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How to Convert PPTX PowerPoint Slides to Google Slides

Posted on: Dec, 2023 By: Judd Albrecht

Google Slides has become popular for creating dynamic and collaborative presentations. However, many individuals still rely on Microsoft PowerPoint and have existing PPTX files that they want to open in Google Slides. In this article, we will guide you through the process of converting PPTX files to Google Slides, exploring various options and features along the way. Let's dive in!


1) Using the "Import" feature in Google Slides: 

Google Slides offers a simple method to open PPTX files. Here's how to do it:

  • Open Google Slides in your web browser.

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  • Click "File" in the top menu and select "Import slides."

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  • Choose the "Upload" tab and select the PPTX file from your computer.Browse for PowerPoint File to Convert to Google Slides
  • Google Slides will automatically convert and import the slides from your PPTX file.

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1. Select which files you want to load into your Google Slides Presentation.

2. Choose if you want to keep the original theme of the imported slides or have it use what theme is selected in Google Slides.

3. Click the import slides button when finished.

  • Click on "Browse" or drag and drop to add your PowerPoint file and start the conversion process.

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  • Google Slides will automatically convert and import the slides from your PPTX file.


2) Leveraging Google Drive: 

Another way to convert PPTX files to Google Slides is by utilizing Google Drive. Here's a step-by-step approach:

  • Open Google Drive in your web browser.
  • Click the "+ New" button on the left side and select "File upload."

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  • Choose from your computer which PPTX file you wish to convert.
  • Once the upload is complete, right-click on the uploaded file and select "Open with" > "Google Slides."

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Where do I get the PowerPoint templates used in this tutorial?

In this tutorial, I used multiple .pptx PowerPoint templates from PresenterMedia to visually display how to take a .pptx PowerPoint file and open it in Google Slides. Check out PresenterMedia's vast library of PowerPoint templates to convert to Google Slides.


3) Exploring Google Slide templates and themes: 

Google Slides offers various pre-designed templates and themes to enhance your presentations. To access them, follow these steps:

  • Open Google Slides in your web browser.
  • Click on File > New >  "From Template gallery".

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  • Browse through the various categories and select a template that suits your needs.
  • Once you find a template you like, click on it to open a new presentation based on that template.
  • Customize the content and design to create a visually appealing and engaging presentation.


4) Optimizing your PowerPoint slides for Google Slides: 

If you have a PowerPoint presentation that you want to convert to Google Slides, it's important to ensure compatibility. Consider these tips:

  • Keep the design simple: Complex formatting or animations may not translate perfectly, so opt for clean and straightforward designs.
  • Review fonts and sizes: Some fonts used in PowerPoint may not be available in Google Slides. Double-check the font compatibility and make adjustments if necessary.
  • Test slide transitions and animations: Google Slides may not fully support certain transition effects and animations. Verify that all slide transitions and animations function as intended.


The Take Away: 

With the growing popularity of Google Slides as a free presentation tool, it's crucial to know how to convert PPTX files and maximize the features offered by this powerful presentation tool. Whether you import your files directly or use Google Drive, the process is straightforward. 

Remember, a well-crafted presentation can make a lasting impression, so make the most of Google Slides' capabilities and create impactful slides that captivate your audience.

Do you need standout graphics and animation for Google Slides?

Creating engaging and captivating presentations is crucial, especially if you're a student, professional, or entrepreneur. Please read our blog post, Graphics for Google Slides Presentations! We'll discuss how graphics can elevate your Google Slides presentations and provide tips on finding the perfect templates to create a visually appealing and unforgettable experience for your audience.


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By: Judd Albrecht
Judd enjoys anything creative. As a content designer at PresenterMedia, he gets to put that creative desire to use everyday. "Every day I'm excited to come into work and start creating great content for our subscribers". He has degree in computer animation with over 15 years of graphic design experience, which has given him the skills to design quality graphic content. When he's not at work, he finds time enjoying the great outdoors, jamming on the bass guitar and playing with his kids.

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