Design ideas in PowerPoint have come along way and now with a few clicks you can turn your PowerPoint into highly professional-looking presentations below is a brief outline.

  1. Ask for design ideas any time by choosing Design > Design Ideas The PowerPoint Designer toolbar button on the ribbon.

  2. The first time you try out PowerPoint Designer, it may ask your permission to get design ideas for you. If you want to use Designer, select Turn on.

    Once you've turned on "connected experiences," PowerPoint automatically shows you design ideas when you're creating your slides. Over time PowerPoint learns from your experience using design ideas and shows you design ideas at the appropriate time. 

    Designer enhances photos on slides with a single click.

  3. Scroll through the suggestions in the Design Ideas pane on the right side of the window.

  4. Click to select the design you want, or else close the window. If you select one of the ideas, your slide is changed accordingly.

    You can also select another idea from the pane or go back to your original slide design: Press Ctrl+Z to undo a design change you've just selected.

What Designer gives you:

A title-slide photo and a design scheme

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When you start a blank presentation and enter words on the slide, Design Ideas recommends high-quality photos that reflect the slide text, plus a design scheme with colors that complement the photograph you choose. All the slides in the presentation will fit together visually.

Sample slide of a photo suggested for a title slide.

Professional layouts

PowerPoint Designer detects pictures, charts, or tables on a slide and gives you several suggestions for arranging them in a cohesive, attractive layout.

Sample slide with a text timeline and photo that Design Ideas arranged and laid out.

More visuals, less text

Too much text on your slide? Designer can turn text such as lists, processes, or timelines into an easily readable graphic.

Sample slide showing a text timeline that PowerPoint Designer converted to a SmartArt graphic

Bulleted lists get suggestions for an icon to accompany each bullet item. If you don't like a suggested icon, just select it and use our on-the-spot replacement button:

If you don't like a suggested icon, you can easily replace it

Illustrations

PowerPoint Designer watches for key terms and concepts that it has illustrations for, and it shows you those illustrations in various layouts. The Illustrations are from the Microsoft 365 icons library.

Sample slide with a text timeline that PowerPoint Designer added illustration and design touches to.

Design Ideas and "ink"

(Only for Microsoft 365 subscribers) PowerPoint Designer recognizes when you draw or write with ink, and it incorporates that content into the design ideas it shows you.

Turn off PowerPoint Designer

If you don't want PowerPoint Designer to automatically offer suggestions:

  1. On the File menu, click Options.

  2. In the PowerPoint Options dialog box, click the General tab on the left, then scroll toward the bottom and clear the Automatically show me design ideas check box.