App Guide: Google Slides

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The ScreenCloud Google Slides app makes it easy to build presentations online that can be published to your digital signage screens. Create a presentation, send it live then add the URL to the ScreenCloud Google Slides app. This allows you to share and review presentations from your TV monitor using easy digital signage software.  

With the ScreenCloud Google Slides app you can:

  • Publish any Google Slides presentation to your screen
  • Set the duration per slide in seconds and the total duration to show
  • Make live updates, which filter through automatically to your screen

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Step-by-Step: Here's How It Works

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Select and install ScreenCloud’s Google Slides app

To begin, follow this link and select ‘Install this app’ in the bottom right-hand corner. This will log you into your ScreenCloud account, or prompt you to set up our free trial in order to use the Google Slides app and others within our App Store. 

  • Once logged in select ‘Add this app’ from the top right-hand corner:

Google slides

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2. Create and publish your presentation

Create your presentation in Google Slides. Once you are happy with this, you’ll need to publish the file in order to make it live and viewable from your ScreenCloud account.

You can publish the file by following these steps:

  • Open the presentation in Google Slides
  • At the top, click File and then Publish to the web
  • The file is now published and you will see a URL which can be copied

Google slides

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3. Setup your Google Slides app

Now you have your URL, you can add it to the Google Slides app in the field labeled ‘Presentation URL’. 

You will also see the option 'Auto advance every second'. By entering a number of seconds (e.g. 15, 30 or 60) you can choose how long you want each slide within your presentation to show for. 

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4. Preview your results

Once you’ve added your Google Slides presentation you have the opportunity to preview it before it gets added to a playlist. This helps you to determine the timing and positioning of your slides.

  • Click ‘Preview App’ and a small popup will play the presentation you have added:

Google slides import

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5. Add the Google Slides app to a playlist

Once you’re happy with your presentation, you can add it to one of your digital signage playlists.

  • Select ‘Add App’ and choose a name for your presentation, for example ‘Google Slides - Company Intro’. This will help you to spot it later if you’re adding more than one presentation to your feed: 

Add Google Slides to playlist

  • Next, go to ‘Playlists’ and drag and drop your presentation from the app selection bar on the right-hand side to the playlist of your choosing: 

Google slides schedule

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My presentation won’t show

  • Please ensure that your presentation is published to the web. If it has not been published it will not show in your playlist - please note, creating an ‘anyone can view’ file is not the same as publishing the file to the web. You can check if it is published to the web by turning off any of the sharing settings in the Google Slides document (ensuring it is still published to web) and opening it in a browser where you are not logged in to your Google Account.

Can I use a Google Slides presentation as part of a zoned digital signage display?

  • Yes, when setting up a zoned display you will see the option to ‘Add App’. Any presentations you have created will be found on this list. 

How long will the presentation play for?

  • Each presentation will play until all of the slides have been shown. The duration of each slide can be selected and edited during setup or by selecting ‘edit this app’ in the Content Library and changing the number of seconds listed under ‘Auto advance every second’. 

Can I skip a slide from the presentation?

  • This is not currently supported but is something we will look to implement in the future. 

How often does the app refresh? 

  • The app will check for updates when all of the slides have been played through. However, if there is only one slide in use it will update every five minutes. 

The slides aren't filling up the entire screen (black border above/below slides). Any ideas why?

  • If you are using a zoned display you will need to change the size of the sides in order for them to render correctly. It is possible to change the size of the slides if you go to File > Page setup and click 'Custom'. Then you need to enter the correct values for the specific zone of the display. You can view the correct dimensions by zoming in on the diagram below ( e.g. 1382 x 961 pixels for the main zone in a three-part zoned display):

zoned display

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If you have any additional questions or concerns on the Google Slides app, or any other questions or feedback about your ScreenCloud Membership, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.io or give us a call at +1-415-449-5426, then follow the prompts to reach support. 

 

 

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