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

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

Convert PowerPoint to Google Slides

There are two different ways to convert your PowerPoint presentations into the Google slides format - either uploading your presentation onto the Google Slides platform, or importing it into the Google Slides format.

And while it's fairly easy to convert back and forth between the two programs, it's important to keep in mind that not all of your content will properly convert.

As such, it's best to stay in one program as much as possible.

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

Note: You can use your Google Drive platform to store and distribute your PowerPoint presentations without having to convert to the Google Slides file format.

To do that, simply upload your PowerPoint presentations to your Google Drive (as discussed below) and use it as a file folder. You can then still create and share links to your documents, without having to convert PowerPoint to the Google Slides.

Note: Because Google Slides is an online platform, you will need access to the internet before you can upload and import PowerPoint files into its format.


Google Slides: Pros and cons

Google Slides is the second most popular program for creating and delivering presentations behind Microsoft PowerPoint.

And while some people prefer one program to the other, if you are trying to decide which program to use, I recommend choosing whichever program your client or project team is using.

That will just make everyone's lives easier.

Google Slides pros:

  1. Free to use
  2. Cloud-based - no software installation required
  3. Offline mode to use when you're not connected to the internet
  4. Automatic saving
  5. History review to check previous changes made
  6. Easy to share for seamless collaboration
  7. Works 100% the same on Mac and PC

Google Slides cons:

  1. Basic animations and fewer transitions 
  2. Fewer and much less robust templates (there are some in a gallery of pre-made basic templates)
  3. Has slightly fewer export formats than PowerPoint
  4. Not accepted by many corporations and organizations with strict privacy rules

#1. Upload PowerPoint to Google Slides

The first way to convert a PowerPoint presentation into the Google Slides format is to upload it to a Google Drive folder and then convert its file format.

To do that, simply follow these steps:


1. Open a Google Drive folder

Navigate to Google Drive and open a folder where you want to convert your PowerPoint presentation

To open a Google Drive folder to start the conversion process, simply:

  1. Navigate to your Google slides login here 
  2. Find a folder and click on it to open it

Although you can later move your presentation to another folder in your Google Drive, it's best to convert your PowerPoint presentation into a Google Slides document exactly where you want it to be.

This saves you from losing your presentation after you convert it.


2. Upload PowerPoint to Google Drive 

There are two different ways you can get your PowerPoint presentation into Google Drive:

Right-click your google drive folder, select Upload Files, select your file and click Open

To upload a file directly from within a Google Drive folder, simply:​​

  1. Right-click inside your Google Drive folder
  2. Select Upload Files
  3. Navigate to your PowerPoint file
  4. Select your file
  5. Click Open

Another way to upload PowerPoint to Google Drive, is to just click and drag it in, as pictured below.

You can also snap your file explorer windows side-by-side and click and drag your PowerPoint presentation into your Google Drive folder

To learn how to snap your File Explorer windows side-by-side using your Windows 10 shortcuts, see our guide here.

Note: Uploading your PowerPoint presentations to Google Drive does not automatically convert them. Notice in the picture below that the presentation is still in the PowerPoint .pptx file format.

Example of a PowerPoint presentation still in the .pptx file format in a Google Drive folder

3. Open PowerPoint in the Google Slides format

Right click your PowerPoint file and select Open With Google Slides to start the conversion process

To open your PowerPoint presentation in the Google Slides file format, simply:

  1. Right-click your PowerPoint file
  2. Select Open With in the action menu​​
  3. Choose Google Slides

Choosing Google Slides, you will see a conversion icon. When it's complete, you will see your PowerPoint presentation as a Google Slides document, but it will still be in the .pptx file format as you see below... so you are not done yet.

PowerPoint presentation still in the .pptx file format in Google Slides

To finish the PowerPoint to Google Slides conversion process, continue on to the next step below.

Note: Not all PowerPoint features are available in the Google Slides format. If your presentation has PowerPoint features that cannot be converted to Google Slides, you will see the warning at the top of your screen.

Some PowerPoint features cannott be displayed in the Google Slides format and will be dropped if you make changes

Some PowerPoint features can't be displayed in Google Slides and will be dropped if you make changes.

This is a good time to double check your presentation to make sure all of your PowerPoint slides have been properly converted. Things to look at are logos, pictures, animations, ink, etc.


4. Save your presentation in the Google Slides format

To complete the PowerPoint to Google Slides conversion process, select the File menu and select Save as Google Slides

To finish your PowerPoint to Google Slides conversion process, simply:

  1. Open the Google Slides File menu
  2. Select Save as Google Slides

Doing so, you will now see your presentation as a TRUE Google Slides presentation, as pictured below. The .pptx file extension will no longer be there.

Full converted PowerPoint presentation in Google Slides format

On top of that, if you navigate back to your folder, you will see your presentation in both the Google Slides and PowerPoint file format.

In your Google Drive folder, you'll see both the PowerPoint file format and the Google Slides file format

After double-checking your Google Slides presentation, I recommend deleting your old PowerPoint file so you don't get confused (unless you want to keep it as a reference).


5. Delete your PowerPoint presentation

Right-click the file you want to remove from your Google Drive folder and select Remove

​​To delete your PowerPoint presentation from your Google Drive, simply:​​​​​

  1. Navigate to your Google Drive folder and Right-click your file (the .pptx one)
  2. ​In the right-click menu, select Remove

This leaves you with just the Google Slides presentation in your folder.


#2. Import PowerPoint to Google Slides

Instead of uploading your PowerPoint presentations to Google Drive and then converting them, you can import them directly inside of a Google Slides document.

You can do this in a blank presentation, or with an existing Google Slides presentation.


1. Open a blank Google Slides file

To open a blank Google Slide document, navigate to a Google Drive folder, right-click and select Google Slides

To create a new Google Slides presentation to start the conversion process, simply:

  1. Navigate to your Google slides login here
  2. Choose a Folder for where you'll want your presentation to be
  3. Right-click and select Google Slides

You an alternatively click the New icon beneath the Google Drive logo to start a new presentation, instead of right-clicking.

Doing so opens a blank Google Slides document in a new tab in your web browser. This blank presentation is what you will use in the next few steps to convert your PowerPoint presentation.

Example of a blank Google Slides document in a new tab in your browser

Note: Instead of starting from a blank Google Slides presentation, you can also start from within an existing Google Slides presentation and import your PowerPoint slides directly into it.


2. Open the Import slides dialog box

Click the File tab and select Import Slides

To open the Import slides dialog box, from within Google Slides simply:

  1. Open the Google Slides File menu
  2. Select Import Slides

3. Upload PowerPoint to google slides

Click the upload tab and select the PowerPoint presentation you want to upload

To import slides from a PowerPoint presentation into your Google Slides document, simply:

  1. Click the Upload option
  2. Navigate to your PowerPoint presentation and click on Open (or click and drag it into the dialog box)

Selecting your presentation, your PowerPoint is uploaded to Google Slides as pictured below.

Import slides dialog box uploading a PowerPoint presentation

Note: If you have already uploaded your PowerPoint presentation to your Google Drive, you can also use the Presentations tab to find the presentation you want to convert instead of uploading it from your computer. 

You can  also use the Presentations tab to import slides from a PowerPoint file you've already uploaded to your Google Drive

3. Select the PowerPoint slides you want to convert to Google Slides

Select the PowerPoint slides you want to import, or select All in the upper right-hand corner and then select Import Slides

To import your PowerPoint slides into your Google Slides presentation, simply:

  1. Select the PowerPoint slides you want to import (or select All in the upper right-hand corner)
  2. Check or uncheck Keep Original Theme (see note below)
  3. Click Import slides
  4. Delete the first blank slide​​
Example of a PowerPoint presentation converted to Google Slides

Selecting Import Slides, your selected slides are imported into the Google Slides format, and you are done. You can now edit or present your presentation in Google Slides.

Keep Original Theme

The keep original theme in the import slides dialog box determines if your PowerPoint template is imported into Google Slides

Selecting Keep original theme means that Google Slides will convert your PowerPoint template (as best as it can) to the Google Slides format.

Un-selecting Keep original theme means that just your content will be imported into whatever Google Slides theme you are using (as best as it can).

To learn more about PowerPoint themes and how they work, read our article here.


Conclusion

So that's how to convert PowerPoint to Google Slides and the different options you have.

Although you can quickly and easily convert between the two different formats, not all PowerPoint features will properly convert to the Google Slides format. So to the extent that you can avoid converting back and forth, the better off you will be.

You can always keep your files in the PowerPoint format and still use your Google Drive to store and share your presentations with your team.

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Updated on November 14, 2019

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