How to Open PowerPoint in Google Slides with Ease

Google Slides and PowerPoint are two of the most popular presentation software programs. Many users have existing PowerPoint presentations they would like to edit or present in Google Slides. The good news is that it’s easy to open PowerPoint presentations in Google Slides.

Why Open PowerPoint in Google Slides

There are several reasons you may want to open PowerPoint presentations in Google Slides:

  • Collaboration – Google Slides makes it easy to collaborate with others on presentations. Multiple people can edit slides at the same time.
  • Accessibility – You can access Google Slides from any device with an internet connection. This makes it easy to work on presentations from anywhere.
  • Affordability – Google Slides is free to use, while Microsoft Office and PowerPoint require paid subscriptions.
  • Compatibility – Google Slides opens PowerPoint presentations while preserving most of the original formatting and layout.

How to Upload a PowerPoint File to Google Drive

Before you can open a PowerPoint presentation in Google Slides, you need to upload it to Google Drive:

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

Once uploaded, the PowerPoint file will appear in your Google Drive account.

Methods to Open PowerPoint in Google Slides

There are a few different ways to open a PowerPoint presentation in Google Slides:

1. Convert PowerPoint to Google Slides in Google Drive

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

2. Import PowerPoint into an Existing Google Slides Presentation

  1. Open a blank Google Slides presentation.
  2. Click “File” > “Import slides.”
  3. Select the PowerPoint file to import.
  4. The PowerPoint slides will be inserted into the Google Slides presentation.

3. Open PowerPoint in Google Slides from Gmail

If someone emails you a PowerPoint presentation:

  1. Open the email message in Gmail.
  2. Click on the PowerPoint file attachment.
  3. Click “Open with Google Slides.”
  4. The presentation will open in Google Slides.

Working with the Imported PowerPoint Presentation

Once opened in Google Slides, you can edit, format, or present the PowerPoint presentation just like any other Google Slides presentation.

Keep in mind that some PowerPoint features may not be supported when working with the imported file in Google Slides:

  • Fonts – Custom fonts used in PowerPoint may be changed or substituted in Google Slides.
  • Effects – Certain animations or transitions may not display properly.
  • Charts/Tables – Formatting of charts, graphs, or tables may shift slightly.

Review your presentation carefully and make any needed tweaks after opening in Google Slides.

Save Google Slides Presentation as PowerPoint

If needed, you can convert Google Slides back into the PowerPoint format:

  1. Open the presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Click “File” > “Download.”
  3. Select “Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx)” from the menu.
  4. The Google Slides presentation will be converted and downloaded as a PowerPoint file.

Tips for Using Google Slides

  • Use Google Slides for easier collaboration and sharing.
  • Take advantage of built-in Google Slides templates to create presentations quickly.
  • Use the mobile apps to view or edit Google Slides presentations on phones or tablets.
  • Enable offline editing in Google Slides to keep working even without an internet connection.
  • Link Google Slides to Google Calendar to schedule presentations.


Opening PowerPoint presentations in Google Slides is simple. Just upload files to Google Drive, then use one of the methods to convert or import the slides into Google Slides. This allows you to collaborate with others, access your presentations anywhere, and take advantage of the many benefits of Google Slides—all for free! Review for any formatting changes needed after importing PowerPoint, and make tweaks as necessary.