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Rulers in PowerPoint 2016

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

When working with multiple slide objects, you should have a visual cue about where you are placing slide objects. You can get exact coordinates of your slide objects using the positioning options in PowerPoint -- but most of the time, you just need an approximate idea of where your objects are placed -- and this can be easily obtained by using the Rulers option available in PowerPoint. By default, the Rulers may not be visible, but when made visible -- they are located on the top and left parts of the active slide.

Learn about viewing and using Rulers in PowerPoint 2016.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST

We bring you an exclusive conversation with Kurt Dupont, who discusses his Dynamic WEATHER add-in for PowerPoint. We also look at AKVIS Neon, a new Photoshop plug-in that converts your pictures into glowing lines.

We explore interface options in the new PowerPoint 2016. This week we look at the Slide Area, Task Panes, Slides Pane, Normal View, and then Presenter View. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Have you created all your slides -- and now you want to show it in front of an audience? Or you just want to use this slide deck in a webinar, or even see them yourself to understand how they look in full screen view? In that case, the view that plays your presentation in full screen mode is Slide Show view.

Learn about Slide Show view in PowerPoint 2016.

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Monday, November 23, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

Do you want to give a fresh look to your slides? Do you want them to stand out of the crowd?

Then you should consider adding watercolor elements such as stripes or arrows. These are great to express uniqueness and creativity.

Such an aquarelle painting style is one of the new emerging trends in graphic design. We see such effects also in business presentation design. Maybe it's even the new successor of today's ever-present flat design look? Time alone will tell. Yet, this is definitely a style you should consider if you want to stand out of the crowd.

For a start, here is a slide I made using a watercolor shape.

Watercolor Title Slide in PowerPoint

You can use the watercolor elements in various ways -- to make an entire presentation theme. Or you can use a single watercolor stripe inside your classic formal style. Such single stripes can be an unusual underline of a keyword or a quote, which everybody will notice. Adding such elements works wonders, especially if you have series of text-heavy and monotonous slides. You can make a strong visual break in the form of an atypical transition slide with such watercolor stripes.

Watercolor Style Stripe Graphic in a PowerPoint slide

Watercolor shapes can similarly also replace:

  • Slide title background
  • Bullet points
  • Headlines of text fields or the whole text area placeholder
Watercolor Graphics can replace typical PowerPoint elements

To see an example of the whole presentation made using only watercolor elements, check my Slideshare deck with 7 Tips for Stress-free Conference Presentations.

Notice how watercolor goes nicely together with a white icon on the top of the background. It creates interesting, subtle illustrations, underlining the message but not overdoing it.

Where can you get such watercolor pictures? If you have time, you can probably paint it yourself on paper and scan it. The last time I was doing it with our designer, we had great fun, especially as we did it together with kids :).

We have uploaded our set of Watercolor shapes in this slide deck. Here's a $5 discount for all Indezine readers. You will need to use the voucher code: IndezineWatercolor. This code is valid till end of 2015, and works on all graphics from our infoDiagram site.

Take a look at my Pinterest board where I collect samples of various watercolor designs used in a business environment.

Watercolor Style Graphics for PowerPoint

To give it a try, get one watercolor arrow free! You'll find it inside our infoDiagram free hand drawn shapes sample.
Peter ZvirinskyPeter Zvirinsky is co-founder of InfoDiagram.com. Peter is a big fan of simple visual communication, and is especially passionate about using diagrams instead of text. Prior to starting his own business, he had been a trainer and head of marketing in an data analytics consultancy. There he learned the importance of explaining complex things by simple infographic diagrams.

You can follow Peter on Twitter at @Peter_iDiagram and also learn more with him at his blog.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Each slide in your PowerPoint deck can have some notes associated with it -- and these are placed in the Notes Pane area. Do you want to print all these slide notes? Yes, you can -- however very few people realize that you can print these notes in the form of a properly structured Notes Page. This might be among the least used PowerPoint options -- but this certainly is among the most useful ones!

Learn about Notes Master view in PowerPoint 2016.

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Friday, November 20, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

PowerPoint 2016 continues providing several views that enable you to view and edit your slides. Unarguably, Normal view is the default and most often used view. This view displays one slide at a time in the Slide Area, and is used mainly for editing and creating slides, and shows PowerPoint's typical tri-pane interface that includes the Slides Pane, the Slide Area, and the Notes Pane. If you cannot see the Slides Pane in Normal view, scroll down this page to read a tip that will help you restore that pane.

Learn about Normal view in PowerPoint 2016.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

PowerPoint 2016's work area below the Ribbon continues to be tri-paned -- these three panes comprise the Slides Pane, the Slide Area, and the Notes Pane. The Slides Pane is the thin strip on the left side of the PowerPoint 2016 interface that contains thumbnails of all your slides. Within Normal view, the Slide Pane allows you to move slides easily from one position to the other just by dragging and dropping.

Learn about the Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016.

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