How to Use Google Slides to Make a Presentation

An overview of Google presentation software

Google Slides is an online presentation app that allows you to easily collaborate and share presentations that include text, photos, audio or video files.

Similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint, Google Slides is hosted online so that the presentation can be accessed in a web browser from any device with an internet connection.

What is Google Slides?

Google Docs is a set of office and education applications, similar to the tools in Microsoft Office. Google Slides is the company's answer to Microsoft's presentation tool, PowerPoint. You can create dynamic presentations, add images, and even add audio to your Google Slides presentation. You an even add GIFs to Google Slides to put some fun to your presentation. One of the main advantages of using Google's tools is that they are free; all you need is a Google account.

But there are other great reasons, like wide compatibility. Users can view and edit Google Slides presentations on their PC or Mac. Google Slides also has an Android and iOS app so that you can work on your presentation on a tablet or smartphone.

Here's a quick look at some of the basic features of Google Slides.

Export PowerPoint Presentation to Google Slides

Some PowerPoint features won't carry over to Google Slides.

You can also save your Google Slide presentation as a PowerPoint file, a PDF, and other file formats. Go to File > Download, and select one of the options.

Saving Google Slide presentation as a PowerPoint or other type of file.

Use Google Slides Offline

Google Slides is cloud-based, but you can access and edit documents in Google Drive offline. Once you are connected to the internet again, all of your work syncs to the live version.

Live Collaboration on Google Slides

One of the key advantages to Google Slides over Microsoft's PowerPoint, is that Google Slides allows live-team collaboration, regardless of where your teammates are located. You can share Google Slides from Google Drive, inviting collaborators via their Google account. You control what level of access each person has, such as whether the person can only view or edit.

Sharing the presentation allows everyone on the team to work, and view, on the same presentation simultaneously from satellite offices. Everyone can see live edits as they are created. For this to work, everyone must be online.

Google Slides Version History

Because Google Slides is cloud-based, Google is continuously auto-saving your presentation while you are working online. The Version History feature keeps track of all changes, including the time, and who made the edit and what was done.

To see the document's history of edits, go to File > Version history > See version history.

Google Slides version history.

Google Slides Built-In Themes

Just like PowerPoint, Google Slides offers pre-designed themes, backgrounds, colors, and fonts. Google Slides also provides some nice design features, which includes zooming in and out of your slides and the ability to apply masks to images to modify their shapes.

Embedded Web Publishing

You can publish your Google Slides presentation online using a link or embedded code. You can also limit access to who can see the presentation through permissions. These are live documents, so whenever you make a change to the Slides document, the changes will also appear on the published version.

To publish a Google Slides presentation online:

  1. Go to File > Publish to the web.

    Google Slides publish to the web.
  2. Select Link to get a shareable URL.

    Google Slides publish to the web.
  3. Select Embed to generate code that you can add to your website.

    Google Slides publish to the web.