Frequently Asked Questions
How to start
How can I use the template?
For Google Slides: Each template contains a preview where you can see all the slides and resources included. Click on the “Use a Google Slides Theme” button to download this presentation for Google Slides. If you click on “Copy the presentation”, it will be saved on your Google Drive, where you can customize it and use it whenever you want.
For PowerPoint: Click on the “Download a PowerPoint template” button located next to the template preview. The template will be saved on your computer, where you will be able to customize it.
Am I free to use the templates?
You are free to use our templates for both personal and commercial purposes.
You are not allowed to:
- Sublicense, sell or rent any Slidesgo Content (or a modified version of it)
- Distribute Slidesgo Content unless it has been expressly authorized by Slidesgo
- Include Slidesgo Content in an online or offline database or file
- Offer Slidesgo templates (or modified versions of Slidesgo templates) for download
- Acquire the copyright of any Slidesgo Content
For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.
How to attribute?
You must attribute Slidesgo by keeping the slide where the credits appear.
Is everything in the template editable?
Most of the elements are editable to allow our users to customize the template as much as possible. However, there might be a resource that belongs to the design itself, and thus it cannot be modified from the slide. In such cases, you will find the resource in the master slides.
The master slides are the slides that contain the layout, the format and the structure of the elements in every slide of the presentation. If you want to edit a master slide in Google Slides, go to Slide → Edit master. To do this in PowerPoint, go to View → Slide Master.
You will see two types in the editor. In the first slide, called “Master”, you can set the paragraph style, that is, which fonts, sizes and colors you are going to use in the presentation (only two text boxes appear: a title and a body text). Besides, you will be able to add or change other fixed elements that will appear throughout all your presentation: your logo, the page numbers, the background color, the header, etc.
You will also find other slides called “Layouts”, which contain the design and the structure of the elements of each slide within your presentation.
I am interested in some graphic resources for presentations. Do you have any kind of separate content available?
Yes, we do! All our templates come with many different resources, such as editable icons, infographics and maps. We even have a section dedicated to infographics, where you will find many templates with different designs, from timelines and calendars to organizational charts and mind maps. All of them are editable and can be used in Google Slides, PowerPoint and Keynote presentations.
We also have Slidesgo School, a special place where we post tips on how to create impactful presentations, and tutorials on how to work with Google Slides and PowerPoint. If you have little experience with these programs, Slidesgo can help you get started in no time.
The fonts do not look the same in PowerPoint. Why?
Google Slides gets the fonts directly from Google Fonts, so you do not need to download them. However, if you use the template in PowerPoint, you might need to install the fonts on your computer.
If you want to avoid issues related to the typography used in the template, please download all the available styles. To apply the changes, close the presentation and open it again.
To learn how to install fonts from Google Fonts, please read “Can I use my own fonts in the template?”.
Do I need to request access to use the template in Google Slides?
Our system automatically gives you access to the template. However, some users with Google Accounts set up by schools or companies might encounter problems related to permissions when trying to make a copy of our templates. Here are some solutions you can try if you experience this issue:
- Switch to your personal Google Account.
- Ask your school or company administrator to whitelist https://slidesgo.com.
- Download the template as a PowerPoint file and then convert it to Google Slides. For more information, please refer to the “How to Convert Presentations from PowerPoint to Google Slides” tutorial.
If you still need help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you solve this issue.
Can I choose the main color for the template before downloading it?
Some of our templates come with color variants, which means they are available in different palettes. These are identifiable by the presence of some little circles at the bottom of their thumbnails. If you click on these circles, you will be able to see the current slide adapted to the selected variant.
When selecting one of our templates with color variants, you will notice a section called “Themes” on the right-hand side of the screen. Likewise, if you click on the circles below, you will be able to see a preview of the template adapted to the chosen palette. Once you have selected the one you want, just click “Use a Google Slides Theme” or “Download a PowerPoint Template” to get the template fully adapted to this new main color.
I downloaded one of your templates from your “Infographics” section. How can I add these infographics into my presentation?
We have some templates dedicated to infographics, containing a lot of slides with different designs for this kind of diagrams. These can be edited just like you would edit any other vector resource.
To add any of these infographics to your presentation, just select it in its entirety and copy it. Then, go to your presentation, select the slide where you want to add the diagram and paste it.
If you are using Google Slides, right after pasting, you will see a little icon on the bottom right corner. If you click on it, it will display two options: Match destination formatting and Keep source formatting. Choosing the former will adapt the colors and the fonts to those of the current theme, whereas choosing the latter will keep the design intact.
If you are using PowerPoint, please note that the colors and the fonts will be adapted to the current theme automatically, so any further changes required must be made manually.
If I use one of the infographics included in your templates in a presentation that has not been created by using one of Slidesgo’s templates, do I still have to credit you?
Yes. In order to use our infographics in a presentation, you must attribute their design to Slidesgo and include credits somewhere in your slides.
Editing your presentation
How can I add a new slide to my presentation?
There are two ways to add a new slide to your presentation:
Duplicating an already existing slide.
To do so, select the slide that you want to duplicate → right-click → Duplicate slide.
Creating a new slide.
If you are using Google Slides, you can do any of the following:
- Press Ctrl + M (Windows) or Cmd + M (Mac). A new slide will be created with the same design as the last selected slide.
- Right-click on the slides thumbnails → New slide.
- Go to the top bar → Slide → New slide.
If you are using PowerPoint, you can do any of the following:
- Press Ctrl + M (Windows) or Cmd + M (Mac). A new slide will be created with the same design as the last selected slide.
- Right-click on the previous slide → New Slide.
- Go to the top bar → Home → New Slide (if you click on the arrow, you will be able to choose the layout).
If you need more information, please refer to the “How to Add, Duplicate, Move, Delete or Hide Slides in Google Slides” tutorial or the “How to Add, Duplicate, Move, Delete or Hide Slides in PowerPoint” tutorial, depending on the software you’re using.
Remember that you can change the layout of the slide anytime. To learn how, please read "How can I change the layout of a slide?".
Can I change the color of the shapes and other elements? How?
If you want to change the color of any of the graphic resources used in the template, select the resource and, in the top bar, click on “Fill color” or “Border color”. If you want to edit the color of only a part of the resource, you can either double-click on it and select only the part that you want to edit, or right-click → Ungroup.
To change the background color, select the slide or master slide that you want to edit, go to the top bar and click on “Background…” (Google Slides), or right-click on the slide → Format Background… (PowerPoint).
In some cases, you might find images that you cannot edit. These are included as PNG, so you can replace them with your own.
If you find resources that cannot be edited from the slide they appear in, you need to access them from the master slide. To learn how to access the master slides, please read “Is everything in the template editable?”.
If I try to select a graphic resource, others are selected too. Why?
Sometimes, the resources are grouped to facilitate working with all of them at the same time, avoiding issues.
If you want to work with any of their elements individually to change the color, separate them from the other elements or even delete them, you need to ungroup first.
To ungroup resources, select the group and press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + G (Google Slides) or Ctrl + Shift + G (PowerPoint).
In Google Slides, if you want to group the elements again, press Ctrl + Alt + G. In PowerPoint, select the elements, right-click → Group → Group.
Can I use my own photos and images in the templates?
Yes. First, delete the photo on the template. Then, go to the top bar, click on Insert → Image and upload the photo you want to use. Once the photo is uploaded, adjust it and then send it back (Ctrl + Shift + Down).
If the image is on the master slide, please read “Is everything in the template editable?” to learn how to access it.
If the image is not on the master slide and you cannot edit it either, the image must have been included as the background. If you want to change the background image, right-click on the slide and choose “Change Background”. There, you can insert any image or photo.
If the image has a certain cropping, you will not be able to keep the cropping in PowerPoint. However, Google Slides allows you to select the image and replace it while keeping the cropping. There are two ways to do so:
- Click on the “Replace image” option from the top bar.
- Right-click on the image → Replace image.
How can I use the icons and other elements?
On the last slides you will find all the resources you are free to use: icons, graphics, maps, etc. To use them, simply choose the one you want, copy it and paste it where needed. Select the icon to change its size and colors.
Please note that graphic elements cannot be part of a text.
What if I need more resources (vectors, photos, icons) for the presentation?
We listed the resources we used for each presentation in the last slides of the template. If you want to download more photos or images for your presentation, visit the Freepik (parent company) website: www.freepik.com.
If you need to add more icons to your presentation, you may use the Flaticon extension for G Suite, which you can download at https://www.flaticon.com/for-google. With this extension, you will have full access to Flaticon’s gallery, being able to download the icons in PNG format, search for others within the same style, and even edit their size and colors without having to close your Google Slides presentation. You will find this extension already pre-installed in our templates.
Where are the fonts and resources used in the design?
The fonts and other resources used in the design are listed on the last pages of the template.
In PowerPoint, the fonts do not look the same as in Google Slides, but I have them installed. Why?
These slight variations might be due to a version mismatch of the font our template uses. This can happen if you got the font from a website other than Google Fonts. It is important that, in order to to keep the design exactly as it appears in Slidesgo, you download the fonts directly from Google Fonts.
How can I import a template into an existing presentation?
To add a presentation, or a part of it, to another one, copy one slide and paste it in the other presentation. Then, in “Layout”, you will find all the slides from both presentations for you to use.
If you want to replace the theme of your presentation with one from another Google Slides presentation, drop down the Theme menu and click on “Import theme”. Once you have imported the theme, just select it.
Please bear in mind that after replacing the theme with another one in Google Slides, the remaining themes that the template had will be deleted, since there are no slides using those designs.
To do this in PowerPoint, go to the top bar and click on the Design tab. Then, drop down the “Themes” menu, click on “Browse for Themes…” and select the template.
If you need more information, please refer to the “How to Add or Change Themes in Google Slides” tutorial or the “How to Add or Change Themes in PowerPoint” tutorial, depending on the software you’re using.
How can I add a header and/or a footer to the template?
If you want a header and/or a footer to be visible in the entire presentation, create a text box (without any placeholder) and either upload an image or add the element to the Master slide (the first one).
How can I add my own data to the graphs?
You will find two types of graphs in our templates:
- Editable graphs, where you can alter the colors to modify the data.
- Graphs linked to Google Sheets. If you click on the graph, you will be able to make a copy of the file, where you can modify the data or even choose a different kind of graph. To include the new graph in your presentation, just copy and paste it into the slide.
If you are using PowerPoint or any other software, after making a copy of the file in Google Sheets, you will need to download it in Excel format by going to File → Save As → Microsoft Excel. You must do this since these programs do not allow pasting graphs from Google Sheets.
How can I change the aspect ratio and at the same time avoid element distortion?
By default, all our templates are designed with an aspect ratio of 16:9. If you need to change the aspect ratio in Google Slides, go to the top bar and click on File → Page setup… Then, in the drop-down menu you can choose the ratio that you want for your presentation.
To do this in PowerPoint, click on the Design tab. Then, go to the Customize panel and drop-down the “Slide Size” menu. You will be able to freely set up the aspect ratio for your presentation.
If the images still get distorted after changing the aspect ratio, the only way to fix everything is to readjust them one by one in the master slides.
If you need more information, please refer to the “How to Change the Slide Size in Google Slides” tutorial or the “How to Change the Slide Size in PowerPoint” tutorial, depending on the software you’re using.
Other frequently asked questions
Must I include each and every slide included in the template?
You are free to customize the presentation. However, you are required to keep the slide where the credits appear in order to attribute the design to Slidesgo.
Can I use the templates in Keynote?
Of course! Keynote is compatible with PowerPoint presentations. However, there could be some issues with some of the resources applied to the design of our templates during the conversion to Keynote. If you want to learn about how the elements may behave in Keynote, please visit: https://www.apple.com/mac/keynote/compatibility/
I still have some doubts about how my presentation program works. What can I do?
How can I save the document in PDF format?
If you want to save the presentation in PDF format, go to the top bar and click on File → Download as → PDF document (.pdf). In PowerPoint, go to File → Save As and then, in the drop-down menu, choose the PDF format.
If you need more information, please refer to the “How to Export Your Google Slides Presentation as a PDF File” tutorial or the “How to Export Your PowerPoint Presentation as a PDF File” tutorial, depending on the software you’re using.
Can I work as a designer for Slidesgo?
If you are interested in working with us, please send us an email at email@example.com. Please include your portfolio and tell us about your prior experience in presentation design.
I cannot find an answer for my question here. What else can I do?
If you have any question and these FAQs do not have the answer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.