After creating your Google Slides presentation, you will most likely want to present it. Google makes this easy. You can simply advance through the slides as you speak. Or you can utilize some of Google's built-in presentation tools.
Copying the practice presentation
If you are beginning this course at this point, you will need to copy the presentation to your Google Drive.
NOTE: If you have been working through the course, your file should be up to date and you will not need to copy the practice presentation. You can move ahead to Moving through a presentation.
- To begin copying the practice presentation, click the following button:
The file begins to open in your web browser. Before the presentation will open and can be edited, we need to make a copy of it.
- To copy the presentation file,
A copy of the file is now open and, by default, is saved in your Google Drive. The filename now has the words "Copy of" at the beginning.
Moving through a presentation
Let's switch to Presentation view now and practice moving through a presentation.
- To open Presentation view from the beginning, in the upper right corner,
Click , Click Present from beginning
The presentation opens in full-screen mode.
There is also a toolbar in the lower corner of the screen. This toolbar will disappear after a few seconds, but will reappear if you move your mouse.
It is easy to move from slide to slide in a Presentation view. You can use your keyboard (left arrow, right arrow, Page Up, Page Down, Space bar, Backspace), mouse, or the floating toolbar.
- To move forward in the presentation, on the keyboard, press:
Right Arrow key, Enter key, or Page Down key
- To move backward in the presentation, on the keyboard, press:
Left Arrow key, Backspace key, or Page Up key
As you moved through the presentation, the toolbar may have disappeared. We can bring it back by moving the mouse. Let's reactivate the toolbar and use some of the features to move throughout the presentation.
- To reactivate the toolbar,
move your mouse toward the lower left side of your screen
The toolbar reappears. The tools on the left side are used to move through the presentation:
- To move forward in the presentation, >
- To move backward in the presentation,
- To jump to the slide titled Resizing Images,
Click , Click Resizing Images
Using the pointer tool
The toolbar has several other options, including a pointer and automatic captions.
The pointer tool works like a laser pointer and allows a speaker to emphasis text or images on the screen during the presentation. Let's see how this works.
- To select the pointer tool, on the toolbar,
The cursor changes and now looks like a red dot. Using the mouse, we can move this dot around to point out words or objects on our slides.
- To move the pointer,
move the mouse over the slide
- To turn off the pointer,
Using the caption tool
Google slides includes a caption tool. This tool will automatically display the speaker's words at the bottom of the screen. If the presentation is being projected for an audience, audience members will be able to see what the presenter is saying in real time.
The caption tool only works if a microphone is set up and turned on.
- Confirm that your microphone is set up and turned on.
- To turn on the captions tool, on the toolbar,
- To add captions to your presentation,
speak into the microphone
The words you say into the microphone appear at the bottom of the presentation screen.
These captions are not saved with your presentation.