How to Lower the Size of a Google Slides Presentation
Google Slides has a big advantage over its competitors when it comes to saving storage space. Since it’s an online editor, its presentations do not take up space on your Google Drive. However, if you need to download the slides or export them in a PowerPoint file format, you might need to do something to reduce the size that the final presentation will have.
In this tutorial, we’ll tell you some hints to decrease the space your presentation will take up. Ready to begin?
Reducing the size of the images
- Open your Google Slides presentation.
- Select the slide where you want to add an image.
- Insert > Image > Upload from computer
When uploading images, it’s best if they are in JPG format, since it is lighter than PNG. Here’s an example:
Changing the aspect ratio
Lowering the dimensions of the slides will slightly reduce the size of the presentation. It doesn’t make that much of a difference, but it helps. So, to do this, go to:
- File > Page setup.
- In the dialog box, click the drop-down arrow and choose Custom.
Now you can enter the dimensions that you want for your presentation. Remember that the lower the dimensions, the lighter the exported file will be. (Please note: if the dimensions are too low, the images might lose quality and look pixelated when presenting.)
Embedding the videos
If you are going to include audiovisual content in your presentation, embedding it instead of just inserting it can be a good idea, as this decreases the size of the exported file.
- Go to the slide where you want to add a video.
- Click Insert > Video.
- Search for the desired video on YouTube and select it.
You can also add videos by URL. It’s very easy: just click Insert > Video > By URL. Now, paste the link to the video and click Select. The video will appear on your presentation.
Exporting the presentation as a PDF
Another alternative you have to lower the amount of space a presentation will take up is converting it to PDF. However, this is a non-editable format, so you will not be able to further edit the presentation (which means, any further edits to the Google Slides document will require you to export it again as a PDF). So, to do this, go to:
- File > Download > PDF Document.
If you need more information on how to export your Google Slides presentation as a PDF file, you can refer to our other Slidesgo School tutorial.
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