Clippy returns as Powerpoint Designer

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Click to view 3-step instructions to turn Powerpoint Designer off.

Remember “Clippy” the allegedly helpful paperclip that rolled out with Microsoft Word about 25 years ago?

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Well Microsoft are at it again with the “Design Ideas” panel that pops up whenever you do something. Create a powerpoint, there it is. Paste an image, up it pops. It’s Clippy by another name.

And I’m not the only one who finds this annoying. There’s a whole page of “How do I turn this bloody thing off” pages in Google search and other engines.

Enough talking! How do I turn it off?

  • Open Powerpoint

  • Click File > Options > General

  • Scroll down to Powerpoint Designer

  • Untick/Uncheck Automatically show me design ideas

  • Click Ok.