Google Slides – Making a quick presentation

In the last post, we had a quick look at the overall layout and the menus. Now, let’s jump right in and make our first presentation. This will touch on various aspects of Slides so you’ll be able to see how they combine to make a presentation.

We’re going to:

  1. Create a blank Slides document
  2. Give the document a name
  3. Pick a theme
  4. Add a title to the first slide
  5. Add another slide
  6. Add some bullet points
  7. Change the font size
  8. Add an image using the Research tool
  9. Present the slides

Creating a blank Slides document

In Google Drive, click on the New button and select Google Slides.

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Renaming your document

By default, the document is called “Untitled presentation”.

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Click on the filename to select all the name, then type in the filename your want, e.g. “First presentation”.

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Picking a theme

When you first create a Slides document, the Themes sidebar appears on the right-hand side.

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This allows you to pick one of 18 different themes, which is useful for quickly changing the look of your slides, without having to create the look yourself. Here I’m going to pick the blue ‘Materials’ one. Just click on the theme.

This will change the look of your slide on the main page.

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Click the cross to close the Themes sidebar.

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Adding a title

As you can see, by default it’s giving me the option of adding a title and sub-title. To edit the title, just click on it and type in your title.

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Plus, I’m going to add a sub-title. Click in the sub-title box and type your sub-title.

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Add a new slide

Great now we have our introduction slide. Next we need to add some extra slides to add content to our presentation.

Click on the + symbol on the toolbar.

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Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+M (Cmd+M on Mac) or you can go to the “Slide” menu and select “New slide”.

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As you can see, it’s added a second slide and as we are using a theme, it’s also automatically changed the look of the slide from a title slide to a content slide.

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Adding a title to your slide

Click in the “click to add title” box and type your title in.

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Adding bullet points to your slide

Now in the box below I want to add some bullet points. So, I click on the “click to add text” box.

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From the toolbar, I click on “bulleted list”.

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The first bullet point will appear in the text box.

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I write the points, pressing “Enter” every time I want to add a new point.

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Changing the font size of the text

This theme’s font size is 18, which is a bit small. So I’m going to increase the size. Select the bullet points.

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On the toolbar, click on the triangle next to font size, to open the menu. From the menu, I’m going to select 30.

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Alternatively, you could click on the font size number and type a new size in.

As you can see, the font is much bigger, and I think much better now.

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Adding an image

Text only presentations are a little boring and I definitely recommend adding images into your slides where you can, and even replacing the text with them, as an image can be far more memorable to your audience and ensures they are listening to you, rather than reading the next points on the slide.

So, let’s add a little image next to the points. Slides has a wonderful tool, which allows you to search images on Google without leaving Slides itself. Click on “Tools”, then “Research”.

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This opens the Research tool, which allows you to search for different things on Google. We’re looking for images, so click on “Images”.

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Then type in a search term, e.g. presentations.

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Lots of images will appear below and you can scroll down to see more. I like the red man presenting, so to add it to my slide, I just click and drag it onto the slide.

Note, this doesn’t always position it exactly where you want it when you drop it on. So, you may need to move it again (clicking & dragging) to the exact position you want.

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To close the Research sidebar, click on the cross.


Presenting your slides

When you’re ready to present your slides (or if you just want to check that there’s nothing wrong in the presentation), click on the “Present” button at the top of the screen.

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This will enter into presentation mode, and the menus, etc will disappear.

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To navigate to the next slide, click the left button on the mouse and press the right arrow key on the keyboard.

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As you can see, it’s really easy to make professional looking presentations!

Here’s the whole process:

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Baz Roberts (Flipboard / Twitter / Google+)


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