While it’s easy to share Google Slides via a link or post it to the web, you may want a single, non-editable file that you can share privately. By turning your slideshow into a video or GIF, your visitors can see it the way you want it to. Here are three methods to try.
Convert using PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint offers video and GIF export. So if you have PowerPoint, you can open the Google Slides presentation and create the video or GIF from there.
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Open your Google Slides presentation and go to File > Download. Select “Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx)” from the pop-up menu.
Go to your Downloads folder and click or double-click the file to open it in PowerPoint.
Go to File > Export. Then choose “Create a video” or “Create an animated GIF”.
If you choose a video, you can use the dropdown boxes to choose the quality and whether to include recorded timing and narration. You can also set the duration per slide. Click “Create Video.”
If you choose a GIF, you can choose the quality, make the background transparent, set the duration per slide, and only include specific slides if you want. Click “Create GIF”.
For both video and GIF, you’ll be prompted to choose a location, optionally rename it, and click “Export” when done. Then take your video or GIF and share it wherever you want.
Capture with your screen recording tool
If you have a screen recording tool, like Game Bar on Windows, Screenshot Utility on Mac, or a third-party app, you can capture your slideshow as it plays. Then save the video file to share or convert it to a GIF using an online tool.
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Prepare your screen recording tool and select the Slideshow dropdown box at the top of Google Slides and choose “Start from scratch”.
To make sure you don’t see your mouse cursor in the recording as you move through the slides, you can set it to play automatically.
When the presentation is in full screen mode, click the three dots to the right of the floating toolbar, go to Autoplay, and choose the time per slide.
Then start capturing with your screen recording tool and stop when the slideshow ends. You can then edit or share your video.
Also, you can use a file converter to get a different video file format or convert the video to a GIF. You can use some free online tools, like Cloud Convert, Convertio, or Zamzar.
Use a Google Slides plugin
Another way to turn Google Slides into a video or GIF is with a plugin. There are some Google Slides plugins you can try if you search the Google Workspace Marketplace.
One that works well and lets you create a video or GIF for up to five slides for free is Slides to Video.
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Slides to Video works with Google Chrome with the same Google account as Google Slides. If you’re using a different browser, there are other plugins, such as Video & GIF Slideshow and Creator Studio, that offer a free trial.
Once you install the plugin, open your presentation and go to Plugins in the menu. Move the cursor to Slides to Video and select “Create Video” from the pop-up menu.
When the sidebar opens, you can choose a duration per slide or a default value for all slides at the top. Then use the Choose your export type dropdown box to choose “MP4” or “GIF.” Click “Create Video.”
You’ll see the progress as your video or GIF is created. When it’s done, you’ll receive an email to your Gmail account and you’ll also see a link in the sidebar to download the file.
Until Google Slides provides the export option to create a video or GIF, these solutions can help you get the job done.
To learn more, learn how to add a YouTube video or how to add other types of videos and customize playback in Google Slides.