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This article was published on October 9, 2013


Google updates Slides with editable themes and widescreen presentations by default

Google updates Slides with editable themes and widescreen presentations by default
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Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Google today announced two new features in its Slides product: editable master slides and the widescreen format set as default. The former means you can change the theme for your whole presentation and the latter means you can show it off in a view that better fits your TV or monitor.

Customizing the presets for your presentation allows you to easily tweak how content appears on every slide by selecting “Edit master” from the Slide menu. In other words, editable master slides let you set your header to a specific font, make all of your first level bullets bold, and add a logo in the bottom right corner on every slide.

This GIF shows off the feature best (click to open, and note the thumbnail previews that show all these changes are being made instantly across all the slides):

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Furthermore, each theme consists of a variety of slide layouts, which can now also be individually customized or created from scratch. You can follow the instructions on how to do all this here: Edit master slides and layouts.

As for widescreen presentations, Google says the new format gives you “a ton of new space to fill with words, charts, tables or even a simple, beautiful image.” Widescreens have fewer pixels than your standard resolution of the same size, but given that the world has largely moved to widescreens, it makes sense not to waste this space.

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As such, Google explains that this is the reason new presentations will be widescreen by default. Nevertheless, you can still change the size of your slides using the pull down menu in the theme chooser, or by visiting Page setup in the File menu.

See also – Google updates Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Apps Script with cleaner design, streamlined header and Google Apps now lets you share Docs, Slides, and Drawings without forcing recipients to sign in

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