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Co-Authoring in Microsoft Sway

Learn how you can use the Co-Authoring option in Microsoft Sway.


Product/Version: Microsoft Sway

OS: Works in a browser, or as an app

Once you have added an Author to an existing Sway, you will find that more than one Author can work on the same Sway, even if they are editing at the same time! In this tutorial, we will explore how this Co-Authoring option works.

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Open a Sway that you want to co-author with someone else.
  2. Now when you are editing the Sway, note that the Author count is 1 (one), as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.
  3.  Single Author editing the Sway
    Figure 1: Single Author editing the Sway
  4. Now when you click on the Authors button, you will see a link to share this Sway with others so that they can edit to become co-Authors as shown in Figure 2, below. This is explained in more detail within our Adding Authors in Sway tutorial. For now, we will see how some options change when more than one Author is editing the Sway.
  5. Share an edit link drop-down window
    Figure 2: Share an edit link drop-down window
  6. Now that you have send a link to someone, they can edit the Sway at the same time as you. When that happens, you can see that the Author count changes to 2 (two), as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
  7. Two authors editing the Sway
    Figure 3: Two authors editing the Sway
  8. Click the Authors button to bring up a drop-down list which shows the names of authors currently editing on the same Sway as you are, as shown in Figure 4.
  9. Authors currently editing
    Figure 4: Authors currently editing
  10. You can also view where within the Sway other authors are editing. You’ll see their initials show up next to the Card they’re currently editing, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5.
  11. Card being edited by the other author
    Figure 5: Card being edited by the other author
  12. If you edit the exact same Card that the other Author is modifying, remember that the last edit made is applied.

So how do you know how many Authors have permissions to edit a particular Sway, even if they are not editing at the same time as you are? Look at our Determing Authors in Sway tutorial.

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