Presenting Your Slide Show

When working in Google Slides presenting slide show options abound. Learn what they are and how to use them in this free lesson.

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:

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.

Navigation commands in presentation mode

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.

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.


  1. Open our example file. Make sure you're signed in to Google, then click File > Make a copy.
  2. Play your slideshow using presenter view if it's available. If not, try presenting from the beginning.
  3. 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.