Microsoft Powerpoint and Google Slides are the two most popular slideshow applications, so it only makes sense that many users will need to work with both applications.
You may be wondering how to convert Powerpoint to Google Slides if you have an existing slideshow from the Microsoft application that you would like to edit in the Google version.
Luckily this is something that you can do with the help of the upload tool in Google Drive.
Can You Change a Powerpoint to a Google Slides Presentation?
- Sign in to Google Drive.
- Click New, then File Upload.
- Select the Powerpoint file and click Open.
- Double-click the converted Powerpoint file to open it in Slides.
If the conversion doesn’t happen automatically then you might need to adjust a Google Drive setting. We discuss this below.
If you aren’t signed into your Google account yet, then our Google drive sign in tutorial can show you where you need to go.
Our article continues below with additional information on how to convert Powerpoint to Google Slides, including pictures for these steps.
Microsoft Powerpoint and Google Slides are two of the most popular slideshow editing applications, so it’s likely that you will eventually need to use a file from one application in the other one.
Microsoft Powerpoint has long been a favorite application for creating and editing presentations that you might need to give for work or school.
But over time more companies have entered this space, including Google. There is an application called Google Slides that you can use to create similar presentations for free, simply by having a Google account. Those presentations can then be saved to your Google Drive and accessed from any computer with Internet access.
But even if you have already made the switch to Google Slides, you might find that you still have a lot of Powerpoint files, or that people are sharing Powerpoints with you and you would prefer to edit them in Google Slides. Fortunately, you can convert Powerpoint files to the Google Slides format and edit them there.
You can upload a lot of other types of files to Google Drive, too. Our how to upload PDFs to Google Drive article discusses how you can accomplish this.
How to Use a Powerpoint File in Google Slides (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser.
This guide assumes that you already have a Powerpoint file that you want to convert to Google Slides.
Note that while most files will convert without issue, you may encounter some scenarios where certain slide elements change.
These steps will show you how to convert a Powerpoint file to the Google Slides file format.
Step 1: Open a browser tab and navigate to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com.
Sing into your Google Drive account.
If you aren’t already signed in you will be prompted to do so.
Step 2: Click the New button at the top-left of the window, then choose the File upload option.
Selec the New button at the upper left of the window.
The New button is the same one you would click to create a new Google Slides presentation.
Step 3: Browse to the Powerpoint file that you want to convert, select it, then click the Open button.
Choose your Powerpoint file, then click Open.
You can use this same method to upload other file types, too, like Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, and more.
Step 4: Double-click the uploaded file to open it in Google Slides.
Open the uploaded Powerpoint file.
If the file is not automatically converted to Google Slides, then you will need to right-click it, select the Open with option, then choose Google Slides.
Now that you know how to convert Powerpoint to Google Slides you will be able to easily work with your existing .ppt or .pptx files in the Google Slides application.
Do you have a PDF file that you’d like to edit? Find out how to convert PDF to Google Doc with options found in Google Drive.
How to Enable the Conversion of Uploaded Files to the Google Format
If the file conversion did not happen automatically after uploading, then you may need to change a Google Drive setting.
You can do this by clicking the gear icon at the top-right of the Google Drive window and choosing the Settings option, then checking the box to the left of Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format and clicking the Done button.
Once you are familiar with how to convert Powerpoint to Google Slides you can start to keep your Microsoft presentations in Google Drive so that you can access them from any device or location.
If you would like to go the other way with the conversion and save your Google Slides file as a Powerpoint file, then this article can show you how to do that.
You can perform a similar action for Microsoft Word documents and Google Docs, as well as Microsoft Excel files and Google Sheets.
Frequently Asked Questions About How to Change Powerpoint to Google Slides
How do I download my Google Slides file in Powerpoint format?
When you have your Google Slides file open you can click the File tab at the upper left corner of the window, choose Download, then select the Microsoft Powerpoint option.
You can also convert Google Slides to other file types as well, such as a PDF or Plain Text file.
Can I import slides from a Powerpoint presentation into a Google Slides presentation?
If you upload your Powerpoint presentations to Google Drive using the steps outlined in our article above, then Google will convert it to the Google Slides format.
You can then open the converted file and your other Google Slides file, right-click one of the Powerpoint slides that you want to copy from your pptx file, choose Copy, then go to your Google Slides presentation and paste it.
How do I create a blank Google Slides presentation?
You can go to https://slides.google.com and click the “Blank” button a the top of the page to make a new, blank presentation.
Or you can create new Google Slides presentations from Google Drive by clicking the New button that we used when uploading a Powerpoint presentation to Google Slides, but choose the Google Slides option instead of the File upload option.
Will I still have my existing Google Slides presentation if I convert it to Powerpoint?
Yes, when you create a converted Google Slides file it only makes a copy of the original file.
You will retain the original file in your Google Drive, you will just a have copy of that file in whichever file format you selected.
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