How to Add Icons to Google Slides

Namrata Gogoi

For the longest time, Microsoft's PowerPoint was the ubiquitous destination for creating slides and presentations. Thankfully, things have changed a lot and now, there are quite a few alternatives like Google Slides. Google Slides is a feature-packed service and has quite a few tricks up its sleeves, but it doesn't have a native option to add icons directly. For this, you will either have to add already downloaded icons as images or, you may have to install a few add-ons to get the work done.

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When installed, these add-ons behave like pretty much any other add-on and lets you explore the various icons and illustrations without leaving the window. Like any other add-on, these work online, and you'll need access to the Internet to get them working.

Now that's settled, let's explore a few of these add-ons that let you add icons to Google Slides to enhance the overall look.

1. Flaticon

The Flaticon website is perhaps one of the popular destinations for icons, and the Google Slides Add-on is no less. With it, you can explore a plethora of icons, whether it's a simple black & white icon or a fancy colored one.

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The best part is that the add-on displays similar icons at the bottom. This eases up the work by several folds since you do not have to repeatedly search for the same thing. Plus, it ensures that your slides have a cohesive design with similar icons.

Once you have installed the Flaticon add-on, you can search for icons on the right panel. Then, a click on the Insert button is all it takes to add one to your slide. And hey, you can select the size and the color as well.

While you can always do a free-hand resize, picking a particular size from the drop-down lets you have the same size throughout.

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Naturally, some of the icons are locked under a paywall. But the good thing is that the range of the free icons is pretty extensive. In addition, once you install this add-on, you'll be able to use it on Google Docs and Google Sheets.

2. Free Icons by Icons8

If you do not want to spend on icons, then you should have a look at the Icons8 add-on. This add-on works across Google Slides, Forms, and even Docs. More importantly, it has a huge collection of icons in various designs and colors so that you get enough options to jazz up the boring slides.

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The search feature makes it easier to search for a particular type. Like the one above, you can select the size and color from the color wheel.

Using the add-on is no rocket science. You simply need to choose and go about your job.

3. Noun Project

Another add-on that lets you add icons to Google Slides is Noun Project. It's a freemium add-on, and the free version lets you access around 100 icons. Of course, you can upgrade and get access to a diverse range of icons.

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Noun Project has mostly black & white icons by default. But, of course, you can pick a color from the pinwheel to change the color tone. On the downside, it's limited to a single tone.

Like Flaticon, you can also pick the size. Or, you can add the icon directly on your Google Slide by clicking on the tiny Download sign on the icons.

It is available for free in the Google Workspace Marketplace. To access all the icons, you will have to subscribe to the paid version.

How to Change the Color of Icons

Most of these add-ons let you change the color pretty easily, provided the add-on panel is open. The good news is that Slides also has a built-in method to let you can change the formatting.

To do so, select the icon and head over to Format > Format Options. Select Recolor from the drop-down, and pick a color.

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At the same time, you can tweak the transparency and the brightness of the icon. Or, if you want to add a zing, you can add animations to these icons as well.

Add Color to Your Slides

These were some of the add-ons via which you can add icons to your Google add-ons. If you are not comfortable allowing access, you can download icons separately and then add them as pictures/images.

Naturally, this will complicate things a bit since you will need to work out a color theme before downloading them. You may have to shell out an extra price per icon.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.