Google Slides Overview Updated August 13, 2019

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October 2014 - August 2019


Google Slides is the newest of the three original document editing apps. After an acquisition earlier that year, it was launched as Google Presentations in September of 2007  Slides was renamed and joined the Google Drive umbrella in June 2012.

Like Docs and Sheets, Slides features document collaboration and sharing with a number of other users. It also full offline editing, slide effects, and final projects can be downloaded in a number of formats. Users can also present their presentations from the web. Companion Android and iOS apps allow users to edit while on the go.

Google Slides Stories August 13

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides add reading speed-optimized ‘Lexend’ fonts

Google’s productivity apps are gaining a series of fonts “aimed at improving reading speed.” Meant particularly for educators and students, the Lexend font family is available today in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Google Slides Stories August 9

Google Drive on the web was one of the very first services to get the Material Theme treatment in 2018, with the Android and iOS clients following this April. The homepages for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides were updated in February, with a similar Google Material Theme revamp now available for the Android apps.

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Google Slides Stories July 9

One longstanding complaint among Google users on the web is how being logged in with both personal and G Suite accounts results in a confusing file launch process. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will now display a prominent prompt about what account you’re signed in with.

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Google Slides Stories June 18

Google Slides adds keyboard shortcuts to control live presentations

Google Slides is adding two new features that make it easier to give a live presentation. New keyboard shortcuts aid in faster navigation through a deck, while “Present mode” can be resized to make slide previews bigger.

Google Slides Stories May 24

Google Docs, Slides adds ‘Linked objects’ tool to update embedded charts, graphs

The apps in Google’s office suite are linked together to improve workflows and productivity. Google has now added a new “Linked objects” sidebar in Docs and Slides to “access all linked content” and quickly update them.

Google Slides Stories May 22

Focals smart glasses now integrate with Google Fit and Slides

Focals by North launched at the start of this year, but quickly saw a price cut from $999 to $599. Since then, the plain-looking smart glasses that overlay a screen over your right eye has seen a number of new features. The latest includes Google Fit and Google Slides integration.

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