I am an educator and I use Google slides for my courses. I would like to be able to draw-on/annotate my slides with a touch device (iPad, Android tablet, etc) during a presentation.

I realize that if I first converted my slides to a PDF, I could probably find an app that would let me do this, but I want to be able to do this during the actual presentation mode of a Google slide document.

Does Google docs let you do this? Alternatively, is there a plugin or third-party app for this?

  • I ended up using Doceri to be able to annotate screenshots of slides during class.
    – bddicken
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 22:21
  • PowerPoint has enabled this for quite some time. I download my Google slides as PPTX files and present them in PowerPoint. Sad that so much time goes into silly editing features and educationally useful features proven to help retain information are ignored.
    – Shane
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 23:22

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When you present a Google Slide on the web, a task bar appears on the bottom right of the presentation (NOTE: Not in the presenter view window but on the actual slide window). There is the option Pointer which you can to point at stuff (obviously) but you cannot mark it up. Google is considering to add this feature but they haven't launched it yet.

Alternatively, there is a free iPad app called Notability which allows you to ink on presentations. This app is available in the App Store.
BTW: You have to convert your file to PDF in order to open it in this app.

I hope this helped you answer your question.

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    Do you have a link to the feature tracker?
    – Aurèle
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 12:26

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