In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows you how to create presentations with Google Slides. She goes through adding slides and putting images and text on them.
- [Instructor] 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 using Google Slides. I'll click the blue New button, and choose Google Slides to create a new presentation. It's going to open up in a new browser tab. The first thing I need to do is choose a theme. I'm going to scroll down, and select one to go with my presentation. Now I can give my presentation a name. I'll click Untitled presentation on the top left-hand side of the screen, enter my new name, and hit the Enter key on my keyboard.
My presentation will be automatically saved. Right away, you can click inside the placeholder text to start adding text for your presentation. I'll also click to add a subtitle. Creating a new slide is easy. Just click the plus sign on the top left-hand side of the screen, or you can click the arrow next to it to choose a new slide, and choose the layout for that slide at the same time. You can choose between a Title slide, a Title and a body, a Title and two columns, or even a plain Blank slide.
I'll choose a Section title and a description. You can click your placeholder to add text. You can even add a background image to this slide. For example, I can change the theme of just this slide. I can change the layout, and I can click Background to change to a background image. I can change the color of it by clicking the triangle next to Color, or in this case, I want to set it to an image so I'll click Choose.
This is the same dialog box that we saw in a previous video, in which we can browse our computer's file system to upload an image. I can take a snapshot or I can pick one right from my Google Drive. I'll change to Google Drive, and I'll change to my new events folder. Here I can browse through and select a good picture for my slide. I'll click the blue Select button, click the blue Done button, and my image has been added.
If I don't want a placeholder on my slide, I can click and select it and hit the Delete key on my keyboard to get rid of it entirely. I don't have to add text anywhere I don't want to. To navigate back and forth to any slide, you can click on it on the left-hand side. From here, you can change any text by clicking and dragging with your mouse to highlight the text, and changing the font properties by using the toolbar icons at the top of the screen. You can change the font style, the size, and you can click More to change other items, such as adding a bulleted list, or making it italicized, or changing the font color.
Let's add one more slide. I'll choose the down arrow, and this time I'll choose a Caption. For any slide again, you can still change the layout, apply a different theme, or add a background. This time let's have the background image fill the entire slide. I'll click Background, click Choose under Image and I'll choose another wedding image. I'll click Done, and as you can see, I can't see my text placeholder very well at all.
I have a few options in this case. The first thing I'm going to do is click and drag with my mouse to slide this placeholder somewhere else on the slide. Secondly, I can click and drag and highlight the text, and change it to a different color so that I can see it a little more clearly. I can also bold face it. Now that I've got a few slides on the screen, you can interact with your slides by moving them around. I can click and drag on the left-hand side and rearrange them, and shuffle them around in my presentation.
I can also right-click on a slide. I can copy it, I can create a new slide, I can duplicate the slide, I can even delete it. You can also add speaker notes to a slide just like you can in Microsoft PowerPoint. At the very bottom of the screen where it says Click to add notes, you can add your own text that you want to be reminded to tell your audience. Finally, you can add transitions and animations to your slide by selecting your slide and clicking the transition button.
You can select a transition and you can also apply that transition to every slide. To present your slide deck, select Present from the main screen on the top right-hand side of the screen, or click the down arrow next to Present for some more options. You can present from the beginning, and you can also use Presenter view. This is going to show you a special view which will show you the next slide that's coming up, and your speaker notes. If you're using speaker notes, you'll want to be presenting on a computer that has an extended desktop, not a mirrored screen.
This way, people watching your presentation won't see the speaker notes. Finally, one of my favorite features about Google Slides is that you can download your Google Slides to bring over to another computer. Click the File button. From here, you can click Download as, and you can download it as a PDF file, which is also good for sending it out to other people, and also you can download it on the computer as a Microsoft PowerPoint file. This is great if you need to bring it over to another computer, say one that's attached to a projector, and as with all other Google Docs apps, you can comment, and you can share your presentation with others, and you can also work on it simultaneously with other users.
I'm going to show you how to do that in a future chapter.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device