All about slides

Slides in Quip are designed to do three things:

  1. Make meetings painless. Decks are easy to create and collaborate on. Fun, too.
  2. Make meetings action-oriented. Unique tools keep your agenda focused and help drive decisions.
  3. Make meetings optional. Why book a conference room when you could meet in Quip right now?

Sounds wonderful, right? Read on for a full rundown of how slides work, and be sure to check out our Trailhead about how to turn bad meetings into Quip meetings.

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Creating a new slide deck

Make a new deck the same way you make a new document or spreadsheet:

  • Head up to the Compose menu (with the pencil icon) and select “New Slides.”
  • You'll get a blank deck, ready to be filled with stuff. Enjoy.

Importing an existing slide deck

Bringing your PowerPoint files into the collaborative world of Quip only takes a couple of clicks.

  • Open the Compose menu (with the pencil icon) and select “Upload or Import.”
  • Drag your PowerPoint file into the dashed box.

We'll kick off the conversion process, and after a moment or two, voilà, your file is ready.
A few things to note:

  • Currently, only PPTX files can be imported. You'll need to convert any PPT files to PPTX before importing them into Quip.
  • Quip's slide decks have a 16:9 aspect ratio and are landscape-oriented. If the deck you're importing is shaped differently than that, elements may be stretched or moved to fit.
  • PowerPoint and Quip have different feature sets, and your converted files may appear different than your original ones. We're working to support as many parts of PowerPoint as possible, but in the meantime, here's a list of known discrepancies:
Elements that may render differently Elements that may not render at all
Fonts and font sizes
Shape placement
Shape presets
Text with color opacities of less than 100%
Lists, particularly lists with custom bullets
Multi-column text boxes
Margins within text and image containers
Zoomed/cropped images
Tables
Videos
SmartArt
EMF/WMF images
Patterned background fills
Dashed/dotted shape borders
Custom shapes
Charts that aren't pie, bar, or line graphs

Adding and deleting slides

You can add slides to your deck using the + Slide button at the top of the screen. And if you click the open the menu immediately to its right, you'll get some options for pre-composed templates:

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Note: If your company has set up custom slide templates, you'll find them in their own tab in the slide picker. If you'd like to add slide templates to the picker, talk to your admin!

By default, slides will be inserted after the slide you're currently looking at. You can insert slides before a slide by clicking the ellipsis icon next to the slide. Check it out:

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As you'll notice, you can also use that ellipsis to cut, copy, paste, and duplicate slides. Handy!

(You can also bring up this menu by right-clicking on any blank part of a slide, or on a slide's thumbnail. Right-clicking, in general, is a useful shortcut throughout Quip.)

Re-ordering slides: Click and drag a slide thumbnail to change where it appears in your deck.

Deleting slides: The easiest way to delete a slide is to click on its thumbnail and then hit your delete key, but you can also click on the ellipsis and select “Delete.”


Commenting on slides

You can comment on an entire slide, or you can attach a comment to any particular item on a slide—a text box, an image, a chart, a poll, etc. Even better, you can attach it to any particular part of that item. A specific part of an image. A particularly tall bar in a chart. Think of it as the online equivalent of pointing to stuff.

To add a comment to a slide:

  • Click the comment button. At little yellow comment-colored dot will get attached to your cursor.
  • Click on whatever part of the slide you want to talk about.
  • Leave a comment.

Once you've placed your comment, you can move it if you need to. Just drag the yellow comment bubble to wherever you want it to go.


Arranging objects on a slide

You don't have to be a designer to design a beautiful slide. We've built in a few tricks to help you create clean layouts quickly.

Grids and guides

Underneath all the objects on a slide is a grid that helps you align all your objects.

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As you move objects around, they'll snap to the grid so that everything falls right into place.

You can change the spacing of the grid lines under the View menu.

You'll also notice that sometimes red and yellow guidelines appear while you're moving an object around. Those show up when the object happens to be center-, left-, or right-aligned to another object on the slide.

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Padding

Objects on a slide can include padding. That's the space between an object's border and its contents. It's a little easier to show than to describe:

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Padding makes it easy to, for example, put text side-by-side with images without one running right into the other.

Layers

Sometimes when you're designing a slide, you might want objects to overlap. Which means you might need to decide which of the overlapping objects appears above the other.

Take this star, for example:

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It's sitting on top of some text that you want to appear on top of the star. How do you fix this?

  • Click on the object
  • Click on the layer button
  • Select either “Send Backward” or “Send to Back,” depending on how you want to arrange things.

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Sharing slides

For the most part, sharing works the same way for slides as it does for the rest of Quip. You can add people to a slide deck, add a slide deck to a shared folder, or get a shareable URL to send to whoever you need to.

What's different about sharing in slides is that there are two kinds of shareable URLs. Because we've designed slides for both collaborative editing and participatory decision-making, we've optimized different links for different situations. Read on...

Reader links and editor links

You can copy and share two different kinds of links to a slide deck: reader links and editor links. Both are available in the Share menu.

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Editor links allow people to view, edit, and comment on your slides. Basically, they can do anything that a member of the deck can do.

Reader links limit people to viewing and commenting. They're perfect for when you want to get feedback on your slides, but you don't want them otherwise messed with.

Readers can also interact with any feedback prompts on your slides. They can vote in polls, answer questions, and respond to comment prompts.

You can preview what your deck looks like in reader mode by clicking on the arrow next to the Play button and choosing “View in Reader Mode.”

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Presenting slides

Easy. Just hit the Play button at the top right. You'll go into full-screen presentation mode, and you can navigate through your deck using your keyboard and mouse button.

  • Hit the right arrow key (or click your mouse) to move forward through your deck.
  • Hit the left arrow key to move backwards through your deck.
  • Hit the escape key to exit presentation mode.

Elements of a slide

You can add objects to a slide using the insert buttons, which are located in the ribbon of controls up above the slides themselves.

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Text

A classic element of any slide. Words, sentences, paragraphs, whatever kind of text you need.

Formatting text works similarly to how it works elsewhere in Quip—you can set it a list, a quote, or a code block. Double-click a text block to edit it, then click on the text menu and pick the format you want:

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Change the size of the text in any text block by selecting it, then drag the “Size” slider above the slides.

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Change the alignment of the text in any text block by selecting it, then click the appropriate button up above the slides (the one on the left is horizontal alignment, the one on the right is vertical):

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Images

Resizing and cropping images: You can drag the corners of an image to make it larger or smaller. You can also zoom and crop images within their containers by clicking on an image, then clicking the Edit button.

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  • Fit constrains the size of the image so that the entire thing fits inside of its container.
  • Fill expands the size of the image to match the largest dimension of its container. Cropping may result.
  • Zoom expands the size of the image by whatever percentage you choose. The size of the container won't change, which means the image will be cropped to the container's bounds.

Rounded corners: To round the corners of an image, just drag the “Corner Radius” slider.

Stickers

Slides are a visual medium, and even the most well-thought-out words need a little something extra to get their point across to an audience. That's where stickers come in.

You'll find two kind of stickers in the sticker picker:

Animated gifs: Congrats! Your team met all of its goals. Show them what success looks like with the perfect gif. Just type in what you're looking for, and watch the magic happen.

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Emoji: All your favorite emoji, ready to fill your slides with joy, crying, etc. You can scroll through them all till you find what you're looking for, or you can search for your emoji by name.

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Once you've placed a sticker, you can resize and rotate it by dragging the little blue dot in its lower right corner:

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Shapes

Shapes! We're talking rectangles, ovals, lines, polygons, the works. All your favorite shapes, all in one convenient menu.

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Adjust the colors of a shape by clicking it, and then clicking the Edit button.

  • If the default colors don't appeal to you, you can choose from millions more by clicking on the dot next the color's hex value.
  • If you don't want any color at all, you can clear either the fill or the border by clicking on the ✖️next to its label.

Adjust the border width by dragging the Border Width slider. That's easy enough to figure out.

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Shape-specific settings:

  • Rectangles: Round the corners by dragging the Corner Radius slider.
  • Line: Make it dashed using the Dashes menu. Add arrows with the Arrows menu.
  • Polygon: How many sides do you want your polygon to have? Decide for yourself by dragging the Sides slider.
  • Star: Set as few as 4 points or as many as 30 using the Points slider. Set how deeply those points are inset using the “Inset” slider.

Live Apps

Think beyond static presentations. Put real-time, interconnected Live Apps right on your slides.

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Here's a sampling of the apps you can integrate into your decks...

  • Project Tracker, Kanban Board: Status meeting? Show the status of your projects in real time. Project planning? Assign roles right on the slide.
  • Calendar: Does one of your teammates need to shuffle some dates around? They totally can.
  • Salesforce Record: Live, up-to-the-minute Salesforce data, so your slides are always relevant.
  • Countdown: The days, minutes, and seconds until the big event. Get everyone excited.
  • Third-party integrations: Your Jira tickets, your Altify relationship maps, your Lucidcharts, and more. Always up-to-date and always in context.

Live Apps are one of the most dynamic features of Quip, and now they can be one of the most dynamic parts of your presentations. Get creative. Learn more about how Live Apps work and what they can do for you.

Feedback Prompts

Not every meeting needs to be a meeting. Skip the conference room and get all the feedback you need with interactive polls, questions, and comment prompts.

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Polls: Don't let the discussion spiral. Keep things focused and tight. Lay out the options for your audience and let ’em vote.

Questions: Looking for more open-ended feedback? Ask a question and let people answer it.

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Comment prompts: Looking for detailed feedback? Ask people to put comments on the things they want to talk about.

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Charts

And not just regular charts—charts that are dynamically connected to your live spreadsheet data. Even your Salesforce live data. If the numbers in your spreadsheet change, your chart changes with them.

Place a chart on a slide by clicking the chart button, then choosing the type of chart you want.

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Connect a chart to a spreadsheet by...

  • Clicking on the chart
  • Clicking the Edit button
  • Clicking on the Link Data... button
  • Choosing the spreadsheet you want to link it to

You'll be prompted to select the specific cells within the sheet that you want the chart to reflect. Select them, click the “Link” button, and you're done.

Customize the appearance of a chart by...

  • Clicking on it
  • Clicking the Edit button
  • Selecting the Customize tab

You'll see different options depending on the type of chart it is. (You can also change the chart type while you're here.)

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Pie charts

  • Style: You can change the position of the chart legend, or hide it entirely.

Line graphs

  • Style: You can change the position of the chart legend, or hide it entirely.
  • Horizontal Axis: You can give the axis a title, change the number formatting, and toggle the display of grid lines.
  • Vertical Axis: You can give the axis a title, adjust its scale, set the number of tick marks shown, change the number formatting, and toggle the display of grid lines.

Bar graphs

  • Style: You can change the position of the chart legend, or hide it entirely.
  • Horizontal Axis: You can give the axis a title and change the number formatting.
  • Vertical Axis: You can give the axis a title, adjust its scale, set the number of tick marks shown, and change the number formatting.

Wallpaper

Tired of white backgrounds? Looking for something spicier? Or mellower? Or more on-brand? You can replace the default white background with a color or image of your choice.

To change the background of a slide, click “Edit Wallpaper,” just under the lower right corner of the slide.

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Color: To use a solid color for the wallpaper of a slide, just pick any of the default colors, or click on the dot next to the hex value to get a custom color picker.

Images: To use an image as the wallpaper, click “Upload,” then choose any image from your computer. You can even upload animated gifs. Once it's uploaded, you can drag the image to place it where you want. You can also adjust the image's scale, opacity, and saturation.

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(“Alpha” is a nerdy way of saying “opacity,” btw.)

Here's something neat: When you use an image as a wallpaper, it's sitting overtop of whatever the color of the slide was previously. That means that when you drag the alpha slide to make the image transparent, the color beneath is revealed.

In the example below, you can see what happens if you

  1. Choose a blue background
  2. Upload an image
  3. Reduce the image's opacity ("alpha")

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Special animations: There are three built-in animations at your disposal, and you can set a custom color for each of them. Just pick one and drag the hue slider around to change the color.

  • Confetti is a burst of confetti. Perfect for big reveals.
  • Blob is a soothing cauldron of liquid metal. Good for transition slides.
  • Burst is a powdery firework. You know what fireworks are for.

Changing the whole deck: If you want to apply your wallpaper settings to every slide in your deck, just check off “Apply to All” before clicking the Apply button.

 

 

Want to get started by importing your PowerPoint slides to Quip Slides? Check out this article, here

 

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