In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a new Google presentation.
You will need:
- A Google Account
Step 1: Log into Account
Log into your Google account or create one if you don’t currently have an account.
Step 2: Navigate To Google Docs
On the main Google page click the “more” dropdown and select “Documents.”
Step 3: Select Doc Type
Click the “create new” dropdown button and select “presentation”.
Step 4: Name Presentation
When you are taken to the new blank workspace, you will notice the title area says “Untitled presentation”. Add your own title and save the document before you begin creating the content. Just click the title area and type your document name in the popup.
Step 5: Format Buttons
This toolbar has buttons and tabs, which allow you to add slides, text, images, and shapes. You may also change the font type, size and color. Some of the other familiar buttons like bold, link, indent, etc., are also available.
As you use perform different actions, you will see some buttons gray-out when the function is not available.
Step 6: Choose or Change Format
Before you begin adding text, you may want to “pretty up” your slideshow presentation. To do this using the built-in images, click on the format tab. Mouse over presentation settings and change the background color or pick/change the theme. For this tutorial, we will be choosing a theme.
Currently, there are 15 themes from which to choose and we will be using the “Grass” theme, on the popup.
Step 7: Add Title and Subtitle
On the first slide, add your title and subtitle. Here we added the title in large green text. Below it, we added a phrase in a different color for the subtitle. To change the font type, size or color, highlight the text and select the appropriate buttons from the toolbar. Notices when you click in the title area, the new toolbar options are now seen in color.
Step 8: Add A New Slide
You can add a slide in 2 ways. Click the “ + ” above the slide views on the left or click the slide tab and “New slide” in the dropdown. Both methods will bring up a popup box where you can choose the type of slide you’d like to add.
From the slide tab, you may also choose to duplicate or delete a slide you have already added. We prefer the tab method but you may find the other method is easier for you.
Step 9: Choosing A Slide Type
There are several types of slide layouts. For most cases, you may choose the text layout, which has a place for a heading at the top and a content area below.
The Title Layout is best suited for the title page. The Two Column option is best suited for short lists or pages with little text. The Caption Layout would work well when adding a graph or other visual aid. The Blank layout works well if you want to add a different background color or image.
We chose the Text Layout.
With any layout, you can delete or add text areas.
Keep adding slides and content as needed.
Step 10: Add A Link
You may add a link anywhere within a text area. If you have a business or just want to direct people to a web page or blog, you can do it with the Link button. Here we have added a link on the last slide but you may choose to add it to any or every slide.
Just click the Link button and fill in your information.
Step 11: Download and Save
After you’ve finished adding your content, images, graphs and other items, you may download this presentation to your computer in a variety of formats. To download, click the “File” tab to select “Download as and the format of your choice.
We chose to download as a PowerPoint presentation so we would have an offline copy that we could edit using the PowerPoint or other software. Once your presentation has downloaded, simply close the tab or window to exit.