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  • Mariane Bunn

Mastering Google Slides: creating, presenting and collaborating on Slideshows


A screenshot of google slides home page, where it presents some features.

Google Slides is a free presentation program that is part of Google Workspace, which includes popular productivity apps like Gmail, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Meet, and more.


With Google Slides, you can create, present, and collaborate on presentations from various devices. You can present directly from Slides during Google Meet calls and embed charts from Google Sheets. Additionally, you can add YouTube videos to your presentations.

Google has recently announced plans to integrate artificial intelligence features, such as the Gemini AI tool, into its Workspace programs, including Slides. This will allow users to generate images or written content for slides and reference files from their Drive or emails in Gmail.


What is Google Slides?

Google Slides is a cloud-based presentation program within Google Workspace. It allows users to create and deliver presentations online. Slides offers various themes for designing presentations, and users can customize their slides with different colors and styles. You can add photos, YouTube videos, charts from Google Sheets, and information from many other sources. Multiple team members can collaborate on the presentation in real time.


There is no specific limit on the number of slides you can add to a Google Slides presentation, but there is a 100 MB file size limit.


How to access Google Slides

To access Google Slides, visit slides.google.com. Alternatively, you can open Slides from Gmail or Google Chrome by clicking the Google Apps icon (three rows of dots) in the upper-right corner and selecting Slides. You can also download the Google Slides app on your Apple or Android device by searching for it in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.


Available templates

Google Slides offers a variety of templates to suit different needs, including general presentations, photography portfolios, pitch decks, case studies, and science fair projects. To browse templates, open Google Slides and click on "Template Gallery" in the upper-right corner. Scroll through the options, choose a template that meets your needs, and start creating your presentation.


Google Slides vs. PowerPoint

Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint are both popular presentation programs. While Google Slides is part of Google Workspace and is primarily used online, PowerPoint is a Microsoft program that can be used offline. Both programs allow for the creation and delivery of presentations, but PowerPoint may offer more advanced design features.

You can convert Google Slides presentations to PowerPoint format and vice versa. To do this, go to the top menu in Slides, click "File," then "Download," and select "Microsoft PowerPoint."


Learning to use Google Slides

Google Workspace offers several resources to help you learn how to use Google Slides, including quick-start guides, cheat sheets, and troubleshooting resources. Additionally, there are many YouTube tutorials available to guide you through using Slides effectively.


By following these steps and utilizing available resources, you can master Google Slides to create, present, and collaborate on impressive slideshows with ease.


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