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Animate Bubble Charts in PowerPoint with Morph

Friday, February 24, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

OK, the title of this post is missing an important word, but I won't tell you about the missing word right away. First, let us remember Hans Rosling, who died on 7 February 2017 aged 68. He was an amazing speaker, and his TED talks have been viewed many times. He was also known for his non-profit organization, Gapminder, which he founded with his son Ola and daughter-in-law Anna. Hans Rosling played with data by literally moving data with his hand gestures in fascinating ways.

And that's the topic of today's post. Fellow MVP, Nolan Haims created this amazing tribute video, in which he also shares a Rosling-inspired PowerPoint technique.

Nolan HaimsI put forth some questions to Nolan:

Geetesh: Nolan, what inspired you most about Hans Rosling?

Nolan: The thing that continually inspired me (and probably most people) about Hans Rosling was his unbridled enthusiasm and passion for data and being able to bring it to life visually to tell a story.

Geetesh: What was your eureka moment like when you realized that you could create Hans Rosling like charts with PowerPoint’s Morph transition?

Nolan: I have for a while been breaking charts apart for various reasons including breaking bubble charts apart to make use of the proportionally sized circles. As soon as Morph was introduced, I immediately tried it out on charts and was disappointed to learn that it only really worked on shapes. But then I quickly thought that if you could turn a chart into shapes, Morph would work. A couple of quick tests later I was morphing bubble charts. Interestingly, it is harder to break apart simpler charts like bar and columns into separate shapes to do something similar with them, but I’m working on it…

And that's the reason I mentioned that the title is misleading. It should have read, "Animate Fake Bubble Charts in PowerPoint with Morph!"

TED Talks: Hans Rosling

See Also: Talk Like a Rosling: Conversation with Rob Dysell

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

There are many, many options as far as inserting pictures from online sources within PowerPoint are concerned. Other than using the Bing Image Search options, you can also access Flickr. Flickr is probably the greatest online resource for pictures uploaded by photographers and enthusiasts all over the world. However, unlike with the Bing option, PowerPoint does not allow you to simply go and insert anyone's Creative Commons licensed pictures from Flickr.

Learn how to insert pictures from Flickr in PowerPoint 2016.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

If you use PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program on Windows, then here's a quick question for you. Do you know which version you are using? And if the version question seemed easy, do you know what sort of license you have for Microsoft Office?

If you know the answers to both these questions, or even if you don't, this post is for you. Let us explore easy ways to identify version and license details for Microsoft Office on your Windows system.

Broadly speaking, new versions come with new features. For example, PowerPoint 2013 for Windows introduced the Eyedropper tool, Enhanced Presenter View, and other niceties.

However, the introduction of new features is no longer dependent upon the release of a new version—your license type may provide you with new features even a new version is not released yet! Yes, we are talking about Office 365 Subscription licenses that bring you new features every few months. That's the reason why it is important to find out whether you have a Subscription (Office 365) or a Perpetual (Retail) product license installed!
We have used PowerPoint for all the screen shots. However, the same process should also work with Word, Excel, and other Office programs. Follow these steps:

  1. Run PowerPoint. If you see the Presentation Gallery, opt to create a new presentation, or alternatively open any existing presentation. Yes, you do not want to create or edit presentations now—but PowerPoint will not let you identify it under the hood unless you open a presentation first! We just created a new presentation, as shown in Figure 1 below.

    PowerPoint for Windows interface
    Figure 1: Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows interface

  2. Next choose the File | Account menu option, as shown in Figure 2 below.

    PowerPoint for Windows About
    Figure 2: About PowerPoint

  3. You will see an updated screen, as shown in Figure 3, below. Do notice that you can see that no information about any subscription is shown. Note that you can read the Product Activated and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 indications, as highlighted in red.

    PowerPoint for Windows Retail
    Figure 3: Office Retail License

    The same dialog from a subscribed version will show a different license type: Subscription Product and Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, as you can see highlighted in red within Figure 4 below (compare with Figure 3).

    PowerPoint for Windows 365
    Figure 4: Office 365 Subscription License

  4. Do you want to see the actual version number of the product? To do so, click the About PowerPoint button, highlighted in blue in both Figures 3 and 4. This will load up the dialog boxes shown in Figures 5 and 6 below.

    PowerPoint for Windows Retail License
    Figure 5: Office Retail License Details

    PowerPoint for Windows Subscription License
    Figure 6: Office Subscription License Details

    Although Microsoft names their releases with nomenclature such as Office 2016, Office 2013, etc., they follow a different nomenclature internally. Any version number that begins with "16" in the About dialog box indicates that you are running Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows.

    Similarly, any version number that begins with "15" indicates that you are running Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 7, below.

    PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
    Figure 7: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

    And any version number that begins with "14" indicates that you are running Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows

    Additionally, there may be other numbers after the 16, 15, or 14. Those other numbers indicate updates released after the initial first release.

Thank you so much, Anneliese Wirth, at Microsoft who helped me create this post.

See Also: Identify Your Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office on Mac

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Although you can search for pictures on Google Images or Bing, these pictures show in web browsers, and even then you cannot use most pictures in your slides since that would be a copyright violation. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides an option to search for pictures on Bing, which makes sure that you find Creative Common pictures so that you don’t end up being on the wrong side of the law. Even better, this Bing option shows picture search results directly within PowerPoint.

Learn how to insert pictures from Bing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

Video is the most powerful, pervasive, and performance-oriented media these days. No wonder then that everyone wants to upload videos to share on their sites, or on social media, or even upload via YouTube. In fact, many videos end up on your phone these days as attachments for WhatsApp and other social chat platforms. The problem though is the actual creation. Video creation is a time-consuming process and is not typically very easy to achieve when you want high-quality results. Our review product, Wondershare Filmora can help.

Let us explore Filmora, a quick video creation tool from Wondershare.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

A line (outline) in PowerPoint contains both points and segments. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between the dots. Among points and segments, we have already explored the types of points in PowerPoint 2016. We now explore the two types of Segments in PowerPoint 2016: Straight and Curved. Segments can be edited, and you can also convert a straight segment to a curved segment and vice versa, as you will learn in this tutorial.

Learn about Curved and Straight line segments within PowerPoint 2016.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST

We bring you night sky backgrounds that are starlit -- discover 5 backgrounds in amazing colors. We then interview Gavin McMahon who talks about his new Chart Chooser Cards he created with Dr. Stephanie D. H. Evergreen. We wind up the Identify Font Types series by showing how you can do so in Microsoft Windows 7. We also show you how you can create Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud Generator.

In the Tutorials section, we explore SmartArt for all versions of PowerPoint. Additionally, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about inserting SmartArt, converting bulleted text to SmartArt, editing points for Shapes, and adding or deleting points in shapes. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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