- How to use our free Google Slides templates
- Top Google Slides templates for your next presentation
- Google Slides Waterfall Diagram Template
- Google Slides Balanced Scorecard Template
- Google Slides Dashboard Template
- Google Slides Creative Project Planning Template
- Google Slides Calendar Icons
- Google Slides Playful Pie Chart Template
- Google Slides Life-cycle Diagram Template
- Google Slides 7S Framework Template
- Google Slides Generic Text Template
- Want to use your favorite Google Slides template as a theme? Here’s how.
- What about PowerPoint templates? Can you use it in Google Slides?
- Using Google Slides templates in PowerPoint
- A heads up about the whole conversion process
- Final Words
When it comes to templates, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is PowerPoint. Sure, there may be a whole lot more PowerPoint templates out there than Google Slides templates. But there’s a great advantage when using Slides templates (you’re going to know all about it in this article). In addition to the free Google Slides templates, I’ll also answer all your questions about Google Slides and its compatibility with PowerPoint.
Alright, so before I give you the list of my favorite Google Slides templates, let me give you a breakdown on how you can get started with the whole process. Here’s how:
Step 1: Go to the 24Slides.com Template Hub.
Step 2: Right below the headline banner, you’ll see the option for template type: PowerPoint or Google Slides. Click on Google Slides.
Step 3: Choose the Google Slides style: All, Corporate or Creative templates. This will filter the templates.
Step 4: Click on the Google Slides template you want to use.
Step 5: If you don’t have an account with us yet, just click on the green REGISTER button on the upper right side of your screen. Don’t worry, you’re not going to pay for anything at all as our templates are 100% free.
Step 6: Choose from any of the available templates you see in your account. To use a template, click on the green USE GOOGLE SLIDES THEME button. Your browser will automatically open the theme in a new tab.
Step 7. If you aren’t logged in to your Google account yet, you’ll see this on your screen:
At this point, you can only view the template. If you want to edit it, you’ll need to sign in to your Google Slides account. Just click on the blue SIGN IN button on the upper right side of the screen.
Step 8. Now that you’re logged in, you will now be able to make all the changes you want to make to the template. To do this, go to File > Make a copy. You can give your copy a name and choose the Google Drive folder where you want to save the template.
Step 9. Start editing your new template! You can replace the placeholders with your own content. You can change the fonts, tweak the design, do anything you like, really!
What’s really awesome about Google Slides templates is that you don’t need to download anything to your computer. Your template copy is saved in the cloud. You don’t need to save your work every few minutes like you would with other presentation apps. This is because all your changes are saved automatically. If you change your mind and want to go back to an earlier design version, you can easily undo the edits and roll back to an earlier version!
At this point, you already know how to use our free templates. Now, it’s time to share some of the best free Google Slides templates you’ll find on the web! Let’s begin!
Creating waterfall diagrams isn’t an easy task. You need to plan every single aspect of the chart because even the smallest changes can often lead to extensive reworking. Fortunately, presenting your diagram to an audience need not be as complicated as drawing the diagram in the first place. But instead of drawing it manually on your slides, all you have to do is just use this free template.
We’ve included multiple types of waterfall diagrams in this template pack, so you can pick and choose which ones will help you accurately present your project. The template includes a waterfall performance comparison slide, waterfall flowchart diagram slide, and project timeline slide.
One of the many benefits of having a balanced scorecard in place is that organizations are able to narrow down and measure what actually matters. That is, it helps filter out which strategies work and which doesn’t. From organizational capacity to financial, customer, and internal processes, a balanced scorecard can measure your company’s overall health.
Now, presenting your balanced scorecard using this free template is going to be a breeze. We’ve included charts and graphs that will help you quickly get your point across. For instance, the performance metrics slide allows you to share how the company performed against each metric. The action flowchart slide will help you explain how certain processes work to make sure everyone’s on the same page.
Using a dashboard in your presentation helps you paint a general picture. In a single slide, you can show the most important graphs and charts which can help your audience make important decisions. Dashboards are powerful in that you can actually move your audience into taking action. Couple the right data with the right words, and you’ve got a recipe for success!
You can also use this free Google Slides template to start off your presentation. Instead of using the usual agenda slide, you can use a dashboard to show the most important information right away. Make an impact at the very beginning and get your audience hooked throughout your presentation!
You can only do so much planning for a project. Without getting the right people involved, and actually taking action, the project is going to be a dud. Fortunately, this template pack has all the slides you need for a successful project planning presentation.
We’ve got you covered all the way from the overview slide to the financial data and legal documents slides. Our designers made this template with you in mind. This isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill template that looks like it was designed in the 1990s. Nope, this is a modern design – one that your audience will surely appreciate. Project planning need not be boring, after all. The professional and neutral-looking color theme will help ensure you get your message across.
Manually creating calendars in Google Slides is a pain. Literally. You’d need to insert a table and figure out how many rows and columns each calendar will take up. And then you’d need to manually type in the days and dates yourself. Plus, you’d need to worry about designing it and making sure it’s going to match your overall design as well.
Fortunately, you no longer need to worry about that! Simply make a copy of this free Google Slides template and you can start using the calendar right away. We’ve included a daily to-do list, a weekly overview, calendar icons, and more!
This template is perfect for helping you plan and keep track of your activities. The good thing is you’re not limited to using it in a presentation. You can also export your calendar as a PDF or image file, so you can print it out and put it on your desk!
Pie charts are simple enough to create on Google Slides. Just go to Insert > Chart > Pie. You can then edit the data on the linked Google Sheets and manually update your chart back on Slides. It’s quite easy to do, really, but you don’t get to have a lot of control over how you can design your pie charts.
If you want to give your audience a visual treat, then you should definitely check out this template pack. The design is playful, but it’s definitely going to look good in even the most serious business presentations! We’ve included both 2D and 3D pie charts. Comparison pie charts, multiple KPI pie charts, and pie charts with size ratios are all included, too.
Depending on the nature of the product, its life cycle can last from a few short months to several years. From its ‘birth’ or its introduction to the target market until its growth, maturity, saturation, and eventual decline, a product’s life cycle follows this pattern. Just like a human life cycle.
With this template pack, you can present your product’s life cycle from beginning to end. Beginning with the overview slide which will help you introduce your product to your audience. The bar chart slide will help you visualize the life cycle through its 5 stages. The diagram area chart is perfect for showing people how much the product’s reach and profit has grown so far. You can share what your proposed course of action is to maximize profits and delay the approach of the decline stage as much as possible.
Here’s another one of our popular free Google Slides templates. As you probably already know, an organization in shambles is an organization in trouble. To promote harmony from within, it’s best to implement a framework like McKinsey’s 7S Framework. These 7 elements are categorized into 2: hard and soft elements. Hard elements are strategy, structure, and systems. Soft elements are shared values, skills, style, and staff. All these 7 elements need to work together to create the perfect setting for success.
For best results, you want to present each element on a single slide. After all, you do want people to clearly understand your message, right? So, it’s best to go through each element in detail.
This is where this Google Slides template pack shines. In addition to an overview slide, it also includes slides for each individual element. All you need to do is to replace the placeholder content with your own, and you’re good to present!
Many presentation experts will tell you to use charts and graphics in lieu of text. While text may not look as good as its more visual counterparts, it still has a place in most presentations. After all, text is so easy to use. You only need to type it on the slide, and not worry about looking for the perfect icons and diagrams to replace the text.
In case you’re wondering, this template pack isn’t 100% text-based. Instead, our designers used a nice balance of text and visuals to make your content come alive. Some slides include placeholder pictures, columns, charts, and diagrams. Simply replace these with the content you want to use, and you should be done in a matter of minutes!
So, you really like the theme used in your favorite Google Slides template. And you want to use the same theme in your next presentation. Well, if you want to do it the hard way, you’d need to re-use the template AND THEN redesign the slides. That’s a lot of work for something you can do in just a few clicks in Google Slides.
Before we get into the *how*, let’s define what a theme is. For starters, a theme is a preset group of colors, fonts, backgrounds, and layouts. Every template uses a theme. It could use the default theme, a custom theme, or in the case of Google Slides, an imported theme.
So, here’s how you import a theme in Google Slides:
- Open your Google Slides presentation.
- Click on the canvas (not on a slide element), so you can see the general menu options.
- Click on Theme. This will open the Themes panel on the right side of your screen. Then click on the yellow Import theme button.
- The Import theme dialog box will pop-up on your screen. You can import a theme from your saved presentation files, or you can upload a new one. Click the Select button.
- For this example, I chose a presentation file titled, “Maps of the world.” As you can see in the screenshot below, it uses the default ‘Office Theme.’
- If you want to proceed with this theme, click on Import theme. Your Google Slides file will then be updated with the imported theme.
The answer to this million-dollar question is a resounding, YES! There are literally thousands of free PowerPoint templates out there – so much more than any Google slides templates. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise. For one thing, PowerPoint is a couple decades older than Slides, and has a solid community of presentation designers behind it.
Fortunately, Google Slides makes it easy enough for users to download and use any PowerPoint template they like. You even have the option to import the entire PPT file or just use a few slides.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the 24Slides.com Template Hub features both PowerPoint and Google Slides templates. Now, we’ve published hundreds of free PowerPoint templates to date – and continue to add to the list every month. So, you’re missing out if you think you can’t use the PPT templates just because you’re a Google Slides user!
So, here’s what you can do:
- Click on a PowerPoint template you want to use in Google Slides. For this example, I used the Creative 30 Slide Mega Pack PowerPoint Template.
- Click on the green Download Presentation This will save the PPTX file in your computer.
- Go to Google Slides and open a blank file.
- Click on File > Import Slides.
- Upload the PPT template to Google Slides, like you see here:
- In the next window, you’ll be asked whether you want to import the whole PPT template or just select a few slides. Once you’ve made your selection(s), click on Import Slides.
In the next screen, you’ll have your PPT slides appear on your Google Slides presentation. You can then go ahead and make all the changes you deem necessary!
Let’s address the question that users on the ‘other side’ ask. Can you use your free Google Slides templates in PowerPoint? If you answered YES, you’re absolutely correct!
So, how do you do this? Well, it’s quite simple, really. Just open the Google Slides file you want to convert, then go to File > Download As > Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx).
And that’s it! You’re now able to use your Google Slides template in PowerPoint.
As you’ve learned in this article, Google Slides and PowerPoint files aren’t mutually exclusive from each other. You can convert Google Slides into PowerPoint, and vice versa. While the conversion process itself is pretty painless, the transition isn’t a 100% smooth. Here’s why:
PowerPoint has a lot of features that aren’t available in Google Slides. Whatever features are lacking isn’t going to get magically included in the conversion process. For example, there’s no SmartArt equivalent in Slides. Your SmartArt graphics are going to get imported into Slides, but editing it is not going to be intuitive like it would be on PowerPoint.
When it comes to fonts, you’ve got a lot of choices in PowerPoint. You can literally choose any font – just download and install it in your computer and you’ll find it in the Fonts dropdown in PowerPoint. However, when you import your PowerPoint into Google Slides, your fonts are most likely not going to get imported. The exception to this is if you used Google Fonts in your original PPT file.
Another example would be animations and transitions. PowerPoint has a lot more animation options to choose from. So, it’s quite likely that your PPT animations are going to disappear in Slides, simply because those animations aren’t supported in Slides. Likewise, your animations in Google Slides may not transition properly to PowerPoint because it’s not available there as well.
The workaround for this dilemma is to manually re-apply the elements and animations which didn’t convert properly. Of course, this is easier said than done. Depending on the number of elements missing, the entire process can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
The free Google Slides templates I’ve featured in this article should help you finish your next presentation faster. There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t try out the templates – they’re professionally-designed and are 100% free!