FAQs – What’s new in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows?

Applies to PowerPoint 2019.

PowerPoint 2019 contains multiple new features that aren’t found in earlier versions.

Visual effects

Morph Transition

PowerPoint 2019 includes the Morph transition, aiding you with creating seamless animations on your slides.

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Zoom for PowerPoint

To boost the energy of a presentation and facilitate custom navigation in it, test Zoom for PowerPoint. Once you make a Zoom in PowerPoint, you can skip to and from particular slides, sections, and segments of your presentation in the order of your choice while you’re presenting, and the movement between slides applies a zooming effect.

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Text Highlighter

PowerPoint 2019 now includes a built-in Text Highlighter like Word’s own, by popular demand! Choose various highlight colours to illuminate specific sections of the text in your presentations.

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Pictures and other media

Vector graphics for visual impact

You can add and alter scalable vector graphic (SVG) images in presentations to design sharp, professionally designed content. SVG images can be re-coloured, and they maintain their original quality once they are zoomed or resized. Office supports SVG files that contain filters applied to them.

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Edit SVG images


Convert SVG icons to shapes

Converting an SVG image or icon to an Office shape means you can compress the SVG file and edit its individual components.

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Insert 3D models to see all angles

Use 3D models to boost visual and creative effect in presentations. Easily add a 3D model, and then rotate it through 360 degrees.

Animate a model in your presentation with the Morph transition, which produces cinematographic animations between slides.

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Showing 3D Model template under File >New

Easier background removal

Background removal feature

We’ve simplified deleting and changing a picture’s background. PowerPoint instantly scans the main background zone; there’s no need for you to draw a rectangle around the front of your picture. The pencil for marking areas to retain or erase can now draw free-form lines, instead of being confined to linear lines.

You can also draw free-form lines utilising the pencil Pencil used to draw tables for marking areas to save or delete—no restriction to drawing only straight lines.

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Export to 4K

Once you export a presentation to video, 4K resolution now appears as an option.

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Screenshot of the Export dialog box showing the options available when creating a video based on a presentation

Recording features

You can record video or audio narration, and you can record digital inking gestures. An optional Recording tab on the Ribbon compiles all the recording features in one location.

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icon of a video play button


Draw or write with digital ink

Customisable, portable pen set

Select a personal range of pens, highlighters, and pencils for inking, which are accessible to you within the Office apps.

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Ink effects   

Accompanying several colours, you can integrate ink effects to articulate your ideas with flair—metallic pens and ink effects including rainbow, galaxy, lava, ocean, gold, silver, and more.

Segment Eraser for ink drawings

Segment Eraser helps you with accurate control during cleansing an ink drawing. It deletes ink back to its intersection point with another line.

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A straightedge for drawing straight lines

On devices that have touchscreens, you can use the Ruler on the Draw tab of the ribbon to either draw straight lines or align a series of objects. Position the ruler horizontally, vertically, or anything in between: it includes a degrees setting, allowing you to set it at a specific angle, if required.

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PowerPoint ruler feature


Other new features

Funnel charts and 2D map charts

Apply a funnel chart to present progressively decreasing proportions. 

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Transform geographic data into a map chart in only a few steps to spot insights, trends, and opportunities. 

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Run a slideshow with your digital pen

Use your Surface pen, or any other Bluetooth button-equipped pen to run through your slides.

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Hand holding and clicking the top of a pen next to a laptop screen showing a slideshow


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