Before the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in late 2019, many people had already used it. Google Slides are the digital PowerPoints to Microsoft Word. They are easy to use and automatically saved in your Google Drive, as long as you have your Gmail account. You can even set up your Google Slides Presentations on a loop.
Using Google products is easy. With Google, you can do more in one go. As long as you have a Gmail account, you automatically have other Google platforms. Depending on the formality level, you can chat and have a video call via Google Hangout or Google Meet. You can set up your own classroom via Google Classroom.
You can also create your presentations with Google Slides or Google Jamboard. Setting up your calendar is more manageable with Google Calendar. You can also set up an alarm to remind you that the meeting is about to start.
Why Google Slides May Get Boring After A While:
However, after a while, Google Slides may get boring. Yes, they are still effective for presentations. The problem is that you have to expand the slides and hide the rest of the pages. That way, the audience will not get to peek at the following pages after the first one. That will kill off the suspense.
If you have no problems with that, then that is cool. However, some of your audience might lose interest once they find what is on the next slide while you are still explaining the current slide. It is even worse if you give them full, unrestricted access to your Google Slides. They might definitely ruin your presentation.
To avoid such issues, some people may turn to other features, like Google Jamboard. However, there are ways to make Google Slides look and feel more fun during your presentations. You can do this while at home, in an online class during live on Google Meet or Zoom (by sharing your screen with your audience), or during a conference.
One example of turning Google Slides into something more fun is the loop mode feature. With this, your presentation will feel like watching a film. It will engage more audience’s interests instead of still, rigid slides.
Google Slides Presentations On A Loop
Google Slides Presentations can be set up on a loop. Setting them up on a loop is the strategy. In fact, there are two (2) strategies for getting them on a loop.
1. Setting Google Slides On Autoplay and Loop When Presenting.
This is one way to cure your audience’s boredom during your presentation. Before letting it play, set up your Google Slides on Autoplay and Loop to begin the Slideshow. You can even start with the other way around, to set Google Slides on Loop and Autoplay. These are the steps:
- Click “Slideshow” at the top of Google Slides. Alternately, you can also use an arrow to choose “Presenter View” or click on “Start From Beginning”, based on your preference.
- Display the “Presenter Toolbar” once the “Slideshow” is open. By hovering your cursor over the presentation’s bottom left corner, you do that.
- Click three (3) dots on the right of the Presenter Toolbar, then move to “Autoplay”. A pop-up menu turns up, and you can select the advance timing for the slides. The choices are there, from every second to every minute.
- To “Loop” your Google Slides Presentation, choose “Loop” at the bottom of the pop-up menu.
- Once you finish, click “Play” and the presentation is automatically played.
- If you want to stop the “Slideshow”, click on a slide—resume “Autoplay” from the Presenter Toolbar. Then click on “Play” again, and the “Slideshow” stops its Loop.
By looping your Google Slides this way, your presentation may not be as boring as your last ones. It feels like watching a moving screenplay. Well, it basically is, especially since every slide shows different things.
2. Setting Google Slides On Autoplay and Loop When Publishing Them To The Website.
You do not just setting the loop mode when you do your presentation with Google Slides. You can also set it on when you publish your presentations on your company website. How?
The second strategy on getting them on a loop is this. So, you do not just want to play them locally – alias only presenting them to your office staff. You would also like to publish your Google Slides materials on your company website, especially since they work wonders to support the company profile.
Here is how to do it:
- Go to file > Publish To The Web in the menu.
- Opt for “Embed” or “Link” and use the Auto-Advance Slides dropdown box. This will help you to choose your slides’ timing. The options are varied, from every second right up to every minute.
- When you want to loop the Slideshow, click on the box for “Restart The Slideshow After The Slideshow”. The box is checked then.
- Since you want to publish your Google Slides Presentations this way, mark the Checkbox for “Start Slideshow As Soon As The Player Loads” if you prefer that.
- Once you are done, click “Publish”. Confirm to obtain the link or embed code for the Slideshow.
By looping your Google Slides this way, your company website may receive more engagement. Whether it is from potential future customers to anyone seeking job vacancies, let your Google Slides Presentations introduce your company more interestingly.
3. What If You Forget To Set Up The Loop – After You Publish Your Google Slides Presentation To The Web?
So you have already finished working on your presentation. Once you get it published on your company website, you realize that you have forgotten something. You have not set up the Loop on your Google Slides.
No worries, you can still do that, especially when you want to share them with someone. Google Slides gives you a link once you publish them to the web. With that link, you can share your slides with other people.
Here is how:
- Click on the File menu at the top of the screen.
- Select “Publish To The Web” from the dropdown menu.
- Select the time period for the slide. This is to display your slides.
- Tick the “Checkbox” to “Restart” the Slideshow after the last one. This means you are activating the loop mode for your slides.
- If you see the other Checkbox, you may ignore it. You do not have to tick it since it does not affect the Loop.
- Click on the “Publish” button at the bottom of the screen.
- Click “OK” on the confirmation box that shows up at the top of the window after the previous step. You can see the link where the “Publish” icon was. Copy and paste the link into a new tab or window. The presentation is open.
You can see your Google Slides Presentations playing on a loop mode. The first slide will reappear after the last slide closes. It only ends when you close the window.
4. What If There Are Videos On Your Google Slides Presentations? How To Get Them On A Loop Too?
This strategy does not only work wonders for companies. Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the end of 2019, more school and university classes have shifted to online classes. Three years since then, many of them have already returned to the real classrooms.
However, that does not mean going online has completely stopped. In fact, more long-distant learning programs and remote working policies are still done by many schools and companies. This has changed and shaped the way people adapt to the new normal era. As long as there is a strong internet connection, a workable device, and a willingness to connect, distance is no longer the factor hindering work and school. More people find remote working and learning more modern than conventional ones.
So, we have already discussed “Setting Google Slides On Autoplay and Loop When Presenting” and “Setting Google Slides On Autoplay and Loop When Publishing Them To The Website”. What if there are videos on your Google Slides Presentations – and you want to get them on a loop too?
Thankfully, the strategy is so easy to use here. For example, you have at least two videos on separate slides in the same presentation. This is what you can do:
- Open the Presentation slides with the videos on them on your Google Slides.
- Click on the Present button on the top right corner of your screen.
- Before you play the video, right-click the screen. A small toolbar shows up.
- Choose Loop on the top of the toolbar menu.
- Play the video, and you will see it goes on and on. The Loop is activated.
- You can also do the same for the other video on the next slide.
You can use this strategy like a welcome announcement in your virtual meeting. Whether you are a schoolteacher or a team leader in a company, this strategy works wonders for both occasions. Students who are more attentive in visual learning will find this method more enjoyable than just reading and memorizing words.
5. How To Pause The Loop On Google Slides Presentations:
When turning your Google Slides Presentations on a loop, the correct speed is the key. You do not want it to be so slow that your audience gets bored quickly.
Still, you do not want the Loop to play too fast that your audience cannot grasp the materials on the Google Slides. Even to some, a minute is still way too fast – especially if some of your audience may have an attention-span issue. If that is what happens, is it possible to pause the Loop?
You can pause the Loop anytime you want. For instance, one of your audience complains that the Loop you have set feels a little bit too quick for them. Since your presentation is on an active looping mode, click on the “Play” icon at the time setting menu. The icon then will automatically turn into the “Pause” icon.
The Loop stops. When your audience has finished taking notes and you would like to resume the looping mode, just click on the “Pause” icon, and it reverts to the “Play” icon. Your presentation is back in an active looping mode.
6. How To Time Your Google Slides On A 60-Second-Loop
Once again, it is up to you to decide the timing for each slide when you loop your Google Slides Presentations. This is just one example you may consider if you need to. Here is how:
Choose a timing between the slides.
To choose a timing between your Google Slides here is what you can do:
- Go to the File Menu.
- Check out the Auto-advance Slides dropdown menu of Publish To The Web screen.
- Choose a timing to play for every slide on the dropdown menu.
In this part, you can see various pre-built options to choose from. You get to set up the timing between slides according to your preference.
Test your specific timing first.
To test your specific timing first, here is what you can do:
- Choose a short time to demonstrate.
- Check the options underneath, like “Start The Slideshow As Soon As The Player Loads” or “Restart The Slideshow After The Last Slide”.
The latter option is for you who would like to have your Google Slides Presentations on a loop.
Publish a timed video.
To do this, you have to:
- Publish the video from the selected link.
- Please copy the link and paste it into the new window. You can see the slides are auto-timed and go on a loop according to the setup timing.
- Leave the Google Slides on autoplay loop to keep it going. If you do not want it anymore, just close the window.
There are many ways to get your Google Slides to a better present. As long as you know how to loop them, your audience will be more entertained.