Microsoft PowerPoint on the iPad: Sketching Your Thoughts


February 8, 2019

PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation program that is part of the Microsoft 365 office suite of tools. Now, PowerPoint makes it easy to create professional, engaging presentations right on an iPad Pro. PowerPoint for iPad is finally powerful enough so users can confidently leave their personal computer at the office and take their iPad Pro on the road to create, edit and present their PowerPoint slides.

One of the newest and most creative features of Microsoft Powerpoint on the iPad (This feature is available to Microsoft Office 365 subscribers on Windows and iOS) is the Ink Feature. This convenient and easy to use tool allows users to actually write, draw, scribble and sketch right on the screen with a finger, digital pen, or mouse. Shape recognition is part of the PowerPoint for iPad program and makes it easy to convert what is handwritten in free-form ink to Microsoft Office shapes, graphics and professional fonts. For example, if you need to create an Infographic presentation slide that combines text, graphics, and shapes, simply design it free-form on the iPad screen and then after a few clicks, it will automatically transform into a visually stunning slide. Here’s how:

1. From the toolbar, select Draw.

2. Select a pen. There are a variety of sizes and colors including the standard black, red, blue, or green, or for something more custom, select the available color wheel.

3. Create a sketch with a finger, digital pencil or mouse.

When ready to convert sketches, there is a Lasso Select tool so users can highlight everything on the slide or portions of the slide they want professionally converted. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Draw tab on the top toolbar and select Ink to Shape.

2. Drag a digital pen or finger around what content you’d like to be converted. A faded and dashed area will appear while dragging.

3. As each conversion option is clicked, a preview of how it will look appears. Tap on the one preferred. When completed, users can edit the text and other images as needed.

4. Select the Ink to Shape again to stop converting shapes.

Erasing images is as easy as drawing them. Here’s how:

1. Select the Draw tab from the toolbar.

2. Select the Eraser tool.

3. Using the digital pencil, draw over the top of any drawn image or mark. Note: Tapping a single line will erase an entire line.

View this informational video showing some of the features of Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad.

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