How to create a word cloud using PowerPoint

How to create a word cloud using PowerPoint

I hadn’t realised this until recently, but you can use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a Word Cloud. Yes, I know there are websites where you can do this (I’ve usually used wordclouds.com), but sometimes I want a word cloud for a presentation, so why not do it in the presentation.

Before you start, you have to install the Pro Word Cloud add-in

  • Open PowerPoint (Duh, obvious!)
  • Open a presentation (or start a new one)
  • Click on the “Insert” tab and then on the “My Add-ins” dropdown
  • Click on “See All”. If Pro Word Cloud is listed, then you are done. Otherwise…
  • Click on “Store”
  • Type “Pro Word Cloud” into the search box and click on the search icon
  • “Pro Word Cloud” should be the first item listed, click on “Add”. Click on “Continue”

Installation over.

Creating the word cloud

  • In your presentation, create a text box and add your text
  • Create a text box and add your text
  • Click on the “Insert” tab
  • Click on the “My Add-ins” dropdown and select “Pro Word Cloud”. Pro Word Cloud will open in a panel that looks something like this:
Pro Word Cloud panel
  • Click on “Create Word Cloud”. After a few seconds, a word cloud image will appear at the top of the panel.
  • Click on the image to copy it to the clipboard
  • Paste the image into your presentation. Adjust the size and position
  • Delete the original text box.
Created word cloud

If you’re not happy with the layout, colours or fonts, you can adjust those in the side panel and recreate the image – for example

Alternative word cloud

Simple! Oh – this word cloud is based on one of my most viewed pages – “What is the difference between black hat hacker and a white hat hacker?

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How to create a word cloud using PowerPoint
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How to create a word cloud using PowerPoint
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Learn how you can use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a Word Cloud.
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