Guidelines for creating and using polls in Slido in a MAC

If you are using an apple device for your presentation, please download and follow the PDF instructions below.

Guidelines for creating and using polls in Slido with WINDOWS

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to read these guidelines all the way through and to ensure full comprehension before commencing with creating your interactive questions.

Installing the Slido PowerPoint add-on

1. Open the download link found in your email, or by going to the website, and then click on the green “Download for Windows” button. When a pop-up window appears, click the “Save File” button.

How to install the add-on

2. Once the file has downloaded, double-click on the file to run the installer. When the installer opens, click “Next”.

How to run the installer

3. Choose the installation folder and click “Next”, then click “Install”. Once installed, click “Finish” and pop-up box will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. From this, click “Open PowerPoint” and PowerPoint will automatically open.

How to install

4. Once PowerPoint has opened, you will notice that a new green Slido button has appeared in the Home ribbon along the top of the screen. This indicates that you have successfully installed the Slido PowerPoint add-on.

Add-on in PowerPoint


Create a Slido poll in PowerPoint

1. Open the Slido link in your email. If you have already created an account, click “Log in to your account” and enter your email address and password. If you have not used Slido before, simply insert your name, email address, password, and choose the role of “Lecturer / Teacher”, and then click the green “Create account” button.


2. Once logged in, you will be taken to the event. The name of the session along the top can be used to confirm you are in the correct session.

Confirm session

3. Now open your prepared PowerPoint presentation and navigate down the left side to the slide that will precede your question slide. Next, click on the green Slido button in the ribbon running along the top of the screen.

Open slido in your prepared PPT

4. A Slido panel will open on the right side of the screen. Click the “Log in” button – your browser will automatically open while you are being logged in, but then you will be taken back to your PowerPoint presentation.

Slido Panel in PPT

5. In the Slido panel, click on the session that associates with your presentation.

Confirm your session

6. From the list of options that appear in the Slido panel, click “Multiple choice”. You may notice that there are already some “existing polls” available. These are questions that have already been added by other speakers for their own presentations in the same session. Please make sure you do not DELETE these existing polls or ADD them to your own presentation.

Adding polls

7. Write your question in the top line and then add the multiple-choice answers below, making sure to select the correct answer by clicking the small tick icon to the left of the correct answer. Once done, click the blue “Add to presentation” button.

Add your question

8. A new slide will automatically be created below the slide you selected, displaying the question and the slido logo. This indicates that you have correctly added the poll to your presentation.

Add slide

9. You can now go through your presentation and add all your questions by repeating the previous steps.

Using a Slido poll in PowerPoint

Once you have added all your questions to the slideshow using the previously described method, you are ready to give a presentation with live polls. Using the polls is as simple as moving through your PowerPoint presentation as you normally would.

Open your PowerPoint presentation and change into presenter mode. As you move through the slides and reach the Question slide, the screen will automatically change to display the question. A white screen with the Slido logo in the middle will appear while the question loads, followed by the question slide. In the top-right corner, you will notice a counter that indicates how many people have already voted.


Be sure to remain on this slide until you are ready to reveal the correct answer. It is a good idea to give the audience at least one minute to answer the questions, particularly to account for the short delay that can often occur between your presentation and the live broadcast. After the allotted time has passed, or once you are happy with the number of answers you have received as indicated by the counter, move to the next slide to reveal the correct answer and to see how people voted.

Showing the correct answer

Once you have finished discussing the answer, simply move to the next slide to continue your presentation.

ADDIT: If at any point this pop-up window appears: Simply click “No”. This ensures participants cannot continue to answer after the correct answer has already been revealed.

Active Polls