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Use Slido with your presentation

When using Slido with your presentation, we generally recommend using our tool Switcher which allows you to seamlessly switch between your slides and Slido.

With a PowerPoint presentation, you can also consider the Microsoft Web Viewer add-in.

If you use Google Slides, you can use our new integration that allows you to create and display polls and Q&A right within your slides.

Select your preferred option: 

Switch between Slido and your presentation using Switcher

Switcher for Mac or Windows is a free desktop app that allows you to integrate Slido with your slides or any other presentation formats such as Prezi, Keynote, PDF or Microsoft's Office 365.

Switcher is especially useful if you're a solo presenter or using only one computer at your event. Using Switcher, you can display Slido polls or questions remotely using your smartphone as a remote control.

💡Switcher is free. You can use it with all our plans.

Step 1: Set up Switcher

You'll use Switcher on a computer that runs the presentation and is connected to the projector:

  1. Download and launch Switcher
  2. Sign in with your Slido account and select your event
  3. Minimize the Switcher window and let it run in the background

Step 2: Start your presentation

You can now open your slides and start presenting in fullscreen.

Step 3: Use your smartphone as a remote control

Log in and access Slido Admin view on your secondary device such as your smartphone, tablet or a computer. You can think of it as the remote control. Lear more about how to manage Slido from your smartphone.

Step 4: Activate polls

You can activate polls during the presentation at any time and display them live to your audience. Click play to activate the poll and click stop to return back to your presentation.

Step 5: Display questions

If you want to display questions, simply click the presentation icon and select Questions. If you'd like to go back to your presentation, click back on the presentation icon and choose Presentation.

🚀 Quick tip: Use keyboard shortcuts to select Questions, Polls or Ideas

  • On Mac: Control + Option + D
  • On Windows: Ctrl + Alt + D 


Additional information about Switcher

💾 Switcher resources

🔧 Switcher troubleshooting
Having issues downloading or running Switcher on your computer? Pick an option that describes your issue best: 

Use Slido with a PowerPoint presentation

At the moment, you can display live polls or questions directly with your PowerPoint presentation using either Slido Switcher or the Microsoft Web Viewer add-in, while having your smartphone as a remote control.

We're currently also developing our own Slido PowerPoint integration. If you'd like to be among the first ones to see it in action, simply request early access in your event settings.

❗️Slido cannot guarantee the reliability of Web Viewer add-in when used with a presentation, as it is third-party software. Make sure to test it well before using it for any live event or meeting.

What to consider when using the Web Viewer add-in:

  • The add-in does not work properly with some subversions of PowerPoint
  • SSO or SAML protected Slido events do not work with the add-in
  • Using too many slides with add-in in your presentation can make it unresponsive

Install the Web Viewer add-in

To install the add-in: 

  1. In PowerPoint, go to Insert - Get Add-ins (Windows) / Store (Mac OS)
  2. Search Web Viewer and click Add
  3. Complete the installation


Get your Slido Present mode link

To add Slido to your PowerPoint presentation, you'll need to get the Present mode link:

  1. Log in to your account at slido.com and open the event you wish to use
  2. Hover over the Present mode button in the top right corner
  3. Click the button Copy Present mode link

Add Slido Present mode to any of your slides

  1. Add a new blank slide to your presentation
  2. From the menu, go to Insert - My Add-Ins and select Web Viewer
  3. Paste the Slido Present mode link you copied previously without “https://”
  4. Click the Preview button in the bottom right corner to load the Slido Present mode

Use a secondary device to activate polls and display questions

If you're a solo presenter, log in to Slido Admin on a secondary device, such as your smartphone or tablet. Each time you get to the slide with Slido in your presentation, you can either activate a poll or switch to live questions from that device. Once your participants send their votes they will appear instantly in your PowerPoint presentation.

If you're not a solo presenter, simply coordinate with your team to ensure they administer Slido when needed.

Use Slido with Google Slides

You can bring live polls and questions directly to your Google Slides presentation using the Slido for Google Slides add-on, currently available in beta.

Install Slido for Google Slides add-on

You can find and install the add-on in the G Suite Marketplace following this direct link. Click on the 'Install' button and complete the setup. Then sign in with your existing Slido account or simply sign up for a new one from the sidebar.

Install our Slido Chrome extension

This free extension allows for seamless integration without the need to switch between Google Slides and Slido, while ensuring that videos, animated transitions, and GIFs work as they should when you present.

💡 You can still use the add-on even without the extension or when using a different browser than Chrome. Just be aware of the limitations connected with that.

Add live polls and Q&A to your presentation

You can add live polls and Q&A directly from the sidebar, without the need to leave Google Slides. Click on 'Add-ons' in the Google Slides toolbar and select 'Slido for Google Slides'. Then click on 'Open the sidebar'.

To add a new interaction choose either 'Create a live poll' or 'Display Q&A' from the sidebar.

⭐ A simple holding slide will be created as part of your presentation once you add a new interaction. Please note that this holding slide will be replaced by the live interaction only once you click on 'Present with Slido'.

Start presenting

When you are ready to present, remember to click on the green 'Present with Slido' button in the sidebar to enable all the live interactions.

Your polls will be automatically activated once you get to the right slide and your audience will be able to vote in real-time. You can choose how to display your poll results:

  • Show immediately: The poll results are displayed as soon as you get to your slide with the poll.
  • Show on click: The poll itself is displayed automatically when you get to your slide with the poll. Advancing one more click will display the poll results (see the GIF below).
  • Do not show: The poll itself is displayed automatically when you get to your slide with the poll. Advancing one more click will take you to the next slide in your presentation without showing the poll results.

Ask your audience to join

Ask your audience to join using the instructions on the intro slide. Once they visit slido.com and enter the presentation code, they will be able to vote in the polls and participate in the Q&A.

Joining a Slido event video tutorial


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