The other day I was talking with a school administrator who wanted to move to using G Suite for everything. He said he made documents like newsletters using MS Publisher and wondered if Google had a program like Publisher. I told him yes, Google Slides. Now I know what your thinking. He didn’t say he wanted to make PowerPoint presentations. He said he wanted to make newsletters. Google Slides is a great tool for making slide presentations. For the past year and a half I’ve used it for all of my presentations. However, it can be used for more than just slide presentations.
Let’s take a look at what I mean. First, open up a new Google Slide file.
Tip: This link will take you directly to a new Google Slide file. slides.google.com/create
Once Google Slides is open, we need to change the size of the slide.
- Click File
- Click Page Setup
- Click the drop down next to the current slide size
- Choose Custom
- Change the dimensions to 8.5 x 11
- Click OK
Now your slide will look like a sheet of paper like the image below. You can use the Layout button to change the text fields or use the Insert menu to add text, images, shapes, etc…
As you add new slides, think of them as pages. When your ready to share your newsletter you have a few options.
- You could share the file as is. This would be a useful if more than one person is going to work on the newsletter, but you probably don’t want you readers to access the newsletter this way.
- You could use the Publish to Web option in the file menu. This will give you a link you can share with your readers. The link shows the newsletter as a side show. There are some times when this would be useful, but I don’t think a newsletter is one of them.
- My recommended option is to choose Download as from the File menu. Then choose PDF Document.
This will download the slides as a single PDF file. You can then email the PDF file to your readers, share it in Google Drive and email the link to your readers, or share it and put the link on your school’s website.
- There is also an option in the File menu to Email as attachment directly from Google slides, but personally I don’t like this option. One reason is the email shows the PDF as coming from Dave Carty (via Google Slides) <firstname.lastname@example.org>. I’d rather format my own email the way I want and then attach the PDF myself.