How to insert a PDF in Google Slides

How to insert a PDF in Google Slides | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

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Adding a PDF to your presentation is a great idea if you want to add additional information to your speech. For example, insert the article you are referencing in your speech, in case someone wants to read it, or add a time schedule when speaking about the organization of your team.  

There are endless possibilities, and you can discover them all after you learn how to insert a PDF in a Google Slides presentation

How to add a PDF file to Google Slides

Google Slides is a great tool that allows users to create amazing presentations for free, but unfortunately, it does not allow you to insert files. However, knowledge always finds a way! Follow these steps to add a PDF file to your presentation.  

First, you have to add a picture, and then link it to your file. There are two ways to get pictures of your file:

  • Convert your PDF file into JPGs. You only have to upload your file in an online PDF converter or your preferred software.
  • Make screenshots of an interesting page and paste the image in your presentation. You can do this by pressing Windows + Shift + S (or Cmd + Shift + 4, if you use Mac).
How to insert a PDF in Google Slides
Make a screenshot of your file

Once the image is ready, go to the slide where you want to insert the PDF. For this tutorial, we are going to use the Retro Mollinetti Meeting presentation. Select the slide where you want your image to appear and then click on paste. The image will appear because it was saved in your clipboard.

insert a PDF in Google Slides
Paste the screen capture into your slide

Now, you have to link the image to your file. For that, you have to upload your PDF to either Google Drive or a web page, and then copy the URL. The URL is the link that appears in the top bar of the browser and it shows where the file is stored on the internet. 

The easiest way is through Google Drive:

  • Open Google Drive and upload your file
  • Right click on the file and select Get link
  • Choose who you want to see it, it can either be anyone who has the link or a list of people
  • Now click Copy link and Done. The link is now copied in your clipboard
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How to get a link of your PDF

Finally, go back to the presentation, select the picture and, in the top menu, click Insert Link. Paste the link you just created and click apply. Now everybody that sees that picture can access your document. 

How to insert PDF in Google Slides
Link the image to your PDF document

Are you ready to start making presentations like a professional? Then, check our website and start putting into practice the skills you just learned, your audience will be amazed!

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