During this lesson on Sway, learn how to create a new Sway, import content into a Sway, search for content to add to a Sway, design a Sway, and finally share a Sway.
- [Instructor] Sway provides an easy way to create and share interactive reports, personal stories, presentations, and more. I like to think of Sway as a visual representation of our static content. Like maybe our newsletters. Let's go ahead and create a Sway to showcase the London location of the Landon Hotel. I'm just going to go ahead and click on Sway. We have three ways that we can create a Sway. First, we can create a brand new Sway. We can start one from a topic. If we have an existing document, we can use that.
For our demonstration today, we are going to create a new Sway. The first thing we see is our title card. Let's go ahead and add in a title for our Sway. Let's go ahead and add a background image for this. As you can see, we have some suggested searches made available to us. I want to look for something iconic that we all relate to when we think of London. I'm going to search on London. I think the London Bridge is something that we all think about when we think of London. Let's use that. We highlight it and just drag the image.
Now, let's go ahead and include some images of our hotel rooms into our Sway. I'm going to click the plus button. This will allow us to insert an additional card. We'd like to choose an image card. In this case, our images happen to be in OneDrive. To access OneDrive, I'm going to click on suggested. Then select OneDrive. Next, I'm going to go ahead and find those images. I'm going to highlight the image that I want. Then drag it over.
This happens to be the most popular hotel room within our London location. Therefore, I'm going to caption it as our most popular. I'm going to emphasize that text. That just makes it bold. Let's add in a couple additional images, but this time instead of including the individual tiles, I'm going to go ahead and bulk-add in a couple of images. To do that, I'm going to go ahead and select the images. And then just drag them to the Sway. You'll notice that the image cards were automatically created for us.
The last thing I'd like to do is add in a little bit of information about London. Let's go back to suggested searches. I'm just going to go ahead and take the London article from Wikipedia and drag that onto our Sway. That's the basic Sway done. This looks great, but let's see if we can add in a little bit more color to it. I'm going to pop in to design and because we're using the Landon Hotel as our example and their color scheme happens to be a little bit on the purplish side, let's go ahead and change our design to match the logo for the Landon Hotel.
Finally, I'd like to check my layout. Personally, I like my Sways to scroll vertically. I'm going to go ahead and click on the vertical layout. But you could go ahead and change it to horizontal if you wanted to as well. That's it. Our Sway is done. Let's go ahead and click play. Take a look at this in action. I'm going to scroll down. I can see the additional information in our Sway that we've already added. We can see our hotel rooms including the caption that this is our most popular room.
Finally, at the bottom we have our Wiki article. I can go ahead and actually just click on the caption and that'll bring up the information from that Wiki article. We can share our Sways as well. Simply click on the share icon and we'll provide the link, which we can then share. As you saw, Sway is a very powerful tool for creating interactive presentations. For more information and resources, please visit the Sway training center.
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- Using OneDrive and SharePoint
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