Turning a Community Item into a Microsoft Sway

Blog Post created by awilliams on Mar 25, 2017

Did you know?

Did you know you could export something you find here in the community as a PDF? Sure it feels a little anti-social and that is antithesis to the community, but Canvas is Open for a reason, and sometimes you just want or need a PDF!


But what fun is a PDF anyway?

Well, that's really up to you. But there's been a fair amount of talk about microsoft sway lately, and I tried it out and initially found it a bit underwhelming. At least for creating content from scratch. It does, however, seem to do a good job of adding a bit of modern web aesthetics to an already well-done existing document. Let's use this wonderful blog post about embedding websites into Canvas using the redirect tool by Keegan Long-Wheeler.


Once we have the PDF, simply head over to and click "Start from a document."


You can spend as much time as you like tweaking the design, and for that matter I guess you could've played around with the PDF beforehand, but really, ain't nobody got time for that! I appreciate that this can be done in a matter of minutes if one isn't too picky about design perfection.


What to do with this sway, anyway?

You could share it, that's a start and easy to do by simply clicking the share icon. There's social media options as well as a direct link and embed code. "Wait, did he just say embed code!?" That's right friends, embed code! If you don't already know about Canvas' openness and the joy and sense of power that can come from embedding things, go have a look at Laura Gibbs' fine work.