What’s New in PowerPoint 2016

Tell me what you want to do – This help feature lets you type in a task, function, or question.  If it is quick task, you can do it from that task pane.  If it is a more complex task, it will open the regular help feature with options that best match your request.


Zoom – (available in Office 365) when you create a Zoom in PowerPoint, you can jump to a specific slide or section in any order you want while you are presenting.  There are three kinds of zooms—Summary Zooms, Slide Zooms, and Section Zooms.

Text Highlighter –  This feature has been available in Word for several years.  Now you can pick different colors to highlight and add emphasis to your text.

Enhanced collaboration – You were able to collaborate with other users on presentations in previous versions of PowerPoint using OneDrive or Sharepoint.  Now when you open a shared presentation, you can see at a glance who is working on the document and what slide they are working on.  The new activity icon will allow you to see a complete list of changes that have been made.  The comment icon will let you make, view, or reply to comments.


Morph Transition (available in Office 365) – This new transition allows the user to automatically animate, move and add emphasis to objects across slides creating more advanced animation effects.  In order to use the Morph transition, you will need to have two slides with at least one object in common.  The easiest way to do this is to duplicate the slide.   You can use this feature  to:

  • Create motion and emphasis animations – An object can be moved, resized (zoom animation), rotated, or the color changed.
  • Animate words
  • Create an anagram effect by rearrange individual characters on the slide
  • Zoom in on an image
  • Create a 3-D rotation

Six New Chart Types – In addition to the standard chart types that were available in previous versions, PowerPoint 2016 also includes the following chart types:  Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram, Box and Whisker, and Waterfall.

 Did You Know?if you take a DCCCD class, you are eligible for a free download of the latest Microsoft Office 2016 (Office 365) version? You can use your MS Office software on up to 5 devices!

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Microsoft. (2016). What’s new in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.