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Introduction to Prezi: Get Started

This guide accompanies the Savvy Researcher workshop, "An Introduction to Prezi." Prezi is a presentation software that uses "motion, zoom, and spatial relationships" to make your visual presentation more dynamic.

Log In

Visit and login in to Prezi by clicking the "Login" button at the top of the screen.

Prezi Log In

Getting Started

1. To create a Prezi, click on the "New Presentation" button on your homepage. 

New Presentation Button 

Or, if you would like to work on an existing Prezi, hover over it and select the pencil icon on the left side of the presentation thumbnail. 

Prezi Edit Button

2. After you select "new presentation", you must pick a template. You can sort them by color or purpose. If you want a blank workspace, you can just select a template and then delete elements and the background after it's open.

Prezi Templates


Using the Toolbar

Prezi Toolbar

The Settings Bar is where you can (from left to right): save your Prezi, insert, show the background and animations, start your presentation, get help, add collaborators, share, and see what collaborators are online

When creating your Prezi, you will use the Insert button to insert: arrows, images, symbols & shapes, YouTube videos, background music, and files (pdf or video).  You will use the View button to customize/edit the current theme.


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