Write on! Draw in PowerPoint

Write on! Draw in PowerPoint

From motion animations to handy laser pointers, PowerPoint has a variety of tools to help you direct your audience’s focus during your presentations.

One feature that offers great flexibility is the simple Pen, which allows you to draw directly on the slides of your presentation. Using this tool allows you to highlight specific areas of your slide and illustrate things that are difficult to convey with words alone. 

Learning how to draw on your slides is easy. Here’s how to do it.

Draw on your slides


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To draw on your slides, you need to be in Slide Show mode. Next, go to the menu in the bottom-left corner of the slide.

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Click the Pen icon and select Pen from the menu. 

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Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P, or Command + P on a Mac. Now, you can circle keywords and draw arrows on your slide to your heart’s content.

When you click to the next slide, your annotations will remain. You can even save them afterwards, if you’re particularly inspired by your drawings. 

To stop using the pen, use the same menu to re-select Arrow or Hidden, or use the shortcut Ctrl + A (Command + A on a Mac).

To erase your drawings, go to the Pen in the menu and click Erase Pen, or use the keyboard shortcut E.

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Change the colour of your pen

To change the colour of your pen, once again you need to click the Pen icon in the bottom-left corner menu. 

Hover over the Pen Colour option and select a colour from the list. It’s as easy as that!

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Direct your audience’s focus

With PowerPoint’s pen feature, you can direct your audience’s focus and highlight the areas you want to draw attention to. 

Learning how to utilise this useful tool will give you a new flexibility in your presentations, allowing you to treat your slide as a white board whenever you need it. It’s also a cool little trick to have up your sleeve to keep you audience on their toes.

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