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While it is possible to export objects like images or slides from a Google Slides presentation, you might need to use a few workarounds to do it. Of course, the process changes depending on the type of object you’re trying to save. Here’s how.

Saving Slides as Images in Google Slides

If you’re looking to save and export an individual slide from a Google Slides presentation as an image, start by opening your Google Slides presentation and selecting the slide you want to save in the slides menu on the left.

With the slide selected, click File > Download. You can save the slide in the SVG, JPG, or PNG image formats.

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Select the file format you want to save your slide in from the “Download” menu. If you choose one of the other formats, such as PDF, this will save the entire presentation, rather than just the specific slide.

Click File > Download in Google Slides and select an image file format to save an individual slide as an image

This process will save the slide you’ve selected as an image file to your computer, where you can then edit or reuse it elsewhere.

Exporting Images from Google Slides

It isn’t possible to export an image from a Google Slides presentation directly. You can copy it (right-click > Copy), but this won’t save the image as a file directly.

Instead, you’ll need to save the image to your Google Keep notes. This will allow you to directly access the image, and from there, save it as an image file.

Open up your Google Slides presentation and click on the slide containing the image. From there, right-click your image and then select “Save to Keep” at the bottom of the menu.

Right-click an image file in Google Slides and click Save To Keep to save it to your Google Keep notes

This will save the image as a note in Google Keep. Your Keep notes will open automatically in the tab menu on right, with your saved image at the top.

You can now directly interact with the image. Right-click it and then select “Save Image As” to save it to your computer.

Right-click and click Save Image As to save an image file from your Keep notes

Once you’re done, click the Google Keep icon again to close the menu.

Saving Other Object Types in Google Slides

Exporting other types of objects, like charts, shapes, diagrams, or text, isn’t as simple. Diagrams, for instance, appear as groups of shapes and text that can be manipulated in Google Slides directly and cannot be saved as an image file.

Instead, you’ll need to take a screenshot on your device with the Google Slides presentation in view.

A screenshot of a Google Slides presentation in the process of being cropped

You can then crop the screenshot in your chosen image editing tool, removing the excess elements (like the Slides menu) and leaving the object you want to save.

From here, you can then save the cropped image containing your object and use it elsewhere.

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Ben Stockton is a freelance tech writer from the United Kingdom. In a past life, he was a UK college lecturer, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, he's been a tech writer, writing how-to articles and tutorials for MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Cloudwards.net. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing.
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