Office Tips & Tricks: Create a Sway using a topic

Office Tips & Tricks: Create a Sway using a topic

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If you’re an Office 365 user, you may have noticed Microsoft Sway.


What is Sway?

Sway is a digital storytelling program/app useful for creating visual and interactive reports, presentations and stories.

You can find out more about Sway by watching this short video (2min 35sec) from Microsoft.


There are 3 ways to start creating a Sway:

  1. from a blank canvas
  2. from an uploaded document
  3. from a topic

Today I’ll be looking at creating a Sway from a topic.


If you’re not sure where to start with creating a Sway, then from the Sway homepage, try clicking Start from a topic.


Sway 1


Then, enter a keyword or title for the Sway topic you want to create, then click Create outline.


sway 2


Sway then creates for you a series of cards (think ‘slides’ if you’re familiar with PowerPoint) with images, suggested text a range of topic headings and even reference links that it thinks would be useful.  For my Robin Hood themed Sway, I have cards suggesting I write about ballads & tales, history, locations associated with the story etc.


sway 3


You can delete or alter any of the suggestions, and add your own twist to the Sway.  It’s a quick way to get started if you’re stuck for ideas. Once you’ve finished creating your Sway, try using the Remix button to change the layout and formatting.


sway 4

sway 5

Did you find this Tip & Trick useful?

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Further support: NTU staff and students can visit the Office Central learning room for more help on using Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365/OneDrive by clicking here.  You will need to log in to NOW to view the learning room.  (Please note: Office Central is an internal resource only accessible by NTU staff and students).

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