introduction to Google slides
Create slideshow presentations, guides, and reports using Google Drive’s slide presentations. Either entirely from scratch or use one of the many templates.
Once created, our slides are not limited to google’s format. We can download or email them in a range of formats, including Microsoft PowerPoint and images.
As we can download them as images, we can also add them to other file types such as Google Docs. I often use them to create company headers for Google forms.
First of all let’s start the ball rolling by looking at the ways we can create a new slide. Both from a blank template and from a template.
Creating a blank slide
You may want to create a folder for slides, or a specific project as discussed in the Drive and folders section T open it up, double click on the folder you want to place the slide in.
To create the file, the most intuitive way is to click on the New dropdown in the top left. Then select Google Slides. This will create a new blank slide under the name of Untitled slide.
Obviously we need a better name. To change the name, click on Untitled Slide and rename it. You can change the name as often as you like,
Preview of a blank slide
The image below is on a blank slide. As you can see it’s still in need of some work. Which we’ll deal with shortly. But first let’s take a look at using preconfigured templates.
Using a slide from the template gallery
Google gives us access to a gallery of templates submitted by the community, this requires an extra step in the creation process.
Open the New dropdown as before, but don’t click on Google Slide. Instead:hover over the chevron to the right. There you see the From a template option.
Clicking this will open up the template library. Once you click on your desired template, it will be installed into the same folder you’re in now.
The next time you visit the gallery, you’ll see the slide you’ve just installed appears under the Recently used section.
If you’re using one of the business versions you’ll also see another gallery for templates uploaded by people in your organization. This is a valuable feature should you want to maintain the company branding.
If you do see a layout you want, but it doesn’t match your desired colour theme, don’t worry, the colours are all fully editable
Another way to create slides
Instead of using the new option to create a slide, right-click on an empty space in the folder. Here you’ll have the same create options detailed above.