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Summarize any text into concise, digestible content

Create a compelling teaser for your work by extracting key points and condensing text into the essential details. Powered by OpenAI, use Canva’s free summary generator to give readers a quick, easy-to-read overview of your long-form content.

Hook in readers with a riveting gist

Easily generate summaries of your content

Got a groundbreaking study worth sharing? Pitching story ideas to editors? Looking to build a readership base for your content? Pique your target audience’s attention and leave them wanting to learn more with a captivating summary. Let Magic Write(opens in a new tab or window), our text summarizer tool developed with OpenAI, extract the key ideas from your work and transform them into a concise, easy-to-digest piece of content. Enjoy maintaining editorial control over the generated synopsis and make direct edits using our free summarizing tool.

Add some design punch to your summarized text

Edit and summarize your texts

Taking inspiration from an AI summarizer or AI face generator(opens in a new tab or window) for your blog or social media pages? Why not leverage good design to get more clicks? Our summarize tool not only creates a synopsis for your text but also helps make it pop—literally. Use our powerful editing tools to modify the font style and color of your text. Add the title of your original material, give yourself a byline, and include the link to where people can read the full content. You can also design a banner and helpful visuals to supplement your text. Do more with Canva and make your summary eye-catching and ready for immediate upload and sharing.

Generate summaries on the go

Instantly summarize your texts

Don’t let your research and writing work go unnoticed. Meet your target readership halfway with a summary of what your content offers. Condense your complex material into concise and search engine-friendly sentences with our free text summarizer. Simply open a new Canva Doc, enter your text, and see how our summary tool comes up with a simple but effective outline of your article, report, or essay. Whether you’re at your desktop at home or working on the road via mobile or tablet, auto summarize whatever you need any time, on any device with Magic Write in Canva Docs(opens in a new tab or window).

How to write a summary

How to write a summary
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Launch Canva on your web browser or app. Search for “Doc” to begin a new visual document project.

Type your text on the blank page or copy and paste from a source. Highlight the text you want to summarize, then select the plus + icon. In the drop-down menu for Magic Write, choose Summarize text.

Check the accuracy of the summary or brief created by our online summarizer and revise as needed. To add headings, subheadings, bulleted lists, and other information, click the same plus + icon and select the proper format for additional text.

Personalize your doc with our easy-to-use editing tools. Mix and match colors and font styles, or add stunning visuals like banners, graphs, charts, and images to support your text and bring your document to life. Simply select the plus + icon and choose Design in the drop-down menu.

Finalize your text by proofreading it carefully. Collaborate with your team by setting access permissions, or share your Canva Doc online by generating a link or converting it into a presentation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

A summary is a short and direct statement or restatement of the main points of a book, an article/story, a presentation, or a discussion/event. It includes only the essential details of the original material. A summary gives readers a quick and easy-to-understand preview of longer and more complex text.

To summarize any text, you must understand the original material well. Read your source a few times to be well-acquainted with its essence. Next, outline its sections. Under each one, identify the presented key points, ideally in your own words. This also helps you identify the material's primary focus. Once you have drafted all the relevant information, write a summary based on the flow of your outline. Check your synopsis against the original text by re-reading both and seeing how the former correctly represents the latter.

Summarizing and paraphrasing both intend to share information from a source but have essential differences. First is their purpose: Summarizing means creating a text synopsis by narrowing it down to its key concepts. It neither includes any supporting idea and fact nor an analysis of the text.

Paraphrasing, meanwhile, is about conveying specific ideas or information from a source in your own words. It intends to break down complex material for your intended audience, and this could include simplified explanations or analysis of specific ideas. This makes paraphrased text longer and more detailed than a summary. However, it is possible to paraphrase sentences when writing a summary and to summarize sections of text when paraphrasing source material.

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