Google Docs ~ Presentation Features

Link to Google Docs: Google Docs
Sample Presentation

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Google Presentation is an easy-to-use, online, presentation application where you can create, upload, share, collaborate and store presentations. If you know how to use a presentation program, you will quickly learn Google Presentation.

You can even import existing PowerPoint presentations--and export presentations in PowerPoint format.

Creating a New Google Presentation FileGP-File_meu.jpg


Step #1: Sign in with your Google Account
Step #2: Click the "New Document" link, located on the upper left-hand side of the screen.
Step #3: From the drop down menu, select Presentation

File Menu of Google Presentation

  • New: Creates a New Google Presentation
  • Open: Opens an existing Google presentation
  • Upload a file: Allows you to upload an existing Powerpoint presentation
  • Import Slides: Allows you to import slides from existing Google Presentations
  • Save: Saves the slideshow/presentation
  • Save As: Saves the presentation under a new name
  • Rename: Allows you to change the name of the presentation
  • Delete Presentation: Deletes the presentation from your account (asks first)
  • Print: Allows you to print the presentation
  • Save as a PDF: Allows you to save as a .pdf to your computer
  • Save as Text: Allows you to save as a text file to your computer
  • Start Presentation: Begins the presentation in a new window
  • Discard Changes: Gets rid of the changes back to your last save
  • Save & Close: Saves your presentation and closes the edit window

Edit Menu

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From the image above, notice that the EDIT MENU is displayed horizontally, with the insert image, insert shape and change theme selections having additional choices.

Insert Image:
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  • A prompt window will open
  • Browse to the image on your computer and then click OK.


Change Theme:
  • Click on the Change Theme icon
  • A prompt window will open with selections (it scrolls)
  • Make your selection for the theme
(Choices are somewhat limited--know that you can import in a presentation from Powerpoint--some people just save a blank slide and import it in so that they get different themes)
Insert ShapeGP_Shape_window.jpg* Click on the Insert shape icon
  • A dropdown menu will appear
  • Select from the choices given


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Editing a Slide:

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| Undo | Redo | Font | Font size | Bold | Italics | Underline | Text color | Text background color | Link | List formatting |
  • Listed below the toolbar is a short descriptor of what each icon stands for--most are familiar icons if you have used a word processor before.
  • With a Google Presentation open, you can "mouse over" the tool and a tool indicator will appear letting you know what the tool does.

Presenting, Sharing & Chatting
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Presenting:
  • Click on the "Start Presentation" icon along the right side
  • Your presentation will open in a new window
  • The navigation arrows will appear in the lower left corner
  • A URL address will appear in the top right corner that you can share with others
  • A "Chat screen" will appear for people to dialog during the presentation

Sharing:
  • Click on the "Share" Tab from your document
  • Type in the e-mail address of people you would like to share your presentation with.
  • You can allow people to "view" or "collaborate" on your presentation
  • Decide if you want to send an e-mail invitation

Chatting:
  • Chats are "real time" and are not captured or saved
  • Once the chat scrolls off the screen it cannot be read again
  • Screen captures work to "capture" discussions