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Prezi Glossary

David Hooker
posted this on April 24, 2013, 16:26

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The Prezi Glossary defines some of the terms that are unique to Prezi as well as many of the terms that you might encounter when putting a prezi together. There are links within this page that will open up a new manual page related to a specific feature as well as jump links that will take you to other definitions on this page.

We hope you enjoy reading it. If you have any comments on the definitions of any of the terms, or if you think there's something missing from the list, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.






Everything to do with you and Prezi. This can include the prezis in your prezi library, your billing information, right through to how many days you have left on your license.


To start, to bring to life.
In Prezi, we use this term for the process you need to complete shortly after you download Prezi for Windows / Mac. After you have successfully downloaded Prezi for Windows / Mac for the first time, you'll need to activate it before you can start to create offline presentations. 


To make different.


Lines that point to something.


The people lucky enough to see you presenting your latest awesome prezi


A visual representation of you. In Prezi these are the cute little icons that whiz around your canvas when several people are working in the same prezi.



Like, the best adjective ever. Awesome. 




The picture behind everything else. With Prezi these come in both normal and 3D versions.

Billing information

The information that we need to take money from you. We need this money in order to continue giving you the awesomeness that is Prezi. 


The collection of skin, bones, muscles, and other organic tissue used to store your brain and other vital organs.
It's also the name that Prezi gives to one of the font selections that you can set in the Theme Wizard.

Bracket Frame

A frame in the shape of two brackets.



Cancel Subscription

To end the recurring payment that is part of your prezi license. This won't delete any of your prezis or change their privacy status

Campus Ambassador

See Prezi Ambassador


See Prezi Canvas.


To alter.

Circle Frame

A frame in the shape of a circle. 

The Cloud

The online place where all of the things you upload are stored. Prezi is a cloud-based service, which means you can access it from any computer or device with an Internet connection.
As more and more stuff is put in the cloud, it becomes heavier and darker. However, experts are unconcerned as to what will happen when the cloud bursts and it starts to rain. 


To work together. 


Duplicate, clone. To make a separate but identical version of something. 


Cascading Style Sheets. Editing the CSS code can help you to refine the style of your prezi.

CSS Editor

Used for editing the CSS. Access this from the Theme Wizard.




Erase. Remove. Eliminate.
If you delete a prezi, it will never come back. If you delete a Prezi account, all the prezis within that account will never ever come back, but why would you want to do that?
Deleting an account is not the same as cancelling your subscription.


Not the same. 


The opposite of upload. To take something from the Internet and put onto your computer or mobile device. 




To change

Edit Mode

The Prezi Editor has two modes. Edit Mode is the one to use for editing of all your content. You know you're in Edit Mode when you see gridlines across your canvas and a big blue 'Present' button in the top-left corner of your screen. 

The Prezi editing interface as it appears on your screen.

EDU License

A special discounted license granted to anyone with a valid and active educational e-mail address. There are two kinds of EDU licenses -- EDU Enjoy and EDU Pro. 

Enjoy License

The middle child of prezi licenses. It comes with more space than an Public license, and full support too.


Get out of here. 




It's this thing that's kind of like MySpace.

Fade-in Animation

A feature that magically makes your content appear from out of nowhere. 


Frames are a key part of the Prezi experience. You can use them as placeholders for your content as well as points along your prezi's path. They come in four varities: Bracket, Rectangle, Circle, and Invisible.



 The typeface for your text. You can change your font choices in Prezi using the Theme Wizard


Using the whole of your screen. Great for making your awesome prezi viewable to everyone in your audience



Group (Content)

To put content together into a group.Group License

See Multiple License Account



Help Request

Sometimes called a support ticket. This is an e-mail that you send to our support team asking them for help with an issue you are having.

Home Button

Clicking this button will take you to an overview of your whole prezi.





A picture or photograph.

The Internet

A series of tubes

Invisible Frame

A frame that you can't see. Actually, you can see it in Edit Mode, but not in Present Mode.  



Keyboard Shortcut

A combination of keys that when pressed perform a certain function. In Prezi, these need to be turned on before they'll work.



Landing Page

The page which displays your prezi before you start to edit it. 

Left Sidebar

The bar on the left-hand side of the Prezi editor. Use this to edit your prezi's path.


The level of service that you have. See Prezi License.


To think something is at least on the way to being awesome. You can tell everyone of your Facebook friends that you like a prezi simply by clicking on the 'Like' button that appears on the landing page


Arrows without the pointing.


Lines of text that when clicked on take you to somewhere on the Internet




Multiple License Account

A set of licenses that are administered by one central account. For more informaiton on getting one of these, click here.




Not on the Internet


On the Internet




To move your prezi canvas left, right, up, down. Basically any direction except for zooming in and out


The route you and your audience take as you travel through the ideas in your prezi. 

Path Steps

The points on your path -- some people may (incorrectly) refer to these as "slides."

Portable Prezi

A prezi that has been magically compressed into a standalone file that can be presented anywhere without the need of an Internet connection. 


A software tool used for presentations. Some people use this.

PowerPoint Import

A feature within the Prezi editor that can bring the content of your PowerPoint file onto a prezi canvas.

PowerPoint Import Wizard

The tool that helps you turn your PowerPoint files into prezis. In short, it prezifies your slides.

Present Mode

The Prezi Editor comes in two modes. Present Mode is the one to use for showing off your prezi to others. You'll know you're in Present Mode when you can't see any gridlines on your canvas and there's no top menu on your screen. 

Present Online Link

This is a button that can be found on the landing page. Clicking it will give you a link that you can send to people. If these people open that link, they'll be able to see you present your prezi from anywhere in the world.


A zooming, panning, whole new way of communicating.

A Prezi

An individual example of the zooming, panning, whole new way of communicating.

Prezi Ambassador

Prezi's (unpaid) representatives at a school, college, or university. If you're interested in becoming one of these awesome people, you can read about how to realize that dream, here

Prezi Canvas

The clean, white, 3D space just waiting for your awesome ideas.

Prezi Desktop

The old name for the offline version of the Prezi editor that is available to Pro license holders. It's now called Prezi for Windows / Mac It means you can make prezis anywhere, even on a plane. Or a boat. It also works on trains. In fact pretty much every form of transportation that doesn't have wi-fi.

Prezi Expert

Someone who doesn't work for Prezi, but is brilliant at using Prezi. We have a list of experts on this page.


Prezi for iPad

Prezi, on an iPad. 

Prezi for iPhone / Prezi Viewer for iPhone

Like Prezi for iPad, but smaller.

Prezi License

The level of account you have with Prezi.  Licenses come in the following varieties: Public, Enjoy, EDU Enjoy, Pro, EDU Pro. You can click here for more information.  You're welcome.  

The URLs that you can send to people so that they can view or edit your prezis. They come in three varieties: Present online, Viewing, and Editing.


To sprinkle magic Prezi dust onto something and as a result make it more awesome.


A resume made using Prezi.

Privacy Status

The current status of who can and can't see your prezi.
Note: Only Enjoy, EDU Enjoy, Pro, and EDU Pro license holders can control who can and can't see their prezis.
Public license holders share all of their prezis with the world. 
For more on the various levels of privacy within prezi, including reusable prezis, go ahead and click here.  

Pro License

The most comprehensive and awesome prezi license. It has the most space, full support, and the potential to go offline with Prezi for Windows / Mac.

Public License

The most basic and cost-efficent Prezi license type, which amazingly is available to anyone with an e-mail address. It's a cool license, but not as great as Enjoy or as awesome as Pro.

Prezi for Windows / Mac

The computer application version of the Prezi editor. Formerly 'Prezi Desktop' It's now called Prezi for Windows / Mac. It means you can make prezis anywhere, even on a plane. Or a boat. It also works on trains. In fact pretty much every form of transportation that doesn't have Wifi.




Rectangle Frame

A frame in the shape of a rectangle.

Recurring Payment

A payment that happens again and again. With Prezi this happens once a year. The money you give us this way helps us to keep making this awesome thing that is Prezi. 


To change the size of something.


To use something once more.
When you make your prezi reusable (see Privacy Status), you make it possible for other people to use your inspiring prezi content to help them convey their ideas. Doing this makes you awesome.  


To turn something around its central axis.





To preserve or keep. With Prezi, to store the work you have done, so that you don't lose it.


To use together.


Definition missing. 


Something that doesn't need anything else. 


The heading above a body of text that comes underneath a title. It's also the name that Prezi gives to one of the font selections that you can set in the Theme Wizard.


In Prezi's case this means a feisty collection of dedicated individuals that make it their life goal to help you have the best possible Prezi experience.

Support Ticket

See Help Request.




A starting point for a new prezi.
This is effectively a prezi with a premade structure that you can put your content into. 



Text box

Words in a box. 
Prezi text boxes are easy to resize, rotate, and move thanks to the Transformation Tool.  


The theme of your prezi includes your choice of background, colors, and fonts. You can change your theme using the Theme Wizard found on the Top Menu.

Theme Wizard

The tool that you can use to edit your theme choices.


A small picture that represents something much larger.


The heading at the top of a body of text. It's also the name that Prezi gives to one of the font selections that you can set in the Theme Wizard.

Top Menu

The menu found at the top of the Prezi editor window. It consists of three main options that provide you with most of the awesome Prezi features.  


Transformation Tool

The all-in-one tool that you can use to manage your Prezi content. It's great because you can resize, rotate, and move your content all over your canvas with just one tool.
This the evolution of what was once called the Zebra.  



The thirty days during which you get to try the features of a Prezi Enjoy or Pro license for free. The offline features for Prezi for Windows / Mac also comes with a thirty day trial, something which is available to all license holders (including Public). 




The opposite of group. To take content that was grouped and give it freedom and independence. 


To make better. 


The opposite of download. To send something from your computer or mobile device to the Internet


Uniform Resource Locator. Or "links" as most people refer to them. These lines of text take you directly to a website. Also referred to as website addresses. Prezi uses unique URLs to link you to individual prezis. 




What you see on your screen at a specific moment. 

Send these links to anyone you want to be able to view your prezi. Viewing is all they'll be able to do. They won't be able to edit your prezi, they'll need an Editing Link for that. 




A wireless connection to the Internet

The Wire

The single greatest TV show ever. Fact. 


A little pop-up window that helps you control the options for a specific feature. Prezi has two wizards: The Theme Wizard and the PowerPoint import wizard.
Note: While these wizards do help you to work magic, they're not actually mystical men with long beards and an English accent.



Your Prezis

The page where all your prezis can be found. You can think of it as your library of zooming, panning, awesomeness.




Put out to pasture circa December 2012.
See Transformation Tool.

Zoom In 

Go closer to the details (make small things big).

Zoom Out

Move away from something (make big things small).






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