Google Slides tips and tricks

Make Use of the Master Slides Tool

Before you do anything, get to know the Masters Slides tool. The Master Slide tool allows you to make design and layout changes that apply to your entire presentation in one place. Additionally, if you try to change something on a slide and it’s not allowing you to, chances are it’s because you’ve already defined a different layout/design in the master slide, so all you have to do is hop on that tool to change it.

How to wrap text

To wrap text in Google Slides, take care with text and image frames.

Use the handles on text and image boxes to adjust the height and width of these boxes. That’s how you essentially wrap text using this tool. It is not as precise as design software, but it can do the trick for most slide designs.

Bonus tip: Send the image to the back using Arrange > Order > Send to back. Then use returns to stack text in a certain format within the text frame.

Choose the Right Color

If you’re creating a presentation for your brand or someone else’s, you might want to design it with the brand’s colors in mind. Rather than eyeball it and hope it’s a good enough match, use this technique to ensure it’s perfect every time. Simply select the object or text you want to match, then click the paint bucket icon, select “custom,” and enter the hex value of your brand’s color.

Converting Google Slides to Powerpoint

Depending on where you are presenting, it might be better to convert your Google Slides to a PowerPoint document. This can be because of the computer or system you are using or because you might present in a location without an internet connection. (Highly unlikely).

Regardless of the reason, Google Slides can be exported into a number of different formats including PowerPoint. Note that internet-connected features, such as inserting a GIF from the web or linking to a video will render as still images in an exported Google Slides file.

To export Google Slides to PowerPoint go to File > Download as > Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppxt). Once you click the file type – in this case PowerPoint – the download should start. It will be located in the downloads folder of your local computer unless you specify otherwise.

You can open the file in PowerPoint and make changes or run the slide show. Formatting, text and image elements, and created slides will all download in the new file. Everything is editable so you can continue to work or make changes.

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