How to convert a PowerPoint to Google Slides

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Both Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides are solid presentation creators. But maybe you prefer Google Slides. If you have a PowerPoint slide show (a PPTX file) that you want to convert to Google Slides, we’ll show you three ways to do that.

Convert a PowerPoint by uploading to Google Slides

You can upload a PowerPoint presentation directly to the Google Slides site. From there, open it in Slides, make your changes, and it saves automatically.

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Visit Google Slides, sign in, and click “Blank” under Start a new presentation on the main page.

Click Blank on Google Slides

When the blank presentation opens, click File> Open in the menu.

Click File, Open

In the pop-up window, select the Upload tab. Then either drag your PPTX file to the window or click “Select a file from your device.”

Select Upload and open or drag the file

You will see the slideshow open immediately in Google Slides as your active presentation. The name of the slide show is the name of the PowerPoint file. You can change it if you want by clicking on the text in the upper left corner.

If necessary, rename the slide show

From there, you are set to edit or present the slide show. Since all changes are saved automatically, you do not need to take an extra step to save the presentation as a Google Slides file.

Saved in Drive

You can visit the main page of Google Slides to see your presentation in the list. You can also access your presentation from Google Drive.

Converted slide show on Slides

Convert PowerPoint by importing into Google Slides

Another way to convert your presentation from a PowerPoint to Google Slides is by importing it. The advantage of this method is that you can select the slides you want to convert if you do not want the whole presentation.

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Select “Blank” on the main screen of Google Slides. When the anonymous presentation opens, click File> Import Slides in the menu.

Click File, Import Slides

Select the Upload tab. Either drag your PowerPoint slide show file to the window, or click “Select a file from your device” to search for, select, and open the file.

Select Upload and open or drag the file

When the Import Slides window appears, click each slide you want to use in Google Slides. To use them all, click “All” next to Select Slide at the top right.

Click All

If necessary, select the check box at the bottom right to keep the original theme from the presentation. Then click “Import Slides” with the selected slides.

Select the slides to be imported

When the slides you selected open in the blank presentation, click on the name at the top left to rename it. By default, the slide show will be named Untitled Presentation.

Rename the presentation

Your changes are automatically saved, and you can access your converted presentation from the Google Slides main page or Google Drive.

Did you know that you can also convert PowerPoint presentations to Word files for custom slide printing?

Convert PowerPoint by uploading to Google Drive

Another way to convert a PowerPoint to Google Slides is by uploading the file to Google Drive. This method may be more convenient if you already have Google Drive open.

On the Google Drive main page, click “New” at the top left and select “File Upload.”

Click New, File Upload

Locate and select your PowerPoint file, then click “Open”.

Select the file and click Open

Once the file is uploaded to Google Drive, right-click on it and select Open With> Google Slides.

Right-click and select Open With, Google Slides

The presentation opens in Google Slides, but remains a PowerPoint file, which you can see next to the name at the top left.

Click File> Save As Google Slides in the menu to convert it.

Click File, Save As Google Slides

This opens the presentation in a new tab as a Google Slides file. As described above, all changes you make are saved automatically, but now as a Google Slides presentation. And you will see both files in your Google Drive.

Both files appear in Google Drive

To remove the PowerPoint file from your Google Drive after converting it, right-click on it and select “Remove”.

Right-click and select Remove

Interested in doing the exact opposite? Learn how to convert Google Slides to PowerPoint.

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