How to Use PowerPoint's Designer for Easier Presentations

 

How to Use PowerPoint's Designer for Easier Presentations

Like many folks (me included), you might have switched from Microsoft PowerPoint to a simpler and more engaging presentation tool like Canva or Prezi. But if you haven't been keeping up, you might not be aware of PowerPoint's standout feature: Designer.

What is the Designer Feature?

Designer in Microsoft PowerPoint is a handy tool. It looks at what's on your slide and offers design ideas. With just a click, you can turn your text and pictures into a polished slide.

What's even better, even if you're good at creating impressive slides on your own, Designer makes it much quicker. It gives you a better place to begin than a completely empty page, as many of its ideas might already be quite similar to what you're aiming for.

Using PowerPoint Designer for Effortless Presentations

Utilizing Designer is quite straightforward once you get the hang of it. In this demonstration, we'll employ ChatGPT to produce text for slides, specifically for a simple PC repair tutorial. Then, we'll utilize Midjourney to create visuals for each slide. If you're interested in learning how to incorporate these AI tools into your presentation, we've put together a guide for PowerPoint featuring ChatGPT and Midjourney that you can check out.

Regardless of whether you're using these tools or entering everything by hand, the initial step is to insert the text and pictures into each slide. Just type or copy your text into PowerPoint and include any pictures that are relevant. If you don't have images, that's okay. In certain cases, Designer can supply them. You don't need to worry about arranging or adjusting the placement of your content.

Using PowerPoint Designer for Effortless Presentations

After placing your text and images in the slides, go to the Home tab and click on the "Designer" button located on the far right.

Using PowerPoint Designer for Effortless Presentations

This will show you a variety of design options for your current slide. Sometimes, the Designer might have already opened on its own. If that's the case, you can skip this step, of course.

Using PowerPoint Designer for Effortless Presentations

Pick the design that you find most appealing from the options provided. If you don't see something that matches what you're looking for, you can click on the option to generate more designs at the bottom. Once you've found a design you like, you can make adjustments or edits to any part of it.

Using PowerPoint Designer for Effortless Presentations

Follow these steps for every slide until your entire slideshow is done, and you're all set to deliver an impressive presentation. It's worth mentioning that even if we didn't manually add a picture to this slide, Designer, based on the text and the theme of the presentation, suggested some images and clip art it believes are fitting.

Using PowerPoint Designer for Effortless Presentations

If it deems the text you've inputted as fitting for the presentation, it will also generate charts and diagrams in an infographic style. This can save you a significant amount of time.

You may still need to adjust slide timing or include notes, but thanks to the Designer tool, PowerPoint has transformed from a time-consuming slideshow creation process to one of the quickest methods for completing this typical work or school task.

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