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Google Apps: Presentations

A basic guide to using Google Apps at Butler


Similar to Microsoft Powerpoint, but with fewer frills. Most people prefer to collaborate here, but then have one person import the presentation to PowerPoint and do the final cleanup and preparation there.

To access Google Presentations:

1) Go to

2) Sign in with your Butler e-mail address and password.

Uses of Google Presentations

Here are some uses of Google Presentations for educational settings:

  • Create a class Google Presentation to which students can add slides about a certain topic
  • Have students create a photo essay about a certain topic and add their photos to a class Google Presentation where they can view and comment on their peers' work
  • Students can collaborate on a Presentation that they later present in class

For more ideas on using Google Presentations in the classroom, check out 5 Ideas for Using Google Presentations with Students.

Importing from PowerPoint

If you like the more extensize customization capabilities of PowerPoint, but also need to collaborate or otherwise share your presentation online, consider creating your presentation in PowerPoint and importing your slides into Google Presentations.

Simply go the the "Insert" tab in your Google Presentation and select the "Import Slides..." option.

Creating and Sharing Google Presentations

Go to your Google Drive. Click the "Create" button and select "Presentation".

Now you can edit your presentation or share it with others!

To share your presentation, click the blue "Share" button in the upper righthand corner of the screen. 

By selecting the "Change" option underneath "Who Has Access", you can decide who can access your presentation and how.

You can add specific people by putting in their e-mail addresses. You can assign these people to either an editing, commenting, or viewing role.

Presentations Overview

Which Should I Use?

Google Presentations and Microsoft Powerpoint each offer varying functions and unique uses. Check out this chart comparing their functions to help decide which program best fits your individual needs. Remember--you can always import and export slides to and from Powerpoint!

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