AI is popping up throughout Microsoft Office and Office 365. Today in 365 Ideas for Office 365 we will be looking at Designer, one of the ways PowerPoint harnesses AI to benefit teachers and students in creating presentations by doing the design heavy-lifting and letting us focus on the content. Even before I enter any content, I can use the Design tool to get started. By clicking on the Design tab and then Design Ideas you can choose from some suggested themes. But that’s not so different from just choosing a theme when you create a new presentation, like we covered here last week.
When Designer becomes uniquely useful is when you have started adding content to slides and designer pops open in a window to the right to make suggestions about how to arrange the content. This generally happens when you add an image to a slide, but if it doesn’t pop up automatically, you can open it yourself anytime.
As soon as I added this image (by insert online image) the suggestions to the right popped up 0n my screen. (As an added bonus, notice that it also added Alt Text automatically to keep it accessibility- compliant. You can edit this as needed.)
Designer Slide suggestions
If this doesn’t open automatically, simply click on the Design tab in the ribbon then the Design Ideas button on the far right.
Using Design Ideas from the Ribbon
Every time you add an image to a slide you can use the Design tool to arrange the image and any text on the slide. Simply choose any of the options that the AI Designer suggests for you.
This is one more of the many tools that Microsoft has built in so you and your students can spend your time and energy focusing on the content in your presentations and still have a fabulous looking presentation.
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