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- [Instructor] My name is Jess Stratton, and welcome to this week's edition of PowerPoint Tips Weekly. I'm going to show you how easy it is to create great looking slides, even if you don't have a good eye for design. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, you can use a feature called Designer to design your slides for you. There's a few ways you can invoke Designer while in PowerPoint. The first way is to add an image to your slide. I have a very basic title slide open. I'll change to the Insert ribbon tab, choose Pictures, and browse from some products to choose from.
I'll chose a dvd, click Insert, and it's going to get dumped right on top of my text, however, a new pane has opened up on the right-hand side. If this is the first time you're using Designer, you may have to give PowerPoint permission to send your slide out over the internet using a secured connection to bring the ideas back. Now you can browse some Design Ideas and ways that you can arrange the text and the image on the slide. Clicking on each idea will show you what it looks like full screen in the slide.
You can go through each suggestion, and for whichever one you choose, you don't have to do anything. You can simply leave the slide the way it is. It comes with a lot of choices for you that are very different. When you found one that you like, you can click the X to close out of the design pane. If you didn't have anything happen, check to make sure you are indeed an Office 365 subscriber. To do that, click File on the top left-hand side of the screen, click Account, and make sure that it says that it's a Subscription Product in the Product Information area.
If you are a subscriber and you still don't see it, you can also make sure you've updated your version of PowerPoint in the same place. Click Update Options, and then choose Update Now. I'm going to click the arrow on the top left-hand side to go back. Let's go over the second way that you can bring about Designer. I'm going to click once on a completely separate slide that I just created. This one is very boring, and it contains old-fashioned bullet points. Let's make this more polished and professional.
To invoke it, change to the Design ribbon tab, and all the way on the right-hand side, click Design Ideas. This button is going to appear when you have a new version of PowerPoint that includes Designer. The pane will open up, and here you can choose from some fantastic polished slides. As you can see, it knew there was a timeline in my slide and it adjusted accordingly. It gives me some great color choices, and I can scroll through varying degrees of types of timelines to choose from.
If you start using Designer a lot, you'll notice that it can account for a lot of different ways that your items might appear on the screen and adjust accordingly. I'm going to scroll up and choose this nice-looking one. That's a brief overview of PowerPoint Designer. If you can't figure out nice ways that are modern to get your slides looking professional, play around with Designer and see what PowerPoint can come up with. Once again, my name is Jess Stratton, and this is PowerPoint Tips Weekly.
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