How to Convert Powerpoint to Google Slides

Change the presentation format to work with your preferred application

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If you’re a Google Slides user, but need to edit a Powerpoint file, you're not stuck. Here's how to convert Powerpoint to Google Slides.

Formatting may change when you convert a Powerpoint file to Google Slides.

Drag and Drop a Powerpoint File Into Google Slides

Use this method if your Powerpoint file is located on a local drive. 

  1. Open Google Docs.

  2. If Slides is not already selected, in the upper-left corner of the application, select the menu (three bar) icon.

  3. From the menu, choose Slides

    Google Slides is showing the main menu.
  4. In the upper-right corner of the application, select the file picker (file folder) icon. 

  5. In the Open a file screen, choose Upload. You’ll see a section titled Drag a file here

    Google Slides is showing an
  6. Navigate to the folder where your Powerpoint file is stored. With the two screens open side-by-side, drag the Powerpoint file into the Drag a file here section. 

  7. You’ll see an Uploading message while the file uploads. Then your file will appear in the Google Slides environment, and you can work with it as you normally would. 

Upload a Powerpoint File Into Google Slides

This method is an alternative for when your Powerpoint file is stored on a local drive.

  1. Open Google Docs.

  2. If Slides is not already selected, in the upper-left corner of the application, select the menu (three bar) icon.

  3. From the menu, choose Slides

  4. In the lower-right part of the screen, select Create new presentation (the + sign). 

  5. You’ll be taken into the Google Slides editing environment. 

  6. In the upper-left corner, select File > Import slides

  7. In the dialog box, choose Upload, then click Select a file from your computer.

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  8. Navigate to the file, then select it. 

  9. After the file has uploaded, you’ll be prompted to select which slides you want to use. Do this by selecting each slide, or by selecting All in the upper-right corner. 

  10. When you’ve finished your selection, in the lower-right corner, select Import slides

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  11. The presentation will appear in the editing environment, and you can work with it as you normally would. 

Upload a Powerpoint File Into Google Drive

This method will also work for files located on a local drive. 

  1. Open Google Drive. 

  2. In the upper-left corner, select New > File Upload

    Google Drive is showing a selection menu.
  3. Navigate to the file you want to upload and select it. 

  4. You’ll see an uploading message, then the file will show up in your Google Drive file list. Select the file.

  5. At the top of the screen, from the menu choose Open with Google Slides

    Google Drive is showing a file import window.
  6. The converted presentation will appear in the Google Slides editing environment and you can work with it as you normally would.

Open a Powerpoint File From Google Slides

Use this method if your Powerpoint file is already located on your Google Drive. 

  1. Open Google Docs.

  2. If Slides is not already selected, in the upper-left corner of the application, select the menu (three bar) icon.

  3. From the menu, choose Slides

  4. Toward the top of the screen, select the down-arrow and choose a location to view. 

    Google Slides is showing a file location menu.
  5. Select your Powerpoint file. You’ll see a dialog box asking if you want to open the file in View Only mode, or Edit as Google Slides. Choose Edit as Google Slides

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  6. You can now work with the file as you normally would.