What's PowerPoint Designer?


PowerPoint Designer is a new service that lets you take your content and automatically generate a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. While you're putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.

Designer adds style to your slides that have photos.

Designer enhances photos on slides with a single click.

Designer also turns text into an easily readable SmartArt graphic.

PowerPoint Designer  turns process-oriented text into a graphic.

Design Ideas for pictures

PowerPoint Designer automatically suggests options for you when you're online and you add a picture to your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. Select the slide that you want to add a picture to.

  2. Go to Insert > Pictures and choose the picture you want to add.

  3. The first time you use Designer, a message will appear asking your permission to get design ideas for you. If you want to use Designer, select Let's Go.

    Note: To learn more, see the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

    Shows the inital message that appears when the PowerPoint Designer is invoked

    After you select “Let’s Go,” PowerPoint will automatically show you design ideas when you upload photographic content. For example, try adding one of your photos on your title slide. Designer will open a task pane for you with a wide range of suggestions. Selecting a thumbnail will apply that design idea to your slide.

    Shows an example of Design Ideas for PowerPoint

    You can bring up Designer any time by going to Design > Design Ideas.

Design Ideas for process-oriented text

PowerPoint Designer 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.

  1. Type your bullet items. If Designer detects words that indicate you are describing an ordered process, it opens a small callout window on the right side.

    Sample of a basic slide that PowerPoint Designer can change to a graphic
  2. Click the window to open the Design Ideas pane.

    The pane opens and shows several graphical depictions of your process to choose from.

  3. Click to select the one you want, or else close the window. If you select one of the ideas, your text is changed to a SmartArt graphic that you can continue to edit.

    Designer suggests ways to turn text into easily readable SmartArt.

Don't see any PowerPoint Designer suggestions?

If there are no Design Ideas available for you, a few things might be the cause. First of all:

  • Make sure you're connected to the Internet. PowerPoint Designer goes online to get its Design Ideas.

  • Use a theme that comes with PowerPoint (not a custom theme or one that you've downloaded from elsewhere).

Following are other things you can do to troubleshoot.

No design ideas for slides with pictures?

  • Make sure your slide has either the Title or Title + Content slide layout applied.

  • Don't use any additional objects or shapes on the same slide as your photo.

  • Use a maximum of two photos (.JPG, .PNG, .GIF, or .BMP) per slide, and make sure they're larger than 200 x 200 pixels in size.

No design ideas for process-based slides?

  • Make sure your slide has the Title + Content slide layout applied.

  • Don't use any additional photos, objects, or shapes on the same slide as your process text.

Because Designer is a brand new service, it is still learning new tricks. If Designer can’t generate high-quality options for you, it won’t show any options at all. We're working hard to support more of your content, and over time Designer will be able to generate great design ideas in more situations. And of course, if you don’t find Designer useful, you can turn it off by going to File > Options > General, and then clearing the box that says Enable PowerPoint Designer.

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