Get started with Slides

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What can you do with Slides?

Create and present professional pitch decks, project presentations, training modules, and more.

With Google Slides, you can build presentations right in your web browser—no special software is required. Even better, multiple people can work on slides at the same time, you can see people’s changes as they make them, and every change is automatically saved.

What you need:

account_circle A G Suite account. Don't have one? Sign up.

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Google Slides
1

Create or import

To start, we’ll need a presentation to work with.

In this section, you learn how to:

1.1

Create a new presentation

Choose an option:

New presentation
1.2

Import and convert old presentations to Slides

To collaborate with your team, you can import and convert existing presentations that you created in other programs to Slides.

  1. Go to Drive.
  2. Click
     
    New
      > File upload and upload a presentation from your computer. Supported files include .ppt (if newer than Microsoft® Office® 95), .pps, and .pptx.
  3. Right-click the file you want to convert.
  4. Select Open with and choose Google Slides.

Converting a presentation from another program creates a copy of your original file in Slides format. You can then edit it in your browser like any other Slides presentation.

Have a PowerPoint presentation?

If you've already stored Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations in Drive, you can also update them without converting to Slides.

Import and convert old presentations
2

Add content

Now that you have Slides open, you can change the look and feel of your presentation and its contents. Slides automatically saves every change you make.

In this section, you learn how to:

2.1

Choose a theme and layout

When you first create a presentation, you can choose a theme to give all your slides the same background and text styles for a consistent look and feel.

To add a different theme to your presentation, click Import theme.

To change your presentation’s layout, click Layout and select an option. Or, at the bottom, click Explore assistant and choose a suggested layout.

New themes
2.2

Add and edit content

  1. Rename your presentation—Click Untitled presentation and enter a new name.
  2. Add images—Click Insert > Image to add images from your computer, the web, Google Drive, and more. You can also move, delete, or resize images.
  3. Add text—Click Insert > Text box to add new text boxes, then click on a text box to enter text. You can also move, delete, or re-size text boxes.
  4. Add videos, shapes, charts, and more—Click Insert to add videos, shapes, charts, slide numbers, and other features to your presentation. You can also move, delete, or re-size these inserted features.
  5. Add speaker notes—Use speaker notes to keep track of your talking points for each slide. In the presentation editor, speaker notes appear beneath the current slide. When you present your slides, your speaker notes show in a separate window.
Add and edit content
2.3

Customize your slides

Depending on what you want to change, choose an option:

  • To change the size of your slides, click File > Page setup.
  • To customize slides, text, images, and more, use the toolbar options.

Note: Some options only appear for certain types of content, such as text, images, or slides.

Create a new slide.

undo redo print

Undo or redo your last changes or print your slides.

format_paint

Copy formatting from any text and apply it to another selection of text.

zoom_in

Zoom in or out.

Select an item on your slide.

 

Add a text box, image, shape, or line.

colors

Add or change the color of an area.

edit line_weight line_style

Change the color, weight, or style of a border.

Arial 10

Change the font or font size.

format_bold format_italic format_underlined format_color_text ink_highlighter

Make text bold, in italics, or underlined or change the font color or text highlight color.

link add_comment

Insert links or comments.

format_align_left arrow_drop_down

Change the text alignment.

format_line_spacing format_list_numbered format_list_bulleted

Change the line spacing or add numbers or bullets.

format_indent_decrease format_indent_increase

Change the text indentation.

format_clear

Remove text formatting.

Image options

crop

Crop an image.

 

Reset an image to its original format.

Replace image arrow_drop_down

Replace an existing image with a new one.

2.4

Create and arrange slides

  1. New slide—There are several ways to create a new slide. The easiest is to click the add button in the toolbar. You can choose a layout for the new slide by clicking the Down arrow arrow_drop_down.
  2. Move slide—Drag the slide you want to move to a different position in the presentation. To move several slides at once, Ctrl+click multiple slides before dragging them.
  3. Delete slide—Right-click the slide you want to delete in the sidebar and click Delete.
  4. Duplicate slide—Right-click the slide you want to duplicate in the sidebar and select Duplicate slide.
Create and arrange slides
3

Share and collaborate

To work on your presentation with teammates or people outside your company, just share it. People can make changes at the same time, and you see their changes as they happen. You can share with people who aren't on G Suite, too.

In this section, you learn how to:

3.1

Share presentations

Share a file or folder with specific people:

You can only share files that you own or have edit access to.

  1. In Drive, right-click the file or folder you want to share and select Share person_add.
  2. Under People, enter the email address of the person or group you want to share with.

    Note: If you can't add people outside of your company or organization, contact your G Suite administrator.

  3. Click Edit edit and choose the access level:
      • Can edit—Collaborators can add and edit content as well as add comments.
      • Can comment (Select files only)—Collaborators can add comments, but can't edit content.
      • Can view—People can view the file, but not edit or add comments.

    Everyone you share with receives an email with a link to the file or folder.

  4. (Optional) To add a note to the email, enter your note. To skip sending an email, uncheck the Notify people box.
  5. Click Send.

Share a link to a file or folder:

You can send other people a link to a file or folder so that anyone with the link can open it. When you share a link, your name appears as the owner.

You can only share files that you own or have edit access to.

  1. In Drive, right-click the file or folder you want to share and select Share person_add.
  2. At the top right, click Get shareable link.
  3. Click Anyone at your organization with the link can view and choose an access level:
    • Can edit—Collaborators can add and edit content as well as add comments.
    • Can comment (Select files only)—Collaborators can add comments, but can't edit content.
    • Can view—People can view the file, but not edit or add comments.
  4. Click Copy link.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Paste the link in an email or any place you want to share it.

Share with your team
3.2

Unshare presentations

Stop sharing a file or folder you own:

  1. In Drive, select the shared file or folder.
  2. Click Share person_add.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Next to the person you want to stop sharing the file or folder with, click Remove close.
  5. Click Save changes.

Delete a link to a file or folder you own:

When you delete a link to a file or folder that you own, the only people who can still see it are you and anyone you share it with.

  1. In Drive, select the linked file or folder.
  2. Click Share person_add.
  3. Click Anyone at your organization with the link > Off - only specific people can access.
  4. Click Done.

3.3

Add comments and replies

  1. In Docs, Sheets, or Slides, select the text you'd like to comment on.
  2. Click Comment comment > Add comment add_comment.
  3. Enter your comment in the box.
  4. (Optional) To direct your task or comment to a specific person, enter a plus sign (+) followed by their email address. You can add as many people as you want. Each person will get an email with your comment and a link to the file.
  5. (Optional) To assign the comment to a specific person, check the Assign to box.
  6. Click Comment or Assign.

Add comments and replies
3.4

Chat with people directly

You can collaborate in real time over chat, too. If more than one person has your presentation open, just click Show chat chat_show_chat_24dp to open a group chat. You can get instant feedback without ever leaving your presentation.

4

Present, print, and download

When you’re done editing your presentation, it’s time to get your work out in the world. If you need copies of the presentation in other formats, Slides can do that, too.

In this section, you learn how to:

4.1

Present your slides

When you’re ready to preview or present your slides, click Present at the top of the page.

To see your speaker notes, click the Down arrow arrow_drop_down next to Present and select Presenter view.

When you move your mouse on your slideshow, a bar temporarily appears with controls to:

Present your slides

keyboard_arrow_left keyboard_arrow_right

Move between slides.

play_arrow pause

Play, pause, or resume the slideshow.

forum

Start a Q&A session with your audience.

speaker_notes

Open the speaker notes window.

Slides laser pointer

Turn the laser pointer on or off.

fullscreen_exit

Switch to and from full-screen mode.

settings

See more Settings options.

Exit

Exit the slideshow.

4.2

Print your presentation

To print your presentation from the editor, click File > Print or click Print print.

In the preview that appears, you can scroll through your document on the right, or choose print options on the left.

4.3

Download versions in other formats

To download your presentation so it can be opened by other programs, click File > Download as and choose one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx)
  • ODP (.odp)
  • Text file
  • PDF
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg)
4.4

Make a copy in Slides

Copying a Slide is useful for creating templates. For example, if you create a lot of pitch decks, make copies of one pitch deck. Then, update each copy for a new pitch without having to format it again.

To make a copy of your presentation, click File > Make a copy. You can rename the copy, change where you save it in Drive, and optionally share it with the same collaborators.

Make a copy in Google Slides
4.5

Email a copy as attachment

If you need to collaborate with someone on your presentation in your old program or format, such as PowerPoint or PDF, you can email it as an attachment.

  1. Click File > Email as attachment.
  2. Select a format.
  3. Enter email addresses or Google Groups.
  4. (Optional) Enter a message.
  5. (Optional) If you want to send a copy to yourself, check the Send a copy to myself box.
  6. Click Send.

Note: This sends a copy of the presentation instead of sharing the original, so you won’t be able to use Slides’ collaboration tools.

Email a copy as attachment
5

Access your calendar, notes, and tasks

See your schedule, reply to invitations, and keep track of your to-do lists without leaving Slides.

Note: If you don’t see the Calendar, Keep, and Tasks icons on the right, they might not be enabled for your organization. Talk to your G Suite admin.

In this section, you learn how to:

5.1

Open your Google Calendar and events

  • Open Calendar: On the right, click Calendar  .

    Your daily events and a mini monthly calendar appear.

  • See event details: Click an event to open it and see details.
  • Reply to an event: Open an event. At the bottom, next to Going?, click a reply.

To do more with Calendar, see Get started with Calendar.

5.2

Open notes in Google Keep

  • Open Keep: On the right, click Keep   .
  • Add a note or list: Click + Take a note or New list format_list_bulleted.
  • Edit a note: Click a note and enter a message. Click Done.

To do more with Keep, see Get started with Keep.

5.3

Open your to-do lists in Google Tasks

  • Open Tasks: On the right, click Tasks   .

    The current list appears at the top, with any tasks below it.

  • Add a new list: Click the Down arrow arrow_drop_down > Create a new list.
  • Change lists: Click the Down arrow arrow_drop_down and select a list.
  • Add a new task: Click + Add a task. To add a new task from an email, drag the email into a task list.
  • Edit or delete a task: Point to a task and click Edit  . From the Edit window, click Delete delete_outline to delete a task.

To do more with Tasks, see Keep track of tasks.

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