How to Disable a Substitution in Google Slides

Google Slides has some automatic substitutions that it can make when you enter specific sequences of characters.

These are meant to help you, but situations can arise where it’s actually unwanted.

Our tutorial will show you how to disable a substitution in Google Slides if you have found that an unwanted one is occurring.

How to Turn Off Google Slides Substitutions

  1. Open a Google Slides file.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Choose Substitutions.
  5. Click the checkbox next to a substitution.
  6. Click OK.

Our article continues below with additional information on how to disable a substitution in Google Slides, including pictures for these steps.

There are some characters that you type into a document that you may want to adjust. These can include things like trademark symbols, copyright symbols, fractions, and more.

But if a substitution is occurring that you don’t want, then you may want to disable a substitution in Google Slides.

If you have ever tried to make your fractions or symbols look better on your slides, then you may have looked into ways to add those symbols in a way that makes them look better.

Some of these characters or strings, however, are going to convert automatically when you type them into one of your slides.

While this may be the desired outcome in certain situations, it can also be unwanted.

Our guide below will show you how to turn off a substitution in Google Slides so that you can prevent the substitution from occurring and leave your original typing.

How to Turn Off a Character or Fraction Substitution in Google Slides (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Safari.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open any Google Slides file.

Step 2: Click the Tools tab at the top of the window.

click Tools

Step 3: Select Preferences from the bottom of the menu.

choose Preferences

Step 4: Click the Substitutions tab at the top of the pop up window.

click the Substitutions tab

Step 5: Click the checkbox to the left of the substitution that you want to disable.

how to disable substitutions in Google Slides

Step 6: Click OK.

Now that you know how to disable a substitution in Google Slides you can use this option whenever you find that Google Slides is replacing something that you enter in a text box.

Note that you can also create new substitutions as well. For example, you could enter a short text string and have Google Slides automatically replace it with something longer. It can be a timesaver if you often type the same phrase or word and want to make it a little faster.

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