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Create a New Sway

Explore how to create a new Sway presentation or document.


Product/Version: PowerPoint Online
OS: Windows and Mac OS

Once you sign into your Sway account, you can create Sways! Yes, the program and the files it creates are both called Sway. So what do you need to create Sways? You can either use the content from your local device, or any content from internet sources such as Bing, OneDrive, YouTube, and Facebook. These created Sways can be shared later as interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.

To create your own Sway, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you sign into your account first. Then click on any of the Create New buttons, as shown highlighted twice in red within Figure 1.

    Create New button
    Figure 1: Create New button
  2. This opens a page where you can start creating your Sway, as shown in Figure 2.

    Create your Sway
    Figure 2: Create your Sway
  3. All the options within this page are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above.

    1. Menu: Here you'll find options to create Sway such as:

      Insert: Search on any topic and Sway will suggest you the content based on the search term you have inserted. Learn more in our Insert Options in Sway tutorial.

      Cards: Cards work as containers for images, text, videos. Cards can be combined into groups to create Sways. Learn more in our Working with Cards within Sway tutorial.

      Design: Choose from available designs to change the color, typography, and texture of the Sway you are creating. You can also customize a design to create a new design altogether. Learn more in our Designs in Sway tutorial.

      Navigation: This option enables you to choose from three preview layouts. Learn more in our Navigation in Sway tutorial.

      You will also find the Remix, Undo/Redo, Play, and Share buttons. Also there is an Author option, which allows you to see number of authors working on the open Sway -- note that this is only possible if the Sway is shared with other authors.

    2. Pane: Parameters of the four options (Insert, Cards, Design, and Navigation in the menu) show up contextually within this pane.

    3. Storyline: This is your work area, where you can use the content and Cards to make up your storyline.

    4. Preview: This area shows the preview of the Sway you are working within.

  4. For now, we have just added the Title, as shown in Figure 3. Note that there is no other content added.

    Sway created
    Figure 3: Sway created
  5. We will learn more in other Sway tutorials -- many of these tutorials are already linked from this page. You can also import your existing content such as PowerPoint, PDF, and Word files. Learn more in our Import Content into Sway tutorial.
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