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How To Save Google Slides To A Flash Drive (USB)?

How To Save Google Slides To A Flash Drive (USB)?

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A flash drive is one of those inventions that you will be thankful for. Also known as a USB memory stick, a thumb drive or a pen drive, this little device stores important information securely. It allows you to carry large amounts of data around.

The flash drive is said to have been invented around the year 2000 but has had to compete for patent claims over the years.

Initially, flash drives only had a data storage capacity of 8 megabytes (MB). This was barely enough to contain a presentation file with images. However, flash drives have grown in capacity over the years, with 32 gigabytes (GB) and 64 GB drives now sold in most electronics stores.

For those who frequently need to do presentations for work or school, Google Slides should be a familiar program. This program allows you to create and edit presentation slides online. It has a relatively intuitive and user-friendly interface and does not confuse new users with too many options.

A common question most users ask is this – Can Google Slides be saved to a flash drive? The short answer is a resounding, “Yes”!

But first, why should you even consider saving Google Slides to a flash drive, since you can open it from your Google account anyway?

How to Save Google Slides to a Flash Drive?

1. Downloading and Transferring from Google Docs to a USB Flash Drive

Saving Google Slides to a flash drive is just the same as saving it to your computer, or to any other memory device that is detected by your computer.

If you have never tried it before, take a look at the steps below, and you will become an expert in no time!

1. Open Google Slides and create your presentation slides.

start a new presentation slide

Start a new presentation slide

2. After editing your slides, once you are satisfied, you may proceed to download it.

Menu File > Download as

download a google slide to your computer

Download the Slide to your computer

3. Select the format you wish to save it in.

You may choose from PDF (Adobe Acrobat), PPTX (PowerPoint), and other formats.

However, take note that PDF files may have limited functionality for presentations. A PPTX or PowerPoint file will be more suitable if you have to present the slides in a room or office setting.

4. If you are using the Google Chrome web browser, the PowerPoint file should automatically be saved to your computer’s Downloads folder .

Open the Downloads folder by clicking on the file’s drop-down arrow > Show in Finder (macOS) / Folder (Windows)

open your slide file in download folder

Open your slide file in the download folder (for macOS). Similar for Windows.

5. Look for the file in your Downloads Folder, then drag-and-drop it into your flash drive’s folder.

For macOS:

Drag and Drop your slide into a USB stick

For macOS: Drag and Drop your slide into a USB stick

For Windows:

drag and drop your google slides file from the download folder to your flash drive

For Windows: Drag and Drop your slide into a USB stick

If you do not see your flash drive appearing in the list, ensure that it is plugged in and has been detected by your computer.

Alternatively, you may open the presentation file, then save it to your flash drive by clicking on “File”, then “Save As”.

Now try opening your slides from the flash drive, to see if it works!

2. Changing the Download File Location: Directing Downloads to the USB Drive

In this section, we’ll explore the simple yet powerful process of changing your download file location. 

By effortlessly directing your downloads to a USB drive, you can streamline both organization and accessibility. 

Our clear guide will help you take control of your file management. Follow our step-by-step instructions to enable direct downloads of Google Slides straight to your USB flash drive.

Get started with the following steps:

  1. Start by plugging your USB flash drive into your computer and ensuring that your computer recognizes it.
  2. In the top right corner of your web browser, click on the kebab menu (three vertical dots or lines).
    kebab menu on google chrome
  3. From the menu, navigate to the Settings option.
    Settings when kebab menu is clicked
  4. On the left-hand side of the settings page, locate and select the Downloads section.
    Downloads settings from google chrome
  5. Look for the Change button and click on it.
  6. A dialog box will appear, presenting you with various options. Choose your USB flash drive to set it as the new download location.
    Kingston USB flash drive on Windows OS

By following these steps, you can effortlessly redirect your downloads to your USB flash drive, ensuring a more streamlined and efficient file management experience.

Where Will the Downloaded File Be Located?

Every operating system has its own folder structure for downloaded files. By default, on Windows OS and macOS, downloaded files are stored in the Downloads folder. 

However, the methods of accessing this folder may differ between the two operating systems

Let’s now explore the step-by-step process of accessing the Downloads folder on both Windows OS and macOS.

Windows OS

  1. To begin, locate and click on the Folder icon situated at the bottom left of your screen. Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + E simultaneously on your keyboard.
    Folder icon on Windows OS
  2. Upon doing so, a new window will open. On the left sidebar of the File Explorer window, you will find a list of various folders and locations. Look for the Downloads folder among the options provided.
    downloads folder is being highlighted


  1. Begin by clicking on the Finder icon located in the dock.
    Finder incon on macOS
  2. Direct your attention to the Favorites section.
  3. You should easily spot the Downloads folder, distinguished by its iconic depiction of a folder adorned with a downward arrow.
  4. Simply click on the Downloads folder to access your downloaded files.
    download folders is being highlighted on macOS
  5. Alternatively, you can use a convenient keyboard shortcut: Command + Shift + L. This instantly opens a new Finder window displaying the Downloads folder

Bonus: Using Google Doc Offline Extension

Many users often encounter situations where they need to work on their files without internet access. 

Fortunately, the Google Doc Offline extension comes to the rescue, enabling you to seamlessly work with your Google Slides even when an internet connection isn’t available.

To utilize this handy extension, you will first need to download it for your web browser, which requires an internet connection. Follow the simple steps below to get started:

  1. Ensure that the Google Doc Offline extension is added to your browser.
    Google Docs Offline Extension on google chrome
  2. Once the extension finishes downloading, you’re all set to work with Google Slides even without an internet connection. 
  3. To begin, open your browser and enter the following link
    Google Slides interface on google chrome

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