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#Microsoft365 Day 159: Get creative with Design Ideas in PowerPoint

I’ve written about this before, but the video will actually show you how the magic happens. If you think you’re not creative, think again!! Design Ideas in PowerPoint allows for anyone to create beautiful presentations – in seconds.

Purpose of this blog challenge:  I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found  https://tracyvanderschyff.com/microsoft-365/ . I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

“You can also find me contributing to REgarding 365. I’m a member of a group of enthusiasts, sharing their stories, thoughts and opinions about Microsoft 365. Catch us at https://regarding365.com | @regarding365 on Twitter and regarding365 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/regarding365

Disclaimer:  I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines.

Day 325 – Getting those bullets to work in Design Ideas – Microsoft PowerPoint

ATOI365D #Office365Challenge I’ve seen a couple of tweets about the bullet points not working in PowerPoint Designer. I’ve tried, tried and tried again (maybe an update has come through) and Voila – I got it working.


Day:  325 of 365, 40 left
Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016, PowerPoint
Description: Getting those bullets to work in Design Ideas – Microsoft PowerPoint
Audience:  All

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What does Microsoft Say? 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.. Read more…

This update was released November 2015.

Yesterday I covered the basics around using Designer in PowerPoint – now let’s see about those bullets shall we?

Using PowerPoint Designer for your bullets:

  • I couldn’t get it to work with Bullets – only with numbers.
  • I eventually got it to work with bullets – but only sometimes 🙂
  • You have to use a layout – I used Title and Content
  • If PowerPoint detects that you’re busy listing a process – it will start making suggestions
  • It doesn’t always work – but it sure is worth trying. I’ve had success changing between bullets and numbers, and changing the words a bit.

So let’s ignore the rules and just try it out:

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Type the text and heading, click on the Design Tab > Design Ideas. You will see the task pane opens on the right where it starts showing suggestions immediately:

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Here are the results I got – remember that this took mere seconds to create:

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Please try this. And retry. Send feedback to Microsoft – this will only get better!!

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

#Microsoft365 Day 134: PowerPoint Designer ups its game AGAIN!

#Microsoft365 #Office365 #PowerPoint Everyone knows I LOVE PowerPoint, I even had a Powerpuff girl tattooed on my arm and called her PowerPoint Zoom. I’ve (incorrectly) used PowerPoint for years to design some crazy graphics that I used on my sites etc. Yes, there are programs more suited for this (the new Windows Paint 3D is amazing), but I was stubborn and refused to buy or learn how to use other software. I’m SO glad. 🙂

 

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

DISCLAIMER:  I WRITE ARTICLES ABOUT OFFICE / MICROSOFT 365. CONTENT IS ACCURATE AT TIME OF PUBLICATION, HOWEVER UPDATES AND NEW ADDITIONS HAPPEN DAILY WHICH COULD CHANGE THE ACCURACY OR RELEVANCE. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN USING MY BLOGS AS GUIDELINES.

I’ve written previous posts about the Designer in PowerPoint, but as you know, Office 365 brings us updates and new features on a regular basis. Sometimes the apps we use changes ‘right in front of our eyes’. It is something to get used to, but put effort in to try out new features and Microsoft / Office 365 will enable you to be the rock-star you should be.

PowerPoint Designer

PowerPoint Designer improves your slides by automatically generating design ideas that you can choose from. While you’re putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.

I will admit, didn’t like this much in the beginning. I’m an OCD, control freak. I’d rather spend hours doing something I know I can do on my own. Don’t want no computer making decisions for me (yup, that’s a Generation X speaking right there!!)  😦

I was SO wrong. When I eventually tried this I was blown away by how fast it offers me different designs to pick from and HOW much time it saves me.

It’s real simple to use:

  1. Add maximum 4 images to a (standard) slide which has the banner / content parts on

  2. If it doesn’t start doing it’s magic on its own, go to Designs Tab > Design Ideas

  3. Select the design you like

  4. If the designs don’t render, take a look at the size of your images, I’ve found that images too big don’t work (might also be cause I’m stuck in South Africa and work on an ADSL slower than an old dial up at times.


See below examples that was rendered in seconds:

Design Idea Example 1:


Design Idea Example 2:


Design Idea Example 3:


Design Idea Example 4:


Design Idea Example 5:


Design Idea Example 6:


Design Idea Example 7:


Design Idea Example 8:


Other Resources:

What’s new in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Other PowerPoint Designer Blogs

Create professional slide layouts with PowerPoint Designer


Purpose of this blog challenge:  I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

#Microsoft365 Day 57: Take the boring out of bullet points with PowerPoint Designer

#Microsoft365 – The content you have for your presentations is real important – but if it’s boring – it will have a negative impact on your outcome. Let’s take a look at using #PowerPoint Designer to change the way your bullet or numbered lists look.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

PowerPoint Designer is a relatively new tool in Office 365 that allows you change the design and layout of your bullets / numbered lists.

Good to know:

  • Must be Office 365 Subscriber
  • Connected to internet
  • Use slide layouts with Title or Title & content
  • No additional objects or shapes on same slide as bullets
  • PowerPoint theme – not custom downloaded theme
  • Will not work while co-authoring

How to:

  • Insert bullets or numbered lists
  • Click on Design Tab > Design Ideas
  • Select the design you would like to use
  • See video below for step by step (I used Recording in PowerPoint to make the video)

Note:  I’ve said this many times – writing blogs helps me learn and improve my writing skills. Creating videos on the other hand has made me aware of how often I say ‘Um’ and use filler words. Shocking! We’ll have to ‘um’ work on that 🙂

 Resources:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Feel free to #AskBraam if you have questions or would like me to write about a specific topic. I’ve created a Flow to monitor Twitter for the #AskBraam hashtag and will try my best to incorporate any questions into the blogs, or answer them directly on Twitter. This is a “Learning through Sharing” approach to teach my pet sheep about Microsoft – read more on this here.

#Microsoft365 Day 56: Use PowerPoint Designer to UP your creative game

#Microsoft365 – So you think you’re not creative? Think again. Microsoft has added many features to the Office stack which helps us be more creative.Today we’ll take a look at the #PowerPoint Designer feature.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

PowerPoint Designer is a relatively new tool in Office 365 that allows you to add photos to PowerPoint and get help with your design layout.

Good to know:

  • Must be Office 365 Subscriber
  • Connected to internet
  • Use slide layouts with Title or Title & content
  • No additional objects or shapes on same slide as photos
  • PowerPoint theme – not custom downloaded theme
  • Maximum 4 photos
  • Photos must be larger than 200 x 200  pixels
  • Will not work while co-authoring

How to:

  • Insert photos (up to 4)
  • Click on Design Tab > Design Ideas
  • Select the design you would like to use
  • See video below for step by step

 

Resources:

Purpose of this blog challenge:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Feel free to #AskBraam if you have questions or would like me to write about a specific topic. I’ve created a Flow to monitor Twitter for the #AskBraam hashtag and will try my best to incorporate any questions into the blogs, or answer them directly on Twitter. This is a “Learning through Sharing” approach to teach my pet sheep about Microsoft – read more on this here.

Day 324 – Using PowerPoint Designer to make your slides ‘POP’!

ATOI365D #Office365Challenge Yes, yes… “Can you make it Pop?” is one of those Designer nightmare requests. I’m just kidding of course, but PowerPoint Designer really does make it “Pop”.


Day:  324 of 365, 41 left
Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016, PowerPoint
Description: Using PowerPoint Designer to make your slides ‘POP’!
Audience:  All

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What does Microsoft Say? 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.. Read more…

This update was released November 2015.

I was actually writing a different blog for today and wanted to reference this blog (that I was sure I had written a couple of weeks ago). Couldn’t find it for the life of me, so here goes.

Using PowerPoint Designer:

Using the Designer is quite straight forward – but there is a couple of ‘unspoken’ rules. I couldn’t get it to work using a blank slide and ended up using a layout that allows for images as well as captions / text. As you’ll see below I just randomly put some images and text in there. It also didn’t want to work with more than 4 images. Microsoft actually suggest no more than 2 images and always have a layout that at least has a title or a title + content:

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I then clicked on the Design Tab > Design Ideas. It opens the Design Ideas task pane on the right and immediately starts compiling different Design Ideas suggestions. Simply click on the design you like and Voila!!

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This is what I chose in the end. It was created in a matter of seconds – have you got any idea how long that would have taken me “by hand”??

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Here are some other examples I could have chosen from:

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Wow, it’s just crazy amazing. Great feature for creating brochures In practically NO TIME.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

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