Create in Sway

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.
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