On this day fifth of Google, we will take a deeper dive into Google Slides (slides.google.com). Some new features recently came out when presenting from a presentation that are definitely worth the mention.
Last year, Google incorporated closed captioning when a presentation is in present mode. To turn on this feature, select the caption icon in the presentation tool bar. Remember, there won’t be a transcript after from what was said. The computer listens to your voice and projects the words in real time and then it goes away. You now have the ability to move the captioning up to the top of the screen as well as increase the size of the text. This way attendees can fully see the text on the screen.
Clear Screen Temporarily
Ever find yourself in a situation where you are presenting and the page you are displaying is distracting or you need to just have a black or white screen show for a bit of time? Yes? Great! I have a solution. No? Well, maybe you didn’t know that you needed this in your life yet.
If your presentation is in full screen mode:
Hit b – this will temporarily convert your presentation into a black screen.
Hit w – this will temporarily convert your presentation into a white screen.
Hit b or w a second time to go back to showing your presentation.
Auto Loop Presentation
This feature is not necessarily a new feature, however, Google has made it easier to make this happen. Whether you are organizing an after school event, or you are having students showcase their work in a museum style format, you can convert a Google Slide presentation into a ‘kiosk’ that automatically loops through slides and restarts the presentation on its own.
To make this happen:
- Enter presentation mode of your Google Slide
- Select the settings gear in the presentation tool bar at the bottom of the screen
- Select Auto-advance, and determine the time per slide you want
- Select Loop
- Then hit the play button on the bottom left corner
Your presentation will magically act as a kiosk.
If you have any questions from any of the above tips, you know where to find me. And that is my Spiel…