Google Slides

Get to know Google Slides

The first thing that welcomes you is a gallery of templates to use for your first presentation. You can either use a template or work with a clean slate. All of your saved and uploaded presentations will be displayed below the template gallery, which you can organize and sort through in different ways.

Creating the presentation is where the fun begins. The ”+“ button is the first option on the submenu where a new slide is added to the presentation. You can then choose from a wide variety of themes, layouts, shapes, lines, and transitions to design it. You can also change the background and fonts to fit your preferences. To edit existing content on a slide, you only need to click on the content block.

Sharing is another feature that Google Slides does best. Similar to how you would share Google docs and forms, you only need to click on the blue Share button to have your colleagues view and comment on your presentation. You can also email your presentation so it’s easily retrievable. This is especially useful if you’re working on your presentations on the go. Once a collaborator opens the file, they can edit your presentation in real time.

The comments feature saves you the trouble of collecting feedback on a separate document, since they are displayed on the presentation itself. When you’re ready to present in front of your audience, hit the Present button or the keyboard shortcut CTRL + Enter (Windows) or CMD + Enter (Mac) to start the show.

Because of how similar the interface is, PowerPoint users won’t feel lost looking for the tools they need to create their presentations. The difference is in how Google Slides takes audience engagement to the next level. Since Google Slides is an online solution, there are literally no wires necessary to give your presentation. You can broadcast it via Chromecast, Hangouts, or Airplay—or just take your browser full-screen and show it from your laptop with an HDMI cable.

The Presenter view is another feature that allows you to view speaker notes, monitor the time, and host Q&A sessions with your audience. This makes Q&A manageable and organized so no time is wasted. To accept questions from the audience, click on the Audience Tools tab and hit the gray ”Start new“ button to begin the session. This prompts the app to generate a unique URL where viewers can submit questions for Q&A. You can then present your favorite questions for added discussion.

If you need to save or print a copy of your presentation, Google Slides lets you choose to either print or export as a .pdf or .pptx file. If you intend to turn your presentation into content on your website, you can publish it to the web by either generating a link or embedding your presentation to your website as additional content.

All these features show how Google Slides bridges the gap between creating and sharing presentations. Teachers, students, business leaders, professional speakers, and anyone else can now share their knowledge with their audience with quality design and modern engagement tools, for free.

Google Slides resources:

  • Learn the basics of Google Slides through the Google Sheets help and documentation.

  • Visit the Google Slides help forum to get help and tips from the Google community.

  • Explore the Google Slides’ Zapier integrations to create, post, and share new slides with your favorite apps.

  • Want to show your presentation on the big screen? Here’s how to easily do that with our Chromecast guide.

  • Make your next presentation count with our guide on how to nail your next presentation.

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Google Sheets

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Google Docs

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