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Day#19: Google Slide – demonstrate, present, share your work

Google Slide is another Google tool I use regularly, same with Google Keep that I talked about yesterday

I use Google Slide for making weekly web analysis presentations for my newspaper job, creating step by step guides to do a specific thing, making a short one-page demonstration, or recording my web development processes or bug fixing. Basically, I use it for a kind of work that needs to be visualized and has less descriptions.

Here’s a mini guide I made for my news team that I think Google Slide does best at.

Google Slide used for making a mini guide
Google Slide used for making a mini guide

What I like most about Google Slide:

  • I can move every element freely – Whether texts, shapes, images, lines, or anything, they don’t have a fixed position like they do in Google Doc. When I try to put different elements together on the Doc, they kick each other apart and make the page wonky.
  • I can draw  – This is so useful when I want to draw an arrow or circle something on an image that helps the audience understand things better. It’s harder to do in Google Doc.
  • Grid lines – They are keys that make the work look professional by guiding where I should place each element, whether or not they’re even in size, or whether they’re symmetric. Without grid lines, I’d waste more time figuring it out on my own.

There are also a lot of templates available for both personal and professional use, like portfolio presentation, recipe book, or marketing proposal. This tool, in many senses, is similar to Canva (I talked about it here), but doesn’t offer a super wide range of vector images to choose. However, it’s powerful and has everything we need to make a great presentation and super robust document like all other Google products.

How do you use Google Slide in your personal or professional life? Please share!

This is day#19 post and a part of my commitment to spend 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight to write about software development tools that I love. My goal is to build my daily writing habit and connect to more people. This project is inspired by @dickiebush ’s “Ship 30 for 30” Atomic Essays. 

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