Presenting your slide show
Once your slide show is complete, you'll need to learn how to present it to an audience. If you learn how to navigate the slide show and rehearse ahead of time, you can make your presentation smooth, engaging, and professional.
To start a slide show:
There are several ways you can begin your presentation:
- Click the Present command at the top of the window to begin the presentation with the current slide.
- Select Present from beginning in the drop-down menu to begin the presentation from the first slide.
- Select Presenter view in the drop-down menu to start the slide show with Presenter view open. This is a window only visible to you that displays tools to help you with your presentation, like slide previews, notes, and running time.
Presenter view is a new feature that is currently being rolled out to Google Slides. Not everyone will see it as an option in the menu yet.
Navigating the presentation
You can advance to the next slide by clicking your mouse or pressing the spacebar on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move forward or backward through the presentation. You can also hover your mouse over the bottom-left and use the commands there to navigate the presentation.
Tips for presenting
Before presenting your slide show, think about any preparations you need to make, like setting up the necessary equipment and rehearsing your presentation. Being prepared can help your presentation become more engaging and professional.
- Review your presentation to catch any errors, and rehearse how you will present it. Don't just read from the slides, but use them to highlight your main points.
- Think about the type of equipment that will be available for your presentation. If you will be using a projector or a network connection, ensure they are set up and connected before your presentation begins.
- If you are presenting with notes, make sure they are only visible to you. If the monitor settings have a mirroring option, you may need to disable it.
Presenting with Chromecast
Chromecast is a small device that can stream video from a mobile device to a TV. It's often used to watch movies and TV shows with services like Netflix, but it can also be used to present a Google Slides presentation from your smartphone or tablet. Because it works wirelessly, it can give you more freedom to move around while giving your presentation.
Watch the video below from Google to learn how to present with Chromecast.
- Open our example file. Make sure you're signed in to Google, then click File > Make a copy.
- Play your slideshow using presenter view if it's available. If not, try presenting from the beginning.
- Use different methods to move forward and backward between the slides. For example, try using the spacebar to move forward and the left arrow to move back to the previous slide.