I’ve been using Google Drive to create and manage almost all of my projects, including my writing at SoftwareHow.
One problem (more like a hassle) I’ve faced with Google Slides, a sub-product of Google Drive, is how to save an image or several images inside the presentation slides — especially when those images look really good or contain valuable information.
Unfortunately, Google Slides doesn’t allow you to directly download images or extract them to a local folder on your desktop. It just reminds me of the old days back when I used Microsoft Office PowerPoint, which also makes it hard to export pictures.
However, there’s a quick way to get around that and save the images to your desktop locally. You don’t have to download or install any third-party extensions or plugins.
Although our site, SoftwareHow, is supposed to introduce good software to help our readers solve computer related problems, it’s not necessary when it comes to addressing a small issue like extracting images from Google Slides.
Here’s how to do it:
Please note that the screenshots below are taken from my MacBook Pro. If you’re on a Windows PC, they will look slightly different. But the steps should be quite similar. If you find any dramatic differences worth pointing out, let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post to make it more easy-to-follow for PC users. Also, I created this simple presentation in Google Slides to make the tutorial easier to follow. My goal is to save this awesome photo to my computer desktop.
P.S. I hope Thomas (my teammate here at SoftwareHow) won’t mind me using this photo. He recently bought a new camera, and it seems his cat Juniper is also excited…seriously, she is reading the user manual! :=)
Step 1: Move your cursor and select the image, then right-click and choose “Copy”.
Step 2: Open the main Google Drive page, hit the blue “NEW” button on the top-left, then select “Google Docs”. It’ll create a new Google doc.
Step 3: In the newly created doc, right-click and select “Paste” in order to save the image you just copied from the Google presentation.
Step 4: In the Google doc, click the menu and select File > Download as > Web Page (.html, zipped).
Step 5: Wait until the zipped file completes downloading, then click to open the file.
Note: On macOS, the .zip file can be opened automatically. I’m not sure if it’s the case for Windows 10.
Step 6: Go to Downloads, unzip the archive, locate the folder called “images”, open it and you’ll see all your images. Now I can add this photo of Juniper to my Photos app.
This is by far the quickest and most effective way I’ve discovered to extract an image from Google Slides. Plus, you can extract multiple images and download them in one zip file, which saves time. Another reason I like this method is that the image quality is exactly the same as the original file — same size, same dimension. I use the same technique to extract images from Google Docs as well.
Are There Any Other Methods?
Yes — but personally I feel they are less efficient than the one I describe above. In case you’re interested, you may also choose one of the techniques below.
Option 1: Take a screenshot of the image and save it to your computer desktop.
This method may look like a no-brainer, but sometimes us geeks tend to think too deep and ignore the easiest solution.
If you’re like me and use a Mac, first click the “Present” button to enlarge the slide, then press “Shift + Command + 4” to screenshot the part that your desired image takes. It’ll then be automatically saved to Mac desktop.
If you are on a Windows PC, you can use the print screen option (Ctrl + PrtScr), or use an open-source screenshot program called Greenshot. I won’t provide too many details here as the process is quite easy.
Option 2: Convert the Google presentation into Microsoft PowerPoint, then extract the media files.
This is also pretty straightforward. On the Google Slides menu, click on File > Download as > Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx).
Once you file is downloaded, you can then refer to this Microsoft guide to get the pictures you want from the PowerPoint.
Does It Work for You?
So, what you think about the preferred method I just showed to you? Are you able to get your images out of a Google Slides presentation? Or did you happen to find out a better trick to get the job done? Please let me know.