Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How to put a PowerPoint presentation on a web page.

Sometimes it would be useful to embed a powerpoint presentation in a web page so people who were not at the event can view it. This is now possible using Google Documents without any log in being required.

How to embed a powerpoint presentation:

Upload your powerpoint presentation to your Google Docs acount and allow Google to convert it to its own format (or create a new presentation in Google Docs itself).
  • Open the presentation in the google docs interface.
  • Click on the arrow next to “share” in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Select “publish/embed”.
  • You will now be shown a link at which the presentation can be publicly viewed and an html code snippet that will allow it to be embedded in a web page. 
Either make a hyperlink on your web page to the public viewing page (click here for an example) or put the embed code in your web page like this:

The public viewing page also has the option to download the presentation as a pdf file which can be very useful.

The ability to convert a PowerPoint .ppt file to Google Docs format is limited to simpler presentations, but its always worth a try.