Using Google Slides with Screenly

Google Slides is a popular web based presentation tool. This is how you can use it with Screenly.

Adding Google Slides to a digital sign is easy with Screenly. Check our step-by-step video above to get started.

Google Slides is a free web application that makes it easy to create visual content for slideshows. Google Slides comes packed with free design themes, fonts, and customization features so that you can make each presentation an expression of yourself and your ideas. If you need some guidance on where to start or how to structure your presentation, Google Slides also provides pre-made templates for common presentations types such as pitches or portfolio displays. Google Slides also works across devices so that you can easily create and edit your visual content on-the-go.

While Google Slides is useful for making presentations for use with your team, it is also an excellent tool for creating digital signage content. Google Slides makes it easy to arrange, edit, and tweak content for the big screen. Here we provide a step-by-step guide on how to display digital sign content on the big screen.

First, open your Google Slides presentation online. Go through your slides and make sure to arrange your content just as you want to view it on your screen. Next, it is essential to set the size of your slides the the “Widescreen 16:9” dimension settings. To do so, click “File” within your Google Slides document, and then click “Page setup” towards the bottom of the menu. This dimension setting optimizes your Google Slides content for Screenly digital signage displays.

The next step is to adjust a few settings so that your Google Slides display smoothly on your digital signs. Click “File” on the top left of your Google Slides document, and then click the “Publish to the web” option. On the new popup window, select a time duration for each slide to display in the “Auto-advance slides” section. It is important to leave enough time for viewers to read each slide. Next, select the “Start slideshow as soon as the player loads” option and the “Restart the slideshow after the last slide” option. Then, select the Google Slides share link below.

You are now ready to upload your Google Slides as digital sign content on your Screenly account. To do this, click the “Content” tab on the left side of your screen. Next, click the “+ New Content” tab on the top right. In the “Add content” popup window, click the “URL” tab and paste in the share URL for your Google Slides. Then, click the “Done” button below. After upload, you can change the title of your newly added Google Slides content. When you are done, be sure to click the “Save” button below.

The next step is to add your Google Slides content to a playlist. Click the “Playlists” tab on the lefthand side of your Screenly dashboard. Select the desired playlist, and click on the playlist’s title. On the new page, click the “+ Add” button on the bottom right. In the new “Add content to playlist” popup, find your Google Slides content and click the “+” button next to the file. Then, click the “Done” button below. You will then see your Google Slides in the playlist’s content section. Next to the Google Slides listing, change the listing’s duration to the total time of your Google Slides presentation. You will need to multiply the number of slides by the number of seconds for each slide. The number of seconds for each slide is what you put in the “Auto-advance slides” section of your Google Slides’s “Publish to the web” menu. Be sure to click “Save” on the bottom right.

That’s it! If you followed the steps above, you are now using Google Slides for your digital sign content.

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