Get started with Slides

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:

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Google Slides

Create or import

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

In this section, you learn how to:


Create a new presentation

Choose an option:

New presentation

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
      > 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

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:


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

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

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.

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Undo or redo your last changes or print your slides.


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


Zoom in or out.

Select an item on your slide.


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


Add or change the color of an area.

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

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Change the font or font size.

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

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Insert links or comments.

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Change the text alignment.

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Change the line spacing or add numbers or bullets.

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Change the text indentation.


Remove text formatting.

Image options


Crop an image.


Reset an image to its original format.

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Replace an existing image with a new one.


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

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:


Share presentations

Share a file you own or can edit:

  1. Open the file you want to share.
  2. Click Share.
  3. Enter the email addresses or Google Groups you want to share with.

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

  4. Choose what kind of access you want to grant people:
    • Can edit—Collaborators can add and edit content, or add comments.
    • Can comment—Collaborators can add comments, but not edit content.
    • Can view—People can view the file, but not edit or add comments.
  5. Click Send.

Everyone you shared with will receive an email with a link to the presentation.

Share with your team

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. To address it to a specific person, enter the plus (+) sign and their email in the comment text, for example
    The person can make any changes and reply to your comment.
  4. When you’re satisfied with the outcome, click Resolve.
Add comments and replies

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.


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:


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

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Move between slides.

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Play, pause, or resume the slideshow.


Start a Q&A session with your audience.


Open the speaker notes window.

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Turn the laser pointer on or off.


Switch to and from full-screen mode.


See more Settings options.


Exit the slideshow.


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.


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)

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

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

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