Embedding PDF files into Google Slides presentations can be very useful for adding more detailed information to your slides. However, Google Slides does not have a built-in option to embed PDFs.
In this article, I will show you two easy methods to seamlessly integrate PDFs into your Google Slides presentations:
- Convert PDF pages to images and insert them into slides
- Link to PDF files stored in Google Drive or other cloud services
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Convert PDF Pages to Images
The first method is to convert your PDF file into a series of JPEG or PNG images, then insert those images into your presentation slides:
Step 1: Convert PDF to Images
Use an online PDF to image converter tool to convert your PDF file into JPG or PNG images.
Some good options are:
Most of these tools allow you to convert PDFs up to a certain size for free.
Pro Tip: For best results, choose a high image resolution when converting your PDF to maintain image quality.
Step 2: Insert Images into Slides
Next, insert the converted JPEG or PNG images of your PDF pages into your Google Slides presentation:
- Open your Google Slides presentation
- Select the slide where you want to insert the first image
- Click Insert > Image and choose Upload from computer
- Select the image file and click Open
- Resize and position the image as needed
Repeat this process for each page of your PDF document.
Tip: To save time inserting multiple images, use the Slides toolbox extension to batch insert images.
Link to PDF Files
Rather than converting your PDFs into images, you can also simply insert links to PDF files stored online:
Step 1: Upload PDF File
First, upload your PDF file to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or another cloud storage service.
Make sure the link sharing permissions allow anyone with the link to view the PDF.
Step 2: Insert Link to PDF
Next, insert a link to the PDF file in your Google Slides presentation:
- Select the slide where you want the link
- Click Insert > Link
- Enter the public URL to your PDF file
- Customize the link text
Now when you present your slides, you can simply click the link to open the PDF file in a new browser tab for viewers to reference.
Tips for Seamless PDF Integration
Here are some tips to seamlessly integrate your PDFs into Google Slides presentations:
- Use a consistent slide template design so inserted PDF images or links fit visually
- Add captions below inserted images summarizing the key ideas from that PDF page
- Insert links to PDF files close to related slide content for easy context switching
- Use Zoom or Presenter View to preview slides and clicked PDF links
- Test presentation flow and PDF links before the actual presentation
Sample Presentation with Integrated PDF
Below you can see an example of a Google Slides presentation with embedded PDF links and inserted images:
Sample Slides Presentation
As you can see, integrating PDFs into your Google Slides presentations is straightforward with these methods!
If you need more advanced PDF integration and editing capabilities, here are a couple alternative options to consider:
- Import PDF to Google Slides: You can import an entire PDF presentation into Google Slides using the Drive import tool. This converts the PDF to an editable Google Slides presentation. However, formatting may not be fully preserved.
- Use Microsoft PowerPoint: PowerPoint makes it easy to insert and edit PDF files in presentations. You can then export the PowerPoint file to Google Slides format to take advantage of Slides’ collaboration features.
- Use online PDF to image converters to extract JPG/PNG images from a PDF file
- Insert those images into Google Slides presentation slides
- Alternatively, upload your PDF file to cloud storage and insert link to it
- Make sure presentation visually integrates PDF content well
- Test presentation flow before presenting
With these tips, you can seamlessly embed PDF documents into your next Google Slides presentation!
About the Author
John Smith is a presentations expert with over 5 years of experience creating decks for clients in the technology industry. He is passionate about using visual storytelling and multimedia content to deliver winning pitches and presentations. When he’s not designing slides, John enjoys hiking in the great outdoors.