What's new in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

As an Office 365 subscriber, you regularly get new and improved Office 2016 features. Take a look below to see what's available to you today.

Latest updates for PowerPoint for Windows Desktop

See what's new and improved in the November 2017 feature update, Version 1711 (Build 8730.2122). Find your Office version

Export to 4K

When you export a presentation to video, 4K resolution is now an option.

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Screenshot of the Export dialog box showing the options available when creating a video based on a presentation

Run a slide with your digital pen *

Use your Surface pen, or any other pen with a Bluetooth button, to advance your slides.

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* Requires Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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October 2017

See what's new and improved in the October 2017 feature update, Version 1710 (Build 8625.xxxx). Find your Office version

Publish to Microsoft Stream

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Share a presentation as a video securely within your organization by using Microsoft Stream.

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Digital Pencil

Blue pencil

Write or sketch out ideas with our new pencil texture in any color.

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Learn with the New Office Training Center

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Do more with PowerPoint using the new templates, tips, and guides—all in the new Office Training Center.

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See what's new and improved in the August 2017 feature update, Version 1708 (Build 8431.2046).
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Insert 3D models to see all angles

Use 3D models to increase visual and creative impact in your documents, workbooks, presentations, and messages. Easily insert a 3D model, and then rotate it through 360 degrees. Bring 3D models to life in PowerPoint presentations with the Morph transition, which creates cinematographic animations between slides.

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PowerPoint Designer transforms more types of slides

Designer now recommends design ideas for timelines in a bulleted list.

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New ink effects   

Pen dropdown showing Ink Effects

Express your ideas with flair using metallic pens and ink effects like rainbow, galaxy, lava, ocean, gold, silver, and more.

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Quick access to attachments

The Attach icon

Ever struggled to find a file that was sent to you as an attachment? Worry no more! Just click File > Open> Shared with me.

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See what's new and improved in the July 2017 feature update, Version 1707 (Build 8326.2058).
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Revision highlighting

Slide with notification of change

PowerPoint keeps track of changes made in online documents. Turquoise highlighting calls your attention to changes you haven't seen yet.

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Helpful sounds improve accessibility

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Turn on audio cues to guide you as you work. Find it in Options > Ease of Access. No add-in needed.

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While you were away

Clock

Changes made to your presentation by others since your last visit are highlighted when you open the file.

See what's new and improved in the May 2017 feature update, Version 1706 (Build 8229.2073).
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Design suggestions for charts

PowerPoint Designer suggesting chart design ideas

When you insert a chart on a slide, PowerPoint Designer recommends layout ideas.

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Customizable, portable pen set

Pen gallery

Choose a personal set of pens, highlighters, and pencils for inking, and have them available to you across apps.

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See what's new and improved in the May 2017 feature update, Version 1705 (Build 8201.2075).
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Closed captions for video and video narrations

You can add closed captions to open up your presentation to a larger audience, such as people with hearing disabilities or those who speak languages other than the one in your video.

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Play closed captions or multiple audio tracks in PowerPoint

See what's new and improved in the April 2017 feature update, 1704 (Build 8067.2115).
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Insert recent links

Easily attach hyperlinks to recent cloud-based files or websites, and create meaningful display names for people using screen readers.

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Insert recent links

See what's new and improved in the March 2017 feature update, Version 1703 (Build 7967.2139)

QuickStarter

QuickStarter gives you research ideas and design suggestions for a presentation on a subject of your choosing. Just choose the QuickStarter template from File > New, and specify the subject you want to study.

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Make your images more accessible

PowerPoint automatically generates alt text for photographs when you add them to slides. (PowerPoint doesn't generate alt text for drawn images, such as clip art, diagrams, or icons.) For more information, see Add alt text to images.

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PowerPoint Alt Text for Images Feature

Introducing Dubai Font

Try the latest high-quality font family, optimized for legibility, and supporting Arabic and Western European languages.

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See what's new and improved in the February 2017 feature update, Version 1702 (Build 7870.2020).

Easier background removal

Background removal feature

We've made it easier to remove and edit the background of a picture. PowerPoint automatically detects the general background area; you no longer have to draw a rectangle around the foreground of your picture. The pencil for marking areas to keep or remove can now draw free-form lines, rather than being limited to straight lines.

You can now also draw free-form lines using the pencil Pencil used to draw tables for marking areas to keep or remove—no more being limited to drawing just straight lines.

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A straightedge for drawing straight lines

On devices that have touch screens, you can use the Ruler on the Draw tab of the ribbon to draw straight lines or to align a set of objects. The Ruler pivots to any position you want: horizontal, vertical, or anything in between: it has a degrees setting so that you can set it at a precise angle, if necessary.

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PowerPoint ruler feature

See what's new and improved in the December 2016 feature update, Version 1612 (Build 7668.2066).

View and restore changes in shared files

Office 2016 automatically saves versions of your SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business files while you’re working on them. These versions allow you to look back and understand how your PowerPoint files evolved over time and allow you to restore older versions in case you have made a mistake.

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View historical versions of Office files

Closed captions, subtitles, and multiple audio tracks

PowerPoint supports the playback of video with multiple audio tracks. It also supports closed captions and subtitles that are embedded in video files. 

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Play closed captions or multiple audio tracks in PowerPoint

See what's new and improved in the November 2016 feature update, Version 1611 (Build 7571.2072).

Edit with others in real time

Office Insiders who have an Office 365 subscription can use real-time collaboration with auto-save. This feature allows you to see what other users are doing (such as typing words) while they are doing it.

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Segment Eraser for ink drawings

Segment Eraser allows for precise control when you are tidying up an ink drawing. It erases ink back to where it intersects with another line.

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Use a digital pen to select and change ink objects

With a digital pen in hand, you can switch between inking mode and selection mode without needing to tap the selection tool on the ribbon. Use the pen to select an ink object.

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See what's new and improved in the October 2016 feature update, Version 1610 (Build 7466.2038).

Shared with Me

The Shared with Me view lets you see the files others have shared with you. After you’re invited into the presentation, that presentation will automatically appear in the Shared with Me list.

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SVG images

You can insert and edit scalable vector graphic (SVG) images in presentations to create sharp, well-designed content. SVG images can be re-colored, and they don't lose any quality if they are zoomed or resized.

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See what's new and improved in the September 2016 feature update, Version 1609 (Build 7369.2024).

Design ideas for process-oriented text

PowerPoint notices when you write a bulleted process list on a slide, and it reacts by offering to turn your text into a SmartArt graphic to represent that process.

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Better presentation recording

Shows the Recording Tab on the ribbon in PowerPoint 2016

The look and feel of presentation recording in PowerPoint is changing to an even better experience than it was before. You can use the Recording tab to create a presentation that includes recorded slides, screen recordings, narrations and audio, and videos. You can even embed quizzes and other apps in your presentation to make it more interactive for your audience.

You can also now change the ink color right from the palette in the recording pane, as well as use simpler controls to record narrations and audio.

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Ink replay

Ink Replay button

You can replay ink drawings on a slide. Play them forward or backward. This special effect allows you to hide and reveal content on your slides or emphasize individual elements in a group or series. You can see the order in which ink was drawn, pause the replay, and select the point to start the replay from.

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In-app feedback

Background removal feature

Have a comment or suggestion about Microsoft Office? We need your feedback to help us deliver great products. In PowerPoint, you can suggest new features, tell us what you like or what's not working by clicking File > Feedback.

See what's new and improved in the August 2016 feature update, Version 1608 (Build 7341.2032).

Modern, In-App Help and Support

Shows modern help and assistance in the Tell Me box for the search term "Crop".

Now, when you enter a search for a certain task, function, or question where it says Tell me what you want to do, you'll see a wide variety of options. If it's a quick task, PowerPoint will try to let you take care of it right from the Tell Me pane. If it's a more complex question, we'll show you help that we think best matches your needs. Try it out to see how fast you can find what you're looking for and get things done.

See what's new and improved in the July 2016 feature update, Version 1607 (Build 7167.2040).

Zoom for PowerPoint

Shows the Summary Section slide of a Summary Zoom in PowerPoint.

If you'd like to make your presentations more dynamic and exciting, try using Zoom for PowerPoint. When you create a Zoom in PowerPoint, you can jump to and from specific slides, sections, and portions of your presentation in an order you decide while you're presenting. There are three kinds of Zooms you can create: Summary Zooms, Slide Zooms, and Section Zooms.

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See what's new and improved in the June 2016 feature update.

Text Highlighter

Shows the text highlighter on the ribbon in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint now has a Text Highlighter similar to the one in Word, by popular demand! You can use it to pick different highlight colors to emphasize certain portions of the text in your presentations.

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See what's new and improved in the April 2016 feature update, Version 1604 (Build 6868.2062).

Enhanced collaboration

Collab Corner

Collaboration in PowerPoint 2016 is better than before. You can still share your PowerPoint 2016 presentation with others and work together in real time by using OneDrive or SharePoint. Now when you open your shared presentation, in a glance you can see who is working within the document and where. You can chat with them instantly by using Skype for Business and can view document activity, all from the top-right corner on the ribbon.

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Document activity

Version History icon

The new Activity pane lets you see the complete list of changes made so far, and gives you access to the earlier versions. Choose Activity on the ribbon to see the Activity pane.

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Comments

Comments

Now with one click on the ribbon you can make or view comments in your presentation. With enhanced collaboration, it's easier to reply to or resolve comments and mark them as complete.

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See what's new and improved in the January 2016 feature update, Version 1601 (Build 6568.2025).

Real-time Presence

Shows the icon indicating someone else is collaborating on a slide in PowerPoint 2016

Collaboration is getting better and better in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. When you share your presentation with others using OneDrive or Office 365 SharePoint, you can work together in real time. You can now not only see when others are working on the same shared presentation as you, but also see an indicator that shows you exactly what slides they're working on, and where in the slides they're working.

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Ink Annotation

On touch-enabled devices, you'll now see a Draw tab on the ribbon in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint where you can select inking styles and start making ink annotations directly in your files. In PowerPoint, you can also convert your ink drawings to Shapes by selecting them and then selecting Convert to Shapes. That way, you get the freedom of freeform drawing with the uniformity and standardization of Office graphic shapes.

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Black Theme

Shows the Black Theme in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The highest-contrast Office theme yet has arrived. To change your Office theme, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme. The theme you choose will be applied across all your Office apps.

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See what's new and improved in the November 2015 feature update, Version 1511 (Build 6366.2036).

Morph Transition

PowerPoint 2016 comes with a brand-new transition type, Morph, that can help you make smooth animations, transitions, and object movements across the slides in your presentation. To use the morph transition effectively, you'll need to have two slides with at least one object in common—the easiest way is to duplicate the slide and then move the object on the second slide to a different place, or copy and paste the object from one slide and add it to the next. Then, with the second slide selected, go to Transitions > Morph to see how morph can automatically animate, move, and emphasize your objects across slides.

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PowerPoint Designer

Example of the mobile version of PowerPoint Designer

PowerPoint Designer is a new service that generates a variety of ideas you can choose from to make your slides look better. When you add a photo or other unique visual content, the Designer pane opens automatically with several arrangement suggestions you can choose from to apply to your slide. Try it out by adding a photo to a title slide.

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See what's new and improved in the September 2015 feature update, Version 1509 (Build 4229.1024).

Do things quickly with Tell Me

shows the "tell me" search box on the ribbon in PowerPoint

You'll notice a text box on the ribbon in PowerPoint 2016 that says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases related to what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform. You also can choose to get help related to what you're looking for, or perform a Smart Lookup on the term you entered.

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Six new chart types

shows the new charts in PowerPoint2016

Visualizations are critical to effective data analysis as well as compelling storytelling. In PowerPoint 2016, we've added six new charts—with the same rich formatting options that you are familiar with—to help you create some of the most commonly used data visualizations of financial or hierarchal information or for revealing statistical properties in your data.

When you go to Insert > Chart on the ribbon, you'll now notice five new options that are especially well-suited for data visualization: Box and Whisker, Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram, (and within Histogram options, Pareto), and Waterfall.

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Insights into what you're working on

Shows the "Smart lookup" option in PowerPoint

The Insights pane, powered by Bing, offers more than just definitions. When you select a word or phrase, right-click it, and choose Smart Lookup, the insights pane will open with definitions, Wiki articles, and top related searches from the web. You can also get to Smart Lookup any time by going to Review > Smart Lookup and entering a query there.

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Ink Equations

Shows insert equations button on the ribbon in PowerPoint

Including math equations has gotten much easier. Now, you can go to Insert > Equation > Ink Equation, any time you want to include a complex math equation in your presentation. If you have a touch device, you can use your finger or a touch stylus to write math equations by hand, and PowerPoint will convert it to text. (If you don't have a touch device, you can use a mouse to write, too). You can also erase and select and correct what you've written as you go.

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Screen recording

Shows insert screen recording button in PowerPoint2016

Perfect for demonstrations, you can now include screen recordings in your PowerPoint presentations with just a few clicks. Just set up whatever you'd like to record on your screen, then go to Insert > Screen recording, and you'll be able to select a portion of your screen to record, capture what you need, and insert it directly into your presentation in one seamless process.

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Simpler sharing

Shows the Share pane dialog in PowerPoint

Choose the Share tab on the ribbon to share your presentation with others on SharePoint, OneDrive, or OneDrive for Business.

Better conflict resolution

Shows conflicting changes dialog in PowerPoint

Now, when you're collaborating with others on a presentation and there are conflicts between changes you've made and changes others have made, you'll see a side-by-side comparison of the slides with conflicting changes, so you can easily choose visually between which changes you'd like to keep.

Improved version history

Now you can go to File > History to see a complete list of changes that have been made to your presentation and access earlier versions. (This feature is only supported for files stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint.)

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Colorful, Dark Gray, and White Office Themes

Office Theme pull down menu, Colorful, Dark Gray, and White theme options

There are now four Office themes that you can apply to PowerPoint: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, and White. To access these themes, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

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Better video resolution

Now, when you export your presentation as a video, you can choose to create a file with resolution as high as 1920 x 1080, which is great for presentations on larger screens.

(This feature is also available in PowerPoint 2013 if you have the most recent updates.)

Improved Smart Guides

Smart Guides no longer turn off when you insert a table. Now you can use them to make sure everything, tables included, is aligned properly on your slides.

(This feature is also available in PowerPoint 2013 if you have the most recent updates.)

Quick Shape Formatting

This feature increases the number of default shape styles by introducing new “preset” styles with theme colors to quickly get the look you want.

Latest updates for PowerPoint Insiders

See what's new and improved in the November 2017 feature update, Version 1711 (Build 8730.2046).
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Export to 4K

When you export a presentation to video, 4K resolution is now an option.

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Screenshot of the Export dialog box showing the options available when creating a video based on a presentation

Run a slide with your digital pen *

Use your Surface pen, or any other pen with a Bluetooth button, to advance your slides.

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* Requires Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Chat with co-authors

Collaborate more effectively by chatting with co-authors without leaving PowerPoint.

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