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Structuring in Prezi Next

Your presentation looks stunning, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With Prezi Next you can structure your content with topics and subtopics to create memorable presentations that captivate your audience. Topics show your big ideas, while subtopics organize details and reveal content at just the right moment to keep your audience engaged. Structure your content, then deliver it with conversational presenting. It’s the recipe for a great presentation.

Elements of a presentation’s structure

The first thing you see when you enter a presentation is the overview. The overview contains topics, and each topic can include subtopics. Your structure includes connectors between topics and subtopics that follow the path of your presentation. Templates come with a predesigned structure to get you started, and can be edited to fit your content.

Overview

Your overview shows the main level of your presentation canvas. Topic covers are visible on this layer, while content and subtopics within them remain hidden until you zoom deeper into the structure. Connectors are the lines between topics that preview the path your audience will take through your presentation.

Pro Tip: Before jumping in, try sketching out a mind map of the main points you’d like to highlight. That way you’ll have a better idea of how to structure your content.

Adding topics

You can add more topics from the overview. To add another topic, simply click the drop-down next to the +Topic button in the left sidebar and choose a topic type. The new topic will be added to the end of the presentation’s path.

When adding a new topic, the style and format of the topic cover will copy the previously edited or selected topic.

Note: Clicking directly on the +Topic button adds a planet topic type by default.

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Pro Tip: For a clean look, use as few topics as possible, resize them to fit your canvas, and put them in a strategic position that supports your story.

Changing a topic’s position

To change a topic’s position, click and drag it to a new place on the canvas. You can also click to select a topic and move it with the arrow keys on your keyboard. Connectors automatically adjust when moving a topic.

Pro Tip: If you use a background image, it’s best to position topics so that they complement the image.

Deleting a topic

You can delete a topic by selecting it and pressing BACKSPACE/DELETE on your keyboard, or by using right-click (CTRL/CMD+click) and selecting “delete” from the context menu.

Editing connectors

Click on a connector to select it, or double-click to select all of the connectors at the same time. You can change a connector’s thickness, color, and opacity from the context toolbar. If you want to make a connector invisible, drag the opacity marker to the left. You can also add a customized color using its hexadecimal code or by selecting it from the color chooser.

Topic types

Topics organize key information and structure your presentation into meaningful sections to convey your message. There are two types of topics: planet and stack. Each topic type helps you present content in a distinct way.

Planet

Planets have subtopics that orbit the main idea and are best used to separate related content. Use this type if you want to break your topic up into subtopics or advanced subtopics, jump to different areas of your content, or give your audience a preview of your main ideas for better orientation.

Stack

Stacks contain pages of content that display in a linear fashion. Use this type if you want to reveal content to your audience step by step. When you present with a stack topic, each page will display separately and in order. The left sidebar shows the number of pages in the stack and the order they will appear.

Adding pages to a stack

You can add additional pages to a stack, however cannot add further subtopics. To add a page, enter the stack topic or subtopic and simply click +Page in the left sidebar. The new page will be added to your path.

Subtopics

Subtopics organize content by showing relationship between details and information in your topics. A subtopic can be either a planet or a stack, however your options for adding additional subtopics change depending on the type you use.

Adding subtopics to planets

Planets allow you to add planet or stack subtopics to its orbit. To add a subtopic, enter the planet topic or subtopic and click +Subtopic in the left sidebar. 

Topic and subtopic covers

Topic and subtopic covers are the customizable layer of text and visuals that hide the content within them. To learn about editing covers, check out this article.

Note: Only planet and stack covers can be edited. The pages within a stack don’t have covers.

Advanced subtopics

Add depth to your structure by connecting multiple layers of subtopics that reveal when zooming in to your content. You can add planet structures to existing planet subtopics anywhere on your canvas, but cannot add planets to a stack. To expand your subtopic structure, enter a planet subtopic and click +Subtopic. Then, choose a planet as your topic type.

Pro Tip: When structuring your presentation, keep your audience in mind. Preview the path and organization of your topics and subtopics as you create your presentation. This will help manage your content so the audience doesn’t get lost.

 

Subtopic structure (aligned vs. personalized)

There are two options for the structure and layout of planet subtopics on your canvas.

Aligned

An aligned structure positions subtopics in a linear fashion along the "subtopic curve". You can adjust the placement and direction of this line on your canvas, but cannot separate the subtopics.

Personalized

This structure allows you to freely place subtopics anywhere on your canvas. Simply click+drag a subtopic to move it. The order subtopics appear when presenting is shown in the left sidebar.

To select the subtopic alignment:

  1. Click on a planet subtopic to select it.
  2. Click the "Structure type" button in the context toolbar and select either Aligned or Personalized.

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Reordering topics and subtopics

The order of your topics and subtopics appear in the left sidebar. When you click to enter a topic or subtopic, the left sidebar changes to show the order of the current view.

To reorder topics and subtopics, simply click on a thumbnail in the left sidebar and drag it to a new position. The topic, subtopic, or page that you reorder will automatically update on your presentation canvas. You can also click and drag to adjust the subtopic curve.

You can also customize the appearance of topics and subtopics by editing their covers, or by adjusting their size and color.

Deleting topics, subtopics, and pages

You can delete a topic, subtopic, or page by selecting it in the left sidebar and pressing BACKSPACE/DELETE on your keyboard, or by using right-click (CTRL/CMD+click) and selecting “delete” from the context menu.

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