Finding Your Way Around Sway
Before creating your first Sway, take a few minutes to view some sample Sways, explore the Sway menu structure, and discover how to get help and give feedback.
Explore Sample Sways
To get a better idea of Sway in action, check out the sample Sways in your account.
- Click Sway, if you aren’t already on the My Sways page.
Click the sample Sway you want to open. Samples are prefaced with the word EXAMPLE.
- The storyline for the sample Sway opens.
- Scroll down the right side of the page to see each section and the cards it contains.
- The Preview window shows the Sway as others would see it.
If available, use the navigation buttons to scroll through the Sway.
Navigating Sway is a straightforward process after you understand its menu structure. The Sway menu options include the following:
- Sway—Open the My Sways page where you can access the Sways you’ve created as well as any sample Sways Microsoft provides.
- Insert—Insert content from OneDrive, OneNote, Facebook, Flickr, Bing, PicHit, YouTube, or Twitter. Optionally, upload content from your computer.
- Cards—Insert a content card such as Text, or a Heading, Picture, Video, Tweet, or Embed card.
- Design—Add design elements with color, typography, and texture.
- Navigation—Specify how you want others to navigate your Sway by selecting a layout. Currently, only three options are available: a vertical layout similar to a one-page website, a panorama layout similar to a slideshow, and a layout that’s optimized for presentation.
- Remix!—Apply a new design automatically. If you don’t like the new look, you can click Remix! again for another option or click Undo to return to your previous look.
- Undo—Undo the last action.
- Redo—Repeat the last action.
- Play—Preview what your Sway will look like when published.
- Authors—View current authors or share an edit link with others.
- Share—Share your Sway with the public, through social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and more), or via a link you can provide to specific people. Optionally, you can also embed your Sway on a website.
- More Options—Watch tutorial videos, view the My Sways page, create a new Sway, duplicate the current Sway, provide feedback, or sign out.
If you need help with doing something in Sway, particularly using a new feature not covered in this book, you can access online help.
- Click More Options (...).
Click the Help and How-to Articles link.
- Online help for Sway displays.
- Click the Close Tab icon (x) to close the Help tab.
Click the Sway tab to return to Sway.
If you like something about Sway—or don’t like something—you can easily let Microsoft know your opinion. Suggesting new features is another feedback option.
- Click More Options (...).
Click either the I Like Something button or the I Don’t Like Something button depending on your feedback.
- Enter your feedback in the text box.
Click the Submit button.