Sway Quick Start

Sway is a digital storytelling app for work, school, and home that makes it quick and easy to create and share interactive reports, presentations, newsletters, personal stories, and more.

  • Easily compile text, images, videos, and other content in an interactive online format.

  • Apply designer-created layouts and color schemes, or let Sway suggest design elements that match your content.

  • Search and import relevant content from other sources.

  • Share your completed Sways on the web.

Sign in

  1. Go to sway.com.

  2. Select Sign in on the top menu bar with your Microsoft account or work or school account for Office 365.

Note: Sway is free to use for anyone with a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live, or Outlook.com). You can create more-sophisticated Sways with more content when you use Sway as part of an Office 365 subscription. For more information, see Add more content to your Sways with Office 365.

Sign in button on the toolbar.

Connect from Office 365 for business

If you’re already working online within your organization’s Office 365 environment, you can connect to the Sway home page from the app launcher.

  1. Go to the Office 365 home page, or select the app launcher App Launcher at the top of the browser window.

  2. Select the Sway tile on the home page or in the app pane.

Note:  If you prefer to use an app, Sway apps are available for Windows 10 and iOS devices. You can find the free Sway app for your Windows 10 device in the Microsoft Store, or for your iPhone or iPad in the App Store.

Screenshot of the App Pane with the Sway tile active.

Start creating

You can create a new Sway from scratch, from content in an existing file, or from a topic.

  1. Select Get started.

  2. On the Welcome to Sway page, select one of the following:

    • Create New - to start from scratch.

    • Start from a topic - to have Sway provide base content for you. Type your topic in the Enter a topic box, and then select Create outline.

      Note: If Sway can’t find enough public data for the topic, Sway suggests related topics. Select the most relevant topic, and then select Create Outline.

    • Start from a document - to import content from an existing file. Browse to and select the file, and then select Open.

Composite screenshot of the Welcome To Sway screen and the QuickStarter topic entry pane.

Get to know the Storyline

The Storyline is where you type, insert, edit, and format the content that tells your story. Here are some Storyline basics:

  • Content is arranged in sequential order by adding “cards.”

  • Each card holds the type of content you want—such as text, images, videos, and even Office documents.

  • You can rearrange the cards at any time to suit your needs.

Sway Storyline tab.

Give your Sway a title

  1. Select the Title your Sway placeholder text shown in the first card on the Storyline.

  2. Type a short but meaningful description of what your Sway is all about.

Note: When you create a Sway based on a topic or document, the title is prepopulated for you based on the topic or file name.

Screenshot of the Title Your Sway input box.

Add content to your Sway

  1. Select the + icon at the bottom of the card you want to add content after.

  2. Select text, image, video, or other content types.

Screenshot of the Insert Content option.

Find content to add to your Sway

You can search for and add additional content to your Sway, such as an image that is stored on your computer or mobile device. Sway can also search the web for relevant content, such as videos, and add it to your Sway.

  1. Select Insert on the menu bar.

  2. Select the content source menu, and then select the content source you want to search.

  3. Type any search keyword or phrase into the Search sources box.

  4. Select Search The Office Support site Toggle Search button. .

Expanded search source menu.

Change the design

  1. In the Design tab on the menu bar, select Styles.

  2. Select the theme you want.

  3. Select Customize in the Styles pane to adjust a specific part of the currently applied theme, such as color, font choices, and the emphasis of animation.

Tip: You can select Remix! in the Styles pane to apply a random design to your Sway at any time. Select Remix! repeatedly until you find a design that suits your taste.

Screenshot of Sway design thumbnails.

Change the layout

  1. Select the Design tab on the menu bar.

  2. In the Styles pane, select whether your content should scroll vertically, scroll horizontally, or appear like a presentation.

Screenshot of Sway layout thumbnails.

Preview your Sway

When you preview your Sway, you can see how it will appear to others when you share it.

  • Preview your work in progress at any time by clicking the Design tab.

  • Select Play on the top menu bar to fully experience your Sway (including any interactivity options that you’ve added).

Sway Design tab.

Share your Sway

It’s easy to share your finished Sways. Family, friends, classmates, and coworkers can see your creations on the web without signing up, signing in, or downloading anything.

  1. Select Share on the top menu bar.

  2. Select an option for sharing your Sway.

    Note: Your choices on this menu depend on the type of account that you used to sign in to Sway. You can change the privacy settings for any Sway whenever you want more control over what you share.

For a more detailed look at all available sharing options, see Share your Sway.

Screenshot of the Sway Share pane.
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