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Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 has a brand-new look: It’s cleaner and primed for use on tablets and phones, so you can swipe and tap your way through presentations. Presenter View automatically adapts to your projection set-up, and you can even use it on a single monitor. Themes now come with variations, which make it simpler to hone in on the look you want. And when you’re working with others, you can add comments to ask questions and get feedback.

To find out more about Office 2013, see What’s new in Office 2013.


More choices for getting started

Instead of opening with a blank presentation, PowerPoint 2013 gives you several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or a blank one.

PowerPoint 2013 start screen

New, improved presenter tools

Hassle-free Presenter View

Presenter View allows you to see your notes on your monitor while the audience only sees the slide. In previous releases, it was difficult to figure out who saw what on which monitor. The improved Presenter View fixes that headache and makes it simpler to work with.

Presenter View

  • Use Presenter View on one monitor        Presenter View no longer requires multiple monitors. Now you can rehearse in Presenter View without hooking up anything else.

  • Zoom in on a slide    Click the magnifying glass to zoom in on charts, diagrams, or whatever you want to emphasize for your audience.

  • Jump to a slide    Use Slide Navigator to browse to other slides in the presentation.

  • Automatic set up    PowerPoint can automatically sense your computer setup and choose the right monitor for Presenter view.

Read more: Use Presenter view to deliver your slide show

Widescreen friendly

Much of the world’s TVs and video have gone to widescreen and HD formats, and so has PowerPoint. There’s a 16:9 layout, and new themes designed to take advantage of widescreen possibilities.

On the left: Standard 4:3 aspect ratio. On the right: Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio

Read more: Change the slide size to standard or widescreen

Start an online meeting from PowerPoint

Now you’ve got several ways to share a PowerPoint presentation over the Web. You can send out a link to the slides, or start a full-on Lync meeting that displays the deck with audio and IM. Your audience can join you from anywhere, on any device using Lync or the Office Presentation Service.

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Better design tools

Theme variations

Themes now come with a set of variations, like different color palettes and font families. And, PowerPoint 2013 provides new widescreen themes along with standard sizes. Choose a theme and variant from the start screen or from the Design tab.

Theme variations

Pick a variant of the theme

Read more: Apply color and design to my slides (theme)

Line-up and space objects equally

No more eyeballing objects on your slides to see if they’re lined up. Smart Guides automatically appear when your objects, such as pictures, shapes, and more, are close to even, and they also tell you when objects are spaced evenly.

Line up and space objects equally

Read more: Work with gridlines and use snap-to-grid in PowerPoint

Motion path improvements

Now when you create a motion path, PowerPoint shows you where your object will end up. Your original object stays put, and a “ghost” image moves along the path to the endpoint.

Motion path improvements

Read more: Set the start time and speed of an animation effect

Merge common shapes

Select two or more common shapes on your slide and combine them to create new shapes and icons.

Merge common shapes

Read more: Combine shapes to create a custom shape

Improved video and audio support

PowerPoint now supports more multimedia formats, such as .mp4 and .mov with H.264 video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio, and more high-definition content. PowerPoint 2013 includes more built-in codecs so you don’t have to install them for certain file formats to work.

Use the Play in Background feature to play music while people view your slide show.

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New eyedropper for color matching

You can capture the exact color from an object on your screen, and then apply it to any shape. The eyedropper does the match-up work for you.

Use the eyedropper for color matching

Read more: Use eyedropper to match colors on your slide

PowerPoint on touch devices

Now it’s possible to interact with PowerPoint on most any device including a Windows 8 PC. Using typical touch gestures, you can swipe, tap, scroll, zoom, and pan your way through your slides, and really feel the presentation.

PowerPoint on touch devices

Share and save

Share and save your Office files to the cloud

The cloud is like file storage in the sky. You can get to it anytime you’re online. Now it’s easy to save your Office files to your own OneDrive or to your organization’s site. From there you can access and share your PowerPoint presentations and other Office files. You can even work together with your colleagues on the same file at the same time.

Save your files to the cloud


Now you can give feedback in PowerPoint with the new Comments pane. And you can show or hide comments and revisions.

The new Comments pane

Read more: Add, change, hide, or delete comments in a presentation

Work together on the same presentation

You and your colleagues can work together on the same presentation, either with the desktop or online versions of PowerPoint, and see each other’s changes.

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