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How to Convert Google Slides to PowerPoint (Step-by-Step)

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In this article, you'll learn how to convert Google Slides to PowerPoint to take full advantage of the Microsoft PowerPoint editing platform.

Moving from Google Slides to PowerPoint

While it is fairly easy to convert Google Slides and PowerPoint presentations back and forth, not everything converts perfectly.

So if you are on a team that is primarily using one program over the other, I highly recommend sticking to that platform, instead of tying to work in one and converting your presentations back and forth.

To learn how to convert PowerPoint to Google Slides, read our article here.

Note: Because Google Slides is an online platform, you will need access to the internet before you can download and convert your Google Slides presentations to the PowerPoint (.PPTX) file format.


Microsoft PowerPoint: Pros and cons

Fact: Most people use PowerPoint.

Microsoft PowerPoint has been the leading presentation software for more than 30 years and is the industry standard for just about everything.

So when in doubt, go the PowerPoint route... you can't go wrong.

PowerPoint pros

  1. You can save your PowerPoint presentations to the cloud storage through OneDrive and access them online (although it's not as good as Google Drive)
  2. Your work is saved locally to your PC which means you are less reliant on an internet connection (you can now also save to OneDrive if you prefer)
  3. PowerPoint is software installed on your computer, so it works fast regardless of your internet connection
  4. Has AutoRecover for your presentations in case your computer crashes
  5. Collaboration is possible for teams with PowerPoint 2010 (or later) and saving to OneDrive
  6. Advanced software with many features and special effects 
  7. Diverse range of ready-to-use themes and templates that can be fully customized

PowerPoint cons

  1. You need to buy a Microsoft Office license or subscription to use it
  2. Uses locally installed fonts. If you plan on using a different computer to give the presentation then custom fonts you've added may not display correctly.

#1: Google Slides to PowerPoint (the fastest)

The fastest way to convert a Google Slides presentation to PowerPoint is to just download it directly from your Google Drive folder (versus opening your presentation first).

That said, there are two downsides of this first method:

  1. You aren't given as many conversion options (like converting Google Slides to a PDF document) as you are with the second method described below.
  2. You can't spot check your presentation before you convert it to PowerPoint.

That said, if you are 100% sure you have the right presentation, this is the fastest way to do it.


1. Find your Google Slides presentation

Log in to your Google Drive and find the Google Slides presentation you want to convert to PowerPoint

To find your Google Slides presentation that you want to convert, simply:

  1. Navigate to your Google Drive or sign-in here
  2. Open the folder with the presentation you want to convert

If you having trouble finding your presentation in your Google Drive, use the Search bar to locate it.

Use the Google Drive Search bar to find your presentation

2. Download the Google Slides to PowerPoint

Right-click your Google Slides presentation and select Download in the right-click menu

To automatically download and convert your Google Slides presentation to PowerPoint, simply:

  1. Right-click your Google Slides presentation
  2. Select Download

Doing so automatically converts your Google Slides presentation into the PowerPoint (.PPTX) file type and you see the file in your downloads as pictured below.

Picture of the downloaded presentation at the bottom of the Google Chrome browser window

If you want to download your Google Slides presentation in any other format (such as PDF), see the second method below, which gives you a variety of other options.

You can either double-click the file in your downloads, or navigate to the file as described in the next step.

Chrome downloads folder shortcut

In Google Chrome, hit Control plus J on your keyboard to open the Downloads folder

If you downloaded a number of different files from your Google Drive account but then forgot what you downloaded, within Chrome simply hit Ctrl + J to open up your Downloads folder.

From here you can see all of the files you have downloaded, and can even open them directly on your computer.

Example of files you can see in the Google Chrome downloads folder

3. Open and review your PowerPoint presentation

Once you've converted your presentation, it's a good time to spot check that everything converted properly.

To open the file on your computer, you can either:

  • Double-click the icon of your file at the bottom of your window (if it's still open)
  • Hit Ctrl + J in Google Chrome  to open your Downloads folder and double click your file to open it
  • Navigate to the Downloads folder on your computer and open your file

Just to be safe, in the steps below I'll show you how to navigate to the presentation on your computer through the Downloads folder.

Open your file explorer and navigate to the Downloads folder to find your converted PowerPoint presentation

To find and open your converted PowerPoint presentation on your PC computer, simply:

  1. Open File Explorer (Win + E on your keyboard)
  2. Navigate to your Downloads folder
  3. Double-click your downloaded PowerPoint presentation
  4. Review your presentation to make sure everything converted

This is your chance to make sure that everything converted properly to PowerPoint, and identify anything you might need to change before you give your presentation.

To learn all of the different ways to start a PowerPoint slide show (including useful keyboard shortcuts for presenters), read our guide here.

Hit the Windows key plus the E key on your keyboard in Windows 10 to open the File Explorer

Windows Key + E is the Windows 10 shortcut for your File Explorer window. To learn other useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts that will save you time, read our guide here.

PowerPoint Protected View

Because you downloaded an online file when converting your Google Slides to PowerPoint, you will get the Protected View warning when you first open the file on your computer.

PowerPoint Protected View warning for any presentation you download from the internet

As online files can contain harmful macros or viruses, PowerPoint is just reminding you to be careful with the files you download from the internet.

Assuming you trust the source of the presentation (as in you created it in Google Slides), simply click Enable Editing to get full editing rights to the presentation.


4. Use the Save As dialog box to save your presentation

In PowerPoint, hit Control plus Shift plus S on your keyboard, or F12 to open the Save As dialog box

After reviewing your PowerPoint presentation, hit Ctrl + Shift + S or F12 on your keyboard to open the Save As dialog box.

Example using the Save As dialog box to save your presentation to the right project folder

Use the Save As dialog box to save your presentation to the appropriate place on your computer so you don't lose it.

Note: All of files you download from the internet will be stored and saved in the Downloads folder on your computer. This includes all the Google Slides presentations you download and convert to PowerPoint like this.

As such, your Downloads folder likely has a ton of files and documents in it. That's why I recommend saving your presentation to a more appropriate place on your computer, so you don't lose track of where your presentation is inside that folder.

last thing you want to do is to start using the Downloads folder on your computer as your project folder. Trust me, it will get really messy really quickly.

Once you are in the PowerPoint format, you can do a wider variety of things to your presentation, like save it as an MP4 video. To learn how to convert PowerPoint to video like this, read our guide here.


#2: Google Slides to PowerPoint (the most options)

The way to convert your Google Slides presentation into the PowerPoint (.PPTX) file format with the most options, is from within the presentation itself.

I recommend this technique as it allows you to double-check that you are converting the correct presentation before you waste your time.


1. Open your Google Slides Presentation

Find your Google Slides presentation on your Google Drive, right-click and open it with Google Slides

To open your Google Slides presentation, simply:

  1. Open your Google Drive or login here
  2. Navigate your Google Drive folders to find your presentation
  3. Right-Click your Google Slides presentation
  4. Select Open With
  5. Select Google Slides

Instead of right-clicking your Google Slides file to open it, you can also just double-click it with your mouse.

Doing so, your Google Slides presentation opens in a new tab in your browser. This is now your chance to spot double-check you are converting the right presentation.

Your Google Slides presentation opens in a new tab in your web browser

If your Google Drive is as crammed full of files as mine is, it's likely you have lots of presentation and files. So take the time now to confirm you are working with the right file before you convert it.

Struggling to find your Google Slides presentation?

Use the Search Drive bar to quickly find your Google Slides presentation.

Use the Search Drive bar to find your presentation on your Google Drive

2. Download your file as a PowerPoint presentation

From within Google Slides, open the File menu, select Download and Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx)

To download and convert your Google Slides presentation in the PowerPoint (.pptx) file format, simply:

  1. Navigate to the File menu drop down
  2. Select Download
  3. Select PowerPoint (.pptx)

Selecting PowerPoint, your Google Slides presentation is automatically downloaded and converted to the PowerPoint (.pptx) file type.

Google Slides can be downloaded in the following formats: .pptx, .odp, .pdf, .txt, .jpg, .png and .svg

Note: The Download drop down gives you a variety of other common file types you can convert your presentation into including:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx)
  • ODP Document (.odp) - This stands for OpenDocument Presentation
  • PDF Document (.pdf)
  • Plain Text (.txt)
  • JPEG image (.jpg, current slide)
  • PNG image (.png, current slide)
  • Scalable Vector Grahpics (.svg, current slide)

3. Locate and open your PowerPoint presentation

Because not all of the Google Slides features will correctly convert into the PowerPoint (.pptx) file format, it's a good idea to open and review your presentation.

Use your File Explorer to navigate to your Downloads folder and open your downloaded presentation

To locate your converted PowerPoint presentation, simply:

  1. Hit Win + E to open your File Explorer window 
  2. Navigate to your Downloads folder
  3. Double-click your presentation

Because you are moving from an online file format to the desktop format, your converted PowerPoint presentation will open in the Protected View.

Protected View warning in PowerPoint for files downloaded from the internet

The Protected View shuts off all animations and macros that could be harmful to your computer if the presentation came from a non-trusted source.

Assuming that you trust the presentation you just downloaded (because you made it), simply select Enable Editing.

Note: When you first download your Google Slides presentation, you can also double-click the file at the bottom of your Chrome window to open the file.

If you download a number of files this way, you can also hit Ctrl + J in Chrome to see a history of all the files you've download (and where they are).

Hit Control plus J to open the Downloads folder in your Chrome web browser

4. Review and save your PowerPoint presentation

Although this step seems tedious, it's critical to make sure everything in your Google Slides presentation properly converts to PowerPoint.

Use the Save As dialog box, F12 on your keyboard to save your presentation to the right folder on your computer

After reviewing your presentation, you can hit Ctrl + Shift + S or F12 on your keyboard to open the Save As dialog box and save your presentation in  the proper folder on your computer.


Conclusion

So that's how to convert Googles Slide to PowerPoint, and the different options you have.

The Microsoft PowerPoint platform gives you the most versatility in what you can do with your presentations. On top of that, PowerPoint is the gold standard for most client presentations.

In my mind, the only time you can go wrong with using PowerPoint, is if you are working for a client that insists you use Google Slides, in which case you should just conform to whatever they are using.

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Updated on October 22, 2019

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