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5 Creative Uses Of PowerPoint Presentations You Haven’t Explored Yet

Saikat Basu 09-10-2013

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We have looked at a few offbeat uses earlier. Visual resumes on PowerPoint How to Make a Visual Resume with PowerPoint in 3 Steps Read More could make you stand out in a crowd. I looked into how to turn a PowerPoint slideshow into a video How To Convert A PowerPoint 2010 Presentation Into A Video With One Click Converting a PowerPoint slide to a video has lots of uses. It can be used to send a cluster of pictures to someone who does not have PowerPoint or a PowerPoint viewer installed. Microsoft Office... Read More . But these are still common uses. It’s PowerPoint 2013’s time now and the search for creative and uncommon uses of PowerPoint still continues. Here are five.

1. Create a Children’s Book or a Comic

PowerPoint Creativity

PowerPoint is one of the easiest visual tools to master for education. If you have Microsoft Office installed (e.g. at the school or office), it is also one of the cheapest tools you can use for interactive storytelling. All you need to do is combine the right images with callouts and /or speech to make a simple children’s book. A previous PowerPoint tutorial I wrote on how to make speech bubbles with PowerPoint Callout With Words: How to Use Microsoft PowerPoint for Drawing Speech Bubbles On Any Photo Remember the comics of our childhood? What would they be without speech bubbles? In comics, words were calls to action and speech bubbles framed them so well. You never thought they obstructed the illustrations in... Read More should also help. A PowerPoint comic book or children’s book can be a series of static images with dialogs or an interactive one with hyperlinks, action triggers, and animation. You can scour YouTube for video tutorials like the one below:

2. Make Your Own Vision Board

Vision Board

You may debunk the Law of Attraction, but giving your goals a visual form isn’t detrimental in any way. Keep your life goals in sight by creating powerful motivational images on a vision board. A pushier term would be – an “action” board. You can cut out representative photos and paste them on a board, or use PowerPoint to create a digital vision board. You can insert a series on images – one per slide – and create a slideshow in the right order.


You can also think of a vision board as a “graphic GTD organizer”. Combining a visual slide with Speaker notes is a neat way to use motivational images with GTD prompts for productivity.

3. A Handy Vector Graphics Editor

PowerPoint Graphics

PowerPoint is a very useful tool for creating quality vector diagrams and icons. While it may lack the finish of an industry-grade tool like Adobe Illustrator, it doesn’t come with its steep learning curve or price tag either. PowerPoint gives you a full complement of illustration tools like Shapes. These can be combined, merged, subtracted, grouped, ordered, and formatted into interesting graphics like custom icons, vector backgrounds, vector animations, and 3D charts etc.

You can also repurpose simple Adobe Illustrator tutorials and modify it for PowerPoint. The 3-D Circle to Show a Cyclical Process PowerPoint Art: How To Create A 3-D Circle To Show A Cyclical Process With each improved edition of PowerPoint, presenters have got better tools to play around with. So much so, that you don’t need a full-blown graphics editor to work magic on your slides. You can do... Read More was a simple attempt to demonstrate the visual effect of PowerPoint graphics. The video tutorial from Rapid Elearning Blog and Tom Kuhlmann shows you how to make an envelope icon on PowerPoint.


4. Create a Flyer

PowerPoint Flyers

The same ease goes into making professionally designed flyers. Flyers help you get your messages out loud and clear. They can be used for marketing, activism, events, and education. Start by customizing the size of an individual slide. We are accustomed to seeing slides in the landscape format; while a flyer can have a portrait orientation. Flyers generally come in four standard sizes – but the most popular is commonly 8.5” x 11”.

You can make your flyers by combining stock images, text, and PowerPoint shapes. Alternatively, you can be up and running with many flyer templates that are available on Microsoft Office.

5. Chart Your Family Tree

PowerPoint Family Tree


PowerPoint SmartArt can be used to visualize family genealogy on a family tree. The simple graphics are a quick but surefire method for showing children the relationship between different members of the family. Alternatively, it can be used as a teaching aid to demonstrate relationships of many kinds (e.g. among animal species). Great for family reunions and bonding, wouldn’t you say!

You can also choose from many of the templates that are available or make one from scratch. Here are the steps in brief:

1. Start with a blank canvas. Go to Insert tab – SmartArt. From the Hierarchy SmartArt graphic, choose the Organization chart as the building block for your family tree.

SmartArt Graphic


2. To simplify the hierarchy, remove the blocks that are not needed. Select the boxes and press Delete to remove them.

3. The top-level of a family tree usually has a single box and two boxes branching from it. Enter the parent-child names which correspond to those boxes.

4. Add extra connecting boxes to show relationships by right-clicking on a box and choosing Add Shape and then select Add Assistant.

5. Add names and branching relationships to draw out the family tree till all the generations you want represented are done. Like any other graphic on PowerPoint, the blocks can be formatted with different colors and SmartArt styles. As a finishing touch, you can add a family photo to the slide as a background.

How Do You Use PowerPoint?

From creating Flash cards to using it as a collaborative brainstorming tool, PowerPoint has more uses beyond presentations. Even when it comes to presentations, the tool is never at fault…it is the presenter who fails to make it interesting enough. Like any other tool, its limitations are defined by the person using it. So, throw away those mental blocks and tell us if you have ever used PowerPoint for anything other than speeches and presentations.

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  1. Elizabeth Malin
    November 27, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Change the page setup dimensions to make a poster.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Yes. One of the easiest ways to make motivational posters for self and the kids :)

  2. prinz
    January 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

    thx it rlly helped by performance output

  3. Shahid Iqbal mughal
    March 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

    i,am so happy to know about such kind of effective work it is really amazing and so nice i really enjoy to work on power point..

  4. Andrew H
    February 22, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I've never been a fan of PowerPoint in general...or excel...but my issues with PP may simply stem from my disdain for public speaking. My point is, thank you for shinning some light on a gloomy program. Will definitely give some of these examples a spin.

    • Saikat B
      February 22, 2014 at 7:21 am

      I am not a great public speaker either, and "bad" presentations have given PP such a negative spin. It's always the talk and not the slides which make for a great presentation. TED Talks and others like that show the power of speech. But PP is a creative tool like any other, and open to the way we ultimately use it. Glad my little post helped you :)

  5. fdeh
    December 10, 2013 at 8:43 am


  6. Cote Brice
    December 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Excellent... I'm a template designer, Really impressive stuff, great job! Learn a lot, and am very grateful to you for that. Thanks for that! :) The is also best source of free templates :) keep enjoying

  7. Saikat B
    October 10, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Yes, that greatly increases the interactivity.

  8. Hildy J
    October 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Not so much what to use Powerpoint for as what to use it with:

    If you have a laptop or tablet with touch (or, even better, a stylus) you can turn on digital ink and draw on your slides in real time during your presentation. Much better and more impressive than a laser pointer and much cheaper than a smart screen. With a stylus you can also capture comments/questions and save them in a Powerpoint file that can be read by people without any digital ink capabilities.