PowerPoint presentations just got better with these improvements

Microsoft PowerPoint on iOS
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  • Presenters will now be able to draw attention to their PowerPoint presentation with the laser pointer in slideshow mode.
  • It's now easier for users to undo and redo ink strokes from the Draw tab in PowerPoint. 
  • You'll be able to partially erase ink strokes using the Point Eraser tool on the Draw tab later this year.

Microsoft has announced the availability of several new PowerPoint features for the web designed to enhance the user experience. And as outlined in the new Microsoft 365 blog post, here's everything you need to know:

The company has refreshed the Draw tab in PowerPoint for the web by adding a couple of new capabilities. First is the ability to undo/redo ink strokes directly from the Draw tab. Previously, users were forced to navigate the Home tab to access the feature.

Additionally, Microsoft has also incorporated a new digital rule into the platform. It's designed to help users create and insert straight lines into their presentations.

new digital ruler feature in PowerPoint

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Microsoft is also making it easier for presenters to draw attention to presentations. With the laser pointer in slideshow mode, users will now be able to highlight important points in their presentations as illustrated below:

laser pointer in slideshow mode

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You'll not need to erase the drawings on your presentation since the ink disappears after a short while.

Additionally, adding straight lines to your presentation using your digital pen and mouse is now easier. All you need to do is press the Shift key while inking.

All these features have already shipped to general availability for all PowerPoint for the web users. 

Microsoft also has indicated that it's working towards incorporating a new capability that lets users erase ink strokes using the Point Eraser tool on the Draw tab into the tool. The feature should roll out to users soon.


Microsoft 365 Personal | From $70/year Microsoft 365 Personal comes with the Office suite and 1TB of OneDrive storage. It allows you to work from several devices, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. It also includes a long list of other apps and services, such as Editor, Microsoft Forms, and Microsoft Teams.

Kevin Okemwa

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