Acrolinx for Office on Windows - PowerPoint

Before you check your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with Acrolinx, make sure you read the specific information on Acrolinx for PowerPoint on Windows.

What You Can Check

Normal view in PowerPoint is the best view for using Acrolinx. You can still check your content with the Outline View, Slide View, Notes Page, Reading View, or Master view. But when it comes to editing your content with the Sidebar, Acrolinx asks you to switch to Normal view. You might need to run the check again.

Supported file types:

TypeExtension
PowerPoint file*.ppt, *.pptx, *.pptm

What Acrolinx Includes in Your Check

Sometimes, Acrolinx checks part of your content but can't highlight the issue or automatically insert suggestions. If you see a padlock  in the Sidebar card, you can edit the issue directly in the text.

This might happen for issues in:

  • Grouped shapes
  • Comments
  • SmartArt
  • Charts - Note that Acrolinx doesn't check axis labels.

Acrolinx checks content in speaker notes. But Acrolinx can’t highlight issues in the speaker notes section. These cards are inactive by default. If you want Acrolinx to insert suggestions in speaker notes, you can update your Content Profile. Keep in mind that Acrolinx still won’t be able to highlight the issues in speaker notes.

Find Acrolinx in Office - PowerPoint

To show the Sidebar, click the Acrolinx icon  in the REVIEW ribbon in the Menu.

What Kind of Guidance Do You Have?

The Sidebar will look a little different depending on if you have Targets enabled or if you're using a Guidance Profile to check your content.

Not sure if you have Targets enabled? Don't worry, there are two ways to find out.

  • In the Options tab of the Sidebar, you can see if a Target or a Guidance Profile is selected.

or 

  • Open the Scorecard and search for Checking Information. If it's not there, you're checking with Targets.

With that in mind, read this article on how to check your content.

Check Your Content with Targets

  1. To check your content, click the CHECK button at the top of the Results tab. Unless your content is flawless, you'll probably see issues show up in the Results tab. The Sidebar shows content issues with interactive colored cards. We provide a more in-depth explanation of how to work with issue cards in the article The Sidebar Card Guide.

    You can decide which cards get displayed. You might also want to filter the goals so that you can focus on a certain goal such as Correctness.

    For example, filter out Tone to stay focused on the other goals.

  2. Acrolinx gives you a Scorecard that scores your content based on the goals that you're checking for. You also get an overall Acrolinx Score. To view your Scorecard, click on your Acrolinx Score at the top right of the Sidebar or click Scorecard in the slide-out menu.

Check Your Content with Guidance Profiles

  1. To check your content, click the CHECK button at the top of the Results tab. Unless your content is flawless, you'll probably see issues show up in the Results tab. The Sidebar shows content issues with interactive colored cards. We provide a more in-depth explanation of how to work with issues in the article The Sidebar Card Guide.

    You can filter the list of issue types so you can focus on a certain issue type such as spelling.

  2. Acrolinx gives you a Scorecard that scores your content based on the types of issues that you're checking for. You also get an overall Acrolinx Score. To see your Scorecard, click on your Acrolinx Score at the top right of the Sidebar or click Scorecard in the slide-out menu.



Check Only a Part of Your Content

You can also check a selection of your content. You'll only see the issues for your selection.

Check Selection offers a smaller set of guidance and doesn't include:

  • Acrolinx Score
  • Tone and voice guidelines
  • Findability
  • Discovered Terms
  • Metrics and Analysis cards
  • Reuse


To check a selection, follow these steps:

  1. Select the content you'd like to check.

    The results you see for a selection might differ between Integrations. For example, if you select a single word or phrase in some Integrations, Acrolinx might expand your selection and check the entire sentence.

  2. Click CHECK SELECTION in your Sidebar. You can find it in the drop-down menu next to the CHECK button.
  3. Voila! The Sidebar will only show you cards for the content you've selected.

Check Selection works differently depending on your environment. For best checking results, we recommend selecting whole slides. Acrolinx will check content of one or more slides, without speaker notes. However, you can also select WordArt, SmartArt, Shapes, tables, or headers and footers to check.