How to Convert a PowerPoint Presentation to Google Slides

Many people have PowerPoint presentations that they would like to convert to Google Slides for easier sharing and collaboration. Converting a PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX) file to Google Slides is quick and straightforward. In this blog post, we will walk through the step-by-step process to seamlessly transition your PowerPoint presentation to Google’s popular slides format.

Benefits of Converting to Google Slides

There are several advantages to converting your PowerPoint files to Google Slides:

  • Easy online collaboration – Google Slides allows real-time co-editing so multiple people can work on the presentation simultaneously.
  • Accessibility – The presentation is now in the cloud rather than a local file, enabling access from any device through Google Drive.
  • Free – Google Slides is free to use for most people with a Google account. No more paying for Microsoft Office licenses.
  • Auto save – Changes are saved automatically to Google Drive, reducing the risk of lost work.
  • Compatibility – Google Slides can be exported back to PowerPoint or PDF formats for sharing.

Step 1: Upload the PowerPoint File to Google Drive

The first step is to upload your PowerPoint presentation to Google Drive:

  1. Go to Google Drive and login to your account.
  2. Click on the “New” button and select “File Upload”.
  3. Find and select the PowerPoint file on your computer.
  4. Click “Open” to upload it.

The PowerPoint file will now be available in your Google Drive.

Step 2: Open PowerPoint File in Google Slides

With the PowerPoint file now in Google Drive, we need to convert it to the Google Slides format:

  1. In Google Drive, right-click on the PowerPoint file.
  2. Hover over “Open with” and click on “Google Slides”.
  3. The PowerPoint presentation will now open in Google Slides.

Step 3: Save Google Slides Presentation

The final step is to save your newly converted Google Slides presentation:

  1. With the presentation open in Google Slides, click “File” in the top left.
  2. Select “Save as Google Slides” from the dropdown menu.
  3. A copy of the presentation will now be saved as a Google Slides file in your Google Drive.

You can now close the original PowerPoint file and work exclusively with the new Google Slides version. Share it with colleagues for seamless collaboration!

Tips for Smoother Conversion

When converting from PowerPoint to Google Slides, keep these tips in mind:

  • Simplify animations/transitions since Google Slides has limited support.
  • Check for font compatibility issues and uncommon fonts.
  • Vector images may not convert perfectly. Rasterize them in PowerPoint first.
  • Replace locally embedded video/audio files with YouTube/Google Drive links.
  • Review the converted slides for formatting, layout or content issues.
  • Export back to PowerPoint format if compatibility issues need to be fixed.


Converting your PowerPoint presentations to Google Slides is straightforward – simply upload the file to Google Drive and open it with Google Slides. This enables easy sharing and real-time collaboration in the cloud.

Remember to check for compatibility issues like fonts and embedded media files. Follow the tips above for best results. With some minor tweaks, you can successfully transition your PowerPoint content to Google’s popular slides format.