Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Version Overview

If you're considering upgrading to Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 before attending a training course or arranging custom training, check out this list of some of the new features in PowerPoint 2016.

Important Note for 2016 Applications: Microsoft Office, Visio and Project 2016 cannot coexist on the same computer as standalone Office 2013 applications. This includes Office 2013, Office 365, Visio 2013 and Project 2013. If you have one of the following programs running, you won't be able to install your 2016 application until it is upgraded: Project 2013, Visio 2013, Word 2013, Excel 2013, Powerpoint 2013, Outlook 2013, Publisher 2013 and Access 2013.

If you are using PowerPoint 2013 or considering upgrading to 2013, check out new features in the Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Overview.

If you are using PowerPoint 2010, check out key new features in our Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 version overview.

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 New Features

Applies to: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The following are some of the key new features available in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.

New Chart Types for Data Visualization

In PowerPoint 2016, new chart types have been added:

  • Treemap
  • Sunburst
  • Waterfall
  • Histogram
  • Pareto
  • Box and Whisker

New Excel Window Themes

There are now three Office themes that you can apply to control the appearance of your Excel window –  Colorful, Dark Gray and White. To access these themes, click on the File tab on the Ribbon and then click on Options. Click on the General category on the left and then click on the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

Get to Features or Help with Tell Me

In Excel 2016, a box appears on the Ribbon with Tell me what you want to do. You can enter words and phrases in the box and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform. You can also choose to get help or perform a Smart Lookup on a term you entered.

Get Insights

When you select a word or phrase, right-click on it and then choose Smart Lookup, the Insights Pane (powered by Bing) appears with definitions, Wiki articles, and top related searches from the web. Smart Lookup also appears on the Review tab on the Ribbon.

Real-Time Co-authoring with Better Conflict Resolution

You can now click on the Share button beside the Sign in button on the top right of the screen to share a presentation. In order to share a presentation, it has to be saved to a cloud server or a shared drive. In PowerPoint 2016, you can collaborate on a presentation in real-time with simple conflict resolution when co-authoring including choosing between two versions of conflicting slides.

Insert Screen Recordings

You can now include screen recordings in PowerPoint presentations using the Screen Recording button on the Insert tab (this feature is available in PowerPoint 2013 if you have installed the most recent updates). Click on Insert > Screen Recording and then select a portion of your screen to record, perform actions and then stop the recording. You'll then be able to insert the recording into your presentation.

Export Presentations to High Definition Video

In PowerPoint 2016, if you export your presentation as a video, you can choose to create a file with high resolution up to 1920 x 1080 which is better for larger screens (this feature is available in PowerPoint 2013 if you have installed the most recent updates).

Quick Shape Formatting

There are now more default shape styles in the preset styles in  PowerPoint.

Touch Screen Friendly

PowerPoint 2016 is designed for touch screens as well as conventional PC's, so you can double-tap on tablets and other touch screen devices able to run Office 2016.

Morph Transition (Office 365 Subscribers Only)

PowerPoint 2016 includes a new transition type called Morph which can help make smooth animations, transitions and object movements across slides. The Morph transition is most effective with a least two slides and at least one object that is common to both but in a different location. With the second slide selected, click on Transitions > Morph and morph will automatically animate, move and emphasize the object(s) across slides. If you have an Office 365 subscription, make sure you have the latest updated version to use Morph.

PowerPoint Designer (Office 365 Subscribers Only)

The new Designer in PowerPoint 2016 generates a variety of design ideas for slides based on content. When you add a photo or other unique visual content, the Designer pane will open automatically with suggested options you can choose to apply to your slides. If you have an Office 365 subscription, make sure you have the latest updated version to use the Designer.


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