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Picture Cards in Sway

Learn how you can use Picture Cards in Sway.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint Online
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Sway is an amazing tool that lets you play with disparate objects such as text, pictures, charts, multimedia, and even social media – all in one cohesive platform! Each object in Sway needs a home of its own – and Sway calls these “container” homes Cards.

Let us now explore how you can work with Picture Cards in Sway:

  1. Add a new Picture Card to your Storyline, shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

    Picture card added
    Figure 1: Picture card added

  2. Note: Picture Cards are part of the Media Cards category in Sway – learn more in our Media Cards in Sway tutorial.
  3. To add a picture, click the Add a picture box, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, above. This brings up the Insert pane that provides many sources to acquire a picture. Note that we added a picture and also typed a caption, as you can see in Figure 2, below.

    Picture shows within the Add a picture box
    Figure 2: Picture shows within the Add a picture box
  4. There are some options within the Picture card, shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, above. These options are explained below:

    Emphasize makes your selected text bold.

    Accent applies italics to your selected text.

    Bullets applies a bulleted list to your selected text.

    Numbers, similar to the bulleted list option, applies a numbered list to the select text.

    Link allows to add a hyperlink to your selected text. First select the part of text that you want to link from. Then click on the Link option. This brings up the Link window, as shown in Figure 3.

    Link window
    Figure 3: Link window

    The Link window shows the selected text within the Display Text box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, above. Type or paste the hyperlink you want to apply in the Web Link box, shown highlighted in green within Figure 3. Once done, click the OK button, highlighted in blue within Figure 3 to apply the link.

    In Figure 4 below, you can see that the hyperlink is applied to the selected text. Remember that the hyperlink will work only in Preview and in the final output.

    Hyperlink applied
    Figure 4: Hyperlink applied
  5. Click Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 4, above) to bring up the Options overlaid pane, as shown in Figure 5, below. Here you can select from three picture size variations: Subtle, Moderate, and Intense. The results can be seen both within the Preview Pane and also within the final output.

    Options overlaid pane
    Figure 5: Options overlaid pane
  6. Once you add a picture, the Focus Points options shows up within your Picture Card (highlighted in red within Figure 4, earlier on this page). You can learn more about Focus Point in our Focus Point for Pictures within Sway tutorial

    Click the Delete option (icon next to Focus Point option within Figure 4, shown earlier on this page) to delete the entire Picture Card.
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