How to Create a Presentation in Google Slides

MakeUseOf | 5/21/2019 | Shianne Edelmayer
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About a year ago I was informed by an acquaintance that Google Slides—the free-to-use, online, collaborative presentation app—was the poor man’s version of PowerPoint.

This observation took me back a bit because I couldn’t understand where the animosity was coming from. I also found the critique unfair. Google Slides is a great program that allows you to create everything from workplace presentations to cookbooks. The only requirement is that you have a Google account.

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However, this critique got me wondering about how many people are unfamiliar with Google Slides. To clear up some of these misconceptions, here’s how you can create a basic presentation from start to finish.

The first thing you’ll want to do is open up the Google Slides application. If you don’t have an account or you’re an infrequent user, here’s our beginner’s guide to Gmail, which will explain how Gmail is useful when controlling the associated app.

Beginner - Guide

The Beginner's Guide to Gmail

You may already have a Gmail account. Or, you're thinking about signing up for one. This guide has everything you need to make the most of that shiny new Gmail account.

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If you’re in Google Drive, click New > Google Slides > From a template.

You can use a blank presentation if you want, but for this tutorial, we’re just going to tweak a pre-existing design. There are fewer steps involved and it will be quicker for you.

Template - Template - Gallery

Once you click on From a template, you’ll be taken to the template gallery.

Like Canva, Google groups templates according to the purpose. One of the most common uses for a slideshow is a work presentation, so for this tutorial lets go with a General presentation.

Template - Screen - One

When you open up your template, you’ll see a screen that looks very similar to this one.

Along the top, you’ll see your navigation bar. To the left side of...
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