How Many People Use Microsoft PowerPoint

How Many People Use Microsoft PowerPoint in 2024? (Statistics)

Published on: December 9, 2023
Last Updated: December 9, 2023

How Many People Use Microsoft PowerPoint in 2024? (Statistics)

Published on: December 9, 2023
Last Updated: December 9, 2023

Quick Answer 🔍

How many people use Microsoft PowerPoint in 2024?

PowerPoint has more than 650 million active monthly users.

Microsoft PowerPoint has long been an essential program for creating presentations.

PowerPoint has grown and evolved over the years to become one of the top office productivity software solutions.

In this resource, we will discuss how many people use Microsoft PowerPoint and some other data and demographics related to this Microsoft office product.

Key PowerPoint Statistics

  • PowerPoint has more than 650 million active monthly users.
  • PowerPoint’s office productivity market share is 2.44%.
  • PowerPoint was originally created exclusively for Mac.
  • Microsoft bought PowerPoint for $14 million just three months after its launch.
  • 3.4 million 16-to-24-year-olds in the UK have made PowerPoint presentations.
  • 100% of presentation viewers believe visuals are essential elements of presentations.
  • Presentation viewers expect the speaker to engage with them. 

How Many People Use Microsoft PowerPoint?

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The most recent data revealed that Microsoft PowerPoint has more than 650 million MAUs (monthly active users). 

PowerPoint also has a 2.44% market share of all office productivity products/services.

Considering this is only one of Microsoft Office’s offerings, that’s pretty significant. 

(Exploding Topics)

About PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint, a presentation application, has been around since the first quarter of 1987 (April).

The application was created by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin and was originally intended to be used on Macintosh systems.

Just three months after its launch, PowerPoint was acquired by Microsoft and is still a very popular presentation program.

For reference, Microsoft paid a whopping $14 million for the program in mid-1987.

(Wikipedia)

What Can You Do with PowerPoint?

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Here are some things you can do with PowerPoint:

  • For the creation of presentations from one of the available templates or from scratch.
  • Add textual, art, image, and video content to presentations, etc.
  • Choose from several professional designs from the PowerPoint Designer feature.
  • Add animations, cinematic motion, and transitions with the touch of a key or a finger.
  • Conveniently save presentations to OneDrive for easy access from any device.
  • Share your work and collaborate with clothes no matter where they are.
  • Teachers use PowerPoint for worksheets, presentations, tutorials, flashcards, stories, and more.

While it was initially designed for Mac only, today, Microsoft (PowerPoint) is compatible with PC, Mac, and mobile devices respectively. 

According to Microsoft, Copilot (currently available in Word) will soon become available for PowerPoint. 

(Microsoft Support)

Who Uses PowerPoint?

There are many people using PowerPoint in the workplace and as freelancers all over the globe.

Let’s look at a few spaces that use Microsoft PowerPoint to start with some demographics.

  • Administrative Assistants – If you want to work as an Administrative Assistant (on-site or remote as a Virtual Assistant), having PowerPoint skills is something you may need.
  • Sales Representatives – If you are a sales representative for nearly any industry, PowerPoint is an essential tool.
  • Marketing Associates – Marketers commonly use PowerPoint presentations as a promotional or marketing tool. 
  • Account Managers – Employees that have accounts to manage use PowerPoint for a variety of purposes.
  • Teachers – Teachers use PowerPoint in the classroom to give students a visual overview of a lecture or lesson.

(Zippa)

Uses for Microsoft PowerPoint

We mentioned some things you can do with PowerPoint, but what are some other uses for this program? Here is what we found:

  • Creating Infographics – Let’s face it, PowerPoint is more than a presentation maker. Its dynamic graphic design capabilities allow you to create aesthetically pleasing infographics that are known to be great for engagement. 
  • Creating Tutorials – Teachers, companies, and onboarding professionals use Microsoft PowerPoint to create visual tutorials and worksheets.
  • Creating Interactive Quizzes – PowerPoint is a dynamic presentation tool that is used to create interactive games or quizzes in classrooms or for corporate training sessions. 
  • Creating Digital Stories – Digital storytelling is another way educators, parents, business owners, or anyone to create storybooks or other narratives using text, images, audio, sound effects, and narration for storytelling.
  • Creating Digital Portfolios – If you’re a graphic designer, you can use PowerPoint to showcase your creative designs. 
  • Creating Animations – You can create animations for entertainment or informational purposes.
  • Creating Digital Photo Slideshows – Photo slideshows are often used to pay tribute or to commemorate a family member or other loved one. Photo slideshows are also great for taking the kids down memory lane during the holidays, or presenting photos of a wedding to those who were unable to attend. The sky’s the limit here.

Other popular uses for PowerPoint include resumes, flashcards, videos, interactive maps, flyers, brochures, and even for project planning.

Have you ever used PowerPoint for something other than presentations?

(FPPT)

PowerPoint User Demographics (UK)

Now we will look at who uses PowerPoint in terms of demographics in the UK. 

The most recent data shows that in the United Kingdom PowerPoint overwhelming wins the share of the most users across all age groups from 16 to 55-plus. 

Almost half of those between 16 and 24 said they have made PowerPoint presentations, which represents about 3.4 million people in the United Kingdom. 

Another 17.8% of those aged 25 to 34 have used PowerPoint to create presentations. PowerPoint comes in third as the most popular presentation application among this age group. 

These two groups likely account for students and working adults in the UK.

(AcuityTraining UK)

General Presentation Statistics

Here are some general global presentation statistics for your consideration:

  • Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes to keep viewers’ attention.
  • 100% of presentation viewers believe visuals are essential elements of presentations.
  • People expect the presenter to engage with them.
  • Conference presentations are the least used application.
  • Roughly 75% of presentation creators say they have reused a slide deck at least once.
  • 40% of presentation creators prioritize their general content and textual content over all other content types.

(Decktopus)

PowerPoint Creation Tips

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We found some good tips to help you create professional PowerPoint presentations that we hope will be invaluable to you.

  1. Keep it simple – Use a simple design template and keep it consistent for the whole presentation.
  2. Avoid using too many special effects – Even though special effects can look cool, avoid using too many because it can take away from your point and make it seem less professional.
  3. Choose an appropriate font and font size – The best fonts to use for presentations include those in the sans serif family like Arial. The best size is 32-point.
  4. Use quality images – You want your imagery to make your PowerPoint presentation more meaningful and powerful, so use high-quality images.
  5. Practice navigating in a non-linear way – You may need to go back to a slide if requested, so practice moving forward and backward among your slides without having to page through them all.
  6. Limit the number of slides – Once you know how long your presentation needs to be, take that into consideration when crafting slides and limit them as needed.
  7. Avoid reading directly from your slides – Know your slides and practice reading them in a mirror as you scroll through them, so you don’t need to keep looking back at your slides to read them. Face your audience, not your screen.

We hope these tips for making a professional PowerPoint presentation help you.

(TCNJ)

FAQs

How Do You Insert a Picture in A PowerPoint Slide?

According to the Microsoft Support site, here is how you insert a picture into PowerPoint:

1. Click/tap where you’re wanting to place an image/photo/picture.
2. Go to the “Insert” tab in “Images” group, click “Pictures” and then “This Device”. 
3. In the dialog box that generates, find the picture you want to place in your PowerPoint and click “Insert”. 

This is how you insert a picture from your device into a PowerPoint. 

(Microsoft Support²)

How Do You Add “SmartArt” to a PowerPoint Slide?

When you want to convert your text into “SmartArt”, here is how you do that in a slide:

• Choose your text
• Choose “Home” then “Convert to SmartArt”.
• Choose the appropriate “SmartArt” for your slide.

This is the basic method of adding SmartArt to your text in a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.

(Microsoft Support²)

How Do You Place a Chart or Graph Into A PowerPoint Slide?

Since charts and graphs are still a major part of creating professional marketing, ad, corporate, and other workspace presentations, here is the basic method for adding a chart or graph to your Microsoft PowerPoint slide:

1. Click on “Insert” from the top menu.
2. Click on “Chart” and double-click on the preferred chart.
3. A worksheet will generate where you will input your data.
4. You can also alter the labels and titles for the axis in charts from “Chart Elements”.
5. When you have the chart configured to your liking, you can exit the worksheet.

Now you have a chart in your slide.

You can also choose the kind of chart from the side menu when you click on charts to change the columns, choose a pie chart, a line chart, or any kind of chart or graph. 

(Microsoft Support²)

Conclusion

Now we know that Microsoft PowerPoint is the third most popular software in terms of usage for creating presentations.

This article has also made us aware of the many uses for PowerPoint beyond presentations.

Teachers, corporate trainers, website owners, and others use PowerPoint for its graphic and visual dynamics. 

The world awaits Copilot which will soon become part of PowerPoint’s features. 

We hope that knowing Microsoft PowerPoint’s monthly active users will help you create better marketing strategies and find more uses for this presentation program. 

Sources

Exploding TopicsFPPTTCNJ
WikipediaAcuityTraining UKMicrosoft Support
DecktopusZippiaMicrosoft Support²

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