Five Google Slides Features that Trigger the Switch from PowerPoint

Posted on June 25, 2015 in Slide Design, Technical PowerPoint Help by Slideshop

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Over the past few months we couldn’t help but notice the increase in sales of our Google Slides templates. Even though the Google Slides app has fewer features than PowerPoint, more and more presenters are switching over to Google Slides as their go-to presentation app – possibly because of the practical, easy-to-use features it does offer. Like these:

#1: Real-Time Collaboration

Possibly the most compelling selling point of this presentation program is its collaboration feature – it can be shared and edited simultaneously by any number of authorized team members. Collaborators can also add comments to specific elements or slides. PowerPoint offers a comment function too, but because a presentation (or slide) must be emailed between colleagues and then downloaded before the comments can be viewed and responded to, there are added steps, added time and added inconvenience. So if you’re after speed and efficiency, Google Slides is your platform.

#2: Inserting Images

Adding your own images to a presentation has never been as easy as Google Slides makes it. You’ve got plenty of options: upload from your own onboard files, from Picasa albums or from Google Drive storage. You can also insert an image directly from the web, as long as you have its URL. This means you don’t have to download and then insert such images – which saves you time, and saves space on your device. If you normally create and show your presentations in locations with reliable Internet connections, this can be quite an advantage.

#3: Offline Accessibility

Now you don’t have to be connected to the cloud to run Google Slides. Through an app available from the Google Web Store, it’s possible to download a Google Slides presentation for offline viewing, editing and presentation. Once you connect back up to the web, everything syncs up, with no further action required from you. All your offline work is automatically stored in the cloud, and with no added cost.

#4: Google Research Tool

Need presentation-building ideas or fresh content? Google Slides has a research tool that can be a life-saver. Click on “Research” in the Tools menu (or press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+I), and a search box appears. Enter your keywords and you’ll be served up web results almost instantly – ready for insertion, complete with links and source citations. Slick.

#5: Inserting Videos and Music

Music and videos add life to presentations, but the Google Slides app doesn’t yet allow you to import them directly from your own device. The good news is that it does support use of YouTube videos within presentations. So if you’ve got a media file that’s perfect for your presentation, you can upload it to YouTube, and link it to your slide or slides. Of course, as you probably know, YouTube already has an incredible wealth of files to choose from – music, sound effects, videos, you name it. Chances are excellent that you’ll find just the right elements for almost any presentation you build.

So how do you insert a YouTube video into a slide? Click Insert in the main menu, then choose Video. Use the search box or paste in the URL of the video you want to add. Finally, adjust the screen size to fit your requirements. When it’s time to run your presentation, just click the Play button and voila – you’ve got the music or video you chose.

Google Slides Templates

As Google Slides has gained in popularity, Slideshop has steadily expanded its library of presentation slide templates designed especially for use in Google Slides. Feel free to check them out – you may find exactly what you need for your next presentation.

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