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Introduction to Prezi: Adding Content

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.

Moving, Adjusting and Rearranging Content

Topics (shapes, images, frames, etc.) are now adjusted using the context toolbar.  The context toolbar includes the options along the top of the presentation. You can also access the context toolbar by right clicking or hitting CTRL/CMD-click on a topic.

To move a topic, you can use the arrows on your keyboard or drag it with your mouse once it's highlighted. To increase or decrease the size, hover your cursor over a corner until the cursor becomes an arrow, then drag the image in or out to change the size. This is the same method for rotating the topics as well but instead you drag the arrow up or down. 

Topics can be arranged as planets or stacks, as shown below. The planet arrangement breaks up the presentation so you can move between topics, while the stacks arrangement gives a linear presentation of your information. 

You can customize the amount of topics in the presentation by clicking on the +Topic button at the bottom of the left sidebar or clicking Insert→+Topic or +Subtopic.

To add or edit content in planets, double click on the particular planet and click into the title or topic box.

Adding Text

To add text, you need to add a text box. Click on Insert→Text on the toolbar. 

When you are adding your own text, it defaults to "Body" text.  You can change this by highlighting your text and selecting [Title] or [Subtitle].  The appearance of the text depends on the chosen template and theme.  

You can increase or decrease the size of the text using the [A] buttons.  You also have additional formatting like bullets, alignment, and font.


If you are using a template, replace "Click to add text" with your text.

Adding Video

You can only upload videos from YouTube.  Add the link to a YouTube video.  You will need an Internet connection to play YouTube videos when presenting.  

See Prezi's Inserting Video Files for more details on either of these options.  

Once inserted, you can move and re-size video files with your keyboard or by dragging just like you can manipulate images and text. 

Adding Images

To insert an image, select Insert→Image on the top toolbar. This opens up your computer documents so you can select an image.

You can also drag and drop images directly onto the presentation. ​

Formatting images works the same way as with topics.

Adding Symbols & Shapes

Prezi also has shapes, symbols, and icons that you can insert.

The menu appears on a sidebar on the right of the screen, and you can drag and drop the shapes, arrows, and icons directly onto your presentation.

When selecting icons, you choose between icons for light or dark prezis, and can search within.

Information about Copyright

Are you using images and videos according to copyright? To learn more about using images for educational and personal use, please visit the guide on Finding and Using Images.

Creative Commons

Content which has a Creative Commons license is free to download, adapt, distribute, and transmit without having to ask permission.  Depending on the license, however, there may be certain conditions: you may only be able to use the content for educational purposes, you may have to give attribution, etc.  (Licensing characteristics can be found to the left of this box).  Because licenses vary, always be sure to check the exact terms of the license before using an image.

 Attribution   Attribution: others can use the work however they like, so long as they give credit

No Derivative Work   No Derivative Work: other can copy, display, or perform your work, but it must be verbatim

Non-Commercial   Non-Commercial: other can use your work, but for non-commercial purposes only

Share Alike   Share Alike: others can distribute derivative works, but only under the same terms as the original license

For additonal information about Copyright and Fair Use, please visit the guide on Finding and Using Images.


The information about Copyright and Creative Commons Licenses is informational.  It is not legal advice.