How to Run a PowerPoint Presentation on Chromebook

Chrome OS is largely a cloud-based operating system, which means you can easily sync your data between devices. This can be useful for students and corporate users who want to keep their data and presentations close at hand at all times.

The rise of hybrid work environments has increased the demand for sharing ideas virtually, and presentations are one of the best ways to do that. The good news is that you can use your Chromebook to create and run presentations quite easily.

So let’s see how to run PowerPoint presentations on your Chromebook using two different apps.

Running a presentation on a Chromebook

The two commonly used apps for running presentations on your Chromebook are Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. Both are developed by two hi-tech giants and are quite reliable tools.

Since Chrome OS is a Google product, your presentation slides will open in Google Slides by default. However, you can use either application. Both have diverse characteristics, as well as unique features.

To figure out your preference and which one is right for you, let’s see how you can use PowerPoint and Slides to effectively run presentations on your Chromebook.

But if you’re not already familiar with the two products, here’s a more general comparison of PowerPoint and Slides.


How to Use the PowerPoint Chrome App

PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office and is available as an online app on your Chromebook. It lets you create and run presentations, and you can use it for educational, business, or professional purposes.

To use PowerPoint on your Chromebook, you need to install the PowerPoint app for Chrome. Microsoft created this app for users who cannot install Office on their devices.

Once installed, the app will appear in your Chromebook’s app drawer, which you can access by clicking Launcher bottom left then Caret icon.

To start, PowerPoint will ask you for your Outlook account. Enter your details and you are good to go.

To run an existing PowerPoint presentation, just click Download and open and find the file you want to run. When the time comes, you can run it in full screen mode by going to Slideshow > From the beginning Where From current slide from the top bar.

If you are planning to create a presentation using this app, here are some features to look out for.

1. Models

Don’t have time to do all the styling and design? You can choose from various PowerPoint templates to get started.

Templates are pre-made slides with unique designs and formatting such as colors, font size, images, and animations. Templates can help you save time since all you have to do is write your content on the slides.

Patterns are easy to find. When you open the PowerPoint web app, several templates appear on the screen next to a New blank presentation. to push on More themes on the right to access all available templates.

2. Designer

If you want to design your custom presentation, PowerPoint will also help you. Designer is an innovative feature of PowerPoint to help you design the slides according to the content, colors, styles and fonts used in the slides. You can access Designer by navigating to Design > Designate.

It will give you several design recommendations and you can access these design ideas just by clicking on them in the right sidebar. This feature can save you a lot of time in designing and styling your slides.

3. Entertainment

Animations make the presentation more interactive and visually appealing. Transitioning objects with different animation styles such as fade in, fade out, appear and split really beautify your presentation. You can access it from the top bar by clicking Animation.

4. Images and videos

Multimedia is essential for any presentation. Whether it’s a business presentation showing your growth and revenue or a college assignment on a semester project, you need to add images and video to help your viewers focus.

PowerPoint lets you easily add images and videos. You can add your multimedia via the Insert option in the top bar.

Here are some additional PowerPoint tips for preparing a professional presentation.

How to use Google Slides

Google Slides is a presentation app that’s part of Google Workspace and the default presentation viewer and editor on your Chromebook. It’s cloud-based, which means it gradually stores all your progress in your Google Drive, preventing data loss.

The app has good integration with other Google apps, such as Google Docs, and you don’t need to buy a premium subscription to use it. You can find the Google Slides app in the Chrome Web Store.

Once installed, navigate to your app drawer as you did above and open Slides. If you have a pre-existing presentation, go to Open file picker and open this file. You can run it in full screen mode by going to See > Full screen. You can even loop your slide.

If you are planning to create a presentation using Google Slides, you might want to use the following useful features.

1. Models

Templates are pre-made slides designed for different purposes. You just need to write your content there. They help you save time on design, fonts, colors, and animations.

When you open Google Slides, it shows you several templates, and you can browse more templates by going to the Template Gallery. You can also check out these helpful resources for finding Google Slides themes.

2. Explore

Google Slides lets you search for an image and add it to the slide without leaving the app. You can search the internet for the image you want to add and you can also add one from your Google Drive.

It helps you save time by staying inside the presentation. Just go to Tools > Explore in the top bar to access this option. From there, you can drag and drop images from your search results.

3. Host Questions and Answers

Presentations are intended to provide information and communicate with the public. Thus, a good communication response from the public is essential. This response can take the form of questions or suggestions.

Google Slides offers Q&A features that allow you to get answers or questions from the audience. It can be anonymous or come from users’ email ids. Members of the public must follow a link and they can add their questions virtually.

Go to Presenter View > Audience Tools > start new to begin the Q&A session. There, it will display the link that your audience needs to go to.

4. Publish to the web

If you want to share your presentations with a wider audience, you can publish your Google Slides file to the web. It allows you to share the link to your slides with others. Anyone with the link can open the slides without having a Google account.

To do this, go to Case > Publish to the web. Click on it and publish the slides after choosing the right options.

Use your Chromebook for presentations

PowerPoint and Google Slides are two great options for creating presentations on a Chromebook. They offer great features to help you create and run compelling presentations.

You can easily try both on your Chromebook—no lengthy setup steps required. Just add the Chrome app or open the website to get started.