How to Convert Presentations from PowerPoint to Google Slides

If you often use Google Slides for your presentations and you receive a PowerPoint template or presentation, you’ll need to convert it to a different format. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to convert your presentation from PowerPoint to Google Slides step by step. 

Converting a PowerPoint Presentation into a Google Slides Presentation

  • Select the PowerPoint file and import it into your Google Drive account. To do so, click New → File upload. Then locate the file in your computer and click Open. As an alternative, you can drag the file directly to your browser.
Importing a PowerPoint file into Google Drive
Importing a PowerPoint file into Google Drive
  • Once the file has been uploaded, double-click it.
Double-clicking the file
Double-clicking the file
  • Click Open with and choose Google Slides.
Opening the file with Google Slides
Opening the file with Google Slides
  • Your PowerPoint presentation will open in Google Slides. You can edit it and use it just like any Google Slides presentation. You’ll notice that some fonts might have changed, however.
  • Even though you can work with this PowerPoint presentation as if it were a Google Slides presentation, you might want to have it as a Google Slides file. To do so, click File → Save as Google Slides. Once done, a copy of this presentation will be created.
Saving as a Google Slides presentation
Saving as a Google Slides presentation

Importing a PowerPoint Presentation into Google Slides

  • Create a new blank presentation in Google Slides.
Creating a blank presentation in Google Slides
Creating a blank presentation
  • Click File → Open. Select the .pptx file from your Google Drive account or your computer. For the latter, click the Upload tab first.
Opening a .pptx file in Google Slides
Opening a .pptx file
  • The presentation will be opened as a Google Slides presentation, not as a .pptx file.

Importing Slides from PowerPoint into Google Slides

  • Google Slides allows you to load specific slides from a different Google Slides presentation or from a PowerPoint presentation.
  • To do this, open the presentation where you want to import slides into.
  • Click File → Import slides.
Import slides option in Google Slides
Import slides option
  • A new window will open, where you’ll be able to see all the presentations available in your Google Drive account. If you want to import them from a presentation stored in your computer, click the Upload tab first.
List of presentations stored in Google Drive
List of presentations stored in Google Drive
  • Choose the presentation that contains the slides you want to import and click Select.
Uploading a presentation
Uploading a presentation
  • Select the slides you want to import. Check “Keep original theme” if you want to keep the theme of their original presentation, or uncheck it if you want them to be automatically adapted to your current presentation.
Selecting the slides to import into a Google Slides presentation
Selecting the slides to import

Importing Other File Formats into Google Slides

Perhaps you’ve used other presentation programs, such as OpenOffice Impress or Keynote. From the 2007 version on, PowerPoint is compatible with OpenOffice (.odp) files.

  • If you have an OpenOffice Impress presentation, you’ll need to convert it from .odp format into a PowerPoint file, first. To do so, click File → Save As. Select Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP. Then you just need to follow the instructions previously found in this tutorial.
Saving as a .pptx file in OpenOffice Impress
Saving as a .pptx file in OpenOffice Impress
  • If you have a Keynote presentation, you must save it as a PowerPoint file. To do so, click File → Export To → PowerPoint. Then follow the instructions previously found in this tutorial.
Exporting as a PowerPoint file in Keynote
Exporting as a PowerPoint file in Keynote