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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Photo Album Picture Layouts

Thursday, June 30, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Once you create a Photo Album in PowerPoint 2010, you can do so much more with your photos such as reordering their sequence, changing their brightness and contrast levels, etc. However what might not be that apparent is that you can also make changes with the layouts of the individual slides -- such as how many pictures you want to be visible on a single slide. You can also choose to show slide titles (or not), or even show your pictures in full screen view where one individual picture fits the entire slide area. What choices you make will depend entirely upon you -- in this tutorial, you will be aware of these different choices.

Learn about Photo Albums picture layouts in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



The Media Browser is a new feature for PowerPoint 2011, and is a central repository of all media content that you can insert in your slides -- it contains six tabs, and in this tutorial, we will explore Photos, the first of these tabs. This tab provides you quick access to visual content within your iPhoto and Photo Booth collections.

Explore the Photos tab of the Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Photo Album in PowerPoint 2010 is not just limited to creating presentations that contain photos. After your photo album has been created, you can forget about its existence for a few days or months -- and then open the photo album presentation again, and edit it almost like you have just created it a moment ago! You can edit the photo content in many ways, since the Edit Photo Album dialog box provides abundant possibilities -- in this tutorial we'll explore some of these edit options.

Learn how to reorder, remove, and edit photos within photo album in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



There are two floating palettes available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- the Toolbox and the Media Browser. We have already explored the Toolbox, and its various tabs. The Media Browser is new for PowerPoint 2011, and is a central repository of all sorts of media content that you can insert in your slides -- since the Media Browser works in the same way in Office 2011 versions of Excel and Word, the content in these set of tutorials is relevant for those applications too.

Explore a quick walk-through of the Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



You have already learned how to create a Photo Album in PowerPoint 2010. Once the photo album has been created, you don’t reach a dead-end stop! In fact there is so much you can still do to make non-destructive edits to your photo album presentation. In this tutorial, you will learn about accessing the edit options within the Photo Album dialog box.

Learn how to access the Edit Photo Album options in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



In the previous tutorial about the Outline pane, you explored some options within the context menu -- here is a description of the advanced options found in the Outlining Toolbar -- but before we get there, you must understand the hierarchy of bullet levels in PowerPoint.

Learn about the advanced Outline Pane options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Monday, June 27, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



The adage, a picture is worth a thousand words has been heard more than a thousand times, and yet the truth in that statement still holds good, except in one scenario, and that is all about where the visuals actually came from? Many people are quite happy searching for keywords on Google’s image search (and similar search options on sites such as image searches on Bing and Yahoo!) -- they then copy / paste the visual content they find right into their slides!

Learn all about picture copyrights, and why you should not just copy images from the web.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



If you like to use many pictures in your PowerPoint presentations, then you’ll be glad to know that PowerPoint can import pictures in several formats – from the ubiquitous JPG to the ancient BMP. Whichever file format you use, importing tens or even hundreds of pictures into consecutive PowerPoint slides can be a chore – fortunately, the awesome Photo Album feature makes this task a simple affair -- follow these steps to create a Photo Album in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn how to create a photo album in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



The Slides/Outline pane in PowerPoint 2011 has already been introduced in a previous tutorial -- this page builds on it, and explores the various outline options available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. This pane looks and works almost the same as it does in previous versions of PowerPoint for Mac -- the Slides/Outline pane is normally placed on the left side of the interface.

Learn about the basic Outline Pane options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Friday, June 24, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Yury Uskov is a founder and CEO of iSpring Solutions Inc., an innovative software company focused on providing professional e-Learning authoring tools based on PowerPoint. Yury has a Masters degree in Software Engineering, and since 2001 has been working in the rich media industry inspired with the idea of making the best solutions for online presentation delivery. iSpring products are widely recognized as robust, effective, and extremely easy to use with outstanding price/quality ratio. iSpring is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

In this conversation, Yury discusses iSpring being the recipient of the the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Award.

Geetesh: What is the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Award all about, and how does the team at iSpring feel about winning the Gold Medal this year?

Yury: Brandon Hall Group is a leading research firm in training and development whose opinion is rightfully considered by many as impartial and trustworthy. This is why Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Awards have become a token of acknowledgement for e-Learning professionals.

iSpring’s Gold award for the Best Advance in Technology for Rapid Authoring is an authoritative recognition of the high quality of iSpring software, and a reputable acknowledgement of our company’s orientation to customer needs and continuous development.

Being one of the leading vendors in the e-Learning sphere, iSpring is focused on setting new standards of quality and functionality now and again, bringing even more advanced features and opportunities to e-Learning people.

Thousands of people also demonstrate their appreciation of what we do by buying our products every day. This gives us the inspiration to keep moving forward.

Geetesh: What are the strengths of iSpring's solutions that made it a strong contender for this award?

Yury: What would you prefer – eating the same bread loaf for several days or enjoying a new slice of deliciously fresh bread every day? I bet the second option is much better. At iSpring, we are focused on perfecting our products constantly so that our customer enjoys “fresh” software each time he or she uses it.

E-Learning authoring software is supposed to help the teacher to teach, and the student to learn. Our objective is to be beyond expectations of both. Developing new original features, we have enabled customers to share their ideas successfully and inspire further interest in learning.

Paying much attention to development of advanced features, we also believe that e-Learning authoring software should be very handy. iSpring Presenter makes the creation of most sophisticated e-Learning courses easy, and fulfills the requirements of both e-learning professionals and new users.

iSpring Presenter beautifully preserves advanced features of PowerPoint keeping the author’s original idea undistorted. It also contributes to the creation of the course with its own unique features like narration recording, content protection, built-in QuizMaker, etc.



Being sold in the market where the price diversification starts from $99 and ends with $999, iSpring appears to be a happy medium providing the astonishing price/quality ratio in the market.

iSpring is committed to making e-Learning authoring easy. That's why we remain inspired to discover unique authoring features that help author to meet deadline with an outstanding result. Keeping our pricing affordable, we are keen on bringing iSpring software to perfection to help e-learning people teach, learn and cooperate more effectively.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Once you have inserted an organization chart (org chart) within PowerPoint 2010, you might need to change the layout of the org chart. The "layout" means how the subordinate levels in the hierarchy branch out from top to bottom -- probably you want all subordinates flushed to the left, hanging to the right, or distributed evenly across a horizontal plane.

Learn how to change the layout of your organization chart in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



There may be circumstances when you want to compare two or more presentations side by side. In this tutorial you are going to learn how you can place presentations side by side and compare individual slides -- this is not a comprehensive compare option, but it does allow you to compare the slides.

Learn to compare presentation slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



You have already learned the differences between text placeholders and text boxes within PowerPoint 2010. Beyond those differences, almost everything else does work in the same way as far as formatting for text placeholders and text boxes is concerned. However, there is one more vital difference between a text placeholder and a text box.

Learn how to insert a text box in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 8:30 AM IST



Reusing slides that you already have is a good idea as long as you make sure you are not using outdated content! I always suggest you to first create and import an outline so that you have a structured presentation in place -- thereafter, use the option that lets you import slides so that you can add more slides or even replace existing ones. Finally you can add any new slides that you need to create from scratch.

Learn how to reuse slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:03 AM IST



Heidi JackmanHeidi Jackman is the CMO of SlideRocket. Heidi is a senior Marketing professional with twenty years' experience in high technology marketing, e-commerce and product management. Heidi was most recently at Intuit and is recognized as one of the primary thought leaders for the online world, she created Intuit's first "Web Center of Excellence" and played an integral role in implementing Intuit's "web first" strategy.

In this interview, Heidi discusses the findings of an independent survey that claims a quarter of Americans would rather give up sex than sit through a PowerPoint.

Geetesh: Tell us about this survey you just did where so many respondents preferred to give up sex rather than sit through a PowerPoint presentation.

Heidi: This survey transpired as a result of SlideRocket's presentation revolution - where they are giving professionals the tools they need to present, engage and persuade audiences in any setting. SlideRocket’s interactive capabilities like audio, video, rich media and instant feedback capture the audience’s attention, regardless of time or location. The SlideRocket HTML5 mobile player powers stunning presentations anywhere, from any device, enabling mobile professionals to deliver the perfect pitch with smooth transitions, crystal clear videos and animations that stay true to design. PowerPoint Survey Infographic 2 (SlideRocket)Additionally, SlideRocket’s content gallery provides inspirational presentations created by nationally renowned speakers and sales experts, ready-to-use presentations available for customization and presentation themes designed to help sales and marketing pros close the deal.

IBOPEZogby International was commissioned by SlideRocket to conduct an online survey of 1,003 adults using office software on a daily basis. A sampling of IBOPEZogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender, education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 3.2 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups. The MOE calculation is for sampling error only.

Geetesh: Where do you think the fault lies – is it in PowerPoint as a slide format, or is it in the way PowerPoint presentations are designed?

Heidi: It's not really PowerPoint's fault. The reality is that PowerPoint was built 25 years ago and was not built for the current collaborative working environment or for new delivery mediums and has simply become outdated. It just doesn’t work with the way that we do business today - it's a static one-way conversation. SlideRocket, on the other hand, reimagines what a presentation program can do and brings it into the 21st century.

For additional information, check out SlideRocket Zogby Survey Release

See Also: Nine Things You Can Do In SlideRocket That You Can't Do In PowerPoint (link goes to Flickr)

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



After inserting an Organization Chart (org chart) in PowerPoint 2011, you might need to add more shapes to your org chart. The default org chart that PowerPoint places has a few shapes but you might want to add more shapes -- as well as more hierarchy levels for the new shapes you want to add. Fortunately, you can make these additions and edits with just a click or two.

Learn how to add more shapes to an existing Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



Drawing shapes in PowerPoint is drop-dead easy with the vast repertoire of readymade shapes available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You can easily insert these shapes with a click or two, but some tricks can help you take these shapes further -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how you can draw a perfect square.

Learn how to draw a perfect square in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



You have already learned how to draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2010. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw a hyperbola in PowerPoint using the drawing tools available in PowerPoint 2010. So what is a hyperbola -- it is essentially composed of a smooth curve that is not too different from a parabola, but this smooth curve also has a mirrored image of itself so that the finished shape looks like two infinite bows.

Learn how to draw a hyperbola in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST




Like many other tasks you do in PowerPoint, inserting a new slide can be done in multiple ways. You just need to find a way that works best for you -- the following steps show you how you can do this simple task in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn how to insert a new slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Monday, June 20, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:00 AM IST



Cliff AtkinsonCliff Atkinson is an acclaimed writer, popular keynote speaker, and an independent consultant to leading attorneys and Fortune 500 companies. He designed the presentations that helped persuade a jury to award a $253 million verdict to the plaintiff in the nation's first Vioxx trial in 2005, which Fortune magazine called "frighteningly powerful." Cliff's bestselling book Beyond Bullet Points was named a Best Book of 2007 by the editors of Amazon.com, and it expands on a communications approach he has taught at many of the country's top law firms, government agencies, business schools and corporations.

In this interview, Cliff discusses the release of the third edition of this book, Beyond Bullet Points.

Geetesh: Now in its third edition, your book “Beyond Bullet Points” has been such a big success – tell us more about what it means to move beyond bullet points?

Cliff: In the conventional approach to presentations we tend to create lists of facts, and simply show and tell those to our audiences thinking that will get the results we want. Time and experience shows that this approach falls flat, when our audiences walk away bored, confused and frustrated. Moving beyond bullet points means tapping into the power of story structure to make an emotional connection with your audience at the start, and then making your main points as clearly and memorably as possible. Beyond Bullet Points Live CoursesThis shifts our approach from using PowerPoint as a typewriter for our notes, to using the same tool as a filmmaker uses a storyboard to tell a story visually.

Geetesh: What’s different in this third edition compared to the older releases of your book?

Cliff: Where the second edition was a major revision of the first, the third edition is a streamlined version of the second, featuring new presentation examples that show you the BBP approach in action.

Geetesh: Do the users who move go back to their old way of using PowerPoint?

Cliff: Anyone who wants to use PowerPoint more effectively has to face the reality of PowerPoint culture – even if you manage to tell a clear story and get to the point, your boss may say “That’s fine, but that’s not the way we do things here, so put the bullet points back.” In the face of a particularly strong PowerPoint culture, people are finding success when they shift focus away from the slides and to the results of the slides. When one presenter used BBP in the courtroom and told a powerful story while his opponent used dry bullet points, he got the results he wanted – a dramatic verdict in his favor.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Several previous tutorials have explored the different drawing tools in PowerPoint 2010, and how they work -- we have worked with line drawing tools such as line, curve, freeform, and scribble. Using these line tools, you can draw almost anything in PowerPoint that you normally draw in high-end illustration programs. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2010 using some of these drawing tools.

Learn how to draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



Whenever you launch PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, you are typically presented with the PowerPoint Presentation Gallery. This gallery allows you to set all attributes of your new presentation, such as a preset Theme or template. You have many other choices to make as well, and fortunately most of these choices are optional -- you will learn about all these options in this tutorial.

Learn about PowerPoint Presentation Gallery and its elements in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Friday, June 17, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 4:19 PM IST



First of all, an organization chart in PowerPoint 2010 is not another option on the Insert tab of the Ribbon. It is just one of the many variants of SmartArt graphics you can insert in your slide in PowerPoint 2010 (and PowerPoint 2007). An organization chart graphically represents the management or hierarchical structure of an organization. If you want to illustrate the reporting relationships in your company or organization, you can create a SmartArt graphic using the Organization Chart variant.

Learn how to add an organization chart in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 4:13 PM IST



Drawing shapes in PowerPoint is drop-dead easy with the vast repertoire of readymade shapes available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You can easily insert these shapes with a click or two, but some tricks can help you take these shapes further -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how you can draw a perfect circle.

Learn how to draw a perfect circle in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 3:03 PM IST



Dmitri TcherevikDmitri Tcherevik is the CEO and founder of MightyMeeting, a mobile collaboration and social sharing company. Prior to starting MightyMeeting, Dmitri was the CTO at FatWire, the largest independent web experience management company. FatWire acquired Infostoria, an Enterprise 2.0 company that Dmitri started after he left Computer Associates, where he was responsible for technology strategy and a number of innovative products and initiatives.

In this interview, Dmitri discusses MightyMeeting, and how end users can benefit from this mobile meeting platform.

Geetesh: What exactly is MightyMeeting, and what possibilities does it present to the end users?

Dmitri: MightyMeeting is a mobile presentation tool for every smart phone or tablet user. It is often used for presenting on-the-go, sometimes at a moment’s notice.

Users can put their presentations and demo videos in the cloud and access them anywhere from any device. One can connect a mobile device to a projector and present to a room full of people. One can also start an online meeting and present to the whole world directly from a smart phone or tablet.

MightyMeeting is popular with executives, entrepreneurs, sales people, college professors, doctors, and other professionals who need to present when away from the office.

Our focus on mobility and the mobile user differentiates MightyMeeting from other web conferencing services, such as WebEx, GoToMeeting, and others.

While other services may have iPhone or iPad applications, the reach of their technology is limited by the legacy infrastructure that was designed for fast and reliable office networks. For instance, many such apps can be used to attend a meeting but cannot be used to host a meeting or share a presentation from a mobile device.

In contrast, we built MightyMeeting from the ground up to work with mobile devices and unreliable wireless networks. Dropped calls and slow networks are not exceptions. They are part of the picture. This makes a big difference.

Geetesh: MightyMeeting works with existing technologies such as PowerPoint, iPhone, etc. – can you tell us more about these features?

Dmitri: MightyMeeting is available for the iPhone, iPad, TouchPad, and a range of Android phones and tablets. We also offer a lightweight HTML-only web application that runs on any device with a web browser.

When a user creates a free account on our site, they receive a unique email address. MightyMeeting users upload presentations by simply emailing them to this address from any device or any application. In a matter of minutes, a presentation is available to be viewed online or shared in a meeting. Presentations can be emailed in Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe PDF format.

We also make it super easy to join an audio conference. There are no dial-in numbers or passcodes to remember. You tap one button, and MightyMeeting calls your phone and joins you into the meeting. This feature will be making its debut on the TouchPad next month, when the device is launched by HP.

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posted by Geetesh on 2:49 PM IST



You have already learned about all the amazing stuff you can do with connectors in your PowerPoint 2010 slides -- all the way from drawing connectors to formatting connectors. Many times when you draw connectors between shapes, the connector may use the shortest path between two shapes -- this might mean that your connector overlaps other shapes, text boxes, or any other object that you don't want to overlap. You might have another reason to use a longer connector between two shapes as well -- whatever your reason may be, the good news is that you can easily reroute your connectors -- either automatically or manually.

Learn how to use the yellow diamond handle to reroute connectors in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 2:15 PM IST



We already learned about the file types PowerPoint 2011 for Mac can save -- but when you go and look at the file types that PowerPoint 2011 can open, you'll find that the list of file types is not exactly the same. Several file types may be common -- when you access the Open dialog box in PowerPoint 2011, you can choose the file type you want to open.

Learn about various file types which can be opened in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 1:55 PM IST



When a connector is drawn to link two shapes together, it gets attached to a certain point on both shapes. These points are typically those that show red squares when you are attaching them to a connector. Sometimes you may attach your connector to the wrong red square, and may need to detach it from that point, and attach it somewhere else. Or maybe you connected to the wrong shape altogether, and now want to detach the connector from one shape and attach it to another.

Learn how to detach, re-attach, and delete connectors in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 1:49 PM IST



How many file formats (types) can PowerPoint 2011 save to? If you count every single format from the necessary to the irrelevant (and forget the missing ones), then the number is 20 file formats for PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, the latest Mac version of this program! Some of these could be genuinely helpful for non-conventional reasons.

Learn about various file formats that PowerPoint 2011 for Mac allows you to save as.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:21 AM IST



Xara Designer Pro 7 is the newer version of Xara Designer Pro 6, and this new version offers many enhanced or new features. There are new website and website presentation tools, and some new extras on the non-web design front as well. Xara Designer Pro 7 is a single application for all types of creative, graphic work, whether it's vector drawings, desktop publishing, photo composition, web graphics or Flash animation.

Read the Indezine review of Xara Designer Pro 7.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Although almost everything within the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 works so well, you can still customize it as you want by clicking the Customize Toolbox button located at the upper-right corner of the Toolbox. This flips over the Toolbox interface, and displays the Toolbox Settings dialog box.

Learn how to customize the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



The Compatibility Report tab is the last tab within the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. This tab helps you if the presentations you create in PowerPoint 2011 need to be shared with others who are using other versions of PowerPoint -- on either the Mac or even on Microsoft Windows. Within this tab, you can check compatibility of any open presentation with other versions of PowerPoint. The Compatibility Report provides info on every compatibility feature for any version of PowerPoint since Office 97, and it can tell you whether objects (and other features) in your presentation are compatible with other versions. In addition, it also offers to fix some incompatibilities for you.

Learn about the Compatibility Report tab within the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Monday, June 13, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 11:24 AM IST



Once you add a connector to link shapes in PowerPoint 2010, you can then format their line thickness, dash attributes, etc. to match your requirements. Connectors are just like conventional lines in PowerPoint, even as far as their formatting options are concerned -- so changing the color attributes of a connector is almost like changing the color of any line, as you will learn in the following steps.

Learn how to change color of connectors in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 10:55 AM IST



You have already explored both the Custom Animation and Scrapbook tabs of the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. In this tutorial, you will learn more about Reference Tools, the third tab in the Toolbox. This area provide quick access reference resources such as the thesaurus, dictionary, language translations, and web searches. Some of these options require that you are connected online.

Learn about the Reference Tools tab within the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Friday, June 10, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 10:48 AM IST



Connectors may be different than lines in certain ways because they are linked to the shapes they connect -- move the linked shape, and the connector repositions itself with the shape. Yet in other ways, connectors are just like conventional lines in PowerPoint, especially when you explore their formatting options. You can thus add arrowheads to your connectors (or remove them), make your connector a dashed line rather than an undashed one, and also change the thickness of the connector.

Learn how to format connectors in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



We have already explored the Toolbox within PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, and how its various tabs are chock-a-block with options that let you work easily with your slide objects.. The second tab within the Toolbox is called the Scrapbook, and what the Scrapbook does in itself is very unique because it is one of the very few features only available in PowerPoint for Mac, with no equivalent option for Windows users of PowerPoint. Yes, it is an extension of the clipboard, which even Windows users have access to, but the Scrapbook is a clipboard that can be cataloged and saved for future use.

Learn about the Scrapbook tab within the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011
posted by Geetesh on 12:28 PM IST



You have already learned that there are essentially three types of connectors that you can use to link shapes in PowerPoint 2010 -- also you can add any of these three connectors (straight, elbow, or curved) as per your requirements. However, what will you do if you added a connector of one type and later realize that you should have used a different type? You need not delete that connector, and draw another one because PowerPoint 2010 allows you to change from one connector type to another fairly easily.

Learn how to change between connector types in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



The first tab within the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 is the Custom Animation tab. This tab provides options to reorder, change, and remove existing animations on your slides. To use any of the options in this tab, you must have a slide object that has animation added to it.

Learn about the Custom Animation tab within the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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