What is PowerPoint?

PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation program that's part of the Microsoft office suite of tools. PowerPoint makes it easy to create, collaborate, and present your ideas in dynamic, visually compelling ways.

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What can you do with PowerPoint?

Communicate with confidence

You have a story to tell, and PowerPoint is designed to help you tell it. Use Presenter View in PowerPoint 2016 to review and rehearse your presentations so you always know where you are and where you’re going next. When you project your presentation to a second screen, Presenter View displays your current slide, speaker notes, and the next slides in your deck so you can stay focused and connect with your audience. And with auto-extend, your slides always appear on the correct screens.

Design like a professional—in seconds

PowerPoint Designer Tool tip about how you need an Office 365 subscription to use PowerPoint Designer automatically generates a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. While you're putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts. Designer adds style to slides that have photos, and it turns text into an easily readable SmartArt graphics. Designer automatically suggests options for you when you're online and you add a picture to your PowerPoint presentation.

Who is PowerPoint for? Your audience!

Whether you need a few slides to share with colleagues, classmates, or friends or an award-winning presentation to persuade an auditorium full of strangers, you need to maximize the impact of your message. Don't know much about design? No problem! PowerPoint delivers the easy-to-use features you need to create great-looking presentations and express yourself with power—without having the skills of a professional designer.

Collaborate in real time on presentations

Save your presentation to OneDrive or SharePoint Online for Office 365 and you can see how your presentation evolved over time and restore an older version if you make a mistake. You can also work on a presentation at the same time as your colleagues. If someone else views or works in the presentation, their thumbnail picture appears in the top-right corner of the ribbon. If someone makes changes in the presentation, you can easily choose the changes you want to keep.

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Connect with the experts and get free training and templates

Connect with the PowerPoint experts at the Office blog and get free training at the PowerPoint help site. Download PowerPoint themes and templates in over 40 categories at the free themes and templates page.