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Public Speaking / Presentations: Google Slides

Google Slides

Google Slides is part of the free Google Drive suite. It is great for creating simple presentations, especially if you are collaborating with other people on your slides. The tool can be used in virtually any browser and also on most mobile devices. While not as fully-featured as PowerPoint or Keynote, it is a good alternative for those who want to collaborate or work in the cloud.

Google Slides Apps

If you want to view your Google Slides on the go, you can do that via your browser or via one of these apps.

Google Slides Introduction

Getting Started

Google Slides (formerly called Presentation) is an online presentations app that allows you to show off your work in a visual way. It is a standard part of your Google Drive - in Google Apps for Education.

Here's what you can do with Google Slides:

  • Create and edit presentations

  • Edit a presentation with friends or coworkers, and share it with others effortlessly

  • Import .pptx and .pps files and convert them to Google presentations

  • Download your presentations as a PDF, a PPT, or a .txt file

  • Insert images and videos into your presentation

  • Publish and embed your presentations in a website

To create a new presentation, go to your Drive, click the redCreate button, and select Presentation from the drop-down menu.

1. Click on the Create new button at the top-left of the page. Select Presentation from the drop down menu.

2. Add a title to your presentation. Call it "Presentation Tutorial Practice".

3. Add a subtitle to your presentation. Type in your name. Example, if your name is John Doe, type "John Doe".

4. Click on the Slide button in the menu bar. Choose New Slide.

5. Choose the Text slide.

6. Title your slide "Why Use Docs".

7. Type on the left column of slide two. Give it a heading "Reasons to Use Presentation Application".

8. Below the heading you typed, list the reasons you would need to use the presentation application of Google Docs.

9. Type in the right column of slide two. Give it a heading, " Ease or Difficultly using Presentation Application".

10. Below the heading you typed, describe how easy or difficult it was to open a presentation and start using it.

11. Go back to slide one. Click on Format  at the top-left of the menu bar.

12. Choose Presentation Settings and then click on Change Theme. Choose a theme of your choice.

13. Add a shape to slide one. Click Insert on the top-left of the menu bar. Then click on Shape. Choose a shape you would like to add.

14. Click on the View button on the top-left. Click Start Presentation. Watch your presentation.

15. Close the window your presentation opened in.

16. Give your presentation the name "DocsPresentationNew".

17. Click the Save button.

18. Now close your browser window or tab to return to the main window. If the main window has disappeared, click here to get back.

Sharing Your New Presentation

19. To share the presentation you just created, select All items from the list of locations on right side of the page.

20. Locate your presentation in the list. Click on the document's check box.

21. Click on the Folders drop-down menu and click the checkbox of your folder from the list. Click Apply changes.



Here's how you can embed a presentation in a blog or website:
  1. Open the presentation you'd like to publish, and go to the File menu.
  2. Select Publish to the Web....
  3. Click the Start publishing button.
  4. Click the Select presentation size drop-down menu to choose the size of your embedded presentation.
  5. Copy and paste the code that appears into your website to embed it.
Once you've embedded a presentation, others will be able to access the code and embed this presentation on additional sites by clicking the Menu button at the bottom-right of the embedded presentation.

Publish your presentation to make it available to more people. You choose who can access your presentation by sharing the URL you'll get when you publish it.

To publish a presentation, follow these steps:

  1. Open the presentation you'd like to publish, and go to the File menu.
  2. Select Publish to the Web....
  3. Click the Start publishing button.
  4. Share this link with those you'd like to give access to the presentation.

Your presentation will be accessible from this URL until you delete or unpublish the presentation. To unpublish it, go back to the File menu and select Publish to the Web.... Then, click the Stop publishing button.


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