Guides are introduced in the Design Tool section of SlidesYearbook. This page will give measurements for various types of grids used, as well as examples. You may want to bookmark this page.

When SlidesYearbook first started, guides and image size specification did not exist. The workaround was to open SlidesYearbook Guideline templates and copy/paste image size templates. Just as SlidesYearbook has evolved, so has Google Apps.

Maybe someday soon Google will include built-in guide choices or a developer will create a Slides Add-on that saves the measurements. Until then you have a choice - edit the guides in Google Slides or use the SlidesYearbook Guideline template. What is important is that guides are used to align photos, captions, and objects.

Choice 1 - Edit guides

Google Keep for Measurements

Until Google adds built-in guides options or allows users to save multiple types of guides, use Google Keep extension to store the 2, 3, and 4-column measurements.

Please note that I typically do not endorse copy/paste of any notes; however, these are standard measurements, not entire paragraphs that must be cited to avoid plagiarism.

  1. Select the measurements you wish to copy.
  2. Click on the Google Keep extension in the upper right corner.
  3. Add a title.
  4. In Google Slides, click on Tools.
  5. Select Keep notebook.
  6. If necessary, use the search icon to locate the notes.

2-Column Guides

  • Vertical guide 1 = .5 in
  • Vertical guide 2 = 4.175 in
  • Vertical guide 3 = 4.325 in
  • Vertical guide 4 = 8 in

  • Horizontal guide 1 = .5 in
  • Horizontal guide 2 = 10.5 in

2-Column Guides Example

3-Column Guides

  • Vertical guide 1 = .5 in
  • Vertical guide 2 = 2.92 in
  • Vertical guide 3 = 3.075 in
  • Vertical guide 4 = 5.425 in
  • Vertical guide 5 = 5.575 in
  • Vertical line 6 = 8 in

  • Horizontal guide 1 = .5 in
  • Horizontal guide 2 = 1.6 in
  • Horizontal guide 3 = 1.8 in
  • Horizontal guide 4 = 10.5 in

3-Column Guides Example

4-Column Guides

  • Vertical Guide 1 = .5 in
  • Vertical Guide 2 = 2.3 in
  • Vertical Guide 3 = 2.45 in
  • Vertical Guide 4 = 4.175 in
  • Vertical Guide 5 = 4.325 in
  • Vertical Guide 6 = 6.05 in
  • Vertical Guide 7 = 6.2 in
  • Vertical Guide 8 = 8.5 in

  • Horizontal Guide 1 = .5 in
  • Horizontal Guide 2 = 1.6 in
  • Horizontal Guide 3 = 1.8 in
  • Horizontal Guide 4 = 10.5 in

4-Column Guides Example

Choice 2 - SlidesYearbook Guideline Templates

The new release of guides makes publishing in Google Slides easier, but the different types of guides do not save. As such, if you change from 2-column to a 3-column guide, you must retype the measurements.  Eventually, an add-on for guidelines will be created, either by SlidesYearbook or another coder.  This add-on would save the different types of layouts. Until then, a simple solution is to use SlidesYearbook guideline templates as you begin to design the layout. For easiest removal, paste the guides lines into Edit master layout and remove when done.

White Margin 8.5 x 11" Page Setup

Color Bleed 8.75 x 11.25" Page Setup

In the above example, the guidelines were copied and pasted into Slides -> Edit master. Using Edit master means we can quickly remove the lines once we are done aligning the image size templates and text.


If you would like the color other than white to "bleed" to the edge, the page setup must be larger and printed on larger paper. Your print company will then "trim" the edges.

YouTube Playlist

  • The Grid - a Graphic Design Video by Karen Kavett
  • What is a Full Bleed Page? Formatting Pages for Printing/Publishing by My Mangaka Life



Creating a yearbook layout that is used for multiple pages will save you time.