Two ways to create a Google Slides presentation from a PDF.

Presenting a PDF document isn't always easy. Learn two ways to convert your PDF files into a more accessible Google Slides presentation.

Google Slides is a handy tool for presenting slideshows. All you need to give a presentation is a computer and an internet connection — there’s no need to carry USB drives or memory sticks. But what if you need to present a PDF document?

You could display the PDF as-is by sharing your screen or through a projector but scrolling through its pages doesn’t make for a great presentation. You can, however, turn PDFs into an easy-to-use Google slideshow, even if you can’t embed the PDFs directly. Read on to learn about two easy ways you can convert PDF files into an engaging Google Slides presentation.

Turn your PDF into image files.

One way to convert PDFs into Google slideshows is to first turn them into images. You can then insert those images into Google Slides. It’s easy to convert PDF files into JPG images with Adobe Acrobat online services. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Acrobat online services and launch the Convert PDF to JPG tool.
  2. Drag and drop a PDF file into the converter or click Select A File to locate it.
  3. Choose your settings and start the conversion.
  4. Download the ZIP file containing your converted images.

You can then unpack the images and embed them into Google Slides. Create a new presentation and add the images into slides by selecting Insert > Image > Upload From Computer.

Convert your PDF file into PowerPoint slides.

The image conversion method works, but it can be very slow and tedious. It takes a lot of clicking to import each image file individually into new slides. Fortunately, there’s a faster method.

You can convert your PDF document into a PowerPoint presentation. Google Slides is cross-compatible with PowerPoint’s PPT documents and allows you to import the slides into a new slideshow. Here’s what to do to convert your PDFs:

  1. Navigate to the Convert PDF to PowerPoint tool in Acrobat online services.
  2. Upload your file by dragging and dropping it to the converter or by clicking Select A File.
  3. After the converter finishes, download your new PowerPoint document.

Once you have your PowerPoint document, launch Google Slides and create a new presentation. Select File > Import Slides > Upload to locate and import your PPT file. Then, all you need to do is select the slides you want, and Google Slides will automatically add them to your presentation.

PDF documents may not always translate perfectly into presentation slides — especially if the original pages are oriented vertically. An additional bonus of importing slides from a PowerPoint file is that you can edit them. You can easily add or remove text, insert pictures, or change the formatting directly in Google Slides to fix formatting issues, update outdated information, or just make them look nicer.

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