The UX of MS Powerpoint

Nussi Einhorn
The UX of MS Powerpoint

Doing a presentation can be quite daunting, so one must be well-prepared. One way of doing it is to make use of visual aids. MS Powerpoint is probably the biggest name out there when it comes to media presentations.

However, MS Powerpoint is not the best when it comes to its UX. A lot of people said that it can be difficult to use and it has an overwhelming number of features.

Below are UX stories of people who encountered such difficulty using the software.

Animating Text by Word?

Tina was nervous! πŸ₯Ί

Tina was a freshman student, and she was about to do a presentation πŸ–₯️ in front of her class.

A week before the presentation, she created her visual aid using MS PowerPoint.

She had never used this tool extensively before, which stressed her out. πŸ˜“

She wanted it to be perfect! πŸ‘Œ

As she was making her slides, she noticed that she couldn't add animations 🀷

to specific words that were in the same text box.

Tina was a little bummed out 🀦 because she had hoped

to use this effect to emphasize certain words.

She continued on and completed her Powerpoint presentation.

Later that day, she told her friend πŸ‘©πŸΌ about her minor animation problem.

Boy was she surprised to learn πŸ’‘ that she could actually add these animations

to individual words by going to the effect options tab

and selecting animate text BY WORD! 😫

Now she had to go back and edit her slides.

This is no big deal to some πŸ’, but when we talk about UX,

everyone would prefer a much simpler one.

For a casual user like Tina, "simpler" means adding animations to words easily.

It would have been much better and a lot faster if she could add animations

by simply highlighting specific words in the text box. βœ…

For many people, creating effective presentations is already a daunting task.

Consider how much of a difference it would make πŸ’™

if we improved the UX and gave users a much better experience.

That would be fantastic ❗️❗️

Table Trouble!

Larry finally got the opportunity of a lifetime! 🀩

He was finally asked by his boss to present a project proposal.

This was huge! πŸ™Œ It's his chance to showcase his real potential.

He prepared his presentation using MS PowerPoint πŸ‘Œ a couple of weeks prior to the meeting.

As he was working on the presentation,

he found himself struggling 🀦 ♂️ to edit the tables he added to the slides.

Unlike MS Word, the table he inserted is colored, and he wanted it clear.

As a casual user of the app, it took him several minutes to figure out πŸ™‡ ♂️ how to do this:

Double-clicked the table and changed the shading to "no fill."

He also needed to manually add the borders. πŸ˜“

Why couldn't it be simple? 🀷 ♂️

Now, adding tables was a hassle.

Larry was expecting it to be as simple as MS Word,

where adding a plain table was no sweat πŸ‘¨ πŸ’», plus you get to easily customize the colors.

This issue is pretty common when a non-user or casual user uses an app that is too complicated.

This causes stress. πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

For Larry, his UX journey would have been a lot better,

if adding tables was simple: insert the plain table and customize it however he wants it. πŸ’―

Product developers and designers must understand these small yet significant UX details.

Poll this week

The image below shows people's opinions on whether the UX of MS PowerPoint is good or not. It was a close fight! But in the end, more than half of the total respondents agreed that it's not simple at all.

What do you think?

Link to the poll: Click here


It may be one of the best and most popular software for creating media presentations out there, but it sure is not the easiest one to use, especially for new users.

Software with poor UX causes unnecessary stress to people. As much as possible, we want our users to feel comfortable when using our what do we do? We make sure to make them as user-friendly as possible.

We can help you with that! Questions? Let's talk!

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