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Frequently Asked Questions about Copilot in PowerPoint

Copilot in PowerPoint elevates your presentations with efficiency and creativity - create, summarize, ask questions, and refine your work. Copilot in PowerPoint can help you draft content, transform a Word file into a presentation, generate summaries, ask questions about your document, and get ideas about specific topics.

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Copilot in PowerPoint combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with PowerPoint functionality to draft new content, summarize content, and chat with Copilot capabilities in real-time to help you stay in the flow of ideas and be more productive.

  • Generate a presentation by asking Copilot what you want to write about, with no files referenced.

  • Generate a presentation based on the content of an existing Word document, with support for one file at a time. This is only available to users licensed with Copilot for Microsoft 365.

  • Provide a summary of a presentation through a chat interface.

  • Provide answers to your questions based on the content in a presentation through a chat interface.

  • Create text content through a chat interface.

Copilot in PowerPoint can only be used with PowerPoint files (.ppt, .pptx) and needs an internet connection.  

Copilot for Microsoft 365 has specific requirements for app version, license, network, and privacy settings. If you don't have Copilot available in the ribbon and you think you should have it, verify that you meet the Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 Requirements.

Creating a presentation from a file is not currently available to Copilot Pro users.

For users licensed with Copilot for Microsoft 365, we only support creating a presentation based off a single Word file, which can be referenced by typing “/” in the Copilot compose box and picking the file you want to use. For more information, see Create a new presentation.

Also, Copilot is currently limited in the number of words it can process per prompt. For more information about processing longer files, see Keeping it short and sweet: a guide on the length of documents that you provide to Copilot.

Using your organization’s branding is only available to users licensed with Copilot for Microsoft 365.

You can use any PowerPoint presentation or template file with your corporate brand as a template. You can create a new presentation from your corporate template or save a copy of your presentation with your corporate branding to create a new presentation with Copilot.

To experience the best results with Copilot, follow the guidance at Use your organization's branding with Copilot in PowerPoint. You may need help from your template creators and IT admin to modify corporate templates and publish them in your Organization Asset Library (OAL).

English, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Portuguese (Brazil), Italian, and Chinese Simplified are supported in Copilot scenarios. The quality is expected to be highest in English, while in other languages the quality is expected to be improved over time. More languages and locales will be added in the future. Find more information at Microsoft Copilot supported languages.

The suggestions from Copilot in PowerPoint are from AI, and we highly recommend users to review the suggestions before accepting them.

Copilot in PowerPoint was evaluated through extensive manual and automatic testing on top of Microsoft internal usage and public data. More evaluation was performed over custom datasets for offensive and malicious prompts (user questions) and responses. In addition, Copilot in PowerPoint is continuously evaluated with user online feedback.

Copilot in PowerPoint has been reviewed by our Responsible AI (RAI) team. We follow RAI principles and have implemented:

  • Responsible AI handling pipeline to mitigate the risks, like harmful, inappropriate content.

  • In-product user feedback with which users can report offensive content back to Microsoft.

Copilot in PowerPoint includes filters to block offensive language in the prompts and to avoid synthesizing suggestions in sensitive contexts. We continue to work on improving the filter system to more intelligently detect and remove offensive outputs. If you see offensive outputs including images, please submit feedback in PowerPoint using the thumbs up/thumbs down feedback in the Copilot UI so that we can improve our safeguards. Microsoft takes this challenge very seriously, and we are committed to addressing it.

Copilot in PowerPoint gives you a head start in crafting your presentation, but the content it generates can be inaccurate or inappropriate. It can’t understand meaning or evaluate accuracy, so be sure to read over what it writes, and use your judgment.

While these features work to avoid sharing unexpected offensive content in results and take steps to prevent displaying potentially harmful topics, you may still see unexpected results. We’re constantly working to improve our technology to proactively address issues in line with our responsible AI principles.

As with any AI-generated content, it's a great tool to get started, but it's important that you review, edit, and verify anything it creates for you.

Copilot in PowerPoint generates the content on slides based on language patterns it has found throughout the internet. Sometimes its results will be very similar to existing internet content, or Copilot might generate the same or very similar content for multiple people who are prompting Copilot in the same way.

For example, anyone who instructs Copilot to “add a slide about banana ice cream" is likely to wind up with identical or nearly identical content.

Copilot in PowerPoint pulls images that are licensed for Microsoft within the PowerPoint context. To learn more about using these images, see What am I allowed to use premium creative content for?

For answers to frequently asked questions about suggested images from Copilot in PowerPoint, see PowerPoint Copilot image suggestions FAQ.

If users don't have a Microsoft Designer license, they can access Copilot in PowerPoint features like summarization, open-ended Q&A prompting, and basic chat features.

However, some features only work if the user also has a Designer license. These features include adding a slide, creating a presentation about a specific topic, creating a presentation from a file, organizing the presentation, and adding an image to the presentation.

If you would like to use Copilot in PowerPoint for features that require a Designer license, talk to your organization's IT admin about acquiring and enabling Designer licenses.

For information on the requirements for Designer on various operating systems, see Create professional slide layouts with Designer.

Copilot and Microsoft 365 are built on Microsoft's comprehensive approach to security, compliance, and privacy.

For more information about privacy, see the following information:

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