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A Step by Step Guide on How to Create Interactive Presentations Using The New Google Slides Features

May 6, 2016
After posting about the new Slides’ Q&A feature, we received a couple of questions regarding its usage. So we created this visual guide to walk you through the process of integrating questions in your presentation. But let us firs start with a refresher about what Slides Q&A is all about.This is a new functionality that allows members of your audience to engage with your presentation by asking realtime questions while you are presenting. They can also vote on the questions they want answered the most. To activate this interactive feature in your presentation you need to generate and share a link with your audience so they can access the page where they can write down their questions. Once a member asks a question, it will show up in the ‘Audience Tools’ section accessible through  Presentation view. Clicking on the ‘Present’ button under any question will display the question to the whole audience.

Here is how to start a live Q&A session during a presentation with Google Slides. 
These instructions below are for computer users, for Android and iPad users check out this page.

  • ‘Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  • At the top, next to "Present," click the Down arrow.
  • Click Presenter View.
  • In the new window, click Audience tools.
  • To start a new session, click Start new.
  • To resume a recent session, click Continue recent.
  • To stop accepting questions, click the on/off switch in the Q&A window.’

This is how to show questions from the audience:
To present questions live to your audience:


  • 'Under "Audience Tools," find a question you'd like to display.
  • Click Present.
  • To change the question, find a different question and click Present.
  • To stop showing the question, click Hide.'
Review Q&A history
Here is how to access a recorded version of your Q&A session:

  • 'Open a presentation in Slides.
  • At the top, click Tools Q&A history.
  • Recent sessions will appear on the right.'
Here is how to ask and vote on questions
For audience to be able to ask questions they need to click on the generated link shown on the top of the presentation. Next, they click on ‘ Ask a question’ and type in their question. They can choose to ask an anonymous question if they want by clicking on ‘Ask anonymously’. When done, they click on ‘Submit’.

This is how to vote on questions
Members of the audience can engage with each others questions using votes. Here is how to vote on questions:
  • Go to the Q&A link shown on the slide.
  • Below the question you'd like to vote on, click or .

Source: Docs Help Center