Athol Daily News – Ask the PC Doctor: Google Slides is like PowerPoint, but free

Published: 09/11/2022 16:06:20

Modified: 09/11/2022 16:05:49

DEAR PC DOCTOR: I have been asked to give a talk on an artistic project I am working on. I have a bunch of photos and I think I know what I mean. I was thinking of creating a PowerPoint presentation, but the computer I borrowed doesn’t have Microsoft Office and I don’t have a Microsoft account to use their online versions. I have already committed. I could just project my photos and talk off the cuff, but I’d like to do something a little more formal. Are there other options?

—Thanks Spence


You write to me with a Gmail address so I assume you have a Google account. Have you ever used Google Slides? It’s a tool quite similar to Power Point and you can use it for free. With Slides, you work in the cloud, where all the changes you make will be saved. You will be able to access and edit your Slides presentation from any device, as long as you know your login credentials.

First, sign in to your Google account. In the upper right corner of your screen, you should see a square made up of nine dots. Click the yellow icon labeled Slides. You’ll see prompts to choose a presentation template or to start a new one.

If you’ve used PowerPoint before, Google Slides should be fairly easy to use. Essentially, you create a new slide, insert the image you want on that slide (the slides will prompt you to select the image from your computer, flash drive, or Google drive), add whatever text you want, and proceed to the next slide.

If you want to do something fancier, there are plenty of Google Slide tutorials on YouTube.

Hope that helps! Until next time, Happy Computing!

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