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How to insert PDF in Google Slides?

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Google Slides is by far one of the best alternatives to Microsoft’s PowerPoint, a software that has become synonymous with presentations. Google Slides is free, easy to use and entirely cloud-based, making it easy to access from just about any device. 

However, it does miss out on some features when you put it head to head with Powerpoint. For example, Powerpoint users can easily import PDF files and link them to their presentations. Slide users can’t really do that. 

In this article, we’re going over a few workarounds you can use to add PDFs to your Google Slides presentations. 

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How to convert your PDF to an image to add to Google Slides?

One of the easiest things you can do to insert a PDF file in a Slides presentation is to convert the PDF into an image. There are many tools online for doing this, including Adobe Acrobat’s own online converter, which we recommend.

How to insert PDF in Google Slides?

Once you’ve converted your PDF to a JPG image, you can drag and drop these images into your Google Slides presentation, and you’re good to go. 

If you don’t want to convert your PDF file or play around with it, you can also take screenshots of the page you want to add using the Windows Snipping Tool (accessed by keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S) and add those images instead. 

Also read: How to save Google Slides as PDF?

How to link the PDF to an image in the presentation?

Another way of adding a PDF to your Slides presentation is to add the PDF’s link to an image in your presentation. Note that you will have to switch to a different tab from your presentation when and if you want to show the PDF.

Step 1: Add an image to your presentation to which you’d want to like the PDF.

How to insert PDF in Google Slides?

Step 2: Select the image and click on the Insert menu, followed by Link. You can also use the Ctrl + K keyboard shortcut. 

How to insert PDF in Google Slides?

Step 3: Type in your PDF’s link and click the Apply button. 

How to insert PDF in Google Slides?

Clicking this link will redirect you to the linked PDF.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: