5 Best Free Presentation Makers

Skip the expensive software and create your presentation online

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Explore these free and online presentation makers that create professional presentation slideshows that are comparable to presentations made with Microsoft PowerPoint.

Design slideshows with eye-catching text, clear images, perfect transitions, informative graphs, and explainer videos. These presentation makers are easy to use, so you'll be up and running in no time, and each of them are online services with no software to download.

If you want to download a desktop version of a free presentation maker, choose one of the free presentation software packages. There's also a free PowerPoint viewer if you want to look at or share an existing PowerPoint presentation.

The free presentation makers on this list work with free PowerPoint templates and free PowerPoint backgrounds, so it's easy to add some pizzazz to your slideshow.

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Google Slides

Screenshot of free online presentation maker Google Slides in Chrome
What We Like
  • Clean and modern design.

  • Runs on a number of devices.

  • Works with existing presentations.

  • Lots of useful features.

  • Stores files online.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a Google account.

  • Although it's great, it's not quite as full-featured as a desktop application would be.

Google Slides is an intuitive online presentation maker that automatically saves as you work and creates an unlimited number of presentations. And, sharing is easy with Google Slides. With a couple of clicks, give anyone access to your presentation, whether it's the public or certain people.

There are a variety of slide transitions, templates, and layouts, or import your own media, such as videos and images. Another bonus is the ability to save a presentation to an offline file.

Of all the presentation sites and PowerPoint-style creation tools on this list, Google Slides should be one of the first ones you try. In addition to its excellent features, you'll also have access to other awesome online tools from Google.

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Zoho Show

Screenshot of free online presentation maker Zoho Show
What We Like
  • Unique features.

  • Easy to use.

  • Lots of options.

What We Don't Like
  • Must make a user account.

  • Limited file upload size.

Zoho Show gives Google Slides a run for its money as the best free online presentation maker. All the regular tools and features are present as well as several unique and advanced ones. For example, share presentations, chat with others in real-time, and present a slideshow live across the internet.

Much like Google Slides, Zoho Show is connected to your Zoho account, so you have access to the free presentation maker and to a word processor, online calendar, and spreadsheet.

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Screenshot free online presentation maker Visme in Chrome
What We Like
  • Self-explanatory.

  • Built-in media library.

  • Advanced features.

What We Don't Like
  • Cluttered design.

  • No automatic spellcheck.

  • Many features aren't free.

The free basic Visme individual plan offers nearly all the resources needed to create an engaging slideshow. There are more than half a million free images to add to slides, in addition to themes, widgets, charts, graphs, shapes, banners, icons, and thousands of other objects. The Visme online presentation website can also import videos from YouTube and Vimeo. Visme also includes sharing capabilities.

Sharing a slideshow at Visme can be done through a public link as well as an embed code. You can share privately only if you upgrade from the free basic product and pay for a higher level of Visme.

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Screenshot of free online presentation maker PowToon
What We Like
  • Premade templates.

  • Easy to sign up and log in.

  • Plenty of features.

  • Supports sharing.

  • Rich text editing.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited online storage.

  • Includes watermark.

  • Limited assets.

The PowToon online presentation site is super easy to use because it supports drag-and-drop functionality and organizes everything on the screen, making it simple to see what you’re doing.

Whether you’re creating a presentation for school, a TV ad, or a tutorial, among other projects, browse through several already-made presentation templates at PowToon to start editing right away. A large gallery of clip art images under several categories is included. You can also share presentations made on PowToon and export slideshows to YouTube.

To make an online presentation video longer than five minutes or to download a presentation as an MP4 file, among other features, upgrade to a paid plan.

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Screenshot of free online presentation maker emaze
What We Like
  • Unique designs.

  • Uncomplicated.

  • Basic and advanced functions.

  • Sharing features.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't download the file.

  • Not everything in a slide is editable.

  • Doesn't save automatically.

emaze is different from the previous presentation makers, which in some cases is a good thing. While some free PowerPoint-style makers display interesting effects to transition between slides, emaze provides a unique platform for each presentation. Instead of moving through presentation slides from left to right like a book, emaze uses different techniques, such as zoom or 3D movements, to present a slideshow.

Regular presentation-making features are included as well as a few unique and advanced ones. You can also upload an existing PowerPoint file and use it on emaze.