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. Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 17:57
  • Yup, it exists but not easily visible. Hope the OP sees my answer now :D Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 18:03
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    @DeepakKamat I guess it was a partially visible (semi transparent) feature? :-) Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 17:15
  • This custom color technique also works for creating semi-transparent shapes in Google Slides.
    – dylankb
    Commented Jul 8, 2018 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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