Create Professional Slide Layouts with PowerPoint Designer

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PowerPoint continues to be the tool of choice for many in the business world for creating presentations. So, with just a little bit of work, your presentations can look much better than just a series of bullet points.

PowerPoint Design Ideas

One way to stand out is to use the PowerPoint Morph Transition.

Another way to make your presentations stand out is to learn to use the new PowerPoint Design Ideas.

PowerPoint Design Ideas

The PowerPoint Designer improves slides for Office 365 subscribers by automatically generating design ideas to choose from. While you’re adding content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.

PowerPoint Design Ideas is a subscriber-only, Office 365 feature. If you don’t see the Design Ideas, the PowerPoint Designer toolbar button, or you don’t see certain features described here, then you might not have access.

How to Get Design Ideas

It is easy to get design ideas. When you start a blank presentation and enter words on the slide, Design Ideas creates a list of recommended high-quality photos that reflect the slide text, plus a design scheme with colors that complement the photograph you choose. All the slides in the presentation will fit together visually.

You are in complete control of which designs you add to your slide.

  1. Ask for design ideas any time by choosing Design > Design Ideas on the PowerPoint Designer toolbar button on the ribbon.
  2. Scroll through the suggestions in the Design Ideas pane on the right side of the window.
  3. Click to select the design you want or close the window. If you choose an idea, your slide is changed accordingly.

You can also select another idea from the pane or go back to your original slide design: Press Ctrl+Z to undo a design change you’ve just selected.

The Design Ideas will depend on the layout design of the slide. A title slide will provide various Title options. PowerPoint Designer detects pictures, charts, or tables on a slide and gives you several suggestions for arranging them in a cohesive, attractive layout.

More Visuals, Less Text

Too much text on your slide? Design Ideas can turn text such as lists, processes, or timelines into an easily readable graphic. Bulleted lists get suggestions for an icon to accompany each bullet item. If you don’t like a suggested image, select it, and use the replacement button.

PowerPoint Designer also watches for key terms and concepts that it has illustrations for, and it shows you those illustrations in various layouts. The illustrations come from the Office 365 icons library.

Turn Off PowerPoint Designer

If you don’t want PowerPoint Designer to automatically offer suggestions, turn it off by:

  1. Going to the File menu, click Options.
  2. In the PowerPoint Options dialog box, click the General tab on the left, then scroll toward the bottom and clear the Automatically show me design ideas checkbox.

PowerPoint Design Ideas is a quick and easy way to improve your presentation. I have been incorporating them into my presentations for the last few months.

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