If you're just starting on Google Slides, the rich features and add-ons can be a bit overwhelming. The following tips will help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.
What is Google Slides?
If you've ever heard of Google Slides, you can continue. If you do not, you'll find a crash course here about what you need to know. We'll cover the basics and show you what Google Slides is and how to get started right away.
Slides is a free, web-based presentation program that can compete with Microsoft Office PowerPoint. It's part of G Suite ̵
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Google Slides is available on all devices and platforms. All you need is an Internet connection and a web browser (or, in the case of mobile devices, the Android and iOS apps). Google does the rest and takes care of the brunt while the software runs in the cloud.
Slides support a variety of file types, including PPT, PPTX, ODP, JPG, SVG, and PDF. This makes it easy to view or convert Microsoft Office files directly from Google Drive or to paste images directly into a slide.
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Because Slides is an online presentation program, you can track changes and suggestions in real time.
Have you heard? enough? Let's go.
Registering an Account
Before you can use Google Slides, you must sign up for a Google Account (an @ gmail account). If you already have one, you can proceed to the next section. If not, we'll go the easiest way to create a Google Account and set it up with slides.
Go to accounts.google.com, click Create Account, and then click For Me.
On the next page, you provide some information – first and last name, username, and password – to create your account.
You'll also need to check your phone number so that Google can make sure you're not a bot.
Creating a blank presentation
Now that you have a Google Account, you can create your first presentation. Go to Google Slides and place the cursor on the multicolored "+" icon in the lower right corner.
The + turns into a black pencil symbol; Click on it.
Pro Tip: Type
slide.new in the address bar of any browser and press Enter to automatically create and open a new blank document.
Import a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
Even if you're new to Google Slides, you may already have a collection of Microsoft PowerPoint files that you want to use. In this case, you must upload all your presentations before you can view them. Some of the advanced features and effects of some PowerPoint presentations may not be supported, but this works quite well.
When importing a PowerPoint presentation, you can upload your files using either Google Slides or Drive. With both methods, you can drag and drop a file from your computer directly into the web browser for easy uploading. Your drive stores all your uploaded files. However, if you switch to Slides start page, only presentation-type files will be displayed.
On the slides home screen, click the folder icon in the top-right corner, and then click the Upload tab. Now drag and drop all the files you want to upload directly into this window.
Once the file has been uploaded, slides automatically open it for editing, sharing or collaboration.
To open a PowerPoint presentation that you want to edit, click on the file name with the next "P" Click on the file name with the "P" button next to it. "Width =" 575 "height = "270" src = "/pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif" onload = "pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this);" onerror = "this.onerror = null; pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this);" />  to view the PowerPoint file or edit it in slides.
 After editing your file, you can download your presentation and export it back to Microsoft PowerPoint format Just go to File> Download as and click on the "Microsoft PowerPoint" option.
If you prefer your presentation to PDF, ODP, JPEG, TXT, etc. You can also do this do here.
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How to Check Your Spelling in Google Slides
After some presentations, you must make sure that spelling and grammar are correct. Slides is equipped with a spell checker. If you misspell something, the error is underlined by a lightning-fast line and you are prompted to make a change.
This option should be enabled by default. You can, however, make sure under Extras> Spelling> Underline errors.
. To view spelling corrections and suggestions, right-click the word with the line below it. Alternatively, press Ctrl + Alt + X (Windows) or Command + Alt + X (Mac) to open the Spell Checker and Grammar tool.
 Along with a spell checker, Google Slides includes an integrated dictionary and a thesaurus. To use them, highlight a word, right-click on it, and then click "Define [word]".
Spelling and grammar checker if you need more information.
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Collaboration on Presentations
One of the best features of Google Slides is the ability to create a sharable link. Anyone you share the link with can view the presentation, suggest changes, or edit directly. This eliminates the hassle of sending a file back and forth between employees. Each person has their own text input cursor that they can use on their computer.
To do this, click the orange Sharing button in the file you want to share. Next, choose how and with whom you want to send a link to the file. You can enter e-mail addresses or click "Get Shareable Link" in the upper corner to distribute the invitation yourself.
One of these options for other users' actions:
- Off: Sharing is disabled. If you previously shared a link with others, it stops working and revokes all the permissions they once had.
- Any user with the link can edit: Grants shared users full read / write access. However, you still can not delete it from your drive – this only applies to the contents of the file.
- Anyone with the link can comment: Allows shared users to leave comments, which is useful for team projects.  Anyone with the link can view : Shared users can view but not edit the file. This is the default action when you share a file, and the best option if you're trying to share a file for download.
With these shared links, you can do much more, as they also work with other drive files and on the phone. Further information on the functionality and generation of links can be found in our article.
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Viewing all recent changes to a presentation
Sharing documents with others makes it difficult to keep track of all small changes when you're not there. There's a revision history. Google tracks all changes in a document and groups them into periods to avoid clutter. You can even reset a file by clicking on one of the previous versions listed in the history.
You can see a list of all recent changes by clicking File> Version History> View Version History. Alternatively, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + H (Command + Option + Shift + H on the Mac).
Link to a Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file
Related to a particular slide
You can also share a link to a particular slide in your presentation with a friend or colleague without doing so to mention what you are referring to. When someone clicks on the link and the presentation loads, it jumps directly to the slide you are referring to. However, you must enable file sharing before you can link to a specific slide in your presentation.
Because each slide has a unique URL, you only need to click it in the left pane, and then copy the URL from the address bar.
Inserting Special Characters into a Slide
Google Slides also has a character insertion tool. This allows you to insert special characters into your presentation without having to remember any old codes. There are tons of symbols, signs, languages and much more. Whether you use an arrow or scripts in different languages or just want to use a few silly emojis for your presentation, with Google Slides you can easily paste them. And then click "Special Characters."
to manually search for specific characters using the drop-down menus.
 Use the search bar to find a specific character or emoji.
You can also use your drawing skills to search.
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Using Google slides offline
What happens if you need to access Google slides, but none have internet connection? web-based product, you can not use it offline, any changes you make offline to the file will be updated the next time you connect to the internet. Download the extension for Chrome first.
To get a P To enable the presentation for offline use, go to the Google Slides home page and click the Hamburger> Preferences menu in the top left corner. Set "Offline" to "On" and then click "OK".
to save space on your local computer. Google loads and creates only The last accessed files are available offline. To manually activate a file, click the three-dot icon, then turn "Offline Available" to On.
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Google Slides is a powerful, feature-rich alternative to Microsoft Office PowerPoint. Using it with an internet connection and a Google Account is also completely free. This makes it a legitimate competitor for Microsoft.