How to Save Google Slides as PDF

Sometimes you may want to save your Google Slides presentation in PDF format. It can be useful for sending it by email, having it as a backup, publishing it on a website, or for some other reason. This tutorial shows you how to save Google Slides as a PDF document.

3 Methods of saving Google Slides as a PDF

  • Download option on the File tab
  • Email option on the File tab
  • Print settings and preview option on the File tab

Note: All the methods will remove all transitions, animations, and comments. They will also replace videos with images or frames hyperlinked to the video files.

Let us begin.


Method #1: Use the Download Option on the File Tab

This method creates a PDF file that has one slide per page and is in landscape orientation. It removes notes and includes skipped slides.

Step #1: Open your Google Slides presentation

Sign into your Google account and choose the Slides app from the Google apps list.

Open your presentation from the Google Slides home screen. It should be listed under Recent presentations.

Step #2: Download as PDF

Click File from the main menu.

From the dropdown that opens, hover your mouse pointer over Download.

More options appear to the right. Select PDF document (.pdf).

Depending on your default settings, the PDF file is downloaded to the Documents subfolder of the Downloads folder. 

Or

The Explorer window will open, prompting you to select the location to save the downloaded file.

If you have a downloader installed, it will capture the download. Click the Start Download button. 

The PDF file is saved in the Documents subfolder of the Downloads folder. You can move the file to another folder of your choice.


Method #2: Use the Email Option on The File Tab

This method converts the presentation to PDF and sends it by email.

Step #1: Open your Google Slides presentation

Sign into your Google account and choose the Slides app from the Google apps list.

Open your presentation from the Google Slides home screen. It should be listed under Recent presentations.

Step #2: Email the slides to yourself

Click File from the main menu.

From the dropdown that opens, hover your mouse pointer over Email.

More options appear to the right. Select Email this file.

In the Email this file dialog box, check the Send yourself a copy checkbox. 

Type in the recipients’ email addresses, and type in a message to the recipients. 

Choose PDF from the file type drop-down control and click the Send button.

You and the recipients will receive a copy of the PDF version of the presentation in your email boxes. 


Method #3: Use the Print Settings and Preview Option on the File Tab

In this method, you can customize the settings of the PDF file before saving it. For example:

  • Choose the number of slides you want to appear on a page. 
  • Choose whether to include the background or not. 
  • Choose to include the presentation notes and the skipped slides.
  • Select the portrait or landscape orientation. 

Step #1: Open your Google Slides presentation

Sign into your Google account and choose the Slides app from the Google apps list.

Open your presentation from the Google Slides home screen. It should be listed under Recent presentations.

Step #2: Print as PDF

Click File from the main menu.

From the dropdown that opens, click on Print settings and preview.

Customize the PDF settings using the controls on the top of the page.

Click the Download as PDF button.

Depending on your default settings, the PDF file is downloaded to the Documents subfolder of the Downloads folder. 

Or

The Explorer window will open, prompting you to select the location to save the downloaded file.

If you have a downloader installed, it will capture the download. Click the Start Download button. 

The PDF file is stored in the Documents subfolder of the Downloads folder. You can move the file to another folder of your choice.


Conclusion

In this tutorial, we looked at three methods of saving Google Slides as PDF. You can use the method that best fits your situation.

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