Tell a story us­ing Sway

“It’s easy to cre­ate great-look­ing, share­able projects and add to them what­ever you choose”

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Your first ques­tion will un­doubt­edly be ‘what is Sway?’ and rightly so. Sway is what Microsoft de­scribes as a ‘dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling app’ – es­sen­tially it’s like a friend­lier ver­sion of Pow­erPoint that’s more use­ful for per­sonal projects. That’s a bit of a crass gen­er­al­i­sa­tion, but you’ll get the gist; Sway en­ables you to share per­sonal sto­ries, but you could also use it at work for shar­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and re­ports, for ex­am­ple, and is in fact part of the Microsoft Of­fice fam­ily.

It’s easy to add text and your im­ages from OneDrive and your PC to your Sway, while you can add videos, maps, tweets and graph­ics, too. One of the great things about Sway is that it for­mats ev­ery­thing nicely for you, mean­ing you can just con­cen­trate on the con­tent you want to share. And talk­ing of shar­ing, it’s also re­ally easy to share or col­lab­o­rate on a Sway – we’ll show you how!

Play your Sway

The Play but­ton en­ables you to pre­view your Sway as oth­ers would see it, com­plete with in­ter­ac­tive con­tent.

Share your Sway

This where you can not only Play your Sway, but you can click to share it via so­cial me­dia, or by email­ing a link.

Pre­view pane

Shows a live pre­view of your cards as you work on them. It can be quite use­ful, but you can min­imise it if you so wish.

add con­tent Use the Insert menu to add to your Sway. You’ll see var­i­ous op­tions to choose from, in­clud­ing YouTube and Flickr. Cards The build­ing blocks of your Sway. You can add, delete and rear­range them, and change the con­tent within them. De­sign & Lay­out Change the look and feel of your Sway us­ing the ready­made de­signs and groups of fonts, or cus­tomise your own.

Dan’s best tip! You can im­port ready-made con­tent into Sway, such as Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tions, Word doc­u­ments and PDFs.

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