How to Print Google Slides With Notes

Prep for a presentation with speaker notes

If you want a hard copy of a Google Slides presentation for you and other participants, you can print it with speaker notes or without. Speaker notes appear underneath slides in a Google Slides document, but not in presentation mode. This way, a speaker can read from their notes rather than reading the slide content verbatim which can get dull. Here’s how to print Google Slides with notes, plus how to add speaker notes in the first place.

These instructions apply to the desktop version of Google Slides on a Mac or Windows computer. You can print Google Slides from an Android or iOS app, but you can’t print slides with notes or print multiple slides per page.

How to Print Google Slides

You can print Google Slides with speaker notes, one to a page, so you can read them away from a computer. Another reason to print slides is to provide handouts at an event. You can fit up to 9 slides per page to save paper. These options are in the print and preview settings in Google Slides. Here’s how to print Google Slides with speaker notes.

  1. Go to slides.google.com and open a presentation. 

  2. Click File.

    Printing speakers notes in Google Slides.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the menu.

    Printing speakers notes in Google Slides.
  4. Select Print settings and preview.

    Printing speakers notes in Google Slides.
  5. Click the down arrow next to 1 slide with notes to access the drop-down menu. Select 1 slide with notes. (This option prints out one slide per page with your notes.)

    Other options include hiding the background (to save ink) and including skipped slides (those that you’ve left blank.) 

    Printing speakers notes in Google Slides.
  6. To save your presentation as a PDF file, click Download as PDF

    Downloading Google Slides with speaker notes as a PDF.
  7. Otherwise, click Print. Choose the pages you want to print (if not all of them), how many copies you want, and the color settings. You can also print double-sided and change the paper size if necessary.

    Printing speakers notes in Google Slides.
  8. Click Print again.

    Printing speakers notes in Google Slides.

How to Add Notes to Google Slides

Adding notes to Google Slides is a good way to sum up each of your slides to keep them from being too text-heavy and keep participants engaged. It’s very easy to add and delete notes in Google Slides. 

  1. Go to slides.google.com and open a presentation.

  2. At the bottom of any slide, select Click to add speaker notes.

    Adding speakers notes to Google Slides.
  3. Type your notes and then click elsewhere in the presentation to save them.

    To delete the notes, simply highlight them and press the delete key or right-click and select delete on a Windows computer.

    Adding speakers notes to Google Slides.