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Switching to Slides from Microsoft PowerPoint

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In the past, you might have used the consumer version of Microsoft PowerPoint outside of work. Now that you have Google Slides, here are some tips to begin using it as your new presentation software.

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Note: Comparisons are based on Microsoft Office versions 2010, 2013, and 2016.

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In PowerPoint... In Slides...*
Share your presentation using SharePoint or OneDrive
Share your presentation from Slides
  1. From a presentation, click Share.
  2. Under People, enter the email address of the person or group you want to share with.
  3. Click Edit "" and choose the access level.
  4. Click Send.
For more details, see Get started with Slides

Share your presentation with PowerPoint users

  1. From a presentation, click Fileand thenEmail as attachment.
  2. Under Attach as, choose the format (PowerPoint or PDF).
  3. Enter the email address, subject, and message.
  4. Click Send.
For more details, see Work with Microsoft Office files.
Collaborate in real-time in SharePoint or OneDrive
Collaborate in real-time in Slides

When you share a presentation, depending on their access, collaborators can edit presentations, add comments, and assign tasks.

  • To track changes, at the top right, click the Down arrow "". From the menu, set the mode to Suggesting.
  • To add and assign a comment:
    1. Select the text you want to comment on.
    2. Click Add comment "".
    3. To assign a comment to someone, enter + and the person’s email.
    4. Enter your comment, then click Comment.
Access version history in SharePoint or OneDrive
Access version history in Slides
  1. Select Fileand thenVersion historyand thenSee version history.
  2. Click a time stamp to see a previous version of the file.
  3. (Optional) Do any of the following:
    • To make a previous version the active version, at the top, click Restore this version.
    • To name a previous version, click More ""and thenName this version.
    • To make a copy of a previous version, click More ""and thenMake a copy.
Open a PowerPoint presentation
Open a PowerPoint presentation
  1. In Drive, double-click a PowerPoint file.

    A preview of your file opens.

  2. At the top, click Open with Google Slides.

    Any changes you make are saved to the original Microsoft Office file.

For more details, see Work with Microsoft Office files.
Access a presentation offline in OneDrive
Access a presentation offline in Drive
  1. Install the Google Docs Offline extension.
  2. In Drive, click Settings ""and thenSettings.
  3. In the Offline section, check the Create, open and edit your recent Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on this device while offline box.
  4. Click Done.
  5. Right-click a file and turn on Available offline.

To learn how to access files offline from your desktop or mobile, see Access stored Drive files without the internet.

Save a presentation automatically in SharePoint or OneDrive or turn on AutoRecover
Save a presentation automatically in Drive
Your presentation saves automatically in Drive as you work, so you don’t need to click Save.
Add images to your presentation
Add images to your presentation

You can drag and drop images from your computer into your presentation. Or, click Insertand thenImage and choose an image from Google Drive, Google Photos, the web, and more.

For more details, see Add and edit images.

Add an Excel chart to your presentation
Add a Sheets chart to your presentation
  1. In Sheets, select the chart you want to copy.
  2. At the top right, click More ""and thenCopy chart.
  3. In Slides, right-clickand thenPaste
  4. Click Paste.
For more details, see Insert and edit charts.
*These instructions are primarily web only.


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