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Design Amazing Slides Easily with Canva’s Free Alternative to PowerPoint

Creating impressive slides is now amazingly simple with Canva’s online drag and drop presentation maker.

Goodbye, PowerPoint; hello amazing slides!

As a speaker or presenter, your slides can make you or break you. Think of all the presentations you’ve had to sit through where the speaker used unreadable or boring slides with the same, tired design over and over. We’ve got a term for that: death by PowerPoint. Microsoft’s presentation software has long been a standard but if you want to make an impact on your audience, you’ve got to break the mold.

Canva’s presentation maker not only looks good, it feels good to use. It’s completely online so there’s no need to download any bloated software. Best of all, it’s completely free. Designing is an absolute breeze thanks to its drag-and-drop features and ready-made professional quality templates. Everything you need to become a visual communicator is at your fingertips—an epic image library, beautiful graphs, and a one-click presentation mode.

How to create a presentation without Powerpoint

  1. Start a new presentation

    Sign up with Facebook or Google if you don’t already have a Canva account. If you’ve been here before, simply log in and search for the “Presentation” design type.

  2. Find the right template

    Explore our vast library of simple presentations, educational slideshows, events and special interests video presentations, start-up and business presentations, creative sales and advertising pitch decks, and more. Each template comes with multiple pages.

  3. Explore features

    Browse millions of free professional photos, images, illustrations, icons, charts, grids, and other graphics. Use the “Present” feature to go live directly from Canva. You can even crowdsource questions from your audience while presenting.

  4. Customize your slides

    Upload your own photos, videos, images, or branding elements to your slides. Mix and match elements from different templates. Experiment with different backgrounds, color schemes, fonts, animations, and effects.

  5. Save and present

    Save and download your presentation as PNG, JPEG, PDF, or PPTX files. Share your work with colleagues and collaborate in real-time. Present confidently with “standard” or “presenter view” presentation modes.

Open a New Presentation Design

Find customizable templates to suit your industry or theme

Financial reports, sales presentations, and pitch decks should all have different looks and feel. Presentations for church events, school lectures, and keynote slides for conferences are again vastly different. So instead of using a generic PowerPoint template, browse through Canva’s stunning collection of presentation layouts to match your industry and theme.

Created by our team of professional designers, your slides are sure to look amazing whether you need them to present a sales proposal, marketing plan, or a new architectural project. Just pick the design that best fits your need and use it as your springboard to start designing.

Rich visual elements library all in one place

As a presenter, you know the importance of including visuals to grab your audience’s attention and underscore a point you’re trying to make. Through Canva, you have access to an incredible media library with over a million professional-quality stock photos, images, and illustrations you can simply drop and drag where you need them. Each image is carefully curated and reviewed so they’re sure to look amazing on screen or even on print.

Say goodbye to clip art and having to scour Google images! Canva’s alternative presentation maker has an intuitive graphs and charts tool to help you turn your numbers into awesome pieces of data visualization. Open the charts folder and start creating your own bar, line, pie, or doughnut charts. You can also create Venn diagrams, organizational charts, and even mind maps.

Nothing to download or install

Canva is a completely web-based design platform so you won’t need to download or install any software to get started. And, since your designs are saved on the cloud, you can access them anytime from any laptop or desktop. Say goodbye to looking for Microsoft Office everywhere you go! If you want to bring your designs with you on the road, Canva is also available on iOS and Android mobile devices. Just head over to the App Store to get Canva for iPhone and iPad or to Google Play to get Canva for Android for free and start designing on the go.

Publish and share your slides anywhere

After completing your designs, it’s a simple matter of clicking the presentation mode button and you can go from designer to presenter in a snap. You can even post your new presentation online by clicking the share button and posting it on social media, sending it via email, or embedding it into your blog or website.

Plus, you can easily download and convert your presentation as PNG, JPEG, PDF, or PDF files. Or, you can also convert your slides as PowerPoint or Google Slides presentations.

The best feature-rich PowerPoint alternative

Amp up your presentations with the ability to pre-record slideshows and pitch decks with Canva’s presentation maker. Create talking presentations and make sure that you land every talking point for asynchronous meetings or onboarding presentations.

Delight your audience while presenting with Magic Shortcuts. Press the D key for a drumroll or C to cue in the confetti. With Canva Live, you can get real-time feedback, poll your audience, answer viewer questions, and receive emoji reactions.


Making a presentation without PowerPoint is easy. Many people choose from various presentation software alternatives. Simply use any software or tool that lets you create, edit and arrange slides. One advantage of these tools is the capability to integrate more from your cloud storage services and social media feeds this way.

There are many free alternatives to PowerPoint, including Canva, Prezi, Slide Bean, Google Slides, Zoho Show, Haiku Deck, LibreOffice, SlideDog, WPS Office, Keynote, Microsoft Sway, Visme Basic, Renderforest, and Calligra Stage. Some tools have paid plans with more features that may be appropriate for bigger or smaller companies.

Compared to PowerPoint, Canva allows for more sophisticated designs without being tricky to use. The ready-made templates, the wide selection of fonts, and the handy drag-and-drop tool make Canva quicker to learn so you can get your presentation up and running faster.

To convert your Canva presentation to PowerPoint, select the three dots on the upper right corner of the editor screen. Next, select ‘Microsoft PowerPoint.’ Your presentation will automatically be converted into a .pptx file.

The easiest way to import Canva to Google Slides is to click on the three dots on the top right corner of the editor screen, beside the Present button. Then, click ‘See all’ and select the ‘Google Drive’ icon. If it’s your first time converting a presentation to Google Slides, you will be asked to link your Google account. Follow the instructions and choose the drive folder where you want to save your presentation. A confirmation message will appear once your Canva presentation is fully uploaded.

Your presentation is first saved as a .pptx file on your Google Drive account. Open the file, go to the File menu and select “Save as Google Slides” to edit in Google Slides.

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