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Google Slides new annotation tool lets you annotate

What To Know

  • Whether you want to highlight a key point, add some flair, or simply doodle on your slides, you can now do it with ease using the new annotation tool.
  • It looks like a pen icon and when you click on it, you’ll see a menu of different tools you can use to annotate your slides.
  • For example, press P to use the pen tool, H to use the highlighter tool, S to use the shape tool, T to use the text tool, E to use the eraser tool, and C to clear all annotations.
  • If you have a device that supports a stylus or touch screen input, you can use it to annotate your slides more easily and accurately than using a mouse or trackpad.

If you’re a fan of Google Slides, you’ll love the latest update of Annotation Tool from the tech giant. Google has just rolled out a new feature that lets you annotate your presentations with drawings, shapes, text, and more. Whether you want to highlight a key point, add some flair, or simply doodle on your slides, you can now do it with ease using the new annotation tool.

What is the annotation tool and how does it work?

The annotation tool is a new option that appears on the toolbar when you present your slides. It looks like a pen icon and when you click on it, you’ll see a menu of different tools you can use to annotate your slides. You can choose from:

  • Pen: Draw freehand lines with different colors and thicknesses.
  • Highlighter: Highlight text or images with a semi-transparent color.
  • Shape: Insert shapes like circles, squares, arrows, and more.
  • Text: Add text boxes with different fonts, sizes, and colors.
  • Eraser: Erase any annotations you’ve made.
  • Clear: Clear all annotations from the current slide.

To use the annotation tool, simply select the tool you want and then click and drag on the slide to create your annotation. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to switch between tools quickly. For example, press P to use the pen tool, H to use the highlighter tool, S to use the shape tool, T to use the text tool, E to use the eraser tool, and C to clear all annotations.

You can also undo and redo your annotations using the buttons on the toolbar or the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y. To exit the annotation mode, click on the pen icon again or press Esc.

Why should you use the annotation tool?

The annotation tool is a great way to make your presentations more interactive and engaging. You can use it to:

  • Emphasize important points: You can draw attention to specific parts of your slides by highlighting them, circling them, or adding arrows or text boxes.
  • Explain complex concepts: You can use drawings and shapes to illustrate ideas that are hard to convey with words or images alone.
  • Add personality and humor: You can spice up your slides with some fun doodles, emojis, or stickers.
  • Get feedback and collaboration: You can invite your audience to annotate your slides with their own comments, questions, or suggestions.

How can you access the annotation tool?

The annotation tool is available for all Google Slides users on desktop and mobile devices. To access it, you need to:

  • Update your Google Slides app: Make sure you have the latest version of the Google Slides app on your device. You can check for updates on the Google Play Store or the App Store.
  • Enable annotations in settings: Go to Settings > Presentation settings > Annotations and toggle on the option to “Allow viewers to annotate when presenting”.
  • Start presenting your slides: Open your presentation and click on the Present button. You’ll see the pen icon on the toolbar.

What are some tips and tricks for using the annotation tool?

Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of the annotation tool:

  • Use a stylus or touch screen: If you have a device that supports a stylus or touch screen input, you can use it to annotate your slides more easily and accurately than using a mouse or trackpad.
  • Zoom in and out: You can zoom in and out of your slides by using the pinch gesture on your touch screen or by pressing Ctrl+Plus or Ctrl+Minus on your keyboard. This can help you annotate smaller details or larger areas of your slides.
  • Use presenter view: You can use presenter view to see your notes, timers, and audience Q&A while presenting. To enable presenter view, go to Settings > Presentation settings > Presenter view and toggle on the option to “Show presenter view when presenting”. You can also access presenter view by clicking on the gear icon on the toolbar.
  • Use laser pointer mode: You can use laser pointer mode to point at things on your slides without leaving any permanent marks. To enable laser pointer mode, press L on your keyboard or click on the pen icon and select Laser pointer from the menu. You can also change the color of your laser pointer by clicking on it.

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