Switch from Microsoft PowerPoint to Google Slides

Learn the differences between Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides and get best practices for collaboration at work or school.

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15 minutes

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Share your presentation using SharePoint or OneDrive
Share your presentation from Slides
  1. On a computer, go to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Vids.
  2. Click the file you want to share.
  3. Click Share Share.
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.

  1. On your computer, open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
  2. Highlight the text, images, cells, or slides you want to comment on.
  3. To add a comment, in the toolbar, click Add comment Add comment.
  4. Type your comment.
  5. Click Comment.
Access version history in SharePoint or OneDrive
Access version history in Slides
  1. In Drive, open your file.
  2. Click Fileand thenVersion historyand thenSee version history.
  3. Click a timestamp to see a previous version of the file. Below the timestamp, you’ll see:
    • Names of people who edited the document.
    • A color next to each person’s name. The edits they made appear in that color.
  4. (Optional) To revert to this version, click Restore this version.
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. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Click Insert and then Chart and then From Sheets.
  3. Click the spreadsheet with the chart you want to add, then click Select.
  4. Click the chart you want to add.
    • If you don't want the chart linked to the spreadsheet, uncheck "Link to spreadsheet."
  5. Click Import.
For more details, see Insert and edit charts.

Note: The instructions in this guide are primarily web only.Get switching information for mobile devices.

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