6 Best Ways to Convert PDF to Google Slides You Should Try

Carolyn Ryan
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Google Slides is a free web-based presentation program offered by Google that lets users create, present and collaborate on online presentations in real-time and from any device. It works equivalently as a traditional presentation, like Microsoft PowerPoint, and with Google Slides, everyone is working on fresh content with edits automatically saved in Cloud.

However, Slide users run into problems when they want to open PDF files in Google Slides, since Google Slides can not handle common external file types, such as PDF. Fortunately, this article provides you with several workarounds that allow you to display the PDF content in your Slide presentation.

Best PDF to Google Slides Converter for Mac & Windows

As we all know, a Google Slides document is well formatted, converting a PDF to Google Slides, the formatting should be highly maintained, in this case, the best solution to convert PDF to Google Slides with good formatting is using a professional PDF converter. Here we have 2 choices.

#1 Cisdem PDF Converter OCR

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR is a highly recommended tool to save PDF as Google Slides on Mac and Windows, with original PDF file quality retained in the Google Slides file. It is extremely easy to use, you just need to import single or multiple PDFs into the program, within several clicks, you will be able to save the imported PDFs as Google Slides fast and well.

Also, Cisdem PDF Converter OCR does more than just converting PDF to Google Slides:

  • Convert PDF to Google Doc, MS Office, iWork, image and more, total 18 formats
  • OCR scanned PDF and images to Google Slides and other formats in 27 languages
  • Convert protected PDF to Google Slides and more
  • Create PDF from Word, PowerPoint, HTML and 20+ formats
  • Batch convert PDFs
  • High quality OCR and conversion

Steps to Convert PDF to Editable Google Slides on Mac or Windows

  1. Download and install Cisdem PDF Converter OCR.
    Free Download   Free Download
  2. Add PDF files to "Converter".
    Cisdem supports batch convert, you can add single or multiple PDFs to the program for conversion.google slides cisdem01
  3. Adjust settings for PDF to Google Slides conversion.
    For native PDFs, choose page range and select output as PPTX.
    For scanned PDF, the software will pop up a window to download the OCR Module. After downloading and installing the OCR Module, the program will automatically identify scanned files later.google slides cisdem02
  4. Convert PDF to Google Slides.
    Once ready, click "Convert" to export PDF as Google Slides.
  5. Import the converted PDF to Google Slides.
    Access Google Slides with your Google account, click on the "Open file picker" icon.google slides cisdem03Then a window pops up, click "Upload">"Browse" to upload the converted PDF as a new presentation.google slides cisdem04

#2 Adobe Acrobat

While Cisdem PDF Converter OCR meets most users' needs to convert PDF to Google Slides, it limits to converting PDF, if you want or have installed a PDF editor equipped with advanced tools, such as Adobe Acrobat, it is also a great tool for your workflow.

As a PDF software giant, Adobe Acrobat provides you with the tools to create, edit, convert, sign, share and collaborate a PDF file. Same as Cisdem, it supports both native and scanned PDFs.

Steps to Convert PDF to Google Slides in Adobe Acrobat

  1. Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Choose Tools>Export PDF.
  3. Select output format as Microsoft PowerPoint.pdf to google slides adobe
  4. Then you can upload the PowerPoint file to Google Slides by following the step 5 above.

Convert PDF to Google Slides Online Free

Or, you just don't want to install any 3rd party software to save PDF as Google Slides file and finally decide to convert PDF to Google Slides online free without software. In this case, here are 2 options.

After testing on multiple online free PDF converters, Zamzar and ilovePDF are picked as preferred choices to perform the conversion online free with high quality. They both bring good-formatting Google Slides and can do the conversion fast.

#1 Zamzar PDF to Google Slides Converter

Zamzar is a great online free platform to convert files, allowing users to convert documents, images, videos, audios, ebooks and others in 1100+ formats. Better than before, it won't require an email address to download the converted files anymore.

It is safe to use. Also, unlike other online free platforms, there are no distracting advertisements on the web pages.

Steps to Convert PDF to Google Slides Online Free with Zamzar

  1. Go to Zamzar.
  2. Click Choose Files to upload your PDF for conversion, or you can just drag and drop.
  3. Choose output as PPT or PPTX in Convert To drop-down menu.
  4. Then click Convert Now to start converting PDF to PPTX.
  5. Download the converted file to your device.google slides zamzar

#2 iLovePDF PDF to Google Slides Converter

Another online free tool to convert PDF to Google Slides without software is iLovePDF, which can also bring satisfactory conversion outcome by highly retaining the original formatting.

iLovePDF is more than a PDF converter, it also allows users to merge, split, compress, rotate and basically edit PDF files. In addition, it can import and export files to cloud services, which makes it quite easy to share and save the converted files.

Steps to Convert PDF to Google Slides Online Free with iLovePDF

  1. Go to iLovePDF>Convert PDF to POWERPOINT.
  2. Click Select PDF file to import your PDF files to the program, or you can just drag and drop the file to add.
  3. Then click Convert to PPTX.
  4. Once ready, download the PPTX file to your device.ilovepdf pdf to google slides

Best Free PDF to Google Slides Converter Extension

Most of us use Google Chrome browser every day, because it is fast and fully featured, and has a huge library of extensions in its Web Store to add new abilities. To convert PDF to Google Slides without software, we can use Google Chrome extensions too, we just need to add it to our browser and launch it when we want to convert PDF files.

#1 Smallpdf

You may be quite familiar with this tool, it is popular and straightforward, loved by so many users. There are a lot of reasons to add this extension to your Chrome for daily use. It can convert, compress, edit, merge, split and sign file, however, the free daily tasks is limited to 3 files only.

How to Convert PDF to Google Slides Free with Chrome Extension?

  1. Go to Chrome Web Store and add the Smallpdf extension to your browser.pdf to slides smallpdf01
  2. Click this extension tool, upload your PDF file and wait for the uploading process to finish.pdf to slides smallpdf02
  3. Click Convert>PDF to PPT, then click the blue button to start the conversion.pdf to slides smallpdf03
  4. Download the PPT file to your drive, then upload, edit or share the file in Google Slides.

#2 File Converter

File Converter is developed by online-converter.com, which lets you convert media files online easily and fast from one format into another, with plenty of source and target formats supported. It makes it a breeze to convert PDF to various Google Slides supported file types, like PowerPoint, PPS, PPT and PPTX.

How to Convert PDF to Google Slides Free with Chrome Extension?

  1. Search File Converter in the Chrome Web Store>Add to Chrome.google slides file01
  2. Expand Extension tools to access File Converter, click Archive converter.google slides file02
  3. Select Convert PDF to PPTX from a list of document formats.google slides file03
  4. Choose the PDF file you want to convert from Device, Dropbox, Google Drive or URL. Dropping files also works. Wait for uploading the file and click START.google slides file04
  5. Download your PPTX file to your device. Or upload to Google Drive, then you can open the PPTX file in Google Slides directly.google slides file05

Can I Insert a PDF into Google Slides?

Absolutely yes.

Although Google Slides does not allow you to open or embed PDF files directly in your presentations, there are some tricks that allow you to get the information you need in the PDF into your Slide presentation. That is, convert PDF to several images or screenshots and go to Insert>Image>Upload from computer to insert those images in Google Slides. Alternatively, upload PDF to Google Drive and share the link to Google slides by clicking Insert>Link. Now check the following steps.

#1 Insert PDF into Google Slides as an Image

  1. Start Cisdem PDF Converter OCR, drag and drop the PDF files to the program. Type the page range and select one from image drop-down menu as output format.google slides image01
  2. Click on the setting icon, set image quality and select one option of image settings under the Image Setting window.google slides image02
  3. If ready, click OK > Convert to save PDFs as images.
  4. Log in to your Google account > Google Slides.
  5. Open your Google Slides or a blank Google Slides file, go to Insert>Image>Upload from computer, then save the file.insert pdf into google slides 03

enlightenedAdditional Method: In addition to using the converter to convert PDF to images, you can also take screenshots of PDF pages with the built-in screenshot tool on your computer. Then go to Insert>Image>Upload from computer in Google Slides.

#2 Insert PDF into Google Slides as a Link

  1. Log in to your Google account, go to Google Drive, click New>File Upload, import your PDF to Google Drive.
  2. Once the PDF is imported, right click on the PDF file, choose Get shareble link.insert pdf to google slides url 02
  3. Then go back to Google Slides, open your or a blank Google Slides file, choose the anchor text, then go to Insert>Link, paste the shareable link for the PDF to the Link field, click Apply.insert pdf to google slides url03
  4. Once ready, go to share or download the Google Slides file as needed.


Throughout this article, we've seen 6 ways to convert PDF to Google Slides, along with 2 ways to insert PDF into Google slides. Whether converting PDF to PPT presentation or images, Cisdem PDF Converter OCR makes it perfect to do with high accuracy and quick conversion. To streamline your workflow as well as improve your productivity, try it for 14 free trial days and you'll find how powerful it is.

Carolyn Ryan
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Carolyn has always been passionate about reading and writing, so she joined Cisdem as an editor as soon as she graduated from university. She focuses on writing how-to articles about PDF editing and conversion.

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