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Welcome to Sway’s Suggestion Box!

To help us build the best version of Sway, we have partnered with UserVoice, a third-party service, to hear your ideas and suggestions. We regularly review the ideas and incorporate them into product planning discussions. We will read all suggestions and respond to every suggestion that gets at least 20 votes. We may also merge and rename suggestions for clarity.

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  1. More formatting and layout options

    Would be nice to see some "traditional" layout tools such as tables or text justification options to further help swayers(?) design. Thanks!

    Additionally, it would be really awesome if we could edit the text blocks differently. Like have one be one font size, whereas another is a different color.

    Italic, Colors, Fonts, Size, Forms etc.
    Paste images from other websites (without putting them on OneDrive\Documents\Sway)
    Copy/Paste without the security message
    Resizeable pictures
    Drag and drop the structure in the preview
    An interactive summary

    688 votes
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      28 comments  ·  Making Sway look amazing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Sway presentation link which the presentor controls

      Share link on people's devices so when the presentor speaks, he control the next page and everybody connected through that link will see the next page on their device.

      Call this the presentator mode.

      3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • No limit to the number of images or pictures

        I was thinking of having a sway for each year with sections in each for the different months. Each section then will have my personal photos and videos and comments for that month as part of my memories collection. I had created one with the photos from my one drive. However, there seems to be a limit in the number of images one can have in a sway. Is it possible not to have this limitation?

        19 votes
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          8 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          As we continue to improve our performance, we will work on raising the limit of images you can have in your Sway.

          Has anyone else reached the maximum image limit? If so, let us know in the comments what you were trying to use Sway to make and why you needed that many pictures.

        • Embed Sway directly into email

          Looking for Sway to be embedded into an email rather than just clicking on the link.

          830 votes
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            31 comments  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • PowerPoint Tools available in Sway

            As an avid user of ppt... Sway seems to limit my "creativity" by just having templates in the remix (altho i do think it would be helpful for others who just want a ready-made look)...

            a) choosing fonts and font color and size
            i use font style sometimes as an addition to whatever message i need to convey.. so if its light then its comic sans.. if its horror themed.. then i go for chiller. if i want to emphasize a word.. i might want to start with a small sized font until and make it grow into a full…

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for the feedback! If you break apart your requests into separate submissions, it is easier for others to vote for which ones they want us to work on! Additionally, you can use some of your allotted votes to vote for ones that are already submitted. :)

              It’s certainly interesting to hear what features from PPT and other Office applications users want to see in Sway. However, Sway is a new option for people within the Office portfolio, and whether you choose Sway, PPT, or any other Office application really depends on your own specific needs and content creation preferences. While we don’t plan to build all of PPT’s functionality into Sway, we do want to understand what features from PPT, or other Office apps, you think might be absolutely critical for Sway. We’ll consider how each requested feature from those other apps would fit with the unique…

            • The ability to import from OneDrive or other services

              I would like the ability to import files from OneDrive and other services like Dropbox rather than just being able to import files into sway locally. I feel this would give much more of an option for users. I am really enjoying using Sway at the moment it is a very good idea.

              9 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for the suggestion! When creating a Sway, did you try clicking on the “Media” button after clicking on the black diamond with the plus sign? OneDrive is currently a supported source for importing images. Dropbox is on our radar.

              • Share a folder or collection of Sways

                So have one link that shows a grid of the different sways in the folder. Much like OneDrive, where you can share a folder and see all the items in a grid format. The layout is very nice and allows the user to share in one link multiple sways.

                22 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • touch screen features

                  Leveraging a surface, and would love to see some added options for the Surface pen. When viewing a sway, being able to swipe with my finger to move along would be great.

                  20 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • For my formatting to stay mine!!

                    I just used Sway for a final presentation and IT. WAS. TERRIBLE.
                    Because the size of the projector was different than my computer, all of the formatting that I tried so hard to force Sway to do was removed. Sway decided what the images should look like. And they were wrong. Some of my most important equations were shrunken down to the point at which they were no longer useful.
                    My professor and other students gave negative design feedback regarding the font, the size of pictures and graphs, and the tilt of the images.
                    I have another final presentation later…

                    7 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We’re sorry about your negative experience, and we are avidly working to eliminate the issues you have brought up. We would like to avoid having our end users “force” Sway into specific formatting, which is why we’re working with a new creation paradigm. (You can read more about our philosophy here: http://blogs.office.com/2014/12/10/sway-philosophy/). As we continue to improve our algorithms, we would appreciate any specific feedback you can leave us in the comments! Why were the images wrong? Was it mostly ones that involved text/equations that were no longer useful? What was wrong about the font? Why was the new formatting not effective? Feel free to attach some screenshots if possible (or attach your Sway and the dimensions of the screen it was viewed on) so we can investigate further. Thanks for the feedback! :)

                    • More semantic structure?

                      I realise you are trying to keep content and styling separate and use 'semantic' structure (like html5?) by using things like 'emphasis'.
                      That's fine, but how about some more features like that? ....like article, caption, aside, navigation, header, footer..

                      oh and separately ..graphic flow left/right... would be wonderful....

                      8 votes
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                      • Insert Visio Diagrams as native content

                        I think I can use sway for compelling presentation of technical and business information, but much of my content is in Visio and exporting to raster format like PNG to import in Sway is far from ideal (poor zoom in / details experience, large file size).

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                          6 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Progress meter for viewers

                          For larger sways it would be nice for the viewers to have some sense of how much is yet to be seen.

                          31 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Adjust space between items on storyline

                            I'd like to be able to adjust the space between the different items on my storyline

                            9 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for the suggestion! Why do you want to adjust the space between different items? Did you think it was too spread out or too close together? Which items weren’t properly spaced? Was it for aesthetic reasons or for something else? Let us know in the comments!

                            • Embed vertical Sway into a blog

                              It would be awesome if I could write blog posts using the vertical scrolling sway and then sharing it on a blog platform.

                              Not as a smaller embedded iframe, but as a full size post, as we can see them on the sway website right now.

                              I created a small Sway to explain with a picture my idea:
                              https://sway.com/QxyhZpeIQonyET68

                              Of course the end could automatically add a "created with Sway" or something to give appropriate credits to the app!

                              184 votes
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                                15 comments  ·  Viewing and sharing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Set base Font and Colour, Sway to do the rest

                                Basically we're looking at the possibility to use a sway professionally when we need to quickly communicate an idea/concept/development to clients. Normally we might send an email, usually not enough time to produce a ppt, but a Sway could be perfect to help us communicate more efficiently.

                                However, we need to be able to brand it a bit so we'd like the ability to set one font and select one highlight colour (the font we always use for headers, and our "corporate colour"). After that Sway can do whatever it wants matching fonts and colours to our selected ones.

                                I…

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                                  2 comments  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for explaining your scenario to us. Have you tried uploading your logo as an image in your Sway, then picking the color palette based on that image? If not, try going to the “Mood” pane then selecting “Color.” You can choose whatever image you want, but try one with your logo and branding colors. Does this meet your needs? Let us know why or why not in the comments!

                                  Currently we don’t have any direct font customization, but we appreciate your feedback!

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                                  • Heading image – color change

                                    When I upload a heading image the color changes dramatically! This is a big problem if it is a visual made for a company with specific CI colors or/and if I want to include the Logo...Id would be amazing if you could change that!!

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                                      0 comments  ·  Making Sway look amazing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Just to clarify — is the image you uploaded getting a color overlay that is distorting how the image is colored?

                                      In some of our styles, we have recipes that change the color of an image in order to make text over it more legible. While we don’t have any overrides currently available in the product, we appreciate the feedback and will consider it as a feature request for the future!

                                    • Direct connection with programs like mind mapping

                                      It would be very easy if there was a direct connection with OneNote since it is used to gather website information very quickly. Also, a connection with content from other programs like mind mapping could be very interesting.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Creating a Sway  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for the suggestions! In order to better capture votes so we can monitor feature requests, we would ask you to break apart your request into two separate requests. For now, we’re editing your request to be solely for mind mapping since a request for OneNote integration has already been submitted. Use some of your votes to vote for the OneNote feature request, and let us know more about why you want it in the comments! :)

                                      • Add a background video

                                        Not just photos/images as background... videos in order to personalize my sway and make it more dynamic!

                                        25 votes
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                                        • HTML

                                          I would like to make my sway as Langding page
                                          There for I need to embed HTML

                                          6 votes
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