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How to embed a PDF in Google Slides

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To add a PDF to Google Slides, convert your PDF pages to images and use Insert > Image > Upload from Computer to add those images to your slides. Alternatively, upload your PDF to a cloud drive and use Insert > Link to add a link to your PDF.

Google Slides doesn’t let you embed PDF files in your presentations, but there are a few workarounds to display your PDF content on your slides. You can use your PDF pages as images or upload your PDF somewhere online and link to it from your slides. Here’s how to use both methods.

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Method 1: Insert PDF Pages as Images in Google Slides

One way to display your PDF content in your Google Slides presentation is to convert each PDF page to an image format (for example, JPG) and add that image to your slides.

We have already written guides on how to convert PDF to JPG on Windows and Mac systems. Follow the steps in those guides to get an image file for each page of your PDF. Regardless of the platform you use, however, Adobe’s PDF to JPG conversion tool will work just fine.

Once you’ve done that, you can start editing your presentation by launching your preferred desktop web browser, going to Google Slides, and opening your presentation.

On the presentation page, in the left sidebar, click the slide where you want to add a PDF page. Then, from the Google Slides menu bar at the top, choose Insert > Image > Upload from computer.

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In the “Open” window, navigate to the folder that contains your PDF pages as images, and double-click an image to add it to your slide.

On your selected slide, you’ll see your image (which comes from a page in your PDF file). You can change the position of the image by dragging it around the slide, and you can resize it by dragging the handles around it.

An image on a Google Slides slide.

Follow the steps above for each PDF page you want to add to your presentation, and you’re good to go.

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Method 2: Link to your PDF in Google Slides

Another way to add your PDF into your Google Slides presentation is to upload your PDF somewhere online and then link to it on your slide. However, this will not make the PDF readable directly in your slideshow. Instead, when you’re presenting your slideshow and want to access the PDF, click the link to the PDF and the file will open.

To upload your PDF, you have several cloud storage options available. But since you’re already using Google Slides, it makes sense to use Google Drive as your PDF storage provider (although you can choose any other provider if you like). We will go by Google Drive in this guide.

To upload your PDF file, first, open your desktop web browser and launch the Google Drive website. Sign in to your account, then in the left sidebar, click New > Upload File.


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In the window that opens, navigate to your PDF file and double-click on it. Once your file is uploaded, right-click on it and choose “Get Link”.

Select "get links".

In the window that opens, at the bottom, click “Copy link.”

Choose "copy link".

You now have the share link of your PDF copied to your clipboard. You’ll add this link to an element in your presentation.

To do that, go to your Google Slides presentation. Then open the slide where you want to add the link for your PDF. On the slide, choose an image or text that you want to add a link to.

Select image or text.

While your element is selected, on the Google Slides menu bar, select Insert > Link.


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In the open box, right-click and select “Paste”. Then choose “Apply”.

Paste the link and select "Apply".

And you have successfully added a link to your PDF file on your slide. Clicking on this link will open your PDF.

A link to a PDF on a Google Slides slide.

And everything is ready.

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