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Google Drive shows me presentations, spreadsheets and documents, but I only can edit spreadsheets and documents.

So I'd like to edit the presentation locally, but I can't find a way to download it in the first place.

For edit in a tablet, for example with Polaris Office or other free apps.

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To phone/tablet or PC? And edit with what application? – Penguinolog Nov 26 '12 at 6:59
You want free apps or paid apps? – Jack Nov 26 '12 at 8:02
edit locally as without internet connection, also known as offline? – Jack Nov 26 '12 at 8:21
For edit in a tablet, fo example with polaris oficce or others free apps. locally as not cloud app, so traditional way (my data and my app in my pc or tablet) – Andrés Ricardo Torres Martínez Nov 26 '12 at 14:55
@andres Now please edit your question and put the extra information in, delete your own comment, and mark Penguinolog's and Jack's comments, and then my comment ;-), as 'obsolete' (little flag in front of the comment) – Jan Doggen Oct 31 '14 at 14:28
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As of June 25, 2014, Google published Google Slides - its collaborative presentation platform - for Android. After installing the app, when you select a presentation from Google Drives app, it will open the file in Google Slides and let you edit it.

It also supports offline editing. You have to sync the content of your Drives first, but after that, you can edit it offline in Google Slides. The file will be synced to Drives when internet connection is available.

Google Slides

Image taken from its Play Store page.

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I'm not sure if the mobile app offers this feature but at least via the web interface you can export your documents to OpenDocument files which you can edit locally. Afterwards, you can upload the edited version.

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I'm on Android 4.4 so this is how I do it.

When in google drive...

  1. click on the (i) on the file you want to download.
  2. It opens a menu (seen in the screenshot below).
  3. On that menu, click the vertical ... in the top right to open the menu.
  4. Click on "Download a copy"

The file is now in your downloads folder.
You can now edit it offline using your favorite office suite. (I recommend Kingston Office.)
Find it using a File manager Like this one


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