In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to use the Designer tool to have PowerPoint use Intelligent Work Services to offer design suggestions for images, timelines, and dates.
- [Instructor] A feature that's unique to PowerPoint for Office 365 is the Designer tool. If you want a graphic designer, or just don't feel like you have a good eye for design, but you do have a working Internet connection, you can use Designer. Designer senses when you include an image onto a slide, and will suggest some custom layouts to compliment that image. You may decide to use one of those ideas, you might not like any of them, and you can just close out of the tool, there is no right or wrong, but it's there to help you if you need it.
Let's see it in action. I'm going to come down here to my first blank slide that I created. I'll insert an image by changing to the insert ribbon tab. I'll click Got It on the insert icon screen if that pops up on you. I'll click Pictures, and I'll browse to insert a picture onto my slide. I'll select it and choose Insert. And because I do have a working Internet connection, the Design Ideas tab pops up on the right hand side.
All of these are different ways that I can display this image to be a little more visually appealing on a slide. I can scroll through and see what PowerPoint has suggested for me. As soon as I click on one, it takes that form right on the slide. I can scroll through the list, try them all out, see which one I like. I do like this one, so I'll stick with it. As you can see, it's taken the image, cropped it, filled it up, so that it fills up the entire slide, and it's added some shapes over here.
I can close out of this Design Ideas tab by clicking the x on the top right hand side of the pane. Designer can even detect dates and times and design them in ways that are visually pleasing and easy to process for your audience. Let's take a look at this slide that I've created. This is really jarring. It's hard to read. It's nowt very nice to look at, and it's plain and boring. We can invoke the Designer tool. Change to the Design Ribbon tab, and all the way at the right hand side, click Design Ideas.
In just a few moments, you'll have a large list of new designs to choose from for this slide. I can click on each one, and see how it completely changes the look of the slide. Here's, it's added a timeline effect for me. Here it's used some icons. These are all very different, but as you can see it only took a few seconds for PowerPoint to design these.
So I can go through them, see which one I like. I think I like this nice timeline. It's easy and it's fun to read. So that's the design tool. Whether or not you want to use it is up to you, but it's there. At any time when you have a slide selected. Change to the Design Ribbon tab and click Design Ideas. If the Design Ribbon tab pops up and you don't want it, all you have to do is close out of it without clicking on anything.
If you'd rather never be prompted to use the Designer tool at all, you can disable it permanently. Click File on the top left hand side of the screen, go all the way down to the bottom of the screen and click Options. Make sure you've selected General on the top left hand side of the dialog box, and then uncheck Automatically Show Me Design Ideas in the PowerPoint Designer area. This will stop Designer from automatically making suggestions every time you insert an image onto your slide.
Click OK, and you're brought back to your presentation.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files