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How to Get PowerPoint for Mac: Everything You Need to Know

Apr 22, 2022

Apple Mac computers are fantastic. Over the years, they have risen from a Microsoft Office noisy neighbour, to a market-leader.

In 2022, it is hard to imagine many households that don't include some form of apple device.

However, one minor issue occurs when it comes to making a PowerPoint presentation. Unfortunately, as Microsoft is a direct competitor to Apple Mac, office apps are not installed on your computer automatically.

However, it is still possible to get PowerPoint on your Mac if you follow these instructions!

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Why is PowerPoint for Mac not Easily Accessible?

As I have mentioned, as Microsoft and Apple are direct competitors, Apple made the bold decision not to include Microsoft office applications as standard on it's devices.

However, that does not mean that you can't get PowerPoint on a Mac, or use one of the excellent alternatives.

How to Download PowerPoint for Mac

You can begin using PowerPoint on Mac by following these simple steps. For starters, you will need to go to the applications folder in the App Store. You will also require an Office 365 subscription, or claim the free trial to use PowerPoint on your Mac.

Here are the few steps you need to follow so that you can download PowerPoint and create a presentation on your Mac.

  • Start by opening the Mac App Store via your Mac.

  • Search for Microsoft PowerPoint in the Mac App Store search bar.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint should be the top search result. Click on Get and then Install.

  • Sign in with your Apple ID information to start the download of PowerPoint. Choose the Get button which is below the PowerPoint icon.

  • The presentation tool file will begin to download. Once the software has finished downloading, select Open.

  • Click "Get Started" from the screen pop-up, and use your Microsoft software credentials to sign in. You have the option to claim the one-month trial option.

Creating Presentations in Other Platforms as Mac Users

If you are not keen on jumping through all of the hoops you need to to access Microsoft PowerPoint on your Mac, there are a couple of excellent alternatives available to you.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a fantastic alternative for creative presentations, especially when you are working collaboratively, as it offers excellent real-time co-authoring opportunities.

You can create slides in the same way as other programs, with an auto save option for users, useful features, and it is compatible on a Mac or Windows PC.

Don't worry you will not lose the usual video quality you expect to see, and rich animation is still possible.

As more than one person can work on a Google Slides document at any time, you could be working on the current slide, while your partner works on the next slide. Therefore, you could be done with your presentations much quicker!


Apple's answer to PowerPoint. Keynote has become much better over the years, to the point where it is now a direct rival program to PowerPoint.

It offers all the same tools and features as PowerPoint, it is usable on your phone, iPad, or laptop. The best part? When you purchase your Apple device, Keynote software will already be downloaded, unlike Office tools like PowerPoint or Excel.

How to Make Great Microsoft PowerPoint presentations on a Mac

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The best way to ensure that your PowerPoint presentation looks great is to select on of the great Simple Slides templates to start.

All of the Simple Slides template files include stunning graphics, perfectly fill the page, include a beautiful design, and other excellent features.

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Include images, tables, or icons

We've all sat through presentations that are full of text. It might not be noticeable until you hit presenter view, but any slide that is full of text and no other content can be extremely dull and hard to engage with.

Instead, look at how you can add other aspects to your current slide. You can add some cinematic motion, images, create an icon, or any other aspects that will help you're screen look for inviting.

Whatever changes you make to your presentation, whether it is on Mac or not, be sure to save your progress!

Nothing is more demoralizing when you make a slide change to your presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint and then forget to save your changes.

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