Microsoft Office has received a new tool that you can take advantage of today called Sway. Like many new applications, Sway is cloud-based, meaning sharing your creation is very simple across all social platforms. Microsoft Sway is a tool that allows you to bring media to life and allows you to create virtual photo albums, brochures, how-to’s and more. Combining the tools you’re used to, like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc. your creations are limitless.
Wondering how to use Microsoft Sway? This tech tutorial will guide you through the process.
Getting Started With Microsoft Sway
As any web-based app, you need an internet connection, with Sway you will also need your Microsoft account. Login with any of your Microsoft based accounts i.e. Outlook, Hotmail or Live account. Once logged in, click on “My Sways” and then “Create New”.
Once you’ve clicked on “Create New” you’re greeted with a few different panels layering on top of each other. The left panel is where you’ll find different layouts and options for your creations like Text, heading, photos and more. The middle panel shows you the cards you’ve added to your Sway. These cards are where you customize the media and wording for each part of your Sway. You can also reorganize these cards to make your Sway flow better. The right panel is the preview panel; preview your Sway as you go to make sure it’s coming together like you imagined.
Your media needs to be in your OneDrive account, on the device you’re using, your social media accounts or any of your Microsoft Office tools. If the media you want is already in any of the above places, just click “Insert” then on the drop down menu marked “Suggested”. Find the source of the media you want to add and click it, then add any of the media files you want. These will be the meat and potatoes to your Sway. You can add photos, videos, Excel spreadsheets, calendars, word docs, you can even add maps and emails.
Editing The Appearance
Each Media file you add to your Microsoft Sway can be added to a card in the middle panel. Once there, you can add a heading, add a little story or full text. You can also change the layout of the image so if you want the photo to be the background of your text you can do that, turn them into a stack of photos and videos with text in between and so much more. The amounts of cards is endless, which means you can add as many photos, videos texts etc. as you want.
The text you add to each card can also be edited. You can emphasize a certain phrase, word or even letter. Emphasizing the text will bolden the text and make it stand out if you want the opposite you can do that as well. Even add hyperlinks to the text is and quickly. One of the things you’ll notice about the text is that Sway will automatically place it somewhere that makes sense, though you can change this if you like. Even the color of the text is made to compliment your Sway based on the colors in the media files you’ve added.
Sharing your Microsoft Sway
Since Sway is a web-based app, sharing is super easy and simple especially inside Microsoft Edge. Simply choose to share it on any social media platform or even create a shareable link that you can share with family, friends or coworkers. You can even create an embed code that will allow you to embed the Sway into your website or blog.
Sway is meant to create media that will transform your method of sharing and is part of Windows 10. Not only sharing moments in your life, but you can create brochures for your business, create presentations for work and share them with everyone who will be attending your meeting and so much more. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your own imagination, how about a new type of Wedding invitation or birthday card? Anything is possible with Sway by Microsoft. Below you can find a little Sway I made for the post. It’s an example of what could be done, but not of everything, please keep that in mind.