Google Slides Shortcut
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What is a GSLIDES file?
A GSLIDES file is a shortcut used to open a Google Slides presentation stored within Google Drive. The file contains a reference to the presentation it opens, as well as the Gmail account used to create the presentation. GSLIDES files are created by Google Drive for Desktop.
Google Drive for Desktop is a program that allows Google Drive users to back up and open their Google Drive files on Windows and Mac PCs. While Drive for Desktop stores actual backups of some types of files (such as .JPG and .DOCX files) on users' computers, it does not store copies of files created using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other Google Workspace applications. Instead, Drive for Desktop stores shortcut files that, when double-clicked, open the associated file in the web version of the correct Google Workspace application.
GSLIDES files are Drive for Desktop shortcuts that open Google Slides presentations. When a Drive for Desktop user double-clicks a GSLIDES file, the related presentation opens in Google Slides, provided the user is signed in to a Gmail account allowed to access the presentation. Each GSLIDES file is a JSON file that contains a presentation's URL and document ID, as well as the name of the Gmail account used to create the presentation.
NOTE: GSLIDES files were previously created by Backup and Sync from Google. Google replaced Backup and Sync with Drive for Desktop in October 2021.
How to open a GSLIDES file
If you have Google Drive for Desktop installed on your PC, or you are using a Chrome OS device, you can double-click a GSLIDES file to open the presentation it references in Google Slides. You may have to sign in to your Gmail account or request access to the presentation to open it.
If necessary, you can also open a GSLIDES file in any text editor to view the URL, document ID, and Gmail account information it contains. You may want to do this, for example, if you are having trouble using your GSLIDES file to open a presentation in Google Slides. If double-clicking your GSLIDES file does not open a presentation, you can try copying and pasting your file's URL into your web browser to access your presentation.