Learn how Live Preview works in PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
Editing slide objects works almost the same way, irrespective of what you are actually editing -- you select the object you want to edit and change some attributes -- you then get to see what your changes have caused -- and then you either undo your changes (if you are not too happy with them) or just accept them and start working with another object. What if you could see/preview how an actual change will look on the slide object before you decide to accept or decline that change? PowerPoint 2016's Live Preview allows you to do just that -- this feature was first introduced in PowerPoint 2007, and continues being available in newer versions.
Since Live Preview is more of an interactive option than an interface element, it's not part of the visible PowerPoint 2016 interface -- this option only gets active within some of the options such as Themes, Fonts, Quick Styles, etc. Follow these steps to use Live Preview:
While the Live Preview feature works great most of the time, some older computers may not have the processing power required to show live previews in real time -- this might lead to sluggish performance. Fortunately, you can easily disable Live Preview by following these steps:
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