Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Google Slides to replace PowerPoint, part of Migrating from Office 2013 to Google Apps.
- You can quickly get a presentation up and running no matter where you are. All you need is a web browser. Here's a very high-level overview of how Google Slides can replace PowerPoint. To create a slide, click the red New button and select Google Slides. These new slides will open and you'll be prompted to choose a theme. You can change the theme and change the slide size. In this case, I'll stick with the defaults and click the blue OK button. From here, you can give your presentation a name, which is the equivalent of doing a file Save As in PowerPoint.
I'll click Untitled Presentation on the left hand side. (typing) I'll give my presentation a name and click the blue OK button. Right away, you can click in the first slide and start typing your text. (typing) Creating a new slide is easy. Just click the plus sign or the arrow next to the plus sign on the top left hand side of the screen to choose a new slide and a layout that you wanna use. In this case, I'll choose a title and a body slide. You can add some more text.
(typing) You can format that text just like you can in any Google Docs apps by clicking and dragging and using the toolbar icons to change the font properties. You can change the line spacing, you can add bullets, indentations, colors, anything you need to. You can also change the background color of a slide by selecting the slide itself on the left hand side and clicking Background. You can change the color, or you can add an image.
You can also change the layout and theme of a slide at any time by selecting the slide and choosing Layout or Theme. In your slides itself, you can add text box, images, shapes like arrows, callouts, and even equations. The Insert menu will show you everything that you can add to a slide, including video, images, links, tables, even slide numbers. To add an image, you can select Image, and you'll be brought to the dialogue where you can add an image directly that you have stored on your Google Drive.
You can drag an image over to this box, or you can click Choose an image to upload to browse your computer's file system. Like all the other apps, you can click and drag in any of the corners to resize an image and move it around on your slide. Let's talk about the slides themselves. You can rearrange them by clicking and dragging on the left hand side of the navigation bar.
And you can also add speaker notes, just like you can in PowerPoint, by clicking directly underneath the slide and adding your notes. (typing) Google Slides also has a master set that you can edit, which you can find on the View menu. You can edit your master slides to change your slides to match the look and feel of your company. I'll click the X in the top right hand side to get out of this. Finally, you can also add animations and transitions to your slides.
To present your slide deck, click Present on the top right hand side or click the arrow next to it and decide if you wanna present from the beginning or with your speaker notes. If you do use your speaker notes, you'll wanna be presenting on a computer that has an extended desktop, not a mirrored screen, so people watching your presentation won't see the speaker notes themselves. Finally, you can download your Google Slides as a PowerPoint file to bring to another computer to present by clicking File, Download as, and selecting Microsoft PowerPoint.
And as with all other Google Docs apps, you can add comments, you can share your presentation with others by clicking the blue Share button on the top right hand side, and you can also work on it simultaneously with other users. You can find out more in depth about how to work with Google Slides in my Google Drive course.
- Understanding security and storage space on Google Drive
- Uploading and downloading files
- Converting files
- Sharing files with others
- Suggesting edits instead of tracking changes
- Replacing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with Google apps
- Switching from Outlook to Gmail and Google Calendar
- Running the Google Migration