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How to Open a PowerPoint Presentation in Google Slides?

Open a PowerPoint Presentation in Google Slides
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Did you receive a PowerPoint presentation, and now you have been asked to make edits to the PowerPoint slides within Google Slides? Why? It could be that you no longer have access to PowerPoint. It may also be that the program used to work with slides in your organization or educational institution is Google Slides, and you are expected to work within that program.

While PowerPoint is certainly the de facto standard for presentation slides, you may have umpteen reasons to work with Google Slides and also may need to open PowerPoint slides in Google’s presentation program to either view slides or to edit them. You may even have to save the slides in Google Slides’ native format and that’s something we will explore later on this page. Whatever your objective may be, you will first need to open your PowerPoint presentation in Google Slides as the first step.

Are Both Programs Similar?

The answer to that question is neither yes nor no. Answers may depend on your usage scenario, and beginner presentation users may find that Google Slides does have all the features they need. Also, while Google’s presentation program allows you to import PowerPoint presentations, it doesn’t support all features and effects of PowerPoint. In many ways, you will have to decide what works best for you.

Finally, it is true that Microsoft’s presentation program has many more features, and PowerPoint for the Web is something that’s more similar in breadth and features with Google Slides.

In this article, we will look at three ways to open a PowerPoint presentation in Google Slides. These are the three methods we will explore:

  1. Open from Google Drive. This method copies a PowerPoint presentation to Google Drive and then, lets you open from there within Google Slides.
  2. Open within Google Slides. Launch Google Slides and open a PowerPoint presentation, even if it resides on your local computer.
  3. Open from Gmail. Open a PowerPoint presentation attached to an email within Gmail, which as you all know, is Google’s email program.

Method 1: Open from Google Drive

These steps will allow you to open a PowerPoint presentation in Google Slides using Google Drive.

  1. Open your web browser and sign in to any of your Google services such as your Gmail account. Next, click the Nine Dots button at the top-right, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. Click the Drive icon in this menu.

Method 2: Launch Google Slides and open a PowerPoint presentation

This is a very simple method to open PowerPoint presentations straightaway within Google Slides:

  1. Open your web browser and access Google Slides by visiting the product page, as shown in Figure 7, below. Make sure that you have signed in using the Google account you want to use.

Method 3: Open a PowerPoint Presentation from Gmail

Follow these steps when someone sends you a PowerPoint file as an attachment within Gmail:

  1. Within Gmail, open the email which contains the PowerPoint file attachment.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the email, and you can see the attached file, as shown in Figure 10, below.

Whichever of the three methods you choose, do remember that you can continue using the file as a PowerPoint PPTX file. We suggest you do not edit the PowerPoint PPTX file, and save it immediately as a Google Slides file so that you have native files in both file formats.