Swift Polling PowerPoint Embed: FAQ You Can’t Miss


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The ability to conduct live polls directly within your PowerPoint presentation is one of the best tools presenters have for keeping their audiences engaged. At the same time, it makes presentations run a lot more smoothly when you don’t need to navigate to different screens or apps to share a poll. Whether you’re new to PowerPoint polling or a vet, you might be new to Swift Polling’s PowerPoint embed feature. But not for long!

Swift Polling PowerPoint Embed

In today’s post, we’re going to answer the top questions we get about our PowerPoint embed feature that will help ensure you get the most out of this feature. 

How do I use the Swift Polling PowerPoint embed feature?

First things first: It’s important to note the plug-in works best with PowerPoint 2013+, 2016+, 2016 for Mac, and Online versions. 

To get the plug-in, follow these steps:

  • Go to your PowerPoint slides and create an empty slide that should contain the polls.
  • Go to the PowerPoint Store labeled “Get Add-ins” and type Swift Polling in the search field.
  • Add the Swift Polling plug-in.  
  • Log in to your Swift Polling account within your slide.
  • Choose the first poll to show and add it to your slide by pressing Add.

How do I show poll questions in my PowerPoint presentation?

After you launch your poll, you will see the Present button. Click on it and it will take you to the Presentation page you’ll use to display your questions.

The best way to show the question and the results is to use the Presentation Mode.

Which browsers work best with the Swift Polling PowerPoint embed plug-in?

Swift Polling dashboard, presentation page and web widgets are optimized for most modern browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and IE (Edge) most recent versions.

Having issues with your browser? The first thing to do is ensure you’re using the latest version of the browser. 

Still not working? Contact us in live chat or via email at

Should I present using Chrome or as an embed within my PowerPoint slides?

This depends on what you want to achieve with your poll and your presentation.

If you have a presentation that contains several slides and your poll is a complement to the rest of the information you want to convey, then we recommend the presentation embedding feature.

On the other hand, if you only want to present the real-time updated poll, then use the full-screen display of the Presentation Mode instead. 

What is the presentation mode for?

This Swift Polling PowerPoint embed feature exists in your account and it’s designed to show voting instructions and poll results to both you and your participants or audience.

What interesting features does presentation mode include?

When you enter presentation mode, it comes with several exciting and helpful features to make the most of your presentation.

These features include:

  1. Question control and navigation: Allows you to start / stop your poll and switch to other questions with “<“ and “>” buttons
  2. Switch from absolute numbers and percentage breakdown view
  3. Results: Hide or show results
  4. Instructions: Hide or display detailed instructions on how to vote
  5. Go full-screen (hides browser UI and lets the presentation mode cover the entire screen)
  6. Sidebar: Opens the sidebar with even more useful tools
  7. Bar and Background colors: Select bar and background color
  8. Upload background image
  9. Upload a logo to brand your presentation
  10. Text: Select font and font color so your presentation is in line with the rest of your brand visuals
  11. Dark mode switcher: Enable or disable the dark mode depending on the lighting conditions of your venue / room (where the presentation takes place)
  12. Show total votes

Why should I use live polls in my PowerPoint presentation?

An interactive poll is one of the best ways to engage the audience in your presentation or lecture. There are all kinds of benefits to implementing interactive live polling in PowerPoints, including:

  • Even those who are hesitant to speak up or are unable to speak for themselves can share their opinion
  • These polls help you build trust and engage your audience
  • Effortlessly engage your audience and collect valuable feedback

Swift Polling PowerPoint Embed Bonus Tip

Once you’re done with your poll, advance your slideshow by using your cursor to click on the darker area above or below your slide while you are in the SlideShow mode. This takes you to the next slide.

Ready to get started? We’ll help you set up live polling in PowerPoint quickly and easily. Click here to sign up, contact us, or schedule a demo!



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