7 Free PowerPoint Alternatives for Your Presentation Needs
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Microsoft PowerPoint is fantastic and there are good reasons why it’s the industry standard presentation tool for schools and businesses: it’s standard, it’s easy, it works, and it has a bunch of nifty templates that make presentations simpler to create.

But there are also reasons why you might not need an alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint. For example, you probably shouldn’t buy Microsoft Office. It’d be smarter to get an Office 365 subscription, but that will still cost you.

Fortunately, there are free PowerPoint alternatives! None of them are quite as good, but many of them are good enough for most users—especially if you aren’t in a business setting. Here are the best free alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint.

1. LibreOffice Impress

LibreOffice is the best free alternative to Microsoft Office. It has improved a lot over the years, putting it on par with Microsoft Office in many ways—and the best part is that it’s 100% free, open-source, and cross-platform, making it one of the best Linux presentation tools.

LibreOffice Impress is LibreOffice’s analog to Microsoft’s PowerPoint. With it, you can create all kinds of slide-based multimedia presentations that can be viewed in several ways: regular editing, outline mode, annotated slides, and even a handout mode for printing presentations to paper.

Impress supports all PowerPoint formats—PPS, PPT, PPTX—and it also supports a handful of other open formats and standards.

2. Google Slides

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Google Slides has been a solid alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint for several years now. (Prior to 2012, it was known as Google Presentations.) As with Google Docs and Google Sheets, Google Slides is an online web app.

It’s 100% free, supports templates, allows you to create/edit/manage from anywhere with internet access, comes with mobile apps (Android, iPhone), supports real-time collaboration and annotations, and converts flawlessly back and forth when used in conjunction with Microsoft PowerPoint.

We highly recommend Google Slides if you’re already in Google’s cloud ecosystem. Meaning, if you’re already using Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets, you may as well use Google Slides. Check our our guides on creating a presentation in Google Slides How to Create a Presentation in Google Slides How to Create a Presentation in Google Slides Still unfamiliar with Google Slides? Here's how you can create a basic presentation from start to finish. Read More and using custom gradients in Google Slides How to Create and Use Custom Gradients in Google Slides How to Create and Use Custom Gradients in Google Slides A custom gradient can give your Google Slides presentation a unique look. Here's how you can create a colorful gradient easily. Read More .

3. Zoho Show

Zoho is another office suite in line with Microsoft Office and LibreOffice, but it’s more of an in-between for the two. It’s not 100% free and open-source like LibreOffice is, but it does come with a free option. If you want to unlock advanced features, you’ll have to subscribe like with Office 365.

Zoho Show is this office suite’s presentation tool, and it’s a web app so it’s most similar to PowerPoint Online. The beauty of it is that you can create, edit, and manage your presentations from anywhere with internet access, and you can collaborate in real-time too.

Not only can Zoho Show import several common file formats—PPS, PPT, PPTX, PPSX, ODP, and SXI—you can also rest assured that every bit of presentation formatting will remain true-to-view, no matter which format you use. No distorted layouts or misaligned images!

You can also publish presentations on the web.

4. SlideDog

Maybe options like Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides are too complex for what you need. Or maybe they’re too traditional and stuffy. SlideDog is the presentation tool for anyone who wants an alternative that’s modern yet easy.

With SlideDog, you can take all kinds of media—images, videos, PDFs, websites, and even PowerPoint or Prezi files—and stitch them together in a seamless way. It’s perfect for simple and straightforward image-to-image presentations.

What’s even cooler is that you can liveshare your SlideDog presentation and anyone can watch over the internet in real-time. They can ask questions, comment on slides, and even vote in polls. It’s an awesome way to get immediate feedback on what you’re presenting.

The free version of SlideDog is available indefinitely. Advanced features like custom backgrounds, dual screen mode, liveshare, and audience interaction cost $49 per presentation event or $99/year for unlimited presentations.

5. Visme

Visme isn’t a dedicated presentation tool, but you can create presentations with it. The goal of Visme is to make it easy for you to translate ideas into engaging content: presentations, infographics, reports, and more.

Visme comes with its own online editor and hundreds of templates to get you started in just minutes. You can change everything—fonts, backgrounds, colors, images—and you can publish your results on the web, offline, or save as a PDF.

The downside is that you can’t import from Microsoft PowerPoint or export to Microsoft PowerPoint. And even though anyone can publish online, free accounts can only download projects as JPG. (PDF is available in the $14/mo plan and HTML5 is available in the $25/mo plan.)

6. Sozi

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Sozi is a unique free tool that doesn’t use the same slideshow concept that other presentation tools use. Rather, you’re given a large canvas that you can design however you want—whether by drawing or embedding content—and then you transition from area to area.

It’s actually really cool once you give it a try. Is it professional-grade software? No, not yet. For business settings, you’d really want to use something like Adobe After Effects instead. But for simple, personal presentations that require some dynamics, Sozi is pretty awesome.

7. Haiku Deck / Prezi / Slid.es

These three web tools are independent and unaffiliated with each other, but I’m grouping them together because they all share one important characteristic: their free versions only support public presentations that are published online and searchable by anyone.

Whether you choose Haiku Deck, Prezi, or Slid.es, all you have to do is use the respective online editor to build your presentation. In the case of Haiku Deck, audience members can even view your presentation through a mobile app.

Obviously, these aren’t the best choices for business needs or private projects, but if you don’t care whether or not strangers can access your presentation—or if you want strangers to see it—then these free services can be quite useful.

You can always unlock private presentations by upgrading to a paid account, starting at $10/mo for Haiku Deck, $7/mo for Prezi, and $5/mo for Slid.es.

Which Microsoft PowerPoint Alternative Is Best?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to Microsoft PowerPoint alternatives. LibreOffice is the closest real clone that you’ll find, but Google Slides and Zoho Show are both great if you prefer a web-based tool over a desktop tool.

Want one more option? Take a look at how you can create professional presentations with Canva How to Create the Perfect Professional Presentation in Canva How to Create the Perfect Professional Presentation in Canva You may not need Microsoft PowerPoint! Canva can help you make professional presentations in half the time. Read More .

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  1. subashika govindan
    April 13, 2017 at 11:14 am

    SOZI I think is so cool for researchers easy way to discuss figures

  2. Roxana E.
    February 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I use Niftio, it's a rather new online presentation tool, but it has some cool features like the templates, the q&a feature and the wireless presenter.

    p.s. I may be subjective because I work here, but feel free to give it a go and try it out for yourselves: niftio[dot]com

  3. Frank Loughry
    January 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    ZapTheater works for me. I make online presentations for business customers. I can integrate presentations directly into their websites or run full screen presentations. Presentations can autoplay on the Internet, but each presentation has a manual mode for use when appropriate. You can include pretty much any medium that you can put into a web page, like images, text, css, javascript, html, audio, video, and even other web pages. They offer ten shows for free, which will be more than most users will ever need.

  4. Stuart F. Taylor
    November 24, 2016 at 4:27 am

    WPS Presentation works better than Libre Office/Openoffice. It does not lose notes written in the bottom pane like LO/OO do. It would be completely great but it's not available on the Mac. I wish they would say why not. There are Windows and Linux versions.
    It's great for going back and forth between a computer that has Powerpoint and one that does not.
    Funny that LibreOffice cannot read files processed thru WPS-P unless they're re-saved by PPT.

  5. Anonymous
    June 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    An apparently little-used feature is displaying the presentation on an extended display, e.g., an LCD projector. I've had my Impress or Google Slides presentation on my external LCD monitor, and preview and notes on my laptop's display. Have no reason to believe that should work as well with an LCD projector

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Just remembered: you do have to enable external display, and set it to extend, not mirror, the desktop - that's a one-time setup. The reason I said it was little-used is that, far as I can tell, most presentations I've seen have mirrored, not extended, desktops

  6. Andreas
    May 12, 2016 at 3:57 am

    To be honest, Microsoft Sway should have made that list.

    • Joel Lee
      May 25, 2016 at 2:23 am

      I do remember looking into it but not being impressed. Do you use Sway regularly, Andreas? Is there something about it that you really like? I'd love to hear your thoughts on why Sway. :)

      • Andreas
        May 25, 2016 at 4:17 am

        If I needed to make more presentations than I do, I would be using Sway. The simplicity of it, the way it makes everything a story, rather than a static boring traditional presentation. Many presentations people produce are extremely boring, and Sway might actually help make that content look intriguing. The first time I saw Sway I was impressed withe the level of presentation a standard presentation had.

        I don't know if that answers your question :)

        • Joel Lee
          May 27, 2016 at 1:48 am

          Okay, that makes sense! Definitely agree with you that a lot of people tend to make boring "traditional" presentations. Maybe Sway really can help with that. I'll check it out again when I can. Thanks Andreas. :)

  7. Anonymous
    May 11, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I use Softmaker Office Presentations. It is a Powerpoint clone, easy to use, and doesn't have superfluous features. There is a free version in their FreeOffice suite, but I use the paid version from our office license.

    • Joel Lee
      May 25, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Thanks Danny! I recently found out about FreeOffice and I agree that it's actually quite good. I wish I had known about it a few months ago because then it would have made this list! Prior to that, I only knew about Softmaker Office and didn't want to include it because it wasn't free.