Google is adding a new annotation feature in your Slides presentation software that will allow users to doodle on their work while presenting it. The search giant hopes that having the ability to “circle, underline, draw connections, or take quick notes” will make presentations “more engaging, interactive, and impactful.”
While users of Microsoft PowerPoint have long had the ability to doodle on their covers, Google Slides users haven’t been so lucky. In response people have developed alternative solutions how to use chrome extensions like Annotate and web painting to draw on your browser during the presentation. It goes without saying that having the feature built natively into Slides should be a lot simpler.
Launching for everyone in the next few weeks.
According to Google’s blog post, the annotation feature can be accessed through the three-dot menu that is available at the bottom left of the screen during the presentation. There’s a pencil tool with a few different color options, as well as an eraser.
The feature will roll out to most Google Slides users within two weeks of August 23, but anyone with a quick release domain will get it in the next two weeks. Annotations will be available to all Google Slides users, regardless of whether they have a paid Google Workspace account or a free Google account.