Most presentations are not done with chalkboards or easels, but projected from a computer using Powerpoint or other software. Google Docs and its presentation-making tool offer a free and simple way to create a professional presentation that is accessible anywhere there is an Internet access. Google Doc presentations are also convenient because they can be shared among colleagues, without worrying whether or not everyone has a compatible program.
Sign up for a Google account, if you do not already have one. Visit docs.google.com, and click on "create an account now." Fill out the simple form to open a free account. If you already have a Google account, sign in.
Click on "Create New..." on the left side of the screen, and choose presentation. Or, for an easy beginning to a presentation, choose "browse template gallery" at the top of the screen, and then narrow your selection by clicking "presentations" on the left side of the screen for some ready-made backgrounds.
Create a title page on your presentation. On the blank slide, click on "Click to Add Title," then type in a title.
Create your slides with information for your presentation. To add a slide, click on the small box with a plus sign on the left side. From there, you can choose the style of slide you need. To add photos to your presentation, click on the small photo icon at the top of the page. You can add photos from your computer or from another website using a URL. You can also drag photos from other websites onto the slide. To create a box for text, click on the small box with the "T" at the top of the page.
Save your presentation by choosing "Save" under the file menu. You can open your presentation anywhere by logging into your Google account.
Click "start presentation" in the upper-right corner to begin your presentation. The presentation will open in a new window. For a full screen, hit the "F11" key.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have already created a presentation in Powerpoint, you can upload the presentation into Google Docs to continue the work. Simply choose the "upload" button instead of the "Create New" button.
- Many images on the Internet are copyrighted. Make sure you have permission for any images you use in a presentation.
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