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PowerPoint Vs Canva: Pros & Cons

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Which is better, PowerPoint or Canva?

We've all heard of these two little gems that make our lives easier in some way. These two tools come to mind when creating a visually appealing proposal, a business presentation, or meeting slides.

But, which tool is the most effective? Let's go check out the various features of these incredible programs!


Let's start with Canva. Canva is a quick and easy free online tool for creating slides. It began with a desire to make graphic design easier for people and it grew from there. It is now used for everything from social media posts to presentations (which is what we'll be discussing here). It has grown tremendously in popularity with over 10 million users as of today.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Simplicity. As previously stated, it's simple to learn, simple to use, and a great starting point for those who have never designed anything before. If that sounds too difficult, they even provide an interactive tutorial when you first start.

  • Used In Branding. Canva is used by online course creators, online coaches, business coaches, and others to begin creating their branding colors. If you make presentations for your business regularly or are looking for a virtual assistant, you can save the fonts and colors you use the most within Canva.

Instead of having to enter them each time, your team or virtual assistant team can

easily access your template. If you do this frequently and don't mind spending a little

money, this may be worthwhile.

  • Free Features. If cost is your primary concern, Canva is an excellent choice. You can use any of Canva's templates for free, with no hidden fees. The only thing you'd have to pay for is one of the premium images they offer, and even then it's only $1 per image.


PowerPoint is up next. PowerPoint is a powerful yet user-friendly program for creating slide magic. It is a well-known, strong, and dependable brand.

It is a Microsoft product that is used to create presentations. It has a ton of cool features and can be used for almost anything you can think of. It is used by an astounding 500 million people worldwide.

Here are some pros of using PowerPoint.

  • Easy To Use. Canva is simple to use, but so is PowerPoint! The majority of the functions are extremely user-friendly and simple to understand simply by poking around. Everything is very well organized, and the ribbon is simple to use.

  • Increased Control During Presentations. Even if you create an aesthetically pleasing presentation, your audience may become bored. There are numerous things you can do in your presentation to keep people engaged!

In addition to inserting a video, you can create a hyperlinked table of contents to

jump from section to section, draw on the slide to get and direct people's attention

to a specific point, or use Control + B to turn the screen black and shift attention back

to you.

  • Hacks. There are numerous PowerPoint hacks and workarounds that can result in visually stunning slides. One example is using animations to introduce your points one by one, custom templates, and inserting video clips to mix things up and keep your audience engaged.

The Bottom Line

Just like most tools, both have their pros and cons. What do you think? When it comes to PowerPoint vs. Canva, which one are you more partial to?

Well, 8point8 chooses both. As a self-managing virtual assistant team, 8point8 team members are well versed in using both tools, depending on the task at hand. It all depends on what you're looking for: a quick and easy free program to quickly create some basic slides, or a powerful (but still user-friendly) program to truly create some magic.

If you need a team who could effectively design for you stress-free, book a call with us here.

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