PowerPoint Designer—what’s new and what’s next

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Four months ago, we launched PowerPoint Designer and Morph, new intelligent tools in PowerPoint that automate the creation of slides and presentations. This marked the starting point of an evolution PowerPoint is undergoing to help users unlock even more value from the app. Since then, Designer has saved our customers millions of clicks based on the amount of designs generated on a daily basis—illustrating the value of great design made easy. At launch we gave some insight into the future of Designer and how we would continue to evolve this feature as a core benefit to our users.

Today, we are introducing three enhancements of Designer that give users even more creative options and greater visual impact, all within seconds:

Multiple images

With support for multiple images, you can now insert more than one image to represent your big idea visually. Currently, all PowerPoint themes support two images, while the specific Office and Gallery themes support up to four images. This is just the beginning. Designer will expand over time to allow you to insert even more images across all PowerPoint themes.

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Color extraction

New color extraction capabilities add even more value to Designer’s automated recommendations by extrapolating the most visually impactful color option from your inserted picture and then applying that color to your existing slide. The color extraction choice is based on functional design principles, such as light colors on top of dark backgrounds for maximum effect. With color extraction capabilities, Designer takes the concept of high-quality professional slides and turns it up a notch. Color extraction currently works with the new Gallery theme and will continue to roll out across the other native PowerPoint themes within the upcoming months.

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Facial recognition

Facial recognition enhancement improves Designer’s cropping capabilities for images with faces by identifying people in an image and then optimizing the position of their faces—making faces the most important element in the picture. By incorporating facial recognition, Designer can now avoid cropping out portions or all of someone’s face, keeping it intact within the design layout.

What’s next?

We are excited about the progress Designer is making and the value it continues to bring to our customers. Designer will continue to evolve based on the learnings and customer feedback. Shortly, you can expect to see new Designer capabilities that will provide our users with better visual options for things like bulleted text, data points and lists.

Buy Office 365 now to experience Designer and get the Office 2016 apps and other exciting new enhancements.

  1. Hi, I have Office 2016 licence nad Office 365 too. But on my notebook I have install Office 2016 licence, how can I switch i to Office 365 without complicated unistall and installing from Office 365 again?

      • Thanks for answer, but this solution doesn´t work for me. Installation from Office365 started and do something a while and end with sucess. But I still have a Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 licence :/

  2. Plz make some improvements to Office 2016 (not 365) users.

    – Possibility to activate Office without Microsoft Account, but just with the key… Like the key is the user. With the key you can access Office installation, etc.
    – Some features updates, but when a new version of Office is released need to buy another Office to get more features.

    What’s so difficult about that?

  3. Did the PowerPoint Team fix it to where you can have slides in the same presentation in the portrait and landscape view?

  4. I don’t have either of these feature in my PowerPoint. My school has Office 365 Pro. I’ve updated the suite many times.

    • Hi Sharon – You can check if you have Designer two ways: insert an image into a slide using a PowerPoint native theme and it should launch automatically, OR you can go to the design tab in the ribbon to see if you have the Design Ideas button. That is also another way to trigger PowerPoint Designer when you have added images to your slide. Hope this helps.

  5. How can I create a CD booklet insert using PowerPoint. I have text and pictures. I want to overlay some text over some of the pictures. Is there a template to create a fold-over 4.6″ X 9.5″ ?

  6. This tools are awesome!
    I believe that new presentations will be ideal and looks absolutely outstanding.
    Especially I liked the Color extraction capabilities.
    The few qustions
    Can I get this tools additionally to already bought Office 365?
    How much it costs?


  7. Hello, I have PowerPoint 2013 on my laptop. I create presentations with music in them for church. Trying to go wireless at church and use Chromecast on a TV to send the presentation to the TV from my Samsung Tab tablet. I have moved my powerpoint file to the tablet. After it is on the tablet I can’t play the music. I tap on the link for the song and it wants me to copy or delete the link. How do I get the song to play? Thank you

  8. Hi, I have an Office 2016 Licence. Is there a possibility to install PowerPoint Designer and Morph on my Laptop??

  9. I have Office 2016 and a Windows 7 (64 bit) machine. I am not able to upload to the Office Mix. When I sign-in with my Google account I keep getting a message that my browser is not up-to-date (which is not the case). If I sign in with my Microsoft account, the Loading message keeps hanging on and there is a continuous clicking sound in the background.

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