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Improved Drawing tools in PowerPoint for the web

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Hi, Microsoft 365 Insiders! We are Pratik Das, a Product Manager on the Natural User Input team, and Raymond Jude Jacob, a Designer on the Office AI. I’m excited to share the improvements we’ve made to the Drawing tools in PowerPoint for the web.     

Improved Drawing tools in PowerPoint for the web

We heard you! We’ve refreshed the Draw tab in PowerPoint for the web and more to address some of your feedback and give you easier access to more of the tools you are looking for. Specifically, we have added:

  • new capabilities including Undo/Redo and Ruler.
  • a laser pointer to Slideshow mode.
  • the ability to draw straight lines with a stylus or a mouse.

Keep reading to learn more.

What’s new and improved

Draw Tab Enhancements

  • Undo and Redo – You can now undo and redo ink strokes directly from the Draw tab – no need to switch back to the Home tab.

Undo and Redo buttons now available on the Draw tab

  • Ruler – The new digital ruler helps you create and insert straight lines accurately. You can also use the built-in angular display to create accurate angles between lines.

New digital Ruler

Laser pointer on slideshow

 The new laser pointer in Slideshow mode lets you easily draw the attention of your audience to important sections in a given slide.

New laser pointer in Slideshow mode

It also enables you to temporarily ink on slides to further help focus on the key elements of your content. (NOTE: The temporary ink disappears in a few seconds, leaving the original slide intact.) 

Temporary ink on a slide

Shift + Straight line to draw straight lines  

You can now easily draw a straight line with your digital pen and mouse by simply holding the Shift key down while inking or highlighting content. 


These new features are available to all PowerPoint for the web users.

Coming soon

We will also be adding the ability to partially erase your strokes easily using the Point Eraser tool on the Draw tab.  This feature will be available to all users in the second half of 2023.

Point Eraser tool on the Draw tabFeedback   

We want to hear from you! If you have any feedback or suggestions, please click Help > Feedback to submit your thoughts about this feature.