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As presentation tools go, PowerPoint và Keynote get all the press. Google Docs is often mentioned as a great Word alternative. There are tons of tips about how to lớn use Google Sheets. But Google Slides barely gets mentioned. That"s a shame since it"s a very good presentations tool and it"s free.

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Great Google Slides presentations that live in a website browser are just as capable of engaging an audience. (Image source: Envato lớn Elements.)

You may be thinking, "what is Google Slides?" In this Google Slides tutorial we answer that question. I"ll teach you how khổng lồ create a presentation in Google Slides và walk you through the benefits of using the tool.

Also, for a helpful companion lớn this Google Slides tutorial, download our helpful eBook: The Complete Guide lớn Making Great Presentations. It"s available for FREE with the Tuts+ vietvuevent.vn Newsletter. Learn how to lớn write, design, and deliver the perfect presentation.

What Is Google Slides?

Maybe you"ve sầu been hearing about Google Slides, but you aren"t sure how it differs. What is Google Slides used for, và how does it differ from other apps?

There are many differences between Google Slides và traditional presentation apps. Here are three key principles lớn keep in mind when you"re learning Google Slides:

It"s still relatively new. PowerPoint was built in the 90"s. Google Slides is a browser-first experience that phối the tone for how powerful apps that live sầu inside your website browser can be.It"s connected. Because Google Slides is a browser-based phầm mềm, it hooks inkhổng lồ other web-connected services. That means collaboration and connecting khổng lồ other apps is easy.It"s simplified. Google is a company that focuses on simplifying user experience. It"s easy lớn use any of their apps so that tasks lượt thích learning how khổng lồ use Google Slides is easy.

If you want to lớn learn more about how to lớn use Google Slides, we"ve got a guide that"s right for you. It helps you learn how khổng lồ access Google Slides and provides a complete Google Slides guide for beginners:

Now let"s jump inlớn this tutorial to lớn learn more about what Google slides is và learn how to start using it.

Step 1. Get Started Using Google Slides

Google Slides is Google"s flagship presentation ứng dụng that lives inside the browser as a part of Google Drive. Basically, think of Slides as Google Doc"s presentation tool. It"s completely free—the only requirement to lớn use is khổng lồ have sầu a Google trương mục. 

Due lớn being a không tính tiền website tiện ích, Google Slides isn"t as full featured as desktop apps lượt thích Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote. But it makes up for a laông chồng of aesthetic features by boasting very strong collaboration features—if not the best. 

The learning curve for Google Slides is also much lower than that of a full-featured desktop ứng dụng. That"s because it hosts the most essential of features and gets rid of most of the fluff. 

Learn more about the details of what Google Slides is and its advantages:

If you"d lượt thích to see a deeper comparison between PowerPoint, Keynote, và Google Slides, refer to these articles:

Let"s look at how lớn use Google Slides to lớn make your presentation, as it"s a great choice of online presentation software to work with:

Step 2. Create a New Presentation in Google Slides

Once you"ve signed into your Google Account, head lớn Google Drive. There, create a Google presentation by clicking New > Google Slides > Blank Presentation. You"ll be redirected khổng lồ a new page with a blank presentation.

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Use the New > Google Slides > Blank presentation lớn start a new presentation tệp tin.

1. Format a Google Slides Presentation

The first step in creating a new presentation is configuring how it looks. So, let"s take a look at the Themes sidebar that pops up upon creating a presentation.

Google Slides comes preloaded with different themes for slides. While most of them aren"t as aesthetically pleasing as those found in desktop apps—especially those found in the latest version of Keynote—they"re functional. Plus, there"s a good selection of many kinds of basic Google presentation themes available.

The Themes sidebar appears on the right side of your blank presentation. Use the scroll bar to move through the various themes available.

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A few of Google Slides default themes.

If none of the basic themes in Google Slides suit your needs, you"ve sầu got plenty of extra options.

You can find dozens of beautiful new Google Slides themes at Envakhổng lồ Elements, which are made by professional designers.

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 Or, browse through our collection of pay-as-you-go best-selling presentation themes from Graphic River lớn find those that are trending. You can also find some of the best designs featured in this article: 

Moreover, you may upload an originaltheme to lớn Google Slides by pressing the Import theme button onthe launcher. The Import theme windowappears. Use a theme from a previous presentation, drag a theme ontothe Import theme window from yourcomputer, or Select a file from yourcomputer.

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Upload an original theme to Google Slides using the Import Theme window.

Googlesupports uploads up lớn 50MB in .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .ppsx, .pot, .potx, .odp, andGoogle Slides formats.

Once you"ve selected the theme, determine the Google Slides aspect ratio of your slides. From File > Page setup, there are the options of Standard 4:3, Widescreen 16:9, Widescreen 16:10, and Custom

Select the aspect ratio that best fits the screen you"ll be using when you present the Google Docs slideshow. Typically, the standard Google Slides aspect ratio is best if the Google presentation is being projected. The widescreen aspect ratio is best suited if you"re presenting with a computer or widescreen TV.

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Select the Google Slides slide kích thước khổng lồ best fit for your mode of presentation.

Cliông xã OK once you"re settled with the theme & aspect ratio of your presentation. For this Google Slides tutorial, I"ll use the Paperback theme & the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Note: Themes và aspect rattiện ích ios may be changed later on by clicking Slide > Change theme.

Learn more about working with customizing Google Slide slide formats và designs in Google Slides:

I recommkết thúc renaming your presentation once you"ve sầu decided on the initial theme. To vì chưng so, cliông xã on Untitled presentation in the top left corner of the screen, and type in a new name.

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Rename your Google presentation.

Step 3. Navigate Google Slides

Let"s look at how to lớn use Google Slides tools. Google Slides works much lượt thích desktop presentation applications. The left sidebar of Google Slides displays the slides that you"ve made, & the body of the screen displays the slide you"re currently working on.

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Google Slides interface is like that of desktop presentation applications.

For our purposes, the first slide will be the title slide. To add a title, cliông chồng where it says lớn and type in the title of the Google presentation. You may also add a subtitle or leave it blank. Fields left blank won"t show in the final presentation, so you don"t have khổng lồ delete the extra elements.

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Add a title to your Google Slides presentation.

When selecting text, new options appear in the toolbar above sầu. The icons on the center of the toolbar allow for editing the appearance of the text box, such as background color & a border. The icons on the right side allow for editing the appearance of the text itself, such as typeface, font kích cỡ, color, and styles like bold, underline, và italic.

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1. Functions that edit the appearance of the text box. 2. Functions that edit the appearance of the text.

1. Add & Delete Slides

Once you"re happy with the appearance of the title slide, you can add more to lớn your presentation. To add new slides, click the + button on the upper left side of the screen. This creates a new slide with a Title & Body layout.

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Press "+" khổng lồ add a new slide.

Delete slides by selecting the slide và clicking Edit > Delete. Or right-clichồng on the slide thumbnail in the sidebar & clicking Delete slide.  Or simply press the Delete key while the slide is selected. 

2. Add Text

The new slide will be an information slide. Add a title that"s relevant lớn the information that you"ll put on your slide.

As for the body text, you"ll want to lớn vày some more formatting. It"s a presentation, after all, & long paragraphs detract from the effectiveness of the body of the slide. Cliông chồng the body toàn thân text box khổng lồ reveal text options, then cliông chồng More lớn reveal more text options. This allows you to create a bulleted menu.

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Create a bulleted menu by clicking More > Bulleted List.

Now that the body toàn thân is formatted correctly, add information to the slide. Given you haven"t researched the topic the presentation is about, Google Slides has an in-tiện ích researching tool accessible via Tools > Explore.

The Explore sidebar allows you lớn Google search in-app. You may also filter the tìm kiếm khổng lồ only include materialfrom the Web, Images, or Google Drive. 

Using the See all results on Google linkat the bottom of the sidebar sends you to a full Google tìm kiếm window. Previews the links right from the sidebar và insert liên kết directly into lớn the Google presentation right from the sidebar itself.

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Get information on the topic in-tiện ích using the Explore sidebar.

Add the information you"d lượt thích to display to lớn your slides. Presentation notes may be added in the field at the bottom for easy access to more information without cluttering your slides.

Learn more about working with text in Google Slides: 

3. Add Media

The next slide will be a slide with truyền thông media elements. Since truyền thông media will be added to this slide, the default layout won"t be the best fit. For this slide, cliông chồng the arrow button next khổng lồ the + button, and select a different layout for the slide, most preferably one from the bottom row. I"ll use Caption.

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Select one of the Google Slides slide layouts.

Cliông chồng the arrow button next to the "+" button khổng lồ view extra layouts.

Tip: Google Slides layouts may be altered later using the Layouts button in the toolbar.

Let"s look at how to lớn use Google Slides to add images lớn your presentation. To add an image, cliông chồng the Image button in the toolbar, or go khổng lồ Insert > Image.

There are several ways to add images khổng lồ your presentation. Upload your own image from your hard drive, your Google+ account, or Google Drive. Take a picture using a webcam. Or tìm kiếm Google, LIFE magazine photo lớn archives, or stoông xã photos in the Insert image panel.

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Select an image source from the Insert image panel.

Note:When downloading images, pay attention to lớn any intellectual property restrictions.For example, below the Stochồng images search the words "Results shown are availablefor personal or commercial use only in Google Drive sầu, và may not beindependently redistributed or sold" display.

Once you find the image you lượt thích, clichồng on it và press Select (from archives or stochồng images). Or click Open (from the Upload option) to lớn insert it into lớn the Google presentation. There, the image may be resized and rotated to lớn your liking.

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Images may be easily resized using the anchors alongside the pholớn.

Learn more about how to add other types of truyền thông media lớn Google Slides presentations: 

4. Add Animations

To spice up your presentation a bit, Google Slides hosts a few different animations you can use for both slide elements and transitions between slides. 

Here"s how to use Google Slides khổng lồ add animations to lớn your presentation. Add a transition by clicking on the Transition button in the toolbar. An Animations sidebar will appear, và from there you can customize the animations in your Google presentation.

The Slide menu controls animations between slides. There are six transition options available. Pick one from the drop-down menu. Then choose the speed at which the transition occurs using the Slow-Fast slider beneath the drop-down thực đơn. 

The slider displays the transition length as you adjust it to lớn your liking. Transitions may last between zero khổng lồ five seconds.

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Click Transition khổng lồ add transitions between slides.

Tip: Easily apply transitions between all slides by clicking the Apply to lớn all slides button in the Animations sidebar.

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Individual objects on slides can be animated, too. Select an object on the slide by clicking on it, then press Select an object lớn animate in the Animations sidebar.

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Clichồng Select an object to lớn animate to lớn animate individual objects.

Select an animation style from the first drop-down thực đơn. The second drop-down menu controls the toggling of individual animations. Animations may be toggled manually by selecting the On click option. Or start one automatically by selecting the After previous or With previous options. Animation speed is controlled by a Slow-Fast slider.

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Animations can be toggled manually or automatically.

To pReview your animations, press Play.

Learn more about how to lớn work with animations & slide transitions in Google Slides: 

Step 4. Collaboration

Now we cover how to use Google Slides collaboration features, which are top-notch to work with. Since it"s a website ứng dụng, it"s easy to invite people to lớn join the presentation và work on it together in real time, no matter where your peers may be located. 

To collaborate, click the xanh Share button in the right corner of the screen. The Share with others a screen will pop up & offer different ways to lớn chia sẻ the presentation. Ifyou cliông chồng the Get shareable links icon(it looks like a chain), Google generates a liên kết for your presentation that can be shared with people via Mail, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

You can also invite people to the document your Google presentation by entering their gmail addresses (or, if they"re in your contacts, their names) in the People field. Clickthe Advanced link in the lower rightof the screen to view all the sharing options.

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How lớn use Google Slides sharing settings.

The presentation can be opened khổng lồ the public further by clicking the Change links under the Who has access field. TheLink sharing window displays. There, the presentation may be made available for Anyone with the link or made totally public by clicking Public on the web. These options differ from Specific people because no one needs to sign into their Google trương mục lớn view the presentation.

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Control the privacy of the presentation by restricting editing và viewing powers.

Restrict the powers of collaborators by selecting either Can view, Can comment, or Can edit options from the Can view drop-down menu.

Once you"re happy with the collaboration settings, clichồng the Save button on the Link sharing window. Next, click the Done button on the Sharingsettings window. You may now begin collaboration in real time.

Learn more about collaborating on Google Slides presentations: 

Step 5. Present Your Google Slides Presentation

Now that you"ve sầu finished the presentation, clichồng the Present button to lớn show off what you"ve sầu got.

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A completed Google Slides presentation.

If you"re presenting somewhere without internet access, you may export the presentation as a .pptx file by clicking File > Download As > Microsoft PowerPoint.

Now that we"ve covered what is Google Slides, as well as how lớn use Google Slides, you can see that it makes it easy khổng lồ create web-based Google presentations. By using Google Slides you may lose some desktop phầm mềm features, the in-app information và phokhổng lồ tìm kiếm engines, svào collaboration tools, & ubiquity of the application make the phầm mềm a svào competitor khổng lồ the traditional presentation app.

5 Quiông chồng Slide Design Tips for Google Slides Presentations in 2020

Your next slide deck deserves lớn st& out. To ensure it does, follow these quick thiết kế tips khổng lồ build amazing Google Slides presentations of your own:

1. Use Focused Layouts

When you think about how to use Google Slides, consider the purpose of your presentation. You want your audience lớn stay engaged as you walk them through your idea. 

In slide design, that means building clear and concise slide layouts. They’re more visually appealing, and they help viewers stay focused.

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The Crystal Agency Google Slides Presentation features beautiful focused slide layouts.

2. Play Background Music

What is Google Slides used for? Building amazing slide decks. But remember, your visuals are just one part of the equation. For the full effect, consider adding music to your slides. It’s an excellent way khổng lồ set the mood for your presentation.

Check out our fully featured tutorial on adding music to Google Slides presentations:

3. Choose Larger Fonts

When you kiến thiết your Google Slides presentation, always factor in where you’ll be sharing it. If you’re presenting in a large room, it’s key to lớn use large, bold fonts that are easy to read. Fine print clutters a slide and can be a struggle for your audience.

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A template lượt thích this one uses sharp, bold text for readable print.

4. Add an Image Background

Your slide background might not be something you consider a thiết kế feature. But in fact, it’s easy to lớn control & customize. An image background brings new life và character khổng lồ any slide. With the custom features inside Google Slides, import background images in a flash.

Want lớn add an image background of your own? We’ve sầu prepared a complete tutorial:

5. Use Colorful Designs

Let’s face it: many slide decks can be bl& và boring. One way khổng lồ overcome that is with bold, bright colors. 

Colorful designs capture attention và deliver energy. Besides, colorful designs can be tailored lớn match your branding. They mix the stage for a successful & engaging presentation.

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The aptly-named Colorful - Google Slides Template provides unforgettable bright styles.

5 Google Slides Presentation Trends for 2020

You’ve sầu learned how to start Google Slides presentation projects of your own. But to lớn succeed, you need to capitalize on the lademo style trends for 20đôi mươi. This Google Slides guide will introduce you to five sầu of the latest trends, helping you build a winning deck:

1. Avoid Data Overload

Data overload: it’s a mistake guaranteed lớn thất bại your audience. Overcome it with the creative use of infographics. 

These are stunning visuals that combine information & graphics to form compelling illustrations. Far from boring, they’re engaging and help bring clarity lớn complex ideas.

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INFOGRAPHIC - Google Slide Template V175 from Envakhổng lồ Elements is packed with stunning infographics. 

2. Engage Audiences with Video

In your Google Slides introduction, you don’t have sầu to lớn vày all the talking. Plus, engage other voices & giới thiệu them with your audience. Do it by adding a YouTube video clip to your Google Slides presentation. It only takes a few clicks. 

We’ve sầu created a screencast (và an illustrated tutorial) khổng lồ get you started today:

3. Showcase Your Apps With Device Mockups

Often, you might want lớn show off your app or website inside your Google Slides presentation. You could use a simple screenshot, but in 20trăng tròn that isn’t enough. 

Now, you should turn to device mockups, 3D representations of actual devices. They’re easy to create và deliver lifelike pReview of your digital world.

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This Google Slides mockup collection features an array of popular devices.

4. Minimal Use of Animations

When used properly, animations are stylish transitions between slides, concepts, & ideas. But when overused, they’re annoying distractions that disturb và distract your audience. 

The key is khổng lồ use animations sparingly. It’s also best to lớn use simpler designs instead of flashy cinematic effects.

Ready lớn start animating your Google Slides decks? Head over to our complete tutorial:

5. Highlight Key Points With Icons

What is a Google slide without an illustration or two? Perhaps flat & a bit dull. Icons are a quick way to fix that. 

Icons help you Gọi out key points, add visual interest, and direct audience focus khổng lồ certain areas of a slide. They’re fun and easy to lớn add, especially with pre-built premium templates.

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Templates like Iconic from Envato Elements are full of cool custom icons.

How khổng lồ Quickly Customize Google Slides Templates

When you"re working with custom Google Slides presentations, you might be wondering how to lớn use templates. Even though templates already have most of the thiết kế elements prepared, in this section you"ll see how lớn customize them lớn your liking. Skip most of the hard work of learning how to lớn use Google Slides when you use templates.

If you need a professional presentation theme, browse through our best Google Slides themes on Envakhổng lồ Elements or GraphicRiver lớn find a great kiến thiết. They"re robust, packed with loads of design features, beautiful graphics, và made to work with quickly.

In this section, we"ll learn how to make a Google Slides presentation with a template. We"ll use the Yukee Google Slides presentation from Envato Elements. Let"s dive in.

1. The Welcome Slide

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Use a welcome slide khổng lồ briefly introduce the topic of your presentation.

Google Slides presentations need svào openings to lớn phối the stage. Use a welcome slide, lượt thích slide 6 in our template, to bởi just that.

When it comes khổng lồ welcome slides, less is more. It might be showing on a screen as your audience files into lớn the auditorium or meeting room, so you"ll want a simple slide that"s easy lớn read. In our case, this slide provides the perfect solution.

On this slide, it"s easy to lớn type over the text placeholders. Just cliông chồng in the text box on your Google slide và type over the text with what you want to show. In my case, I also increased the fonts form size because I wanted it khổng lồ be readable at distance.

Finally, it"s time khổng lồ replace the image. This Google Slides presentation makes use of slichồng and fancy image masks that take your standard images & re-shape them inlớn custom shapes. Right-cliông chồng và choose Replace Image, then browse khổng lồ your biệu tượng công ty or image lớn fill in the mask. That"s it!

 
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Right cliông chồng on the image placeholder & browse lớn your image to drop it inkhổng lồ this slichồng custom mask.

2. The Team Slide

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Use slide 22 as the starting point for a team slide that shows your key contributors.

Nearly every Google Slides presentation benefits from showing the team that contributed khổng lồ the idea. It builds a sense of camaraderie & shows your audience that you appreciate your collaborators.

Slide 22 is an outstanding slides design that fits the bill perfectly. All you"ve got khổng lồ vì is type over the text placeholders, filling in your team"s details with a few key points.

Finally, it"s time to replace the imagery. Right cliông xã on the images, then chose Replace Image and browse to your team"s headshots or other professional photos. In just a couple of minutes, you"ve sầu customized your Google Slides presentation to lớn spotlight your key contributors.

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Nearly every presentation benefits from sharing the names and faces of the key contributors.

3. The Device Mockup Slide

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Device mockups can help an audience imagine an phầm mềm or service in action.

Running an ứng dụng or web-based company? You can"t miss out on the opportunity to include a device mockup slide. This popular slide design that you"ll find in many Google presentations can help your audience picture how an ứng dụng works.

Slide 35 is the perfect way khổng lồ bởi vì that in our template. Again, it"s the same simple steps as you saw in prior designs: type over text và replace the image. On the right side, use the key points to lớn explain the value proposition & key features.

It"s also worth noting when you adjust those value points, you can use other icons included with the template to better represent your ideas. The template includes more icons in the tải về that you can use for your idea. Just drag & drop them onlớn the browser window khổng lồ add them.

After these simple tweaks, your tiện ích mockup is perfect for sharing your new idea!

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The finished device slide can help your audience picture the ứng dụng or trang web in action on mobile.

Learning how to make Google Slides presentations successfully is all about using templates as a head start. Skip the crash course in graphic design. Instead use Google Slides templates and tutorials khổng lồ launch your presentation to lớn success.

For more great templates khổng lồ customize, kiểm tra out these helpful resources:

Learn More About Using Google Slides (Tutorials & Resources on Tuts+)

To learn even more about how khổng lồ use GoogleSlides, we"ve sầu got some great material in our Google Slides Ultimate Tutorial Guide. Sample some of the best Google Slides tutorials at the liên kết below:

Download Our Free PDF eBook on Making Great Presentations

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Make a Great Presentation in 2020 With Google Slides

There many quiông xã tips, professional workflows, & useful tips khổng lồ help you make a great presentation with Google Slides. It"s time to fire it up & get started! Why not choose a Google Slides presentation template today và get started?

If you"ve sầu got any further questions or suggestions about Google Slides, feel miễn phí to leave a phản hồi below.

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Editorial Note: Thispost was originally published in năm trước. It"s been comprehensively revised tomake it current, accurate, và up lớn date by our staff—with special assistancefrom Laura Spencer and Andrew Childress.