How to print a presentation of Google Slides

Google Slides logo against a yellow gradient background.

There are plenty of reasons to print a presentation you create in Google Slides. You may want to review the slides away from your computer or create handouts for your audience. Google Slides provides several options for printing a slide show.

Open the Google Slides print settings

With each of the printing options below, you first navigate to the same location. With your slide show open, click File> Print Options and Preview in the menu.

Click File, then Printing Preferences and Preview

Your slide show opens with a handy toolbar at the top to configure the way you want to print the slides.

Print settings and preview

Print slides with or without notes

You may want a physical copy of your presentation with a single slide on each page. And with this option, you can print your slide show with or without your speaker notes.

Near the left side of the toolbar, the default setting is “1 slide without notes.” This places each slide on its own side from edge to edge.

Select 1 slide without notes

To print your speaker notes with your slides, select “1 slide with notes” from the drop-down list. This setting adjusts the sizes of the slides to fit your presentation notes on the bottom half of each page.

Select 1 slide with notes

Print handouts in Google Slides

If you want to print your slide show to give your audience copies or for your team to review, handouts are ideal. This page layout gives you space to take notes and place your slides in a nice grid layout.

Google Slides Handouts with nine slides per  Page

Depending on how many slides you have, or how large you want the slides to appear, you can choose from one, two, three, four, six or nine slides per day. Page.

Select the number of slides per  Page for handouts in Google Slides

Just keep in mind that the more slides you place per. Side, the less space you will see around them. If you want to make sure there is plenty of space, you can switch from standard landscape view to portrait. Click the Landscape drop-down menu to select “Portrait.”

Awards in portrait

Hide the background, or include slides that have been skipped

Two other options to consider once you have chosen a layout and a view hide the background and include slides that have been skipped.

By hiding the background, you can relieve your printer from using extra ink, especially if you have colorful slide backgrounds. Click “Hide Background” which appears yellow when enabled and white when disabled. Just be careful if you remove a background where you have colored the text white, as you can no longer see the text.

Hidden and hidden backgrounds in slides

Just like how PowerPoint allows you to hide slides, Google Slides allows you to skip them that you would not want to see in your presentation. However, you may still want to see these slides when printing. Click “Include uploaded slides” to enable the option (yellow) and print these slides as well.

Click Include Transferred Slides

Download or print your presentation

Once you have finished the print settings, you can continue to grab the physical copy by clicking “Print” in the toolbar. But you can also download the layout you selected as a PDF file.

Click Print or Download as PDF

Click “Download as PDF” to save a copy and then share it or print it later when it suits you.

PDF presentation of Google Slides

When you have finished downloading or printing your Google Slides presentation, click “Close preview” on the left side of the toolbar.

Click Close Preview when you have finished printing

If you are just getting started with Google Slides for your presentations, check out our Google Slides Beginner’s Guide for tips on the basics.

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