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A cartogram is a visual that is driven by geography. It explores sizes or distances visually. Cartograms come in various types. The easiest and most effective cartograms you can create within PowerPoint are distance cartograms. These distance cartograms are now becoming extremely popular, but creating them requires a fair amount of time and knowledge. But we've made this task easier for you. Try our "Distance Cartogram PowerPoint templates" kit. This kit contains ready-to-use templates that come with three types of distance cartogram samples, one each for Air Fares, Flight Times, and Driving Distances. You can easily change the topics, names and values as required. Remember that each larger circle you see in these cartogram graphics are not really circles – these are all individual donut shapes, sized perfectly for you so that you don’t have to work harder in creating and arranging them perfectly!
Download and use these cartograms in your slides.
Categories: diagrams, graphics, powerpoint
Before we explore distance cartograms, let us first understand what a cartogram is. A cartogram is a combination of a chart/diagram and a map and represents data in a way that makes it easier for the audience to grasp the point. We will not explore the creation of Area Cartograms in PowerPoint since that's out of the scope of what you would be expected to create within a slide program! However, it's entirely and easily possible to create a Distance Cartogram using PowerPoint's native Shapes and the Merge Shape commands.
Learn how to create a Distance Cartogram in PowerPoint.
Categories: diagrams, graphics, powerpoint_2013, tutorials
This week we bring you another exclusive interview with renowned author Nancy Duarte, who discusses her new book, Slidedocs. We then explore the mystery behind the missing "Video from Web Site" option in PowerPoint. Old time PowerPoint 2003 users can learn about Slide Layouts. And PowerPoint Touch users can explore how they can add and select shapes. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about tables, lines, and inserting Excel spreadsheets.
And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
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Categories: templates, powerpoint
Once you insert a new table on your PowerPoint slide, probably the very next task you would want to do is to fill the cells with required content. There are more than one of ways in which you can populate your table with content in PowerPoint 2013. In this tutorial we'll explore these ways -- let us start with exploring the ways to navigate from cell to cell within a table.
Learn how to populate table cells with content you type or paste from the Clipboard.
Categories: powerpoint_2013, tables, tutorials
Drawing with the Scribble line tool is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line tool -- but there is one vital difference. You don't need to double click to create an end point for your line with the Scribble tool. Also, once you start drawing with the Scribble tool, you can’t release the mouse button until you finish drawing. So, you can’t draw a perfect straight line as you would do with the Freeform line tool. The point where you release the mouse button will be the end point for the drawing. In many ways thus, the Scribble tool mimics real life usage as you draw with a pencil on a piece of paper. Your line stops drawing the minute you stop drawing it without having to double-click.
Learn how to draw with the Scribble line tool in PowerPoint 2013.
Categories: powerpoint_2013, shapes, tutorials
Until some time ago, you could insert a video clip from a web site such as YouTube into your PowerPoint slide. Within PowerPoint 2010, this Insert Online Videos option lets you easily achieve an acceptable result. Within the Insert tab of the Ribbon, you would find a Video button. Click the button, and there would be three options in the resultant menu. This included the Video from Web Site option. But magically, it may seem – this option may have disappeared from the Video drop-down gallery within PowerPoint 2010!
Learn why the Video from Web Site option is missing in PowerPoint 2010.
Categories: powerpoint_2010, tutorials, video
Many times, you can manage with a table within PowerPoint instead of an actual Excel spreadsheet. This is especially true when you want your table content to have a consistent look and feel with the rest of your slide. However, tables are dumb -- they cannot work with formulas or even do the most basic functions that Excel provides. So there may be times when you would want a real Excel spreadsheet within your slides rather than a table.
Learn how to insert an Excel spreadsheet in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.
Categories: excel, powerpoint, tables, tutorials
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