Storyboarding with PowerPoint – Short Videos to Get You Started

We’ve created a few videos to help you quickly get started with PowerPoint Storyboarding. Each video lasts between 1 and 2 minutes.

Note: We’ve made a few updates to the Storyboarding tool since these videos were made (specifically we’ve removed the Animation section on the Storyboarding tab. To do animation, go to the Animation tab). That said the flow still remains the same. Enjoy!

Getting Started

  1. If you don’t have Office PowerPoint 2007 or later,

    You can use the storyboarding tool to quickly create layouts from commonly used shapes to reuse on your slides. This also comes in handy when there’s a selectable shape (such as a web browser background shape) in the foreground that you reuse often and don’t want it to be selectable when you add other shapes.


    You can also use layouts for presenting. Read more about PowerPoint layouts.

    The Slide Master makes it easy to edit multiple layouts. We’ve added a button on the Storyboarding ribbon called “Edit Layout” which opens the Slide Master (as seen in the video). Here’s a link to learn more about PowerPoint Slide Master.

    Other Useful Features and Quick Tips

    For those of you who are new to using PowerPoint, this next video provides a few more quick tips. 


    Additional Resources

    PowerPoint articles from

    MSDN topic: Storyboard a User Story or Requirement Using PowerPoint.


    Feel free to post suggestions to our Visual Studio (TFS category) User Voice site.


    Nathalie Wilson

    Kathryn Elliott
    Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Developer Content