Design Amazing Slides Easily with Canva’s Free Alternative to PowerPoint

Creating impressive slides is now amazingly simple with Canva’s online drag and drop presentation maker.

Goodbye, PowerPoint; hello amazing slides!

As a speaker or presenter, your slides can make you or break you. Think of all the presentations you’ve had to sit through where the speaker used unreadable or boring slides with the same, tired design over and over. We’ve got a term for that: death by PowerPoint. Microsoft’s presentation software has long been a standard but if you want to make an impact on your audience, you’ve got to break the mold. Canva’s presentation maker not only looks good, it feels good to use. It’s completely online so there’s no need to download any bloated software. Best of all, it’s completely free. Designing is an absolute breeze thanks to its drag and drop features and ready-made professional quality templates. Everything you need to become a visual communicator is at your fingertips— an epic image library, beautiful graphs and a one-click presentation mode.

How to create a presentation without Powerpoint

  1. Start a new presentation

    Sign up with Facebook or Google if you don’t already have a Canva account. If you’ve been here before, simply log in and search for the “Presentation” design type.

  2. Find the right template

    Explore templates for simple presentations, educational presentations, events and special interests, start up and business presentations, sales and advertising and more. Each template comes with multiple pages.

  3. Explore features

    Browse millions of free professional photos, images, illustrations, icons, charts, grids and other graphics. Use the “Present” feature to go live directly from Canva. You can even crowdsource questions from your audience while presenting.

  4. Customize your slides

    Upload your own photos, videos, images or branding elements to your slides. Mix and match elements from different templates. Experiment with background, color scheme and font style.

  5. Save and present

    You can download and save your presentation or share your work with colleagues using the collaborate tool. Choose between “standard” and “presenter view” presentation types when you’re ready to present.

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Find specific templates to suit your industry or theme

Financial reports, sales presentations, pitch decks should all have different looks and feel. Presentations for church events, school lectures and keynote slides for conferences are again vastly different. So instead of using a generic PowerPoint template, browse through Canva’s stunning collection of presentation layouts to match your industry and theme. Created by our team of professional designers, your slides are sure to look amazing, whether you need it to present a sales proposal, marketing plan or a new architectural project. Just pick the design that best fits your need and use it as your springboard to start designing.

Visuals elements are all in one place

As a presenter, you know the importance of including visuals to  grab your audience’s attention and underscore a point you’re trying to make. Through Canva, you have access to an incredible media library with over a million professional-quality stock photos, images and illustrations you can simply drop and drag where you need them. Each image is carefully curated and reviewed so they’re sure to look amazing on screen or even on print. Say goodbye to clip art and having to scour Google images! Canva also has a beautiful graphs and charts tool to help you turn your numbers into awesome pieces of data visualization. Open the charts folder and start creating your own bar, line, pie, or doughnut charts. You can also create Venn diagrams, organizational charts and even mind maps.

Nothing to download or install

Canva is a completely web-based design platform so you won’t need to download or install any software to get started. And, since your designs are saved on cloud, you can access them anytime from any laptop or desktop. Say goodbye to looking for Microsoft Office everywhere you go! If you want to bring your designs with you on the road, Canva is also available on iOS and Android mobile devices. Just head over to the App Store to get Canva for iPhone and iPad or to Google Play to get Canva for Android for free and start designing on the go.

Publish and share your slides anywhere

Once you’re done with your designs, it’s simple matter of clicking the presentation mode button and you can go from designer to presenter in a snap. You can even post your new presentation online by clicking the share button and posting it on social media, sending it via email or embedding it into your blog or website.


Making a presentation without PowerPoint is easy. Many people use a slide deck instead. Simply use any software or tool that lets you create, edit and arrange slides. One plus is that you’ll be able to integrate more from your cloud storage services and social media feeds this way.

There are many free alternatives to PowerPoint, including Canva, Prezi, Slide Bean, Google Slides, Zoho Show, Haiku Deck, LibreOffice, SlideDog, WPS Office, Keynote, Microsoft Sway, Visme Basic, Renderforest and Calligra Stage. Some tools have paid plans with more features that may be appropriate for bigger or smaller companies.

Compared to PowerPoint, Canva allows for more sophisticated design without being tricky to use. The ready-made templates, wide selection of fonts and handy drag-and-drop feature make Canva quicker to learn so you can get your presentation up and running faster.

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