The 8-Bit Instructor: Tips & Tricks for Google Slides (EP016)

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Episode 16

This week is all about Google Slides! In this week’s episode, I share a lot of the tips and tricks I’ve learned about Google Slides. And as always, your 8-Bit Crew question of the week.

News & Updates

  • No news this week

Treasure Chest:

  • This whole episode is a treasure chest!

Boss Battle: Tips & Tricks for Google Slides

  • Tips
    • Changing dimensions
      • File–>Page Setup
      • Use custom dimensions (inches or pixels)
    • Import Slides from another presentation
    • Make a copy of selected Slides
    • Insert multimedia
      • Images
      • Audio
        • Format options
          • Start play on click or automatically
          • loop audio
          • stop on slide change (or play throughout the entire presentation)
      • Video
        • Format Options
          • Mute audio
          • Play automatically, manually, or on click
    • Design
      • Use shapes instead of text boxes
        • add text directly to shapes
        • Use colors, gradients, and transparency to give it a pleasing look
      • Use recolor on images to change the color of the image
        • Format Options–>Recolor
      • Use Drop shadows and Border Color to add a nice aesthetic
        • Drop Shadow – Format Options–>Drop Shadow
        • Border Color – In the toolbar next to Fill Color
          • Adjust color, weight, and pattern
          • Use on shapes, images, and videos
      • Mask images
        • Use the pulldown menu attached to the Crop button
        • Select a shape to mask the image under
        • Adds some variety rather than just square corners
      • Use Arrange options to align, distribute, and center elements
    • Linking elements
      • Select an objects (shape, image, etc)
      • Ctrl (Cmd)+K to add a link
      • Add a URL or use the pulldown menu to link to a specific slide in the presentation
    • Add-ons
    • Edit URL when sharing
      • After the final / in the URL, change the ending to change how the presentation can be viewed
        • /copy – force anyone to make a copy
        • /present – view in present mode (full screen)
        • /template/preview – shows a template preview before copying the document
        • /export/pdf – shares a downloadable PDF version of the presentation
  • Things other than Presentations
    • Creating PDFs
    • Creating PNG or JPG files
    • Google Classroom Banners
    • Combine with Tall Tweets to create your own gifs
    • Use with Screencastify to create gifs
Google Classroom banner gif
My classroom mantra

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: What are some of your favorite Slides tips? What do you like to use Slides for besides presentations?

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Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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