The 8 Best Free PowerPoint Alternatives

Professional results for tight budgets

Microsoft PowerPoint is a great tool for creating professional-looking slideshows and presentations. However, it's not free and can be quite expensive to own. Fortunately, if you're keen to find a free PowerPoint software alternative, there are plenty of options out there. Here's a look at some of the best free presentation software and how each of them compares to PowerPoint. 

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Best Direct PowerPoint Replacement: Google Slides

Google Slides
What We Like
  • Very similar to PowerPoint.

  • Free to use. 

  • Compatible with PowerPoint.

What We Don't Like
  • An internet connection is strongly recommended. 

Where there's a need for an app, Google seems to have it covered. Google Slides is its PowerPoint equivalent and it's a lot like Microsoft's app. Very simple to use and offering full compatible with the alternative, you can access Google Slides via your browser and easily create custom presentations with audio and your own images, all entirely for free. It also offers great live collaboration features for teamwork purposes.

The only minor downside is you'll need an internet connection to at least get started but the service does also work offline with presentations syncing once you're back online.

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Best for Designers: Prezi

Prezi
What We Like
  • Video editing included.

  • Can easily make data visualizations. 

  • Stylish user interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Free option is pretty basic.

  • No support.

  • Presentations viewable by all.

Prezi is a great option for designers who have a vision but aren't technically proficient at achieving it. Its simple drag and drop interface makes it a breeze to organize your presentation just how you want it. Backed up with other Prezi apps that mean you can create videos or more stylish data visualizations than simple graphs, it's ideal for industries that are more visual than others. A series of pre-made templates makes it all the more attractive. 

Prezi isn't as free as it seems though. To get the full wealth of features like advanced image editing, offline access, and narration, you'll need to pay a subscription fee.

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Best for Quick Results: Zoho Show

Zoho Show
What We Like
  • A theme for every occasion.

  • Quick to create something.

  • Intuitive interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Need to be online to use it.

Simple to use yet highly effective is the sweet spot for quick results, and that's certainly the case with Zoho Show. You might need to be online to use it, but it's worth the connection with an intuitive user interface that adapts to what you need to do. You can easily embed videos, tweets, and images into your presentations with some neat transition effects making things more interesting. 

Collaboration tools further sweeten the deal with annotation features meaning you can work together well as a team and fast.

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Best for Animations: Powtoon

Powtoon
What We Like
  • Great animation tools.

  • Easy to use.

  • Can export to social media platforms.

What We Don't Like
  • Branding applied on free presentations.

  • More about animations than slideshows. 

PowToon tackles PowerPoint presentations from a slightly different angle than a lot of its competitors. It's primarily great for creating full animations and videos rather than presentations that you would click through and present yourself. That lends itself perfectly to the internet which is why it's so useful that you can export your presentations to various forms of social media. 

With a drag and drop template, you can create something within about 20 minutes from your browser. The free version bundles in branding logos so viewers will always know you've used PowToon to create them but that's a small price to pay for an otherwise very accessible and simple to use piece of software. 

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Best for Mass Branding: Renderforest

RenderForest
What We Like
  • Plenty of options for expanding branding.

  • 300MB cloud storage for free.

  • Unlimited exports.

What We Don't Like
  • Exports can be low in quality.

  • Content is watermarked.

RenderForest thinks of itself as more than just a PowerPoint alternative. It tackles everything you might need from creating logos to designing promo videos, music visualizations, landing pages, and websites. That's on top of its extensive animations and intro creation. That might sound intimidating but the service keeps things simple, so it won't take you long to mock something up and develop it.

Stick to the free version and there are some restrictions such as branding on your videos, lower quality logos, and so forth, but it's a solid start for an otherwise entirely free service. In particular, if you just need to concoct a quick 3-minute video for a presentation, RenderForest has you covered.

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Best for Non-Designers: Visme

Visme
What We Like
  • Plenty of templates to choose from.

  • Can set up 5 projects at once.

  • Charts and widgets support.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited cloud storage.

  • Visme branding on free plan.

Been asked to make a presentation and you don't know where to start? Visme is perfect for those that aren't well versed with graphics as it offers an extensive template library. The free plan limits your options a little but there are still some decent choices here. In addition, the service provides cool ways to make stats and data look exciting thanks to chart and widget support. It's all done through a simple drag and drop interface too that makes it super simple to add video and embed other content. 

Just bear in mind that storage options are a little limited and everything on the free plan will contain Visme branding. 

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Best for Office Replacement: LibreOffice Impress

LibreOffice Impress
What We Like
  • Full program rather than browser-based.

  • Extensive support. 

  • Similar experience to Microsoft Office.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires installation. 

  • Not quite as intuitive as alternatives.

LibreOffice is a popular free alternative to Microsoft Office so it makes sense to use LibreOffice Impress if you want the closest experience to Microsoft's package. Unlike most of the others here, you'll need to install LibreOffice on your PC or Mac which means it's no good for Chromebooks or moving between different systems. However, in exchange, you get an intuitive experience that makes it simple to create slideshows, whether you're handing them out to a class or conference afterwards, or simply projecting them on screen. 

Bear in mind you'll have to seek out templates yourself though which may be off-putting for the least technically minded user out there. 

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Best for Apple Users: Keynote

Apple Keynote
What We Like
  • Simple to use. 

  • Apple Pencil support. 

  • Cloud based as well as app based.

What We Don't Like
  • App is only on Apple devices.

Keynote is Apple's direct competitor to Microsoft PowerPoint and it's a great alternative, especially if you're a Mac user. With app support for iOS and Mac, it takes seconds to get started. Alternatively, PC users can use Keynote via the iCloud website and easily work across multiple devices. 

One of the best features is the ability to use the Apple Pencil on an iPad to create diagrams or illustrations making it great for skilled artists. As well as that, Apple provides plenty of convenient templates for personal and professional projects.