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4. Present, print, and download

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When you’re done editing your presentation, it’s time to get your work out in the world. If you need copies of the presentation in other formats, Google Slides can do that, too.

In this section, you learn how to:

4.1 Present your slides
4.2 Print your presentation
4.3 Download versions in other formats
4.4 Make a copy in Slides
4.5 Email a copy as attachment

4.1 Present your slides

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When you’re ready to preview or present your slides, click Start presentationPresent at the top of the page.

To see your speaker notes, click the Down arrow Down Arrownext to Start presentationPresent and select Presenter view.

When you move your mouse on your slideshow, a bar temporarily appears with controls to:

Back or Next Move between slides.
Play Pause Play, pause, or resume the slideshow.
Forum Start a Q&A session with your audience.
Speaker notes Open the speaker notes window.
Laser pointer Turn the laser pointer on or off.
Full screen Fullscreen exit Switch to and from full-screen mode.
Settings See more Settings options.
Exit Exit the slideshow.
Pie chart displayed on the desktop

4.2 Print your presentation

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To print your presentation from the editor:

  1. Click Fileand thenPrint or click Print Print.

    In the preview that appears, you can scroll through your document on the right, or choose print options on the left.

Select Print

4.3 Download versions in other formats

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To download your presentation so it can be opened by other programs:

  1. Click Fileand thenDownload as.
  2. Choose one of the following formats:
    • Microsoft® PowerPoint® (.pptx)
    • ODP (.odp)
    • Text file
    • Adobe® PDF
    • JPEG
    • PNG
    • Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg)
Download a presentation to open it by another program

4.4 Make a copy in Slides

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Copying a Slide is useful for creating templates. For example, if you create a lot of pitch decks, make copies of one pitch deck. Then, update each copy for a new pitch without having to format it again.

  1. Click Fileand thenMake a copy.
  2. (Optional) You can rename the copy, change where you save it in Drive, and share it with the same collaborators.
The option to make a copy appears when you click File

4.5 Email a copy as attachment

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If you need to collaborate with someone on your presentation in your old program or format, such as PowerPoint or PDF, you can email it as an attachment.

  1. Click Fileand thenEmail as attachment.
  2. Select a format.
  3. Enter the email addresses or Groups you want to send copies to.
  4. (Optional) Enter a message.
  5. Click Send.

Note: This sends a copy of the presentation instead of sharing the original, so you won’t be able to use Slides’ collaboration tools.

Click "File" to open the "Email as attachment" window

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