Make your next presentation count with the power of PowerPoint 2021. You can make any idea a reality no matter how big or small, and reach more people easily with professional-looking graphics and animations.
The two key factors for a PowerPoint presentation are content and delivery. With the latest release, Microsoft has added features such as Ink Replay to support presenters with the most engaging of presentations. There's also Slide Show Recording, which enables you to record your voice while viewing slides one by one rather than having to go through them all at once.
Expanding on the success of PowerPoint, Microsoft has compiled a collection of new features that will help you create compelling presentations for any situation. Take advantage of Office Premium Creative Content and add professional elements to your slides.
It's easy to wow your audience with the power of PowerPoint 2021. Start creating impactful presentations and deliver them with the help of the new generation of software.
PowerPoint 2021 comes with a host of new features that will enhance your user experience and provide you with all sorts of tools when creating presentations. These are innovative additions to previous versions, like never before seen in earlier releases!
Improved slideshow recording
The new and improved Record Slide Show in PowerPoint 2021 will make it easier than ever to record your presentations. You can now use the presenter video recording, ink writing tool with seamless transitions between sections while still allowing you pause any time to take a quick look at revisions or speaker notes!
New stock media
With the updated Office stock media library, you can create professional slides with rich media content that will make any presentation from good to great! Microsoft is constantly adding more shapes and icons to this collection — check back often for fresh additions or sign up for Microsoft 365 to get the latest content any day.
New Draw tab
PowerPoint 2021 has just made it easier to work with digital ink. With new additions in the Draw tab, you can now access all of your tools from one place and quickly change their colors without ever having to open another app! Simplify how you work with ink using a new Draw tab, which contains tools like the Point Eraser and Lasso.
In PowerPoint 2021, you can replay your ink strokes as they were drawn. This is a great way to illustrate things step by step or show how an idea came about with multiple steps that are played back. Viewers of the presentation can watch your strokes from the beginning until the end to illustrate the thought process, steps, and more.
Enhanced color picker
In PowerPoint 2021, Microsoft has added a new input field for color values in the Colors dialog. No more need to convert between RGB and HEX formats! For any property where you can define colors on your slides or objects, you now have an option of entering them as their respective HEX codes such as #0F4C81 (Red), or 444 (Dark Gray).
Sketched style outline
Sketched style outline is now available in PowerPoint 2021. You can give a casual, hand-drawn look to shapes with this new feature and it's easy as pie! Try out the Curved, Freehand, or Scribble options for some unique looks to add interesting visual touches to your presentations.
With Microsoft Search, find what you need in PowerPoint 2021 with one click. The new Microsoft Search box is located at the top of your app on Windows and provides powerful features to help users quickly locate any information they are looking for from text files or commands that would otherwise require hours scouring through online documentation.
In order to make your slides compatible with screen readers, you can place the elements on them in a way that's easy to understand when read out loud. This will help users reliant on screen readers understand and absorb what's on-screen as well as retain information better than ever before!
Support for OpenDocument format
New in PowerPoint 2021 is expanded support for the OpenDocument file format (ODF), which supports many new features. This specification was updated with version 1.3 from ODF 1.2 to include even more capabilities than before.
Here are the minimum system requirements for installing PowerPoint 2021. We recommend exceeding these in order to guarantee yourself an enjoyable experience with the software:
- Processor: 1.6 GHz or faster, 2-core processor.
- Memory / RAM: 4 GB or more for 64-bit; 2 GB or more for 32-bit based systems.
- Hard disk: A minimum of 4GB of available hard disk space is required on the installation harddrive.
- Operating System: Windows 10 or Windows 11 is required for Office 2021 apps.
- Graphics: Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later, with WDDM 2.0 or higher on Windows 10.
- .NET version: Some features may require .NET 3.5 or 4.6 and higher to also be installed.
- Other requirements:
- Internet functionality requires an internet connection.
- A Microsoft account may be required.
- A touch-enabled device is required to use any multitouch functionality.
- Functionality and graphics of the included applications may vary based on your system.
* Microsoft has not released any information about the minimum system requirements for Office 2021 or PowerPoint 2021 specifically, but we don't expect much change from what was announced in 2019.