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7 Best Free Presentation Software For 2019

Lauren Pope
Lauren Pope  |  September 30, 2019

If you’re looking to spice up your next meeting, adding a visual aid can do a lot more than just bring a little sparkle to your presentation.

Whether you’re a student looking to score an A+ on your next project or a working professional looking to impress your boss, presentation software can help.

Research shows that 65% of people are visual learners, which means not only can a visual aid make your presentation stand out, it can help others learn better in the process. 

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of the best free presentation software solutions according to data from our verified user-reviews. This list does not include products that are free temporarily or offer free trials. Everything listed on this software list includes a truly free offering.

Best free presentation software on the market

These products only represent a portion of the over 110 presentation software offerings listed on our platform. The products are ranked by user satisfaction score as of September 24, 2019, and all have at least five verified user reviews.

1. Google Slides

Google Slides


Google Slides is a fast and free presentation software that offers users the option to connect to their files anywhere they have a stable internet connection. This software-free cloud-based offering allows multiple stakeholders to work on a project at once and is perfect for collaborative team projects.

Google Slides has several features including:

  1. Slide Design
  2. Presenter Tools
  3. Autosave
  4. Charts
  5. Template Library
  6. Template Creator

What users like:

“I like the way I can share each of my presentations and projects in real-time with colleagues and work teams. I can simultaneously authorize the slide modifications and share them with just the email address.”

– Google Slides review from Gabriela L.

What users dislike:

“What I don't like about Google Slides is that unlike other desktop software, it is somewhat limited in terms of the file sizes that we can handle since it can affect the fluidity in which the slides are displayed. Another aspect to note in this regard is that when trying to open files from PowerPoint most of the time the file format is affected.”

– Google Slides review from Calvin J.

Browse Google Slides user reviews →

2. Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint

Through the new Office.com, Microsoft users can now use the basic version of PowerPoint for free in their browser. It runs online and is the same version as the Microsoft Office app users can access on their desktop. It’s important to note that you must already have a Microsoft account to activate this free feature.

Microsoft PowerPoint has many features including:

  1. Slide Design
  2. Presenter Tools
  3. Autosave
  4. Charts
  5. Template Library
  6. Template Creator

What users like:

“The interface is intuitive, as it should be, and users could technically produce a well structured presentation with a little practice and knowledge about their basic function presentation. There are also advanced features (animations, Embedding YouTube videos, inserting audio) for more experienced users.”

– Microsoft PowerPoint review from Larissa C.

What users dislike:

“I think the weakest point that PowerPoint has always had is that files are easily damaged by viruses. There has been a lot of information that I have lost over the years because of this. I also don't like that when a presentation is very long, it costs a bit for the file to open and that is a waste of time.”

– Microsoft PowerPoint review from Victoria G.

Browse Microsoft PowerPoint user reviews →

3. Prezi

Prezi


Prezi is a presentation software that provides special smart structure technology and Zoom Reveal function that allows users to guide the eye toward a presentation’s most important information. Prezi offers a variety of paid and enterprise-level offerings alongside their free solution for a software solution that grows with your team, with the free version allowing for unlimited presentations for users.

Prezi has a number of features including:

  1. Slide Design
  2. Presenter Tools
  3. Autosave
  4. Charts
  5. Template Library
  6. Template Creator

What users like:

“One of the best features that Prezi has is how fast the platform is during the process of creating each slide, throwing immediate fluency to insert images, you can add several templates in seconds and add information as text with just a few simple steps.”

– Prezi review from Genesis F.

What users dislike:

“This web tool is very practical, however it has some features that are more difficult to explain and train our elderly staff. A little learning is needed to understand the tools and maximize their performance and use of great features.”

– Prezi review from Geral P.

Read Prezi user reviews →

4. Keynote

Keynote



Much like Microsoft PowerPoint, the basic version of Keynote is free for Mac and iOS users through the App Store. This solution offers users the chance to seamlessly create presentations between Mac and iOS devices. It also allows collaboration with users who prefer Microsoft PowerPoint.

Keynote has a number of features including:

  1. Slide Design
  2. Presenter Tools
  3. Autosave
  4. Charts
  5. Template Library
  6. Template Creator

What users like:

“There are many things to love. Everything from creating elegant presentations for school and work, with or without transition animations, to actually creating stunning graphical elements for mock-ups is just up the alleyway for a lot of individuals looking for a tool that fulfills a lot of needs. Blessed with simplicity in the UX and UI at its foundation, not only does Apple Keynote have next to no impact on battery life, but it's a tool for just about everybody.”

– Keynote review from Oliver D.

What users dislike:

“It is not that I dislike this but a downside to keynote is that it is made for Mac, which as a designer is great for me since I work off of Mac's, but for others it can be difficult to access when a PC is your go-to computer. The cross-platform technology is still butting heads between the two platforms and I'm not sure this issue will ever be resolved.”

– Keynote review from Nick M.

Browse Keynote user reviews →

5. Visme

Visme

Visme is an intuitive online tool that allows non-designers and professionals to create beautiful interactive presentations and infographics right within their browser. The free plan gets users up to 100 MB of storage, as well as the ability to publish presentations online.

Visme has several features including:

  1. Reports Interface
  2. Steps to Answer
  3. Graphs and Charts
  4. Dashboards
  5. Slide Design
  6. Presenter Tools

What users like:

“It's so intuitive! It's very drop-and-drag, and similar to other programs, which makes it easy to adopt. You can make presentations, reports, files, etc. Even better, you don't have to be a graphic designer, they have built-in shapes, forms, and more to make it easy to make graphics!”

– Visme review from Emily M.

What users dislike:

“My biggest critique with Visme is that I can’t access it from my phone. It is not currently designed for mobile. Sometimes when I need to look over a presentation when I'm out and about, I don't always have the option to open up a laptop.”

– Visme review from Tawanna B.

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6. Xtensio

Xtensio


Xtensio combines the design capabilities of a website builder with the collaborative functionality of a content editor to create a truly cross-functional presentation software solution. Though the free version only allows for one user profile, it does offer 1 MB of storage space, making it a great solution for single person teams.

Xtensio has a number of features including:

  1. Slide Design
  2. Presenter Tools
  3. Autosave
  4. Charts
  5. Template Library
  6. Template Creator

What users like:

“This is a very user-friendly platform with an intuitive interface. When I have run into trouble, the Xtensio team has always been very helpful. I actually look forward to creating and updating my archive! It's fun and efficient. The templates are incredibly well thought out and easy to use. Excellent.”

– Xtensio review from Kiersten J

What users dislike:

“I wish there were more pre-made templates, but it is great to be able to build my own anyway. I'd also like to be able to export as a PowerPoint slide, or even an editable format.”

– Xtensio review from Bailey D.

Read Xtensio user reviews →

7. Zoho Show

Zoho Show


Zoho Show is a fully free cloud-based product that allows users to create, collaborate, and share colorful presentations with ease. Available in more than ten languages, this product is great for international teams looking to work together on the same project.

Zoho Show has many features including:

  1. Slide Design
  2. Presenter Tools
  3. Autosave
  4. Charts
  5. Template Library
  6. Template Creator

What users like:

“What I like most about Zoho Show is that it is a complete presentation creator that could replace desktop applications. It has a fast and very intuitive user interface with all the features I need for my job. Zoho Show helps to maintain the consistency of the presentation with a master slide with which its characteristics are applied to the rest of the slides.”

– Zoho Show review from Estefany V.

What users dislike:

“As always with cloud-based apps, no internet means no access. Except this point, which is not a problem of the app per se, but an inherent problem for all cloud-based app, the only problem would be is sometimes lack of compatibility if you open a presentation made with Showtime with another presentation.”

– Zoho Show review from Pierre-Henri S.

Read Zoho Show user reviews →

Next steps to choosing a free presentation software

When choosing the right software solution for you, think about what capabilities are most important to you. Do you require multiple user accounts? Is cloud access an absolute must? These answers will help guide you to the right product.

That’s not to say that you’ll find the right software among the products listed here. Most free software offerings are good for small single-person teams or companies just starting out. If your team requires more than one seat or several teams working on the same software license, you may want to consider investing in a paid plan.

Find the best presentation software for your team. Browse more than 110 software solutions listed on G2. 

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Lauren Pope
Author

Lauren Pope

Lauren is a Senior Content Specialist at G2 with five years of content marketing experience. You can find her work featured on CNBC, Yahoo Finance, and on the G2 Learning Hub. In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to podcasts, watching true crime shows, and spending time in the Chicago karaoke scene. (she/her/hers)