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The Sweet Setup

A Beginner’s Guide to PowerPoint on the iPad

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This is the third in our series of articles about Microsoft Office for the iPad, and the results so far have been decidedly mixed. We found Word to be surprisingly powerful and a good alternative to the desktop version for all but the most hardcore word processors out there. Excel was more of a let down with lots more functionality missing, including many elements that would be notable to even light spreadsheet users. We’re happy to report that PowerPoint is much closer to Word than Excel, and even more than either of those apps, you could use PowerPoint perfectly well on your iPad and never touch the desktop version. In fact, some of the design decisions Microsoft have made might even make you put together better presentations than if you had the complete desktop app at your disposal.

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PowerPoint for iOS is free from the App Store and allows you to view PowerPoint files from anywhere. If you want to edit or create presentations from the iPad though, you’re going to need to subscribe to Office 365 , which runs $6.99/month or $70/year for individuals on up to 5 devices. An Office 365 subscription comes with the full Microsoft Office suite of apps as well was 1TB of OneDrive storage, so there is quite a bit of value there.

Whether this is a fair price is a matter we can only leave to you, but the software package on offer, and especially the 1TB of cloud storage that works across iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and Linux, makes this a pretty compelling subscription in our eyes.

Of note, Microsoft only requires iPads over 10.1” to pay up to get editing functionality. If you have a 9.7” iPad, iPad Mini, or even an iPhone, then you can use the full version of PowerPoint (and all other Office apps) without an Office 365 subscription. Apparently productivity starts at 10.1” in Microsoft’s world — not that we’re complaining.

Out of the Box Experience

If you start with PowerPoint on the iPad and want to begin building presentations from scratch, the iPad version gives you everything you need to start creating right away.

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There are 25 built-in templates you can start with. While not all of them are great, ones like Parcel, Celestial, Ion, and Mesh are all really nice templates that you can use to create professional-looking presentations. Some of them are more fun and offer a more distinct look, but for many people, simplicity is king and the options here are more than capable of making you look good at your next speaking gig.

As you would expect, each of these 25 templates have an assortment of slide types so you can move between titles, lists, and giant images with a consistent experience for your audience.

And if you were worried about getting your content into these slides, fear not because PowerPoint for iPad has tons of tools around adding animations to elements on your slides, transitions between slides, drawing on and marking up content, and adding things like tables, images, icons, and videos into your slides.

Basically, if you work entirely from the iPad, you’ll have more than enough control over everything to put together a presentation that you can be proud of.

Adding Some Flair

PowerPoint has quite a few tools for customizing the feel of your presentations, and while I’d contend that adding too many effects and transitions to a slide deck can be detrimental, these can of course be used well and the fact that so much is here should allow most people to create exactly what they want.

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There are 35 ways you can have items on a slide appear or disappear and 17 different ways you can emphasize specific elements on a slide. And if you like transitions, there are a sweeping 49 options for how you move from one slide to another. Should you use all of these? God no. Does this level of flexibility enable a bunch of cool one-off effects? Oh yes!

And then there are a bunch of different drawing tools you can use to add a little panache. Similar to most markup apps you know and love , there are several drawing tools like pencils, markers, and highlighters, as well as a cool cosmic pen that is just fun. You can make this animate into the slide so you can have custom-looking animations that call out something specific on your slides.

Another thing I really like is a feature called Design Ideas. This is found under the Design tab and you can use it on any slide in your presentation. PowerPoint will look at the content of the slide and give you a few suggestions for alternative styling. For example, I had a basic bulleted list and it suggested this nicer layout for a short list:

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One of the things I love about how this is set up in the PowerPoint UI is that none of these effects are visible from the main tabs you’ll use when creating your slides. This breaks up the workflow between content and style. You’ll likely find yourself putting together all your content together across however many slides you need and then going back through it all to add whatever animations and transitions you think you need. Again, since the content of a slide deck is far more important than the flair on top of it, this behavioral encouragement is spot on.

Collaboration

As with Microsoft’s other Office apps, the collaboration features from the desktop and web versions are here and they work great. You can work in real time with anyone else whom you’ve shared the document. You can see their edits in real time and they’ll see yours, no matter the platform they are on.

Comments are supported as well, and you or others can leave comments on certain points of the presentation, and there is even version control so you can go back to potentially dozens of versions of the presentation and restore them (or save them as a new copy).

Giving Your Presentation

The presentation itself is the whole reason for making a slide deck — that experience is rock solid — but might be limited compared to what you have on the desktop.

First off, you can present a presentation you created on the iPad on any device that runs PowerPoint, but if you want to present from an iPad, the easiest way to do so is to plug into the screen you are going to be using via a DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI cable that uses Lightning or USB-C (depending on your iPad). After you’re connected to an external display, you’ll see your slides in all their glory on the external display and the presenter view will appear on the iPad itself.

If you happen to be somewhere that has an AirPlay compatible screen (most likely through an Apple TV), then you can also mirror your screen to the AirPlay device and you’ll get the same effect where the slides show on the AirPlay receiver and the presenter view shows on the iPad.

laser pointer feature

Whether using wired or wireless connections for the presentation, you can always tap and hold on your iPad screen to bring up a virtual laser pointer to point out whatever you want to highlight on a particular slide. It’s actually pretty slick and more useful than I expected it to be.

PowerPoint as a Good iOS Citizen

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Unlike some other companies who take forever to support iOS’s latest and greatest features, Microsoft has done a pretty decent job of keeping up with the times. Using PowerPoint in late 2019 feels like using an app built to use most of iOS’s (and iPadOS’s) latest features.

Pretty much all the main contenders are here: drag and drop works well and lets you drag in your own media straight from things like Files, Photos, or even Safari and drop them into your slides with ease. The UI for this is rather limited, and you don’t quite know what will happen when you drop something like a photo onto a slide, but you can of course resize and reorient objects once they’re on the slide.

PowerPoint also supports split screen, which is very useful for this sort of app as it allows you to have your research on one side of the iPad and your presentation on the other. I constantly find myself bouncing back and forth when putting together a PowerPoint presentation, and this would be a near deal-breaker for me personally.

The one major iPadOS feature this doesn’t currently support is multi-window. iPadOS 13 enabled apps to have multiple documents open at once and PowerPoint does not support this at all. This is a less egregious omission since most people tend to work on one presentation at a time, but sometimes you might want to reference another presentation that you’ve created or are comparing your slides to ones someone else made.

Overall, PowerPoint strikes a good balance of being unmistakably Microsoft without feeling like a Windows app on the iPad.

Apple Keynote and Google Slides

Apple Keynote vs MS PowerPoint

While PowerPoint is the undisputed standard for presentations, the options from Apple and Google are also compelling and have the distinct advantage of each being completely free. Without getting too much into the weeds here, the short overviews of each of these competitors are:

Apple Keynote lets you more easily create great-looking slides with modern, elegant templates. The app also feels more finely tuned to iPadOS’s UI is a very smooth experience from start to finish. Collaboration is a big issue though if you are not working with others on iPads or Macs. And even if you are, the collaborative editing capabilities are far less robust than what Microsoft has in PowerPoint.

Google Slides is a very minimal presentation tool, but it gets the job done. If your needs are very basic and you value a cloud-based solution with great real-time collaborate editing, then Slides can serve your needs very well. But if you want to have a little more style in your deck, then you’re going to be left wanting here. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s certainly not the best in class.

In short, if you value compatibility and collaboration, PowerPoint is the clear winner. If you value great design in your slides and a delightful iPadOS experience, Keynote is king. And if you just want what is on the web and included in your Google account, then Slides will be okay for you, but you’re probably not going to fall in love with it.

Ultimately, many of us don’t have a choice in the apps we use to give presentations. These usually happen at work and the company has some standard in place for creating presentations, so the choice has been made for you already. If you have any say at all in what presentation software to use, then we think PowerPoint is a great way to make them on the iPad.

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With a rich set of tools to make everything from basic to wild and flashy presentations possible, it’s bolstered by a robust set of collaboration features as well as the simple fact that it’s the de-facto standard across most of the business world. You’ll probably have little-to-no friction in making this work for you and your business.

If you are working solo or there really isn’t any need to use one app or another, then Keynote is a very compelling alternative, and is the feather in iWork’s cap. it’s an excellent app that makes is dead simple to create professional-looking presentations with very little effort. Oh yeah, and it’s completely free! Not everyone will love this, but it’s definitely something to consider using if you’re not totally sold on PowerPoint.

Presentations that stand out. Beautifully.

With its powerful tools and dazzling effects, Keynote makes it easy to create stunning and memorable presentations, and comes included with most Apple devices. Use Apple Pencil on your iPad to create diagrams or illustrations that bring your slides to life. And with real‑time collaboration, your team can work together, whether they’re on Mac, iPad, iPhone, or a PC.

See what’s new in Keynote

Present your story. Your way.

Keynote sets the stage for an impressive presentation. A simple, intuitive interface puts important tools front and center, so everyone on your team can easily add beautiful charts, edit photos, and incorporate cinematic effects. And Rehearse Mode lets you practice on the go, with the current or next slide, notes, and clock — all in one view.

Start with a gorgeous layout.

Choose from over 40 eye‑catching themes that instantly give your presentation a professional look. Or create your own slide designs, background images, and page‑by‑page customization.

Create next-level animations.

Add drama to your presentation with more than 100 cinematic transitions and effects. Make your words pop by adding textures, color gradients, and even photos — with just a tap. And animate objects along a path using Apple Pencil or your finger on your iPhone or iPad.

Make every slide spectacular.

Add subtle movement to your slides with dynamic backgrounds. Illustrate your point with over 700 Apple-designed shapes, or add photos, videos, music, image galleries, and charts. Easily remove backgrounds from supported images and live videos or manually refine adjustments as needed. You can even use your iPhone to take a photo or scan a document, and Continuity Camera can send it straight to Keynote on your Mac.

What’s new in Keynote.

Learn about everything you can do in Keynote

Get the updates. Then get in touch.

Stay up to date when people join, edit, or comment in collaborative presentations and easily get in touch with your team using Messages and FaceTime.

Get more done on iPad.

Quickly insert objects, find settings, and get to your favorite tools with the customizable toolbar. And Stage Manager makes it easy to multitask across multiple presentations and apps at the same time. 1

Make backgrounds disappear.

Now you can more easily remove backgrounds from supported images — and even live videos — or adjust them to your liking.

Add live video feeds to any slide.

Appear in a window, right on your slides, with a picture-in-picture display during remote presentations. Or include a live feed of your iPhone or iPad screen to show off apps.

Get started with dynamic themes.

Start with one of three beautiful new animated themes, then customize it to set the tone for each slide with 18 adjustable background presets — from understated to highly visual, monochrome to colorful, calm to energetic.

Captivate your audience with dynamic backgrounds.

Make your presentation stand out by adding stunning color and visual interest to your slides. Create motion on a title or closing slide for a bold statement, and keep viewers engaged with subtle movement throughout the presentation.

Present with your team. Seamlessly.

For slideshows with multiple presenters, you can take turns controlling a single deck — from anywhere — on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Play YouTube and Vimeo videos right in Keynote.

Embed a video from YouTube or Vimeo, then play it right in your presentations, without the need to download or open the video in a media player. 2

Present over video conference. Like a pro.

Play a slideshow in its own window so you can access other apps while you present. You can view your presenter notes, upcoming slides, and navigation in a separate window as well.

Outline your presentation. Easier.

With outline view for iPhone and iPad, quickly jot down your thoughts, restructure ideas, and move concepts from slide to slide. Then switch to slide view and start designing.

Present like never before. From anywhere.

With Keynote, presenting remotely can be just as seamless as presenting in person. Say goodbye to saying “Next slide, please” — now multiple people can present together, even remotely, with each person taking control of their section of the deck. Add a live video feed of yourself to any slide for a picture-in-picture experience. Or when presenting on your Mac, include a live feed of your iPhone or iPad screen to walk through your apps. You can even play a slideshow in its own window, so you can simultaneously access your notes and other apps.

Any presentation. Any device. Anytime.

You don’t work in one place on just one device. The same goes for Keynote. Work seamlessly across all your Apple devices. The slides you create using a Mac or iPad will look the same on an iPhone or web browser — and vice versa.

You can also work on presentations stored on iCloud or Box using a PC.

Start using Keynote at iCloud.com

Create and present together. Even when apart.

Work together in the same presentation, from across town or across the world. You can see your team’s edits as they make them — and they can watch as you make yours, too. You can even get notifications when people join, edit, or comment. When presenting as a team, you can also take turns controlling a single deck from anywhere.

Use Apple Pencil when inspiration strikes.

Add color, illustrations, and handwritten comments for more beautiful presentations with Apple Pencil on your iPad.

Plays well with Office.

Teaming up with someone who uses Microsoft PowerPoint? Keynote makes it a great working relationship. You can save Keynote presentations as PowerPoint files. Or import and edit PowerPoint presentations right in Keynote.

Learn more about Microsoft PowerPoint compatibility

See everything that’s new in Keynote

  • What’s new in Keynote for iPhone and iPad
  • What’s new in Keynote for Mac
  • Keynote for iCloud release notes

Additional Resources

  • Get Keynote support
  • Learn about Microsoft Office compatibility
  • Learn about collaboration for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
  • Use Keynote in a video conference app

Keynote User Guides

  • Keynote User Guide for Mac
  • Keynote User Guide for iPad
  • Keynote User Guide for iPhone
  • Keynote User Guide for Web

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PowerPoint for iPad: A Visual Guide

  • PowerPoint Tutorials
  • Miscellaneous
  • October 29, 2017

In this first ever visual guide for the iPad version of Microsoft PowerPoint (iPad PPT), we show you step-by-step how to use the app, as well as all of the nitty gritty details behind it that you likely don’t know.

We highlight those “little hiccups” that will drive you up the wall (it’s still not the same experience as your desktop version), and we’ve done our best to show you the workarounds, if and when they exist.

Make sure to note the orange boxes we’ve sprinkled through the guide with pro tips and tricks based on years of experience building PowerPoint presentations…ignore them at your own peril

We will do our best to keep this guide up to date with each new Microsoft update. If you see something that we’ve missed, PLEASE let us know and we’ll do our best to update this guide ASAP.

Don’t have the PowerPoint app on your iPad yet?  Download it by clicking here .

Things that go well with your iPad

Here are some useful resources for working with PowerPoint for the iPad:

Microsoft apps for the iPad

If you want to edit or display your Microsoft documents in their native environments on your iPad or iPhone, you’ll need to download the Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote, and OneDrive apps on your iPad and iPhone through the iTunes store.  Find them here .

Microsoft Office 365

Get automatic upgrades and unlimited storage by signing up for the Microsoft 365 subscription model. Check out the latest of version of Microsoft Office here .

Lightning to VGA adapter

If you’re giving presentations with your iPad, don’t assume the meeting room will have the right adapters for you. So make sure you always bring one with you. I like apple’s adapters as they’re sleek and are 100% compatible with your device.

Bluetooth speaker

Again, if you’re giving a presentation in a meeting room and need to play music/video, be aware that your ipad’s speakers will probably not be strong enough to fill the whole room. This super compact wireless speaker hooks up incredibly easily to your ipad or iphone with no software or app necessary, and provides really high quality sound for the price.

iPhone/iPad stand

Although the iphone and ipad are designed to be light and portable, carrying them around throughout a presentation, especially if you’re moving around a room, can be a bit cumbersome. Keep your device upright and in front of you with this no-frills stand. It will fit just about any device.

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FINALLY…PowerPoint on our tablet! Down with the laptop and the desktop! Not so fast…

Although it is EXCITING to finally have PowerPoint on the iPad….there are MANY more versions to come before it can replace the desktop PowerPoint environment.

Until then, PowerPoint on your iPad is best thought of as an “extension” of the desktop experience, not as a replacement.

Yes, with each new PowerPoint for iPad update, you do get some new features, but the vast majority of REAL work that you do in PowerPoint (in our humble opinion) should still be done on your desktop.

Why? Because it’s just plain faster!

Yes, we are biased…we live, die and breath shortcuts on our keyboard AND we use LOTS of tips and tricks that haven’t come onto the iPad (yet)….so it’s okay to disagree with us.

With all that said, this is a GREAT step forward and we are PSYCHED for all the future updates and the new Office 2015.

We hope this guides helps make PowerPoint on your iPad a little bit, if not A LOT, easier for you to figure out.

This guide is organized according to the different Views in the app, and then according to each element within those Views. You can access all of these pieces using the tables of contents bar on the left.

If you want a fast way to find a command, simply hit Ctrl + F on your keyboard to search this page.

Account Settings

In this section, we look at the different things you can do in the Account Settings, such as signing out, signing in, and how to add multiple OneDrive accounts. To do any of these, you’ll have to go into the File View. In the top left hand corner, you have your Account Settings icon (with or without your account picture).

File View - Startup Screen Signed In 2

Signing out

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Pro Tip:  Instead of signing out of your account, you can add multiple OneDrive services to the same account so that you can access your business and personal files.

If you accidentally get signed out, here’s a step-by-step guide for how to sign back into your account. To sign into your account, follow these 4 steps (click to open gallery & instructions):

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Microsoft Account: Sign in with the account you use for OneDrive, Xbox, LIVE,  Outlook.com  or other Microsoft services.

Organizational Account: Sign in with the account provided by your work, school or university.

Adding a service

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Pro Tip:  Your Office 365 account starts with a OneDrive service attached to it (whether or not you have anything in it). If you have multiple OneDrive accounts, you can add them to your account (home or office accounts), allowing you to access those files directly on your iPad.

Note:  Only Microsoft OneDrive, SharePoint, and Dropbox are currently supported on Office for iPad.

In this section, you will learn how to create a new file/presentation, from scratch, as well as some key tips to keep in mind. To create a new presentation, follow these 2 steps (click to open gallery & instructions):

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Recent files

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  • If you have an internet connection, the most recent version of the file will be downloaded from your OneDrive and will open on your iPad.
  • If you do not have an internet connection BUT have previously opened the document on your iPad before, the document will open, but it will not reflect any recent changes made to the version on your OneDrive (if you’ve made any changes from your desktop).
  • If you do not have an internet connection and have never opened the document before on your iPad. You will receive a ‘No Internet Connection’ dialog box (below).

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  • Email as Link: Creates a “View Only” link or a “View and Edit” link of your file and launches the Mail App.
  • Email as Attachment: Attaches the presentation to an email, the recipient can open and edit the document natively.
  • Copy Link: Creates a “View Only” link or a “View and Edit” link of your file that you can paste into other documents or emails.

Move to Cloud: Allows you to move a presentation stored locally on your iPad onto your OneDrive. This option is only available when working with a file that is stored locally on your iPad.

Remove from Recent:  Removes a file from this Recent menu here on your iPad AND on your desktop. This is not the same as deleting a file, it merely removes it from the Recent files list. To delete a file, you’ll have to go into Properties in the Open menu.

Discard Changes:  Still not really clear what this does. If you figure it out, let us know.

Properties: Shows you additional properties about your file including filename, location, type, size, author, created, last modified, modified by and company.

Note: You can only create links for files stored on your OneDrive. If you have a locally stored file that you want to share a link to, you first need to move it to your OneDrive before you can create and share a link.

Note:  You cannot edit any of these properties from your iPad, you must do so from your desktop version of PowerPoint. However, there are work arounds that will allow you to change the file name from your iPad. To see how that works, check out the section on renaming and duplicating your files.

Sharing:  Below the file name, you can see if the document is being shared with anyone else.

Reloading Your Files:  If you don’t see a file that you have recently saved to the OneDrive, push and drag down with your finger to reload the file menu. Sometimes there is some lag time depending on the speed of your internet connection.

  • To Pin a file:  Simply select a non-colored pin
  • To Unpin a file:  Simply reselect the colored pin

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Pro Tip:  Keep in mind that pinned documents’ names do not update in this recent list if you change their file name. If you try and open a pinned file that has been renamed, you will receive an error message. So if you pin files and rename them, you will need to do some pin-maintenance either on your iPad or desktop version of PowerPoint.

The ‘Open’ area of the File View is where you will find all of the documents on your OneDrive services, as well as those saved on your iPad. So in this section, we’ll cover how to go about opening your files, as well as some EXTREMELY handy Pro Tips about sharing your documents and editing their properties.

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  • Email as Link:  Creates a “View Only” link or a “View and Edit” link of your file and launches the Mail App.
  • Email as Attachment:  Attaches the presentation to an email, the recipient can open and edit the document natively.
  • Copy Link:  Creates a “View Only” link or a “View and Edit” link of your file that you can paste into other documents or emails.

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Delete: This is the only place where you can delete files from your different OneDrive accounts or from your iPad.

Properties: Shows you additional properties about your file, including: filename, location, type, size, author, created, last modified, modified by and company.

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The Normal View

PowerPoint for iPad Navigation Buttons Overview

Navigation buttons

PowerPoint for iPad Navigation Buttons Drill Down

1. Back Button

PowerPoint for iPad Navigation File Menu Options

The undo and redo commands are the iPad keyboard of the CTRL + Z and CTRL + Y keyboard shortcuts on the desktop version of PowerPoint. Similar to the desktop version, you are given 15 commands in both directions, you can undo undo up to 15 actions, or redo 15 actions.

Note: ​ The Navigation Bar is fixed as is. You currently cannot add other commands to it like you can on a Windows based version of PowerPoint with the Quick Access Toolbar. We hope to see this updated in a later version!

4. Autosave

The AutoSave command controls whether or not changes to your presentation are automatically saved and synced with OneDrive. By default, PowerPoint for your iPad is set to AutoSave, which occurs:

  • Periodically as you are working within your presentation
  • Immediately when you hit the back button to return to the file menu view

Don’t make the same mistake I made – save your presentation!

PowerPoint for iPad Navigation File Menu Problem Saving

This might sound obvious, but before closing PowerPoint on your iPad, hit the Back Button to return to the file menu view to ensure that the latest edits to your presentation are saved.

If you close the PowerPoint app by double-clicking the Apple button and swiping up (thus closing the app), you can lose the latest changes to your presentation…not fun!

So to ensure you save your latest changes, hit the button BEFORE closing the PowerPoint app.

PowerPoint for iPad Navigation File Menu Save Changes

​ If you choose this mode, to save your presentation, you need to either:

  • Open the file menu and hit the green save button
  • Hit the back button to return to file menu view to launch the Save dialog box

The Name command allows you to edit the name of a newly created AND unsaved PowerPoint presentation. As 90% of the presentations you work on your iPad will not be newly created or unsaved, this option will likely always be greyed out.

For example, if you create a new presentation on your iPad and have not saved it, the name command option is available. That said, as soon as you save the file with a name, this option becomes greyed out (forever).

How do you rename a file on your iPad?

To rename a presentation (or other office file) on your iPad, you either have to:

#1: Duplicate the presentation and save it with a new name. This will create a brand new document, so if you don’t want the older document, you will need to navigate to where it is saved on your iPad, or on your OneDrive and delete it. Painful, I know!

#2: Use the OneDrive app to rename your document (see our blog post on how to rename files in your OneDrive app).

6. Duplicate

The duplicate command creates a new copy of your current presentation and takes you to the File Menu View to rename your presentation (the same is true for the other Microsoft Office apps on your iPad). This is the Save As equivalent, or F12 keyboard shortcut on your desktop version of PowerPoint.

Note:  Duplicating a presentation will not overwrite the original presentation, it will only create a new presentation with the new name you give it.

How to move my Presentation from OneDrive to my iPad:

To move a file from OneDrive to your iPad, you need to open the file, duplicate it and then select your iPad as the storage device. There is currently not a “move to iPad” command like there is a “move to cloud” command.

Note: Files stored on your iPad open faster than their OneDrive equivalents as they do not need to download the latest version.

PowerPoint for iPad Navigation File Menu Print Options

The restore command gives you a options for reverting back to an earlier version of your PowerPoint presentation.

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You can either:

  • Back to the original you started with:  Revert back to when it was last opened (PowerPoint will give you the specific time that it was opened). Doing so you get a warning indicating at what time the file was opened, so you get a sense of how far back you are going. Note: If this option is greyed out, it means there is currently nothing to revert back to.
  • Back to an online saved version of your presentation:  Can revert back to an online saved version of your presentation. This option assumes that the file is saved on OneDrive and that you have an internet connection. Selecting this option launches safari and takes you to OneDrive. Log in with your Microsoft account and you will see all of the previous versions of your file by date on the left (assuming you have some) and allows you to revert back to that specific date.

9. Properties

Shows you the properties of your PowerPoint presentation including:

  • Last modified
  • Modified by

Note:  File Properties (other than Name) are only editable on the desktop version of PowerPoint. To modify a presentation’s name, you can duplicate the presentation and save it as a new name, or use the OneDrive app for PowerPoint to edit the presentation’s name on your OneDrive. To learn more about this, check out our  article on using the OneDrive App .

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The Help and Support button launches basic help, support and tutorials for PowerPoint on your iPad. This menu is not extensive, but does offer solutions to simple questions you might have.

Note:  You do need an internet connection to launch this dialog box.

The Home tab

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1. New slide

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This opens the PowerPoint slide gallery and allows you to pick from the available layouts within your presentation.

The five slide layouts shown in the picture are the standard layouts we use at Nuts & Bolts Speed Training for 99% of all of our PowerPoint presentations, you might have more or less slides layouts depending on your setup.

The Price of iPad Portability

Limited to Inserting Slides Only: You are limited to inserting slides layouts on your iPad. The Slide Master View is currently unavailable for PowerPoint on your iPad.

Changing a Slide’s Layout: You are limited to inserting new slides on your iPad, you cannot push a layout onto an existing slide.

To move an existing slide onto an new layout, you either need to wait until you are on your desktop version of PowerPoint, or insert a new slide layout, and copy and paste the different objects onto the new slide layout….kind of sucks, but that’s the price of portability.

2. Font styles

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Copying and Pasting Style: If you are simply trying to match the font style of an object, it is often faster to copy and paste the font style you are trying to match, rather than identifying the font style, and then changing the font elsewhere

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3. Font size

PowerPoint for iPad #3 Font Size Options

The font size dropdown in PowerPoint for iPad gives you three different ways to change the font size of your text:

#1 Pre-set Sizes:  Select a preset size in the dropdown menu

#2 Clicker:  You can use the plus and minus signs to select a font size

#3 Manually:  You can double-tab the number between the plus sign and minus sign, and manually type in your desired font size

4. Bold / italics / underline

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  • Bold:  Creates bold text for highlighting information, often used in titles.
  • Italics:  Creates italicized text for highlighting information, often used in subtitles and quotes.
  • Underline : Creates an underline text for highlight information, often used in titles and subtitles.

Note:  There is no way to make a double underline in PowerPoint for your iPad. Pro Tip:  Don’t overdo it

If everything is important, nothing is important. Use text highlighting sparingly to better emphasize your points.

5. Formatting

PowerPoint for iPad #5 Formatting Options

  • Strikethrough: Creates a strikethrough effect to emphasize that something should be removed
  • Subscript  &  Superscript : Creates the -25% offset subscript and +30% offset superscript formatting. These are typically used in formulas, mathematical expressions and specifications for chemicals and isotopes

PowerPoint for iPad #6A Font Color Optioins

Includes the basic theme colors for your PowerPoint presentation, and their resulting gradients (which you cannot manually set).

Automatic:  The automatic color is determined by the “Windows Text” color set in Control Panel Display Appearance. Changing this color will affect text color in all Windows applications.

Editing Your Presentation’s Theme:  Currently you are not allowed to change or edit your PowerPoint presentation’s theme on your iPad. All theme editing or updating must be done on your desktop version of PowerPoint.

Setting Your Presentation’s Defaults on Your Desktop:  You can set the default formatting for your objects on your desktop version of PowerPoint and those defaults will carry over into PowerPoint for your iPad.

6b. More colors

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#1 More Colors:  Selecting more colors gives you a dialog box with standard colors to choose from.

#2 Recent Colors:  If you use the Custom Color option to create your own colors within your presentation, this second row of recent colors populates.

#3 Custom Color:  Allows you to select your own color from a color grid (which is not very useful as you cannot get a precise color).

Advanced Color Formatting:  Currently there are no options to input RGB or HSL codes to create specific custom colors or apply transparencies in PowerPoint for your iPad. The eyedropper tool is also not available.

To copy a custom color style (font color, shape fill or shape outline) into your recent colors to reuse somewhere else, see our blog post on using custom colors in PowerPoint on your iPad. 7. Text styles

PowerPoint for iPad #7 Text Style Options

Includes standard WordArt styles you can apply to highlight your message.

Style Note:  WordArt is often distracting and hard to read and should be used sparingly if at all. See the example of Aqua, Accent 1, Reflection below the font styles gallery I created.

Note:  You do not have the Text Fill, Text Outline and Text Effect options that you have on your desktop version of PowerPoint. You are currently limited to these 20 styles.

Left / Center / Right / Justify:  Dictates the horizontal text alignment for text within a given PowerPoint object.

Top / Middle / Bottom:  Dictates vertical text alignment for text within a given PowerPoint object.

Horizontal / Rotate Clockwise / Rotate Counterclockwise / Stacked:  Dictates the rotation of your text within a given PowerPoint object. See next page for examples of each.

Columns:  Controls how many columns of text are within an object. This is often used for objects with lots of text to visually break up the text.

Note:  Notice that the alignment drop down stays open so that you can make multiple selections at the same time while working in your presentation…very handy!

PowerPoint for iPad #9 Bullet and Numbering Options

Allows you to select bullet and numbers options for your lists in PowerPoint, but there are number of limitations that you should be aware of:

Limitation #1 : The Ruler –  As you cannot access the ruler in PowerPoint for your iPad, you are stuck with the default bullet and numbering tab spacing

Limitation #2: Custom Bullets –  You cannot create custom bullets like you can on your desktop version. That said, custom bullets and numbering created on the desktop version of PowerPoint does carry over into PowerPoint for your iPad, but you are not allowed to use it outside of the shape that it is currently set in.

Limitation #3: Numbers Start at 1 –  All numbers on the iPad start at 1. You cannot adjust the starting number.

10. List level increase / list level decrease

PowerPoint for iPad #10 Decrease List

Decrease List Level:  SHIFT + TAB equivalent on the desktop version of PowerPoint. Moves a bullet or numbering backwards one indent level

Increase List Level:  TAB equivalent on the desktop version of PowerPoint. Moves a bullet or numbering forward one indent level.

11. Text box

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Inserts a text box into the middle of your PowerPoint slide.

Note:  All inserted objects always start in the middle of your slide. There is currently no setting to manually place/draw your objects in after you have selected them.

12. Shapes gallery

PowerPoint for iPad #12 Shapes Gallery

Opens the shapes gallery and allows you to pick a shape to insert into the middle of your PowerPoint slide.

Shapes Always Default to the Center of Your Slide:  Whenever you insert an object, it always defaults to the center of your slide.

You will need to manually drag it around and position it. To make sure your shapes are the same size, either copy and paste an existing shape on your slide, or line it up next to your shape, and resize it using your SmartGuides.

The Insert tab

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Inserting a table immediately gives you a default 3 by 3 table in the center of your PowerPoint slide and opens the Table Tab on the Ribbon. See Table Tab for Table Options.

3. Pictures

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Selecting pictures opens the Photo Gallery. Currently, you are only allowed to insert pictures that are stored locally on your iPad (in your Camera Roll, Photo Streams, etc.).

If you have company pictures on your computer that you want to access on your iPad, you can share those pictures wireless through the iCloud service so that you can access them in PowerPoint on your iPad.

Check out  Apple’s step-by-step walk-through of the iCloud service .

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Opens the shapes gallery and adds the Shape Tab on the Ribbon.

Default Your Shapes on Your Desktop:  To avoid clumsy formatting in PowerPoint for your iPad, I highly recommend setting default formatting on the desktop version of PowerPoint for your specific decks as it carries over onto your iPad.

To set the default formatting on your desktop version of PowerPoint, simply right-click the shape you want to default the formatting for, and in the right-click menu, select set as default shape (line or text box, depending on what you are defaulting).

5. Text boxes

PowerPoint for iPad Insert Tab #5 Text Boxes

Inserts a text box into the middle of your PowerPoint slide and opens the Shapes tab on the Ribbon.

Pro Tip:  Insert rectangles instead of text boxes to avoid the default “resize shape to fit text” setting. All text boxes start with this default setting and there is no way to un-select or change this formatting option in PowerPoint for your iPad.

The Transitions tab

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1. Transition effect

Represents the 39 different types of transitions you can apply to your PowerPoint slides on your iPad.

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32 of the 39 transition effects have effect options associated with them which changes the direction of the transition. These variations are often from left to right, or from top to bottom. For the style effects to be active, a transition with effects has to first be applied to a slide.

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To change the effect options, simply select the alternative transition effect you would like for your slide.

Style Note:  As transitions are often distracting when giving a presentation, I highly recommend using them sparingly (if at all) within your presentations.

PowerPoint for iPad Transitions Tab #2 Effect Options 2

Previewing a Transition:  To preview your transition, hit the “from current” icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen to start the presentation form the current slide. Once in presentation mode, swipe right once to move to the previous slide, and then swipe left to preview the transition you just set for your slide.

Transitions without effects:

  • The Flash, Curtains

PowerPoint for iPad Transitions Tab #2 Effect Options 3

3. Apply to all styles

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The Review tab

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1. Show comments

PowerPoint for iPad Review Tab #1 Comments On Off

Allows you to turn comments on or off in your PowerPoint presentation. Comments appear either in the upper left hand corner of the slide, or on the specific objects they have been added to.

Note:  Comments can be only be viewed on the iPad, there is currently no support for editing, adding or removing comments from a presentation.

PowerPoint for iPad Review Tab #1 General Comment

2. Previous

PowerPoint for iPad Review Tab #2 Prevoius Comment

Cycles backwards to the previous com ​ ment within your presentation, starting from your current slide

PowerPoint for iPad Review Tab #2 Next Comment

The Picture tab

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1. Picture styles

Represents the 28 different preset picture styles you can apply to your pictures in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for iPad Pictures Tab #1 Picture Styles

2. Picture shadows

Represents the 23 different preset picture shadows you can apply to your pictures in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for iPad Pictures Tab #2 Picture Shadows

4. Re-order

All objects on a PowerPoint slide exist in a stacking or layering order based on when they were inserted onto the slide.

PowerPoint for iPad Pictures Tab #4 Reorder command

  • Bring Forward:  Brings an object forward, one layer.
  • Bring to Front:  Brings an object to the front layer of all the other objects on the slide
  • Send Backward:  Sends an object backwards one layer.
  • Send to Back:  Sends an object all the way to the back layer behind all the other objects on the slide.

Pro Tip 2:  The Bring to Front and Send to Back commands are the fastest and easiest commands to use, as you know exactly where your objects will go. Best practice is to use these first, and then readjust any other objects that you want behind or in front of your other objects.

Note:  More than one object has to be present on the slide for this command to be active.

The Shapes tab

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1. Text Styles

PowerPoint for iPad Shapes Tab #1 Text Styles

The Text Styles gallery includes the 20 standard WordArt text styles that you can use to bring emphasis to or highlight the text within your presentation.

Are text styles worth using?  Typically not, but it really depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

For example, for corporate presentations, WordArt is distracting and hard to read and should be used sparingly, if at all. That said, if you are using PowerPoint as a medium for creating a poster or a graphic for a website, the WordArt text styles could be useful.

Missing Text Styles Options:  In PowerPoint for your iPad, the Text Fill, Text Outline and Text Effect formatting options are not available, you can currently only play with these options on your desktop version of PowerPoint.

2. Shape Styles

PowerPoint for iPad Shapes Tab #2 Shape Styles

The Shapes Styles represent the 42 different default shape formatting styles you can apply to your shapes in PowerPoint. Now although these are tempting to use, keep in mind that anyone who has PowerPoint has access to these shape styles, so simply using these default formatting styles will result in a very default looking PowerPoint presentation.

Can I change the default shapes styles in the gallery?  Yes, the shape styles are dictated by your PowerPoint theme settings, so manipulating or building a corporate theme will change these default formatting styles.

3. Shape fill

Allows you to change the shape outline color in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for iPad Shapes Tab #4 Shape Line

  • Bring Forward:  Brings an object forward, one layer
  • Bring to Front:  Brings an object to the front layer of all the other objects on the slide
  • Send Backward:  Sends an object backwards one layer
  • Send to Back:  Sends an object all the way to the back layer behind all the other objects on the slide

PowerPoint for iPad Shapes Tab #5 Reorder

The Table tab

  • Single tap a table:  Get the standard object edit menu.
  • Double tap a cell within a table:  Get the table specific edit menu.
  • Cut:  Cuts the text out of the selected cell.
  • Copy:  Copies the text in the selected cell.
  • Paste:  Pastes in your last copied text or object. Note that you cannot copy and paste formatting between tables.
  • Clear:  Clears the contents of the cell.
  • Delete:  Opens an additional menu allowing you to either delete the column or row you are currently in.
  • Insert:  Allows you to insert a column to the left of the current cell, or a row above your current cell.
  • AutoFit:  Collapses the column width to fit the text within it.

PowerPoint for iPad Table Edit Commands Options

  • Header Row:  Formats the first row in your table as a header row
  • Total Row:  Formats the last row in your table as a total
  • Banded Row:  Adds a rotating fill color to the horizontal rows of your table
  • First Column:  Highlights the first column in a table
  • Last Column:  Highlights the last column in a table
  • Banded Columns:  Adds a rotating fill color to the vertical columns of your table

PowerPoint for iPad Table Tab #1 Table Styles Options Selected

​ ​​​​ Note:  As you make table selections, the style gallery will populate with a live preview of those options for the different table styles.

2. Table styles

PowerPoint for iPad Table Tab #2 Table Styles

From a formatting perspective, I highly recommend starting with a pre-formatted table style that gets you closest to your end result, and then manually tweaking the table from there.

Lists the different default table styles you can apply to your tables in PowerPoint.

Note:  The Styles Options (discussed above) that you have selected, will be shown within the Table Styles Gallery making it easier to pick the default style that get you closest to your end goal.

Style Note:  Use the formatting / highlighting sparing to increase the effectiveness of your table.

Tapping the fill colors opens the theme colors drop down, which you can use to manually override any of the Table Styles you have already applied to your table.

PowerPoint for iPad Table Tab #3 Table Shading

Pro Tip:  To reverse the banding of your rows or columns, first, manually format the first row or column with a fill color, and then toggle on or off the header row option or the first column option.

Note:  You are not able to change the outline weights or colors of a table or cells within a table in PowerPoint on your iPad. All table border formatting will have to wait until you are on your desktop of PowerPoint.

Gives you options to insert rows above or below the current cell you have selected within your table, or columns to the left or right of the current cell you have selected.

PowerPoint for iPad Table Tab #4 Table Insert

How can I insert multiple rows or columns at the same time?  To insert multiple rows or columns within your table, first select multiple rows or columns within your table. With multiple rows or columns selected, when you click insert, the same number of rows or columns will be added to your table.

Deletes the row, column or table that you currently have selected.

PowerPoint for iPad Table Tab #5 Table Delete

How do I AutoFit multiple columns at the same time?  First select the individual columns (or the entire table) before selecting AutoFit.

7. Alignment

PowerPoint for iPad Table Tab #7 Alignment

The Text Alignment command changes the horizontal text alignment (Left, Center, Right) or the vertical text alignment (Top, Middle, Bottom) of a cell within the selected cell in your table (similar to using the Text Alignment tool on your shapes or other PowerPoint objects).

The Reorder command allows you to change the layering of the objects on your PowerPoint Slide. All objects on your slide exist in a stacking or layering order (one on top of the other) based on when they were inserted on to the slide.

  • Bring Forward:  Brings an object forward, one layer
  • Bring to Front:  Brings an object to the front layer of all the other objects on the slide
  • Send Backward:  Sends an object backward one layer
  • Send to Back:  Sends an object all the way to the back layer behind all the other objects on the slide

PowerPoint for iPad Table Tab #8 Reorder

Pro Tip:  When using the reorder command on a busy PowerPoint slide with lots of objects, the Bring to Front and Send to Back commands are the fastest and easiest to use, as you know exactly where your objects will end up.

Why is the reorder command grayed out?  More than one PowerPoint object has to be present on your slide for the Reorder command to be active.

The Notes pane

1. Opening the Notes pane To open the Notes Pane, tap in the lower right-hand corner of your screen where it says ‘Notes’.

PowerPoint for iPad Notes Pane #1 Opening

How do I best use the Notes pane on your iPad?  I find the notes pane useful for quickly reviewing notes prior to your presentation, as the automatic full screen mode makes it easy to both review the notes for a particulate slide, and see the thumbnail of that particular slide, outlined in orange on the left side of the screen. The notes pane will also conveniently stay open on your iPad until you manually close it.

2. Closing the Notes pane

To close the Notes Pane in PowerPoint on your iPad, simply click the notes icon in in the upper right-hand corner of the slide, and you will return to the Normal View of your presentation.

PowerPoint for iPad Notes Pane #2 Closing

Share & Slide Show View

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These are the options for sharing your documents:

  • Email as Link:  Creates a “View Only” link or a “View and Edit” link of your file and launches the Mail App.
  • Email as Attachment:  Attaches the presentation to an email, the recipient can open and edit the document natively.
  • Copy Link:  Creates a “View Only” link or a “View and Edit” link of your file that you can paste into other documents or emails.

The Slide Show icon starts your presentation in slide show mode starting form the current slide. Besides running your presentation, this is great for spot checking your content and for reviewing any transitions you have applied as there is no “live preview” for them on your iPad.

The Slide Show icon is the equivalent of hitting the F5 keyboard shortcut on your desktop version of PowerPoint.

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Can You Create a PowerPoint on an iPad? Here’s How!

Creating a PowerPoint on an iPad is simple! All you need is to download the PowerPoint app from the App Store, sign in with your Microsoft account, and you can start creating your presentation right away. It’s an efficient way to work on your slides whether you’re on the go or don’t have access to a computer.

After you complete your PowerPoint, you can easily present it directly from your iPad, share it with others, or transfer it to your computer for further editing.

Introduction

In the world of presentations, PowerPoint has been a long-standing favorite. Its user-friendly interface and robust features make it the go-to choice for professionals, educators, and students alike. But what if you don’t have access to a computer? Can you still whip up a compelling presentation? Absolutely! Thanks to the technological advancements of tablets like the iPad, creating a PowerPoint presentation is not only possible but also incredibly convenient.

The iPad, with its portability and intuitive touch screen, offers a unique way to create and edit presentations. This is particularly relevant for those who are always on the move or simply prefer the tactile interaction that tablets provide. In this article, we’ll explore how to create a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad, why it’s a useful skill, and who stands to benefit from this knowledge. Whether you’re a student preparing for a class project, a business professional crafting a pitch, or a teacher planning your next lesson, mastering PowerPoint on the iPad will elevate your presentation game.

Step by Step Tutorial: Creating a PowerPoint on an iPad

Before we dive into the steps, let’s clarify what we’ll achieve. By following these instructions, you’ll be able to create a fully-functional PowerPoint presentation on your iPad, complete with text, images, and various slide designs.

Step 1: Download the PowerPoint App

First things first, download the PowerPoint app from the App Store.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the PowerPoint app, you’re ready to get started. The app is free, but for full functionality, you might need an Office 365 subscription.

Step 2: Sign in to Your Microsoft Account

Open the app and sign in with your Microsoft account.

Signing in allows you to access your saved presentations and utilize the full range of PowerPoint’s features. If you don’t have an account, you can create one easily within the app.

Step 3: Create a New Presentation

Select ‘New Presentation’ to start creating your slides.

Here, you’ll choose from a variety of templates or start with a blank slide. Templates can give you a head start with pre-designed layouts and color schemes.

Step 4: Add Content to Your Slides

Tap on the slide to add text, insert images, or create shapes.

Using the toolbar at the top, you can customize your fonts, add bullet points, and more. Playing around with these features will help you create a more visually engaging presentation.

Step 5: Save and Share Your Presentation

Once you’re satisfied, save your presentation and share it as needed.

You can save your presentation to the iPad, to OneDrive, or to another cloud service. Sharing options include email, a link, or exporting it in a format like PDF.

Additional Information

Creating a PowerPoint on an iPad is a breeze once you get the hang of it. But there are a couple of tips that can make your experience even smoother. For instance, pairing your iPad with a keyboard can speed up your typing and make editing text less fiddly. Also, practicing with different gestures can help you discover shortcuts for a more efficient workflow.

Remember, while the iPad version of PowerPoint is robust, it might not have every single feature that the desktop version has. But for most users, the convenience and mobility it offers can outweigh those minor limitations. And guess what? If you’re presenting directly from your iPad, you can also use your device as a remote control, swiping through slides with a mere touch or click. This can be a game-changer for a seamless presentation experience.

  • Download the PowerPoint app from the App Store.
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Create a new presentation.
  • Add content to your slides.
  • Save and share your presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can i edit a powerpoint on an ipad.

Yes, you can edit PowerPoint presentations on an iPad using the PowerPoint app.

Do I need a Microsoft subscription to use PowerPoint on an iPad?

You can use the PowerPoint app for free, but for full functionality, a subscription might be necessary.

Can I print my PowerPoint from an iPad?

Absolutely, as long as you have a compatible printer.

Will my PowerPoint look the same on an iPad as on a computer?

Mostly yes, although there may be some minor differences due to the app’s features.

Can I use Presenter View on an iPad?

Yes, Presenter View is available on the PowerPoint iPad app.

A PowerPoint presentation can make or break your pitch, project, or lesson. And being able to create one on an iPad not only adds convenience to your process but also ensures you’re never caught off guard without your slides at hand. With just a few taps and swipes, you can craft a professional and engaging presentation from wherever you are.

So next time you’re away from your computer but need to prep for that big meeting or class, remember that your iPad is more than up to the task. Happy presenting!

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8 Things I’ve Learned Using an iPad for Presentations

I love using my iPad for travel to conferences, and not just because it’s so lightweight and its battery lasts all day. For one thing, with the LTE version I’m not beholden to conference Wi-Fi; while some conferences have good connectivity, I never want to count on it. With the iPad I can nearly always get online.

But the iPad isn’t convenient only for attending conferences. It’s a good tool for presentations, too-or at least an excellent backup for a dedicated computer. I can easily be ready to present if I have a last-minute computer replacement.

Still, I had some things to learn the hard way about using an iPad for presentations. Perhaps I can save you a few steps.

The Basics of Getting Started

Learn the differences between “desktop” keynote and the ipad version.

While I present nearly exclusively from an iPad, I usually build my initial presentation on a Mac. I build all of my presentations in Keynote, and store them in iCloud. I can (and do) make tweaks to a presentation on-site via the iPad version of Keynote, but it always feels as though I’m slightly fighting with the software.

Keynote supports a customizable presenter display in both versions. On the Mac desktop version, you can pick three ways to give yourself that during-the-talk cheat sheet, instructing it to show you the current slide, next slide, and presenter notes. On the iPad, the presenter display options only give you a “two out of three” option, between current slide, next slide, and presenter notes. I begrudgingly pick Next Slide and Presenter Notes, and then I hope the venue has a confidence monitor that shows me what’s on the projector behind me.

Some folks prefer to use Powerpoint or Google Slides. This distills down to religion, and I can confidently state that those people are wrong. Both tools offer iPad versions as well, but I’m not well versed in them. Deckset doesn’t offer an iPad version, and I’ve not had much patience for the swath of custom JavaScript-based presentation tools that render Markdown inside of browsers. I want to like them, but I can’t quite get there yet. As a result, use Keynote; you’ll be happier. As an added bonus, the presentations live in iCloud; with a bit of notice you can grab a copy on someone’s Mac, iPhone, or iPad and be back in business should calamity befall your iPad.

Do be aware that this means that if your presentation requires a demo in a terminal or a web browser, you either get to do some awkward transitions—or accept that presenting from an iPad isn’t right for this talk. I still haven’t found a good way to give my “Terrible Ideas in Git” talk from an iPad due to its live demos…

Invest in a presentation remote

A presentation remote is a necessity, unless you enjoy being trapped behind the podium. I treated myself to a little luxury with the  Logitech Spotlight .

This device does it all. It speaks its own wireless protocol via a USB-A dongle that plugs into most laptops, but the Spotlight also speaks Bluetooth with a great range. Its battery charges using a built-in USB-C port that hides behind the dongle, and a single charge lasts for months.

I freely accept that most folks find the idea of paying $129 for a single-purpose device a bit nutty. Those folks generally don’t give double-digit numbers of presentations a year. A word of caution: Don’t leave it behind at the podium after your talk. It’s expensive enough to buy the first time. Please don’t ask me how I know.

Pay attention to fonts and typefaces

I have a condition I jokingly refer to as “typeface blindness.” I can’t tell the difference between most fonts unless I stare at them and actively work out what I’m seeing. I’m told this is atypical, and whenever I forget this fact I get reminded on Twitter. “Well, that’s the fifth talk so far today that uses Helvetica (the system default)” always makes me facepalm. As a result, I make it a point to not use system default fonts.

Contrary to what many folks believe, you can use custom fonts on iOS, but the process is a bit arcane. Do yourself a favor and drop the $2 for  AnyFont . This magic app streamlines an otherwise incredibly painful process.

Lessons I’ve Learned

I’m conservative here; while you can save money by buying third party adapters, I find that minimizing the risk of screwing up a presentation in front of 400 people is worth the extortionate rate that Apple charges for first party adapters. You’ll want both HDMI and VGA adapters. Both of these are available in Lightning and USB-C flavors, depending upon which generation of iPad you’re using. Note that this is less of a concern with USB-C than it is with Lightning adapters—just make certain you test all of your adapters before you leave home.

Save time; don’t bother looking for DVI adapters. The iPad officially doesn’t support it, Apple doesn’t sell them for Lightning, and I’ve only ever encountered it on the speaking circuit once. Your test a few hours before your talk will validate that you’ll be okay.

You can never be too rich, too thin, or have a big enough battery pack

Grab a beefy battery pack, and you can go days without finding a power outlet. You don’t want to discover that the podium power strip is full, the extension cord is a trip hazard, or that you don’t have the right adapter for the country you’re in when it’s time to give a talk. Having a battery pack that can borderline jump-start a car means you’re fine so long as your iPad battery level is anywhere about roughly 3%. (Too much lower and the tablet won’t boot at all.)

I like Anker products for this, but your mileage may vary. I soundly endorse finding reputable brands. Saving a few bucks on chargers, cables, or batteries that (a) plug into a very expensive electronic device and (b) have a propensity to include “sets the building on fire” in their list of failure modes just never seemed worth the trade-off to me.

Note: If you need to give away something at a booth, don’t use branded USB battery packs or chargers, as swag. At best, they’re cheap and feel flimsy. At worst, something with your logo on it started a fire.

Spend extra for an LTE connection

You can tether your iPad to a mobile device or ride on conference Wi-Fi. However, if you’re presenting frequently it’s worth the extra money to get an iPad version that can speak to the cell networks. Suddenly you no longer care what the conference Wi-Fi password is, whether you remembered to charge your phone, or if the captive portal login page is going to expire and pop up again mid-presentation.

Speaking of which…

Before the presentation, turn on both “Do Not Disturb” and “Airplane Mode”

In presentation mode, Keynote swears that it blocks pop-ups, reminders, incoming calls, and other distractions. To its credit, I’ve never seen it do otherwise.

That said, I always enable Do Not Disturb on my iPad. I put the device in airplane mode. And only then do I plug in the projector. Perhaps I’m paranoid, but you’re also not seeing horrible screenshots from my talks that feature embarrassing notifications, either.

Update nothing before your presentation

If a new iOS version or a Keynote update comes out the same week as your presentation, fine. But resist the upgrade. It can wait a day.

There have been enough regressions in software over the years that I’m extremely hesitant to trust that everything will “just work” an hour before I go on stage.

These are the sometimes-hard-won lessons I’ve learned after spending a year giving talks solely from an iPad.

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Despite a phalanx of competitors emerging in recent years, PowerPoint remains the industry standard for delivering presentations, and the emergence of the iPad app cements its position in the boardroom.

However, the iPad app is a different beast from the desktop software, and has its own strengths and weaknesses. Our top 10 tips will show you how to get the most from PowerPoint on the iPad.

1. Create on the PC, refine on the iPad

If at all possible, avoid creating presentations on the iPad itself. The iPad app has only 20 presentation templates to choose from, compared to the thousands available to download from the PC and Mac version, and some of those 20 are mundane. Any template that you download on the PC/Mac is editable on the iPad, even if it's not one of those preloaded in the app.

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If you do decide to create a presentation on the tablet, be wary of the same fonts issue that afflicts the Microsoft Word app. If you choose iOS fonts, they won't be displayed properly when you open the presentation on the PC, and you may experience problems with text running out of boxes or wrapping around images erratically.

2. Beam the presentation wirelessly

The iPad is better suited to delivering, rather than creating, presentations. You can beam your presentation wirelessly to a big display or projector using Apple's AirPlay technology, and use the iPad to flick through slides and more.

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To do this, you'll either need an Apple TV or Mac (2011 onwards) connected to your large display, or a PC running AirPlay compatible software such as AirServer (www.airserver.com). Both iPad and the receiving Apple TV/Mac/PC must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

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Once connected, you can mirror the iPad's display on the big screen, but when you open your presentation on the iPad you should put it into Presenter View, by clicking the Slide Show tab and selecting the relevant option. Now your iPad will display any presenter notes you've made and forthcoming slides, while the viewers of the big screen display will only see the presentation itself.

If you hold your finger down on the main window showing the current slide, you'll activate the virtual laser pointer, allowing you to highlight key points on the slide. The pen tools in the top right of the screen let you draw on or use a highlighter pen on your slides.

3. Learn the gestures

You'll need to be familiar with a few gesture controls to get the most out of PowerPoint for iPad, some of which aren't obvious.

For example, if you're in full-screen slideshow view activated by pressing the Play button in the top right-hand corner you can use a closed pinch gesture to return to the editing view, which is quicker than tapping at the top of the screen and selecting End Slide Show.

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If you want to move a slide to a new position in the deck, simply tap on its thumbnail in the edit view and drag it to the desired position.

4. Importing old-format presentations

PowerPoint for iPad can work with presentations created in either the latest Office formats (.pptx files) or the older PowerPoint 97-2003 formats (.ppt and .pps). However, any files opened in the older formats will need to be converted to .pptx before you can edit them. PowerPoint for iPad will give you the option to convert the old-style presentations when you first open them.

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5. Transferring Keynote presentations

Given that PowerPoint for iPad only launched earlier this year, it's likely that you might have some presentations stored in Apple's own presentation app, Keynote. The good news is you can import these into PowerPoint without much hassle.

Open the presentation in Keynote, then click the icon showing a page with an up arrow and select Open in Another App. Choose the PowerPoint format from the pop-up that appears, and after Keynote has crunched through the slides select the Choose App button and Open in PowerPoint. Once it's opened in PowerPoint, you'll need to save a copy if you want to edit the slides.

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The bad news is that some of Keynote's slide transitions, animations and fonts won't be carried across perfectly into PowerPoint, so make sure to review and edit your slideshow (if necessary) before presenting to an audience.

You can also go the other way, and import slideshows created in the PowerPoint app to Keynote. The easiest way to do this is to open the presentation in PowerPoint, click the little person and + sign icon in the top-right corner and email a copy of the presentation to yourself.

Open the Mail app, download the attachment, then hold down on the attachment's icon and select Open in PowerPoint. You'll once again find that many transitions, animations and fonts don't survive the move, however.

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Can I do a PowerPoint presentation using an iPad?

By: Author Shrot Katewa

Can I do a PowerPoint presentation using an iPad?

I love my iPad, and If you are like me, you would want to carry it wherever you go. It is compact, light and allows me to get things done that can’t be done using my phone due to its small size! In fact, it is so convenient that it makes me wonder if I could replace my laptop with an iPad even for my client meetings? 

But, can I create a PowerPoint presentation using an iPad? Yes, you can create a PowerPoint presentation using an iPad. In fact, iPad has a bunch of different apps that allow you to run PowerPoint presentations on it. iPad’s built-in Keynote presentation software also allows you to view the PPT files. You can also install Microsoft PowerPoint to run, edit and create a PowerPoint presentations from scratch on iPad just as you run it on a laptop!

Running a PowerPoint presentation on your iPad is actually a lot easier than you think. There are, however, a few things you should be aware of. Let’s get into the details of the workings of a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad.

How to put a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad?

Sometimes, you may already have a PPT file that was shared by your colleague or a client. However, many a times, it is you who has to create a PowerPoint presentation that dazzles your audience! Creating a presentation that holds our audiences’ attention is hard. We wrote a post that covers the steps that you should be taking while creating a PowerPoint presentation. We’ve broken it down to a step-by-step process that is designed to help you with creating a presentation. (Link – www.owlscape.in/what-are-the-steps-to-create-a-powerpoint-presentation )

If you have already created a presentation using a laptop or any other computer, you’ll first need to transfer it to your iPad. There are multiple ways you could do this. I would like to share my top 3 favourite method as they are free, doesn’t take too much time, and are easy to carry out as it doesn’t require any technical expertise.

1. Transfer the PPT file to your iPad using your email

This is probably the easiest of all the three options. In all likelihood, you may already have received a PPT file from your colleagues through an email. In this case, all you need to do is simply open your email account on your iPad, click on the email that contains the PowerPoint file, and download it.

2. Transfer the PPT file to your iPad using a cloud storage service

Another quick and easy option is using a cloud storage services. There are plenty of cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and even iCloud. Most of these services offer at least a few GBs of free data storage. Simply upload your PPT file from your computer. Then, login to your cloud storage service on your iPad and download the PPT file on your iPad.

3. Transfer the PPT file to your iPad using WhatsApp

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Another great way to download the file directly to your iPad is by using WhatsApp. While WhatsApp is a great way to stay in touch with you friends, it is also great to share files. You can ask your colleague to send the file to you over WhatsApp. All you need to do is simply log in to your WhatsApp account on your iPad, open your colleague’s chat message, and download the file.

What is the best app for PowerPoint presentation on iPad?

In our experience, Microsoft PowerPoint is by far one of the best apps to work with PPT presentations on iPad. You can easily download and use, and if you have an Office365 subscription, it allows you access to additional functionalities which come in handy especially if you plan to edit files on-the-go on your iPad. PowerPoint presentation has been the brainchild of Microsoft, and it has been the leader by a long stretch when it comes to the presentation software.

With Microsoft PowerPoint, not only do you resolve the compatibility issues of the PPT files with software, you also get an interface you are familiar with. You can be absolutely sure that PPT file will look exactly as it is intended to when using Microsoft PowerPoint on iPad.

You can download the Microsoft PowerPoint app for your iPad from the App Store.

Is Microsoft PowerPoint app FREE for iPad?

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Microsoft PowerPoint app is FREE to download and use on an iPad. Microsoft realise that the future of technology is more towards smartphones and tablets. Thus, they have a strong focus on providing access to user files on-the-go. Although you can edit PowerPoint presentations on-the-go, if you wish to get advanced functionalities, you may want to get an Office365 subscription. Having said that, most of your basic editing needs are covered in the base version of the app.

Are there any other apps for PowerPoint presentation on iPad?

Absolutely! There are several other applications that you can use to open and edit a PowerPoint presentation on iPad. All the other applications have their pros and cons. We have listed down the top 3 alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint on iPad. They are in no order to preference.

Keynote is the native software that offers an office suite on Mac and iOS devices including iPad. It has been built from the ground up for iPad and iPhone devices. Needless to say, it is one of the most powerful software when working with presentations.

While Keynote allows you to view, open and edit a PowerPoint file, the overall functionalities are different. We’ve also seen that the look and feel of the PPT file does change when using it on Keynote. However, the changes are not major and if you are only planning to view the major contents of the PPT file on your iPad, Keynote is effective.

2. Google Slides

The best part about Google Slides is that it allows real-time collaboration on projects with its online office suite. This is great especially when your team is not based in the same location as you are.

Google Slides is also compatible with PPT files. It allows you or open, view and edit PowerPoint files on your iPad. Google Slides is FREE . All you need is a Google account to start using it.

3. WPS Office

WPS office to open PPT files without PowerPoint

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WPS stands for Writer (W), Presentation (P), Spreadsheets (S). It is our favourite alternative to Microsoft Office suite. It has been designed with Microsoft Office users in mind. Thus, the look and feel of WPS Office has striking similarities to that of MIcrosoft Office. For all the Microsoft Office users, WPS Office makes you surprisingly feel just at home.

If you are looking to a cheaper/free alternative to Microsoft Office suite that looks and feels just like MS Office, in our experience WPS Office by far the best option for you. It was designed with Microsoft Office users in mind. It was originally launched for Windows, however, WPS Office suite 2019 version has been expanded to both Linux and Mac users as well.

WPS Office is now also available for Mac and iOS users. You can download WPS Office directly from the App Store or visit the download section on their website . WPS Office is FREE to use although simply signing up for an account with them gives you access to premium feature for 1 year.

What equipment will I need to do a PowerPoint presentation using an iPad?

What makes the iPad really powerful is that it allows you to connect to a projector and project the presentation on a bigger screen. This comes in really handy as this negates the need to carry any laptop. Alternatively, if you consider laptop to be your first choice, instead of carrying an additional spare laptop, you can keep an iPad device as a backup just in case your laptop fails to work. 

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Video on how you can connect your iPad to a projector

There are multiple ways to connect your iPad to a Projector. Two of the most common ways are – 

  • HDMI connection
  • VGA connection 

For both the connections, you will need to buy an additional connector cable that allows you to connect the two devices.

Our personal preference is to use the VGA connector. Main reason for this is the fact that a VGA connector allows the sound to be played from the iPad itself as opposed to a HDMI connector. In an HDMI connection for an iPad, the sound is played through your projector. Another reason for preference of a VGA connector over an HDMI connector is that it is more widely available as a default connection option to the projector in most corporate offices. However, connector preference comes down to a personal choice.

So, is it worth it???

We started this article wondering whether we could do a PowerPoint presentation using an iPad, and whether we could carry an iPad to our meetings instead of a laptop. With the availability of Microsoft PowerPoint application for iPad and several other alternatives to open a PPT file on iPad, as well as the possibility to connect the iPad to a projector, we can safely conclude that an iPad can be used as a replacement to a laptop while meeting clients!

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These days, we’re more reliant than ever on mobile devices for productivity and connectivity, even in work scenarios like conferences and seminars. It’s easy and convenient to power your presentations with an iPhone or iPad, but you might not know how to connect to an external display.

We’ll explain how to mirror a small screen to a more prominent display such as a smart TV, projector or monitor, whether you’re prepping for a presentation in a smart office or streaming content at home.

To share a presentation with a broader remote audience, consider uploading your presentation to YouTube .

How to give presentations from your iPhone or iPad

Bring your mobile presentation to life by connecting your iOS device to an external display. Several technologies can power mobile presentations on a larger screen, including AirPlay, which allows streaming and screen mirroring.

We’ll explain how sending your presentation to an external display works for the most common devices you’ll encounter.

1. Send an iOS presentation to an Apple TV.

Mirroring your presentation from an iPad or iPhone to an Apple TV is straightforward. Here’s how it works:

  • Power on your Apple TV. Make sure it’s on the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS device.
  • On your iOS device, load the presentation or content you want to share to the Apple TV.
  • Tap the AirPlay icon . (It looks like a rectangular screen with a triangle at the bottom.)
  • Choose your Apple TV .
  • Your content will begin. To stop streaming, tap the AirPlay icon in the app you’re streaming from.

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2. Send an iOS presentation to a smart TV.

If you have an internet-enabled smart TV, you have a few options, depending on your TV model.

AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs

If you have an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, such as select Samsung models, LG TVs and Roku TVs, the process is nearly the same as using AirPlay with an Apple TV:

  • On your AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, go to Settings > General > Apple AirPlay Settings and enable AirPlay .
  • Tap the AirPlay icon .
  • Select your AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  • Play your presentation or content.

Smart TVs that aren’t AirPlay 2-compatible

If your internet-connected smart TV isn’t AirPlay compatible, consider a third-party mirroring app like AllCast. AllCast is an iOS app that wirelessly streams your phone’s content to an external monitor. Here’s how it works:

  • Download AllCast from the App Store on your iOS device.
  • Launch AllCast and tap the broadcast icon . It will find compatible devices on your network.
  • Select your smart TV.

AllCast is also compatible with Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, Apple TV, Microsoft Xbox consoles, and smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and more. While AllCast is free to download and use, in-app purchases allow you to remove ads and unlock features.

The Apple App store has 3.6 million apps available for download as of 2022, with Google’s Play Store offering 2.8 million. Explore our list of the best iPhone apps for business users .

3. Send an iOS presentation to a Mac.

If you want to send your iOS presentation to a larger Mac, the process is simple.

  • Make sure your iOS device and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • On your iOS device, open the Control Center.
  • Tap Screen Mirroring .
  • Select your Mac.
  • You may see an AirPlay passcode on your Mac screen. If so, enter the code on your iOS device.

4. Send an iOS presentation to a non-smart TV or projector.

Working with an old-school TV or a projector that doesn’t connect to the internet? Not a problem. Use a connector or adapter to achieve the same effect as mirroring.

Connect to a monitor with an adapter.

If you have access to a monitor and you don’t want to connect wirelessly, opt for an old-fashioned cable adapter. Apple sells a Lightning digital AV adapter with an additional power port (so you can charge your iPhone or iPad while you present from it).

At $49, Apple’s adapter is pricey for a one-off presentation, but if you travel a lot, the purchase could be worthwhile. Using Wi-Fi across various venues can be a gamble. If you’re presenting to clients, you may not want to roll the dice.

Connect to a projector with an adapter.

Many modern projectors have proprietary apps to connect to wirelessly from mobile devices, but they vary drastically in quality, availability and compatibility. If you want to be certain of your ability to connect to a specific projector, an adapter is an excellent option.

Newer projectors typically have HDMI and VGA ports. If you have a choice, opt for an HDMI adapter because it’ll be more versatile. If you need to connect to an older projector, you will probably have to connect using a VGA adapter; Apple sells one (also priced at $49) with an added charging port, so you don’t run out of juice.

There is almost always a way to connect an iPad or iPhone to an external display, though it might involve Apple-branded hardware or a stand-alone app.

FAQs about sending an iOS presentation to an external display

If you’re having trouble connecting your iPad or iPhone to a monitor or have other questions about creating a great presentation, you’ll find commonly asked questions below.

What is screen mirroring?

Screen mirroring is the process of displaying the contents of a device like an iPad or iPhone on another device, such as a television, external monitor or projector. Screen mirroring is sometimes confused with screencasting, which is the process of recording everything happening on your screen.

Why do people use screen mirroring?

Screen mirroring is helpful anytime you want to share small-screen content on a big screen. People use screen mirroring in both personal and professional settings, including watching entertainment and running through presentations.

Can you screen mirror without Wi-Fi?

The only way to screen mirror without Wi-Fi is to use a cable connection or adapter. Screen mirroring apps won’t work if you can’t access Wi-Fi. In fact, if you’re using a screen mirroring app, the device you’re mirroring from and the device you’re mirroring to have to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

One significant benefit of buying an HDMI adapter is that you no longer need to worry about Wi-Fi access when mirroring – you can plug in the cord and get started.

What are the best iPad apps for creating presentations?

There are many excellent presentation tools for all platforms. Keynote  is Apple’s answer to PowerPoint, and it’s a go-to among professionals who use Apple devices because it’s a free download from the App Store. You can also use PowerPoint on Apple devices via the PowerPoint mobile app. If you want to try something different,  Google Slides  is the current black horse in the presentation software arena, and it’s also available through Apple’s App Store.

iPad business uses include remote desktop access, on-the-go presentations and access to Microsoft Office mobile apps.

Do I need an adapter to connect my iPad to my TV?

If you have Apple mobile devices and want to share content with a broader audience, an adapter is an excellent option. An adapter’s main advantage is allowing you to connect to nearly any external monitor. Adapters are helpful for people who want to mirror to an older TV or monitor without internet connectivity, as well as anyone who frequently hosts presentations in places without open Wi-Fi networks or smart monitors.

Can you screen mirror with an Android device?

Yes. Android and iOS both support business uses , such as screen mirroring for presentations. You can mirror your Android, PC or Google device on an external screen or projector with a built-in app, Bluetooth, a third-party app or an HDMI adapter. If you go down the app and Bluetooth route, ensure that your mobile device and the external monitor are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Mona Bushnell contributed to the writing and research in this article.

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Presentations are a handy tool for students,  teachers , and professionals. Moreover, you can also use them at parties and events because gone are the days of boring slides that fail to retain your audience’s attention. Today, you can quickly create captivating slideshows that communicate your message effectively and engagingly. So, check out these best presentation apps for iPad and iPhone, no matter what kind of project you’re working on in the classroom or the boardroom.

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Although Canva is well-known as a graphic design app , it can also help you create spectacular slides for a presentation that will wow your audience. There are tons of professionally designed templates that you can customize according to your needs.

Moreover, you can add your own brand elements like logos and images to create a unified look. The best part is that it is incredibly easy to use, yet gives you impeccable results. You can add your original pictures, illustrations, and text, or choose from the extensive database of design elements that it offers.

Price : Free (In-app Purchases start from $0.99)

2. Google Slides

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Creating top-notch presentations with Google Slides is a breeze. It has a highly intuitive user-interface that makes your work easy. Further, the real-time collaboration feature lets you work with your friends and colleagues. You can add and rearrange slides, format text, and shapes with ease.

Further, you can also open and edit PowerPoint slides right from this app. Another notable feature is that it lets you work even offline. So, if you ever find yourself without an internet connection, your work won’t hit a roadblock. Lastly, Google Slides supports several languages, such as English, German, Italian, Japanese, and more.

Price:  Free

3. Microsoft PowerPoint

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Across the world, PowerPoint has been synonymous with presentations for decades. In recent years, this tool has come a long way. So what better way to get creative than with this official app from Microsoft. It features a range of powerful and customizable slides and templates that will make you stand out.

Moreover, you can use a new AI tool called Presenter Coach that will help you practice your presentation and get real-time suggestions to adjust your pacing, avoid “umms” and speak confidently. Finally, there is seamless syncing with OneDrive that ensures your projects stay consistent across devices.

Price:  Free (In-app Purchases start from $6.99)

4. Notability

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This is a renowned note-taking app for your iPad , but it doubles up as an excellent way to share presentations with others and keep your audience engaged. It has a lot of useful tools like ink, highlighter, text, and audio. If you’re working on a compatible iPad, you can even handwrite and sketch with Apple Pencil to bring your projects to life.

Further, the laser pointer makes it easy to direct attention to specific parts of your work. There’s also a multi-note feature that lets you view another note on your device that stays hidden from the audience whom you are presenting to. Not surprisingly, this is a bestselling paid app on the iPad App Store

Price : $8.99

5. Slideshow Creator

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If you want to make a more casual presentation for family gatherings or parties, check out this easy-to-use iPad and iPhone presentation app. It offers various slideshow styles for everything from birthdays and graduation to sports events, invitations, and more.

You simply have to select the style you want, select the photos, videos, and music you want to collate, add text and captions, and then export it into a video that you can share through social media or project on a big screen.

Price : Free (In-app Purchases start from $4.99)

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Here’s the app that Apple itself uses to present brilliant creations to the world. It’s the most powerful app to present your ideas on an iPhone or iPad. In addition to all the basic features, there are advanced options like animated charts and cinematic transitions to add that extra flair with ease.

Further, Keynote Live allows you to present a slideshow that your audience can follow on their Apple devices or online on iCloud.com. Finally, with the built-in real-time collaboration feature, it lets you work with your team seamlessly. Thanks to the Keynote for iCloud, even Windows PC users can collaborate.

7. Adobe Spark Video

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This one’s a video editor app that also lets you create professional presentations. Within minutes, you can put together compelling video stories replete with professional images that highlight your message. You can even select the soundtrack that you like best, and the app will compile everything with beautiful cinematic motion.

Whether you want to inform, persuade, or inspire, your presentations can make an impact with this app. You can even access, edit, and share your video from a browser using Adobe Spark. All this functionality for free is a pretty sweet deal.

Price:  Free (Spark Subscription Monthly – $9.99)

8. Prezi Viewer

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This iOS presentation app makes sure that you outshine everyone else. It’s intuitive and innovative, with stunning animations that draw your audience’s attention to precisely where you want it. You can even access and showcase your work offline if you need to.

When presenting, you don’t need to keep looking behind you because you can see your work on your phone screen too. Moreover, your iPhone or iPad acts as a clicker too! This neat app also supports multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, and Japanese.

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  • I have read through some of the threads already and have noticed an overwhelming bias towards Keynote as their application of choice for presenting on an iPad. Let's set that aside for a moment, how is PowerPoint on an iPad? Outside of quick edits, I am planning on actually putting together the presentation on my MacBook, are there any issues with this? How is the presentation experience with PowerPoint? Any technical issues you've run into (if so, how did you overcome them if there's a solution at all?) Is Keynote just an overall superior experience? I have no qualms with using Keynote, but it would be more convenient if I could use PowerPoint as an option.
  • I am planning on connecting my iPad directly to the projector for my presentations. The projectors (two different ones) accept VGA and HDMI. Are there any issues with this? Am I losing anything by not using an Apple TV?
  • Is Keynote the only application that will allow me to use my iPhone as a clicker?
  • For either Keynote or PowerPoint, and by directly connecting to the projector, would I still be able to present in Presenter's View where I can see my notes and have a timer?
  • I can't imagine this is the case, but I figured I would ask anyway. My presentations can sometimes be large in file size (sometimes a few GBs) because of the embedded media. Is this a problem on an iPad?

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hkim1983 said: I have read through some of the threads already and have noticed an overwhelming bias towards Keynote as their application of choice for presenting on an iPad. Let's set that aside for a moment, how is PowerPoint on an iPad? Outside of quick edits, I am planning on actually putting together the presentation on my MacBook, are there any issues with this? How is the presentation experience with PowerPoint? Any technical issues you've run into (if so, how did you overcome them if there's a solution at all?) Is Keynote just an overall superior experience? I have no qualms with using Keynote, but it would be more convenient if I could use PowerPoint as an option. Click to expand...

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There are not problems connecting to HDMI or VGA using Apple’s or third party adapters . you have the moderator interface when you show your presentation with a second monitor connected (cable adaptor or via Airplay). For managing files you should additionally consider buying a hub like this one from Uni allowing you to connect additional peripherals while charging the iPP.  

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hkim1983 said: Good Evening Macrumors, I am considering purchasing a new 2021 iPad Pro, and one of the things I want to try with it that I have never done before is to use it for presentations (historically I just used my laptop). I apologize for asking what may seem like basic questions, but I figured I would tap into the wide range of experiences on this forum to answer a few questions I have about this. Note: Whether or not the iPad Pro is able to fulfill these needs will not change whether I purchase it or not . I have read through some of the threads already and have noticed an overwhelming bias towards Keynote as their application of choice for presenting on an iPad. Let's set that aside for a moment, how is PowerPoint on an iPad? Outside of quick edits, I am planning on actually putting together the presentation on my MacBook, are there any issues with this? How is the presentation experience with PowerPoint? Any technical issues you've run into (if so, how did you overcome them if there's a solution at all?) Is Keynote just an overall superior experience? I have no qualms with using Keynote, but it would be more convenient if I could use PowerPoint as an option. I am planning on connecting my iPad directly to the projector for my presentations. The projectors (two different ones) accept VGA and HDMI. Are there any issues with this? Am I losing anything by not using an Apple TV? Is Keynote the only application that will allow me to use my iPhone as a clicker? For either Keynote or PowerPoint, and by directly connecting to the projector, would I still be able to present in Presenter's View where I can see my notes and have a timer? I can't imagine this is the case, but I figured I would ask anyway. My presentations can sometimes be large in file size (sometimes a few GBs) because of the embedded media. Is this a problem on an iPad? Thanks for any help you guys are able to provide! Click to expand...

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Yes, it’s great - I present from PowerPoint on an iPad, and I also facilitate from it. Presenter view works well. With the pencil, screen annotations are very good indeed - makes it a better presentation companion even than a laptop.  

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Open files from the cloud . Open files from OneDrive for Business (for your work or school stuff), OneDrive.com (for your personal stuff), or from a Dropbox account.

Open email attachments . Open, edit, and send back email attachments using PowerPoint for iPad.

How saving works in PowerPoint for iPad . PowerPoint for iPad automatically saves your work every time you make even a small change. In most cases, you don’t have to do anything at all to save your document. Watch this training video to learn about AutoSave.

Type in PowerPoint for iPad . Typing in PowerPoint for iPad can be tricky at first, especially if you’re used to a physical keyboard. This training video shows you some typing tips.

Select stuff in PowerPoint for iPad . Select text and pictures expertly with your finger in PowerPoint for iPad. This training video helps you move from the mouse to the touchscreen.

How to print in PowerPoint for iPad . You tap the File button to print in PowerPoint for iPad. Watch this video to learn how. At this time, you can only print to an AirPrint compatible printer.

Run a slideshow in PowerPoint for iPad. (You are here!) There are some special finger gestures you can use to advance, go back, and end a slideshow. You can even use a laser pointer and ink pen, with the touch of your finger.

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Apple giving the iPad Pro an OLED display has an unexpected 'smart' benefit

T he chances are high that next week's Apple event will revolve around a new pair of iPads , with much-needed revamps coming to the Air and Pro lines. With the latter, an upgrade from LCD and Mini LED to an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display will be the feature to watch for. I have my popcorn ready for when Apple spends a good portion of the virtual presentation discussing it.

Also: What to expect from Apple's iPad event next week: iPad Pro, Air, Pencil, more

In fact, here's a bingo card for what Apple will likely say about the new OLED displays: deeper blacks make colored pixels on the screen pop a little more, faster response times offer smoother visuals when watching sports and playing games, and more pixels turned off means more battery life.

Here's the other benefit of OLED that I hope Apple doesn't leave out: The ability to set an always-on display, presenting helpful information such as the time, weather, notifications, and more while the screen is idle. 

Apple has already done this with the iPhone and Apple Watch , and offering a similar software feature on the new, more capable iPads would be a sensible next step. Should Tim Cook be even more ambitious, such a feature could turn the iPad Pro into the ultimate smart home display .

Transforming a docked tablet into the control center of a smart home is nothing new; ZDNET's Maria Diaz has spent an unmeasurable amount of time putting that exact idea to the test . It makes sense: When you're not using your tablet, why not repurpose it into a smart display instead of setting it aside like a closed book?

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Docked or mounted, the iPad Pro could project a Home Kit menu, a music player, a video, a news feed, and even the Notes app as it already does. Then, when not in use, it could shift to always-on display mode (or StandBy Mode , should Apple transfer the feature to iPadOS), showing you the date and time, weather, and other glanceable information.

With Siri expected to receive an AI makeover during WWDC in June, it would only make the idea of the iPad Pro doubling as a smart home display more compelling. Beyond the iPhone, this would be Apple's way to get its voice assistant better integrated with your lifestyle, whether you're cooking in the kitchen or working in the office.

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On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show , we discuss the announcement of Apple's upcoming "Let loose" event , where the company is widely expected to announce new iPad models and accessories.

Apple is expected to announce new iPad Pro and iPad Air models, along with updated ‌Apple Pencil‌ and Magic Keyboard accessories. Here is everything that has been rumored:

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Apple's upcoming special event will take place on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time (10 a.m. Eastern Time), with a live stream to be available on Apple.com and on YouTube as usual. The event invitation does not mention an in-person component, with Apple inviting the media to watch online alongside the general public. It will take place just over a month before Apple's annual developers conference WWDC, which runs from June 10 through June 14 .

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Keynote User Guide for iPad

  • What’s new in Keynote 14.0
  • Intro to Keynote
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  • Create a presentation
  • Choose how to navigate your presentation
  • Open a presentation
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  • Find a presentation
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  • Change the working view
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  • Reorder slides
  • Group or ungroup slides
  • Skip or unskip a slide
  • Change the slide size
  • Change a slide background
  • Add a border around a slide
  • Show or hide text placeholders
  • Show or hide slide numbers
  • Apply a slide layout
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  • Add an image
  • Add an image gallery
  • Edit an image
  • Add and edit a shape
  • Combine or break apart shapes
  • Save a shape to the shapes library
  • Add and align text inside a shape
  • Add 3D objects
  • Add lines and arrows
  • Add and edit drawings
  • Add video and audio
  • Record video and audio
  • Edit video and audio
  • Add live video
  • Set the movie and image formats
  • Position and align objects
  • Use alignment guides
  • Place objects inside a text box or shape
  • Layer, group, and lock objects
  • Change object transparency
  • Fill shapes and text boxes with color or an image
  • Add a border to an object
  • Add a caption or title
  • Add a reflection or shadow
  • Use object styles
  • Resize, rotate, and flip objects
  • Add linked objects to make your presentation interactive
  • Select text
  • Copy and paste text
  • Format a presentation for another language
  • Use phonetic guides
  • Use bidirectional text
  • Use vertical text
  • Change the look of text
  • Use text styles
  • Change text capitalization
  • Add drop caps
  • Make characters superscript or subscript
  • Format fractions automatically
  • Format dashes and quotation marks
  • Format Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text
  • Set tab stops
  • Format text into columns
  • Adjust line spacing
  • Format lists
  • Add mathematical equations
  • Add borders and rules (lines) to separate text
  • Add or delete a table
  • Select tables, cells, rows, and columns
  • Add or remove rows and columns
  • Move rows and columns
  • Resize rows and columns
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  • Change the look of table text
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  • Highlight cells conditionally
  • Format tables for bidirectional text
  • Alphabetize or sort table data
  • Add or delete a chart
  • Change a chart from one type to another
  • Modify chart data
  • Move, resize, and rotate a chart
  • Change the look of data series
  • Add a legend, gridlines, and other markings
  • Change the look of chart text and labels
  • Add a chart border and background
  • Use chart styles
  • Animate objects onto and off a slide
  • Animate objects on a slide
  • Change build order and timing
  • Add transitions
  • Present on your iPad
  • Present on a separate display
  • Present on iPad over the internet
  • Use a remote
  • Make a presentation advance automatically
  • Play a slideshow with multiple presenters
  • Add and view presenter notes
  • Rehearse on your device
  • Play a recorded presentation
  • Check spelling
  • Look up words
  • Find and replace text
  • Replace text automatically
  • Set your author name for comments
  • Highlight text
  • Add and print comments
  • Send a presentation
  • Intro to collaboration
  • Invite others to collaborate
  • Collaborate on a shared presentation
  • See the latest activity in a shared presentation
  • Change a shared presentation’s settings
  • Stop sharing a presentation
  • Shared folders and collaboration
  • Use Box to collaborate
  • Create an animated GIF
  • Post your presentation in a blog
  • Use iCloud Drive with Keynote
  • Export to PowerPoint or another file format
  • Restore an earlier version of a presentation
  • Move a presentation
  • Delete a presentation
  • Password-protect a presentation
  • Create and manage custom themes
  • Transfer files with AirDrop
  • Transfer presentations with Handoff
  • Transfer presentations with the Finder
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Keyboard shortcut symbols

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Play a slideshow with multiple presenters in Keynote on iPad

You can play a shared presentation online with multiple presenters. This is useful if you are presenting as a team while using a video conferencing app.

When you host a multipresenter slideshow, you control the presentation just as you do when you present alone. As host, you can start and end the slideshow, decide to play it in fullscreen or in a window, change slides, and edit the presenter notes at any time. If you aren’t the host, you have more limited control of the presentation—you can only advance or reverse the slideshow while sharing control with the host.

Host a multipresenter slideshow

With a shared presentation open in Keynote, tap to select the slide in the slide navigator you want to begin with.

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Tap Start as Host in the multipresenter slideshow lobby.

The slideshow begins on the slide you selected.

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To end the slideshow, pinch closed on the screen.

Join a multipresenter slideshow as a copresenter

Wait for the host to start the slideshow.

To control the slideshow, tap Control Slideshow or wait for the host to give you control.

Tap the arrows to advance and reverse the slides.

Tap Stop Controlling to give up control of the slideshow.

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  1. How to make a presentation with an iPad Pro

    I wrote about the apps I use here: https://activerecall.co/ipad-apps-for-presentations/This shows how to make a presentation. Sort of. I tried to make a vide...

  2. Create a presentation in Keynote on iPad

    To play the presentation, tap , then tap a slide to go to the next slide. To end the presentation, pinch closed anywhere on the screen. For more ways to show a presentation, see Play a presentation on your iPhone or iPad. To close the presentation, tap in the top-left corner of the screen. Closing the presentation doesn't quit Keynote.

  3. How to Play a PowerPoint Presentation on an iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Step by Step Tutorial on How to Play a PowerPoint Presentation on an iPad. Playing a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad involves a few simple steps that will get your slides up and ready for viewing. Let's dive in! Step 1: Download the PowerPoint app. First thing's first - download the PowerPoint app from the Apple App Store.

  4. A Beginner's Guide to PowerPoint on the iPad

    Pricing. PowerPoint for iOS is free from the App Store and allows you to view PowerPoint files from anywhere. If you want to edit or create presentations from the iPad though, you're going to need to subscribe to Office 365, which runs $6.99/month or $70/year for individuals on up to 5 devices. An Office 365 subscription comes with the full ...

  5. Intro to Keynote on iPad

    Intro to Keynote on iPad. You can use Keynote to create beautiful and engaging presentations with fun animations, interesting transitions, and professional polish. To create a Keynote presentation, you always start with a theme, then modify it however you want. Slides in a theme include placeholder images and text styled as headlines and body ...

  6. Keynote

    Outline your presentation. Easier. With outline view for iPhone and iPad, quickly jot down your thoughts, restructure ideas, and move concepts from slide to slide. Then switch to slide view and start designing. You can also work on presentations stored on iCloud or Box using a PC. Start using Keynote at iCloud.com.

  7. Keynote User Guide for iPad

    Intro to collaboration. This guide helps you get started using Keynote 14.0 on your iPad. (To see which version of Keynote you have, go to Settings > Keynote.) To explore the Keynote User Guide, tap Table of Contents at the top of the page, or enter a word or phrase in the search field. If you need more help, visit the Keynote Support website.

  8. PowerPoint for iPad: A Visual Guide

    Pro Tip 1: All of the pre-set templates follow the "click to add text" approach.If you have your own company template you want to use, see our section on opening a file. Pro Tip 2: These templates are slightly different from those in the desktop version of PowerPoint.Pro Tip 3: All new presentations will by default, be saved locally on your iPad.

  9. iPad Pro: Making a presentation with Paper, Procreate, and Keynote

    I wrote about the apps I use here: https://activerecall.co/ipad-apps-for-presentations/This is the workflow I used for creating the presentation in this vide...

  10. Can You Create a PowerPoint on an iPad? Here's How!

    Step by Step Tutorial: Creating a PowerPoint on an iPad. Before we dive into the steps, let's clarify what we'll achieve. By following these instructions, you'll be able to create a fully-functional PowerPoint presentation on your iPad, complete with text, images, and various slide designs. Step 1: Download the PowerPoint App

  11. 8 Things I've Learned Using an iPad for Presentations

    Before the presentation, turn on both "Do Not Disturb" and "Airplane Mode". In presentation mode, Keynote swears that it blocks pop-ups, reminders, incoming calls, and other distractions. To its credit, I've never seen it do otherwise. That said, I always enable Do Not Disturb on my iPad. I put the device in airplane mode.

  12. PowerPoint for iPad: 10 top tips

    Our top 10 tips will show you how to get the most from PowerPoint on the iPad. 1. Create on the PC, refine on the iPad. If at all possible, avoid creating presentations on the iPad itself. The iPad app has only 20 presentation templates to choose from, compared to the thousands available to download from the PC and Mac version, and some of ...

  13. Can I do a PowerPoint presentation using an iPad?

    In this case, all you need to do is simply open your email account on your iPad, click on the email that contains the PowerPoint file, and download it. 2. Transfer the PPT file to your iPad using a cloud storage service. Another quick and easy option is using a cloud storage services. There are plenty of cloud storage services such as Google ...

  14. How To Present Notes And Slides Using iPad (Pro) Only

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  15. How to Use Your iPhone or iPad for a Presentation

    On your AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, go to Settings > General > Apple AirPlay Settings and enable AirPlay. On your iOS device, load the presentation or content you want to share to the Apple TV ...

  16. Best presentation apps for iPad and iPhone in 2024

    6. Keynote. Here's the app that Apple itself uses to present brilliant creations to the world. It's the most powerful app to present your ideas on an iPhone or iPad. In addition to all the basic features, there are advanced options like animated charts and cinematic transitions to add that extra flair with ease.

  17. Play a Keynote presentation on iPad

    In the slide navigator, tap to select the slide you want to begin with, then tap .. To advance through the presentation, do any of the following: Go to the next slide: Tap the slide. Go back a slide or reset the builds on the slide: Swipe right.Avoid the left edge of the screen as you swipe, so the slide navigator doesn't appear.

  18. Questions about the iPad Pro as a presentation device:

    For me, the iPad Pro is not a very good device for presentation. I prefer to use a presentation remote control with physical buttons. The iPads don't support that. I find using an iPod Touch or iPhone as a presentation remote to be cumbersome because of the touchscreen and lack of physical buttons.

  19. ‎Microsoft PowerPoint on the App Store

    Download Microsoft PowerPoint now and get the best way to create, edit and share slideshows and presentations from your iPhone or iPad. To create or edit documents, sign in with a free Microsoft account on devices with a screen size smaller than 10.1 inches. Unlock the full Microsoft Office experience with a qualifying Microsoft 365 ...

  20. PowerPoint for iPad Help

    Design and edit slides. Create professional slide layouts with PowerPoint Designer. Add pictures or videos. Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint. Add animation effects to your presentation. Delete a slide. Apply a slide layout.

  21. Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad Tutorial

    This video is a tutorial for Microsoft PowerPoint for the iPad. The iOS version of PowerPoint is surprisingly powerful with many desktop features found in th...

  22. Video: Run a slideshow in PowerPoint for iPad

    You tap the File button to print in PowerPoint for iPad. Watch this video to learn how. At this time, you can only print to an AirPrint compatible printer. Run a slideshow in PowerPoint for iPad. (You are here!) There are some special finger gestures you can use to advance, go back, and end a slideshow. You can even use a laser pointer and ink ...

  23. Apple giving the iPad Pro an OLED display has an unexpected ...

    Also: 7 iPad Pro features I want to see Apple announce during its May event Docked or mounted, the iPad Pro could project a Home Kit menu, a music player, a video, a news feed, and even the Notes ...

  24. The MacRumors Show: Apple's iPad Event Finally Announced!

    Two new ‌iPad Pro‌ models with the M3 chip, OLED displays, a thinner enclosure, slimmer bezels, a matte screen option, a landscape-oriented front camera, other design changes, and possibly ...

  25. Apple iPad event 2024: Watch Apple unveil new iPads right here

    On Tuesday, May 7 at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET, the company is set to unveil the latest additions to the iPad line. According to the rumor mill , that list includes: a new iPad Pro, iPad Air, Apple ...

  26. Gemini 1.5 Pro Now Available in 180+ Countries; with Native Audio

    Go to Google AI Studio to create or access your API key, and start building. Unlock new use cases with audio and video modalities. We're expanding the input modalities for Gemini 1.5 Pro to include audio (speech) understanding in both the Gemini API and Google AI Studio. Additionally, Gemini 1.5 Pro is now able to reason across both image ...

  27. Play a slideshow with multiple presenters in Keynote on iPad

    With a shared presentation open in Keynote, tap to select the slide in the slide navigator you want to begin with.. To start the multipresenter slideshow, tap , then choose Multi-Presenter Slideshow. If another presenter has already started the slideshow, you can also tap in the toolbar, then choose Play Multi-Presenter Slideshow.. Tap Start as Host in the multipresenter slideshow lobby.