Enhance your presentations with PowerPoint 2013

Create presentations that captivate your audience. Explore PowerPoint 2013 features and support options, and get tips for designing like a pro and presenting with confidence.

Ready to maximize the impact of your presentations? Try PowerPoint 2016 with an Office 365 subscription. With Office 365, you can install all the new Office apps on multiple PCs, Macs, and other devices. You get 1 TB of OneDrive online storage per user, 24/7 tech support, and more.

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Release and support

PowerPoint 2013 was released in January 2013, and extended support ends April 2023. You can find specific release and support information in the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy.

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Find the help you need

Visit the Office support site for book excerpts, tutorials, and help topics on PowerPoint. You can also join the Office community to ask a question or start a discussion.

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Stay in the know

Keep on top of what’s new in the Office Blog. Learn about feature updates and get design tips for creating professional-looking presentations with ease.

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PowerPoint 2013 features and highlights

User interface changes

  • With the Comments pane in PowerPoint 2013, you can give feedback right in a presentation. And you can show or hide comments and revisions.
  • PowerPoint 2013 gives you choices for starting your presentation—using a template, a theme, a recent presentation, or a blank presentation.

Design enhancements

  • Themes in PowerPoint 2013 include variations, like different color palettes and font families, making it easier to get the look you want on your slides.
  • Smart Guides automatically appear when placing objects like shapes and pictures together on a slide, letting you know when objects are spaced evenly.
  • Widescreen-friendly PowerPoint 2013 introduced a 16:9 layout and new themes designed to take advantage of widescreen possibilities.

Improved presentation features

  • With PowerPoint 2013 on touch-enabled computers, you can use touch gestures to swipe, tap, scroll, zoom, and pan your way through your slides.
  • PowerPoint 2016 has all the professional presentation features you know and love, plus enhancements and new features available only in Office 365.

What’s new in PowerPoint 2016 + Office 365

PowerPoint 2016 has all the professional presentation features you know and love, plus enhancements and new features available only in Office 365.

Work together in sync

With 1 TB of OneDrive storage, you can store, share, and co-author your presentations with colleagues. Work together across multiple devices, and the improved version history in PowerPoint 2016 lets you view or go back to earlier drafts.

Take PowerPoint on the go

Review and edit files at work, home, or anywhere in between with new Office mobile apps. Get a familiar user interface optimized for iOS®, Android™, and Windows mobile devices.

Design and present with confidence

Enhanced design tools let you create fluid motion and bring your slides to life with just a few clicks. An even better Presenter View keeps you focused and in control of all your presentations.

Stay up to date

With an active Office 365 subscription, you’ll always have the latest Office apps, features, and services. Get the installed applications you know and trust—including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Compare PowerPoint 2013 and Office 365

Comparison of features of PowerPoint 2013 and Office 365

PowerPoint features

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PowerPoint 2013 features

FeaturePowerPoint Designer

Automatically generate various visual treatments and ideas to make your slides look better.

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FeatureMorph transitions

Make smooth animations, transitions, and object movements across the slides in your presentations.

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FeatureMobile productivity on any device

Try Office mobile apps and get more done on the go. Create, edit, and share your work anywhere, across all your devices.

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FeatureReal-time presence

See exactly when and where others are working in the same shared presentation as you are.

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FeatureAlways up to date

Always have the latest Office apps, features, and services.

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PowerPoint 2013 resources

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PowerPoint 2013 help topics

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Frequently asked questions

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