How to Create a Presentation Using Google Slides


This tutorial will show you how to make a PowerPoint-like presentation using Google Slides. Presentations can be used for school, business, and so much more.

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From there, click on the Drive icon. You will be redirected to a log in page if you are signed out, if not you will be taken to your Drive. You can also just type in , log in if you haven't already, and will be taken to the Slides page. If you don't have a Google account, learn to create one now!

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Select "Google Slides" from the drop-down menu. For more options, hover over the arrow on the right edge of the Google Slides option, where a smaller drop-down menu will appear. From here you can select to create a presentation from a template or a blank slide.

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You can press the white square with a plus sign for a blank slide, or click one of the templates. Click on the Template Gallery option, where more templates will show up.

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You will also be prompted to select a theme for your presentation. This demonstration will use the "Luxe" theme. To name it, click the "Untitled" text on the top to rename it. This will appear in the browser bar when you or someone is viewing the presentation. Be sure to add a title and subtitle by clicking where you are prompted to add text.

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At the upper left hand corner, there is a small + button. Click on this to create the default title and body slide. If you want a different structure, click the small down arrow right next to it. This will lead to a large drop-down menu of many different layouts for various purposes. You can also change a pre-existing slide's layout by clicking the layout option on the upper editing bar.

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Go to the upper editing bar and click insert. From there, find Images in the drop-down menu. A window will pop up with various image options: you can upload your own image from your computer, take a picture with your webcam, paste an image URL, find an image from your Google photo albums, find a picture from your drive, or search for one online with Google, LIFE, or stock images.

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If you want to add a text box, click the box with a T in the upper editing bar (this is if you don't already have an open space with a "click to add text" prompt). You can edit the text's font and size, make it bold, underlined, or italic, all of which are right next to each other in the editing bar. There are also options with alignment and line spacing in the editing bar. Click on more, located at the right edge of the bar, to adjust indent and add a numbered and/or bulleted list.

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Right click text or a picture, preferably the one you want to animate first, and navigate to the bottom of the drop-down menu where it says Animate. Your selected element should be highlighted in blue. From there, click on the rectangle that says Fade in, which is the default animation. Select an animation from the drop down menu. Beneath it is another rectangle that says On click, click on this to choose if you want the animation to occur manually or automatically. You can check if you want it to animate by paragraph, which is recommended for bulleted lists. Underneath that you can adjust the speed of each animation by dragging the bar. As you add animations to each element by clicking the blue "+ Select an object to animate", they will begin to pile up. Click on each one to edit it. Change the transition from slide to slide by clicking the default "Slide: No transition" at the top of the sidebar. You can choose whether to apply to all slides or just one. Preview your animations by clicking Play at the bottom of the sidebar. Remove an animation by clicking the small x on its rectangle, and drag each animation up or down to change the order.

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Search for people you want to share with by their names or email, and edit permissions by clicking the pencil icon next to it- they can either view it, edit it, or comment on it. Clicking the button also gives you your unique presentation link which can be accessed by clicking "Get shareable link". When you are done, click Done.

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Navigate from slide to slide by using arrow keys or the arrows at the bottom of the screen. Click the squiggle at the bottom to turn on the laser pointer, the four outreaching arrows for fullscreen, name of the current slide to navigate to another one, and the gear for settings. You can also turn on presenter view, which allows you to accept audience Q&A and view speaker notes.