How To Write On Google Slides While Presenting

Presentations are an essential part of modern conferences, meetings, and educational sessions. Google Slides, a free-to-use tool, has emerged as a go-to software for creating visually appealing presentations. Besides, it also offers a feature to write or annotate on the slides while presenting that adds a personal touch to your interaction with the audience. Here’s how you can do it:

Step-by-step Guide to Write on Google Slides While Presenting

Step 1: Open Your Presentation

To begin, first, open the Google Slides presentation you want to present. You can access your presentations from Google Drive.

Step 2: Start the Presentation

Click on the ‘Present’ button located at the top-right corner of the screen. This will start the presentation and display it in fullscreen mode.

Step 3: Access the Annotation Tools

Hover your mouse at the bottom of the screen to make the toolbar visible. Click on the ‘Pen’ icon on the left side of the toolbar to access the annotation tools.

Step 4: Choose Your Tool

From the toolbar that appears, you can choose to draw (‘Pen’), highlight (‘Highlighter’), or erase (‘Eraser’). Select the tool that suits your needs.

Step 5: Write or Annotate

Now you can start writing or annotating on your slide. Click and drag your mouse across the screen to write or draw.

Step 6: Stop Writing

Once you are done, click on the ‘Pen’ icon again and select ‘Pointer’ to stop writing and continue navigating your slides.


It is worth noting that these annotations are not saved when you end the presentation. Therefore, if you want to keep them, consider taking a screenshot of the slide.

And that’s it! You can now engage your audience even better by dynamically interacting with your content while presenting. So next time you’re up on that stage or in that meeting, utilise this feature to make your presentation stand out.