Microsoft Sway allows you to quickly convert existing documents, such as a PowerPoint presentation, into a Sway. Once you load the document, Sway will convert it into a storyline which you can then edit, alter, and customize. Use this feature to spice up some of your documents when sharing them with students.
- [Narrator] So we've taken a look at what a Sway looks like, as well as how to create one from scratch. The one that I created on photosynthesis now appears here in my library. In this video, however, I want to show you another way to create a Sway, and that is by uploading a document that you already have created. Now this could be a Word document. It could be a PowerPoint presentation. In this situation, I have a PowerPoint presentation that I want to convert into a Sway. So here I might have given a presentation or shared this with others, but now, if I want to say share it out to more people, and I want it to look a little bit more visually appealing and organized, I can do that by turning it into a Sway.
Let's take a look at how to do that. Now on the right-hand side of the Sway home page, I'm going to click on start from a document. From here it wants me to select from my computer the document I want to use. In this case, it's the Landon Hotel board of directors guide, and once I do this, it will start loading into Sway. This may take a little while, depending on the size of the document that you're loading. Okay, so now you can see that my PowerPoint has uploaded into Sway, and we can now see the storyline.
So in other words, I didn't go and enter all this information in. It recognized it from the presentation and then organized it the way it thought would look best. I must say that sometimes it's spot-on and the Sways look excellent; other times, you do have to play around with them a little bit. Let's take a look at what this Sway looks like. I'll go to the top right and click play. And here is the Sway. So as you can see, this is one that scrolls vertically, and you can see the way that they have this information organized, the images that go along with it.
I do actually like the way that this one looks, so I think it did a great job of converting this PowerPoint presentation into a Sway. Now if we didn't like the way it looked, we could click on edit. We could go in and change things. We could add cards, remove images, things like that, and then remember that we can change the design. So if I click on design up here at the top, I can go over to styles, and maybe I want it to be one that scrolls horizontally. And now it would go this way. Well, when I do that, I see that this image gets distorted. So I don't like that.
Going to go back to vertical. We can also change, perhaps, the style that we want to be. Let me go with a black and white theme. Might like the way this one looks. Little bit more professional. We have other ones, like this green one. And you can play around with them and find the one that you think works best. So if you have documents that you'd like to convert into Sways, say presentations or other documents that you share with students, I suggest checking out Sway and utilizing the start from a document feature.
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