How to Insert a PDF Into Google Slides

Google Slides is a brilliant and incredibly useful platform that offers the opportunity for creating slideshows and presentations, all free of charge and in an easy manner, while still allowing you to effortlessly share your projects online or with other creators.

However, the platform does have its downsides, one of which is the fact that it doesn’t provide the ability to upload PDFs like most of us might have been used to in Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Thankfully, there are still some ways you could be able to include your PDF documents into a Google Slide. Here are some solutions:

Turning your PDF into a picture

While you won’t be able to upload a PDF directly onto Slides, you do have the option to convert it into a JPG image first, and then include those pictures in your slides as usual.

Firstly, you can go to an online conversion tool like PDG2JPG or ILovePDF where you could effortlessly turn your PDF document into a photo. Or, in case you have Acrobat Reader installed on your device, you could also open the PDF document in Acrobat, press the Export PDF icon on the right, and then choose JPEG in order to export your image.

Alternatively, you could also take screenshots of your PDF document by pressing the Print Screen button or using a specific tool, if you only want to make pictures out of certain aspects of the PDF.

Once your PDF has been saved as a picture, the next step would be to load a certain slideshow in Slides where you would like to insert your pictures. Then, just press on your target slide, click the Insert button at the beginning of the window, and then choose the Image option. Finally, just press the new image that you would like to include in your Slide.

Adding a PDF through a hyperlink

If you wish, you’ll also have the opportunity to simply link an aspect of your Google Slide to a PDF document. Here’s how:

  1. Firstly, you’ll have to upload your PDF to any online service that allows for sharing, such as Google Drive.
  2. Then, you should copy the file’s URL, usually by utilizing the Share option.
  3. After the link is copied, load a certain slideshow in Slides where you would like to insert it.
  4. Now, just press on your target slide. You will have several options for including your PDF link:
  • Simply paste the URL if you’d like it to be shown as a whole link on your Slide.
  • Select a part of an existing text (or type in new text) on your Slide, and then press Insert>Link to paste the URL.
  • Or, select an existing image on your Slide (or add a new one using Insert>Image) and then press Insert>Link to paste the URL.

And that’s it! While you can’t exactly upload the whole PDF file to Google Slides using the usual method, you might still be able to include your document in your Slides using one of the two handy methods described above.