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Social Share Add-in for PowerPoint

Explore the new Social Share add-in that enables you to share and interact with social media users from within PowerPoint.


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Introduction

Social Share is a new add-in for PowerPoint that enables users to share their PowerPoint content on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. This sharing can be done right from within the PowerPoint interface. You can specify how your content should be shared: as an album, a photo, a photo snip, or as a video. Additionally, you can also create shareable links via OneDrive. Moreover, you can also track and respond to other social media users who comment, favorite, or interact with content that you share, all from within PowerPoint itself!

Social Share is part of the Microsoft Garage Project Lab, You can learn more about Social Share and also download it from their site.

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Social Share

Installation is easy. Once you run the setup routine, you will find a new Social Share tab in your PowerPoint Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1, below.

Social Share tab of the Ribbon
Figure 1: Social Share tab of the Ribbon

Let's do a small walkthrough of Social Share now:

  1. Create or open any presentation which you want to share. We opened an existing presentation with only one slide, as shown in Figure 2, below.

    Slide for sharing
    Figure 2: Slide for sharing
  2. Access the options within the Social Share tab of the Ribbon. These options are described below:

    • Post: Clicking this button brings up a drop-down list that provides various ways to share on Facebook, as shown in Figure 3.

      Post drop-down list
      Figure 3: Post drop-down list

      There are three options within the Post drop-down list, and these are explained below:

      Share Screen Clip as Photo: This option enables you to capture a screen clip of the slide or part of the slide and post it as a picture on Facebook. You drag an area to select your screen clip. As soon as the screen clip is captured, the Post on Facebook dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 4.

      Post on Facebook dialog box
      Figure 4: Post on Facebook dialog box

      The area highlighted in red within Figure 4, above lets you add some text about the screen clip you have captured. Select the Include a link to your slide check-box (highlighted in blue within Figure 4, above), so that anyone with the link can view the picture. And finally you can select with whom you want to share - to do that click the drop-down list button shown green within Figure 4, above. Within the drop-down list that appears, choose from Facebook’s Privacy options, as illustrated in Figure 5.

      Facebook Privacy options
      Figure 5: Facebook Privacy options

      Share Slides as Photo Album: With this option you can create a Photo Album presentation, and then share it on Facebook. This also opens the Post on Facebook dialog box, as previously shown in Figure 4.

      Share Slide as Video: Converts your presentation into a video clip and then shares it on Facebook. This also opens the Post on Facebook dialog box, as previously shown in Figure 4.

    • Tweet: Clicking this button brings up a drop-down list, with just one option, as shown in Figure 6, and explained thereafter:

      Tweet drop-down list
      Figure 6: Tweet drop-down list

      Share Screen Clip as Photo: This option enables you to capture a screen clip of the slide or part of the slide and tweet it as a picture on Twitter. As soon as the screen clip is captured, the Tweet on Twitter dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 7. The options within the Tweet on Twitter dialog box are similar to the options within the Post on Facebook dialog box, as previously shown in Figure 4.

      Tweet on Twitter dialog box
      Figure 7: Tweet on Twitter dialog box

    • View: Click this button to bring of the Social Activity Task Pane, as shown in Figure 8. Here you can see all the activities on the posts and the tweets you have shared.

      Social Activity Task Pane
      Figure 8: Social Activity Task Pane

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