Microsoft Office Sway Tutorial

In this HowTech written tutorial, we’re going to show you how to use Microsoft’s Sway.

Sway is a new platform for presentations; so new that it is still in its Preview stage as of this tutorial. It emphasizes “effortless design”, so users will not have to trouble themselves with the details of design and formatting and can simply put their content together with relative ease.

To get started with sway, simply go to, and click Get Started (an account is optional for previewing Sway).

previewing Sway

These boxes are called Cards and they are akin to slides of a PowerPoint. To choose a background just hit Background and choose from one of the many places that Sway offers.

hit Background

As we go ahead and type text into our Sway, you will notice suggestions coming up. If a suggestion thumbnail is clicked, Sway will do a search with that criteria.

go ahead and type text into our Sway

To view the Sway, click it or click the arrow pointing left to shift the window over. Clicking Remix at the top randomizes certain parameters and gives your Sway a new look.

a new look

For more control, you can go to the Design tab to choose a design or customize your own.

go to the Design tab

In the Navigation tab, you will be able to choose a vertical or horizontal layout with more layouts to come.

choose a vertical or horizontal layout

To change the position or crop the image to some degree, choose the image the card is on and click Focus Points.

choose the image the card is on

Click on the area(s) that you want to be shown in the Sway.

Click on the area

To preview the Sway with animations and in full glory, click the Preview tab.

click the Preview tab

When it’s done, you can share it by clicking the Share tab and the appropriate choice in the drop-down.

the Share tab