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Google Slides - Edit PowerPoint Presentation

Google Slides is an online tool used to create presentations within Google Drive. In this tutorial we will show you how to edit an existing PowerPoint presentation and convert it into a Google Slide Presentation and export it back to a PowerPoint presentation.


  1. First, import your PowerPoint file to Google Drive. To do this, open Google Drive and click New > File Upload. Upload to Google Drive: New >> File Upload
    Choose your file and click "Open". Choose File
    You will then see a pop up appear on the bottom right of your browser's window showing your document's upload progess. Upload Progress

  2. Next, we need to open the file we just uploaded in Google Slides. You can do this in one of two ways.

    a. Right Click on file, and go to Open With > Google Slides. Right Click Open with >> Google Slides

    b. Double Click on the file in Google Drive, your presentation will pop-up, then click Open with Google Slides from the top. Double Click, Open with Google Slides

    You will be taken to the Google Slides Editor. Google Slides Editor Screen

  3. Here is where you will carry out your edits. * If you need help, please refer to our Create a Google Slide Presentation Tutorial.

    Your changes are automatically saved to Google Slides.

    If you need to convert your Google Slides Presentation back to a Powerpoint file, go to File > Download As > Microsoft PowerPoint(.pptx). Your download will automatically start.

    *Tip - Save your presentation as a .pdf as well, just in case the venue where you present does not have compatible software. Download as Powerpoint