent Text

  1. Select the text box.
  2. From the Format menu, select Text Color.
  3. Select "Highlight".
  4. Click "Transparent".

You can also format it's drop shadow so that the variables are transparency 0, angle 90, distance 3-5, and blur radius 3-5.

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