Another new feature of PowerPoint 2016, only available to subscription users, is DESIGNER, which is an automatic layout tool. Here is an example of how it works.
- Start with a blank slide – on a Microsoft supplied template (I am using the standard white background new presentation)
- I entered some text in the title placeholder and used the Insert Image option for the content placeholder
- Go to the DESIGN tab and click the new DESIGN IDEAS button
- The right action pane opens the DESIGN IDEAS interface, click LET’S GO
- The Design Ideas pane displays a number of layout options
- Scroll through the options, select any to see and use, these layouts (and several others) were automatically created with a simple click
Fantastic feature for both the designer and non-designer! But at this stage there are a few downsides to the new DESIGNER tool.
- The biggest downside is if you do not have PowerPoint 2016, and a subscription version (eg. Office 365), Designer is not available in PowerPoint.
- The biggest limitation is that it will only work with Microsoft supplied templates. Open the DESIGN tool on a custom template and get the message below.
- If you do not use layout placeholders (eg. add your own text boxes and insert images not through a placeholder insert image icon), and you get the message below.
Overall, a great idea and smooth implementation. But because TLC virtually never uses a Microsoft template (or theme), this feature has very limited use for us – but I am hopeful Designer will continue to expand its capabilities.
-Troy @ TLC