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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Chart Gridlines

Monday, June 30, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Gridlines are the lines that span wide and tall within the chart's Plot Area. These Horizontal and Vertical gridlines originate from the axes, which makes the data easier to comprehend for the viewer. Gridlines may emerge from both the horizontal and vertical axes, although by default you can see only Horizontal gridlines on the chart.



Learn about Chart Gridlines in PowerPoint 2013.

Categories: charting, powerpoint_2013, tutorials

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes and checks. PowerPoint includes 48 patterns such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle, and Zig Zag. When used with some caution, Patterns can make a great fill for your Plot Area, same like any other fill. In this tutorial, let us learn how to apply a Pattern fill to the chart's Plot Area in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how to apply pattern fills to the Plot Area of a chart in PowerPoint 2013.

Categories: charting, fills, powerpoint_2013, tutorials

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Friday, June 27, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



The Plot Area of a chart, which is transparent by default, can be enhanced with various fill types. But you should exercise some caution -- a busy Plot Area will subdue the actual chart! This can be avoided by taking a little precaution while choosing the fill type and also when you apply it. In this tutorial, we will explore texture fills.



Learn how to apply texture fills to the Plot Area of a chart in PowerPoint 2013.

Categories: charting, fills, powerpoint_2013, tutorials

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These combine-and-use stars symbols are already colored using popular colors – and since they are native PowerPoint objects, you can change their fills, lines, and effects. These stars are contained within a sample presentation you can download. Just copy the star clip art(s) you like and paste into another PowerPoint slide, or even a Word document or Excel worksheet.



Download and use these star shapes.

Categories: clip_media, graphics, powerpoint

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Picture fills can look great and distracting depending upon the type of picture you chose -- and the object that you fill with the picture can also make a difference. If you need to use a picture as a fill for your chart's Plot Area, then you must put in plenty of thought because you don't want to crowd your chart. Therefore you can use a picture, but it's best to use one that's muted enough and does not attract too much attention.



Learn how to apply picture fills to the Plot Area of a chart in PowerPoint 2013.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



PowerPoint provides an option to fill any shape with a solid fill color easily. But what if you want a specific color to be filled? Maybe you need to use specific colors that are part of your company's corporate identity. In that case, you will need to get an RGB value of that color. So what is RGB? RGB stands for Red, Green, and Blue -- and each of these three colors possess a value within the RGB color model. Let's now imagine that you have a particular RGB value that you want to use as a fill for any shape -- follow the steps below to learn how to add a rectangle of the color.



Learn about how to work with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Categories: color, office_mac, powerpoint_2011, tutorials

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Want to create an animated box that’s drawn in PowerPoint? This wasn't such an easy challenge after all because PowerPoint’s Motion Path and Wipe animations do not sync by default, even with the same timings! Once you learn the trick of overcoming this limitation, the results are quite easy to achieve.



Download and use these slides.

Categories: animation, graphics, powerpoint, presentation_samples

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another -- and if you use neutral or muted colors, then a gradient fill can provide a great, understated backdrop for your chart. In this tutorial, let us learn how to apply a gradient fill to the Plot Area of a chart.



Learn how to apply gradient fills to the Plot Area of a chart in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



In this issue, we first look at Analog Storyboards, and how we human beings have an amazing relation with touch and texture. We then have a guest post on a quick way to make color theory work on our slides.

PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about line weight for table borders. We also explore fills for Plot Area of charts, and rehearsing slide timings. PowerPoint 2010 users can explore inserting screenshots. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about creating curved shapes.

And finally, do not 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



Typically, the Plot Area sports no fill attributes, and thus shows the slide's background. You can apply any fill to your chart's Plot Area. The reason why you would like to do that is to highlight the Data Series and Gridlines that populate your chart's Plot Area, especially if you have a busy slide background. In this tutorial, let us learn how to apply a solid fill to the chart's Plot Area in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how to apply solid fills to the Plot Area of a chart in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, June 23, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Let us assume that someone has provided you with an RGB value for a color, and has asked you to add a rectangle of that color to a slide. Then how do you proceed? Before proceeding, make sure you know what RGB colors are, and specifically what the three values: R, G, and B indicate. Once you have these R, G, and B values, you can easily access that color within PowerPoint.



Learn about how to work with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2010.

Categories: color, powerpoint_2010, tutorials

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posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



These storyboard templates can be used for PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Prezi, or any other application that requires a story to begin with. Each sequence within the printed storyboard is related to a single slide or stop for your storyboard. Print these and use as required.



Download and use now.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



To use any of the options available within OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive), including the creation and editing of presentations in PowerPoint Online, you will have to first sign in with your Microsoft account. A Microsoft account (previously called a Windows Live ID) is essentially your account on any of Microsoft's services such as Hotmail, Outlook, XBox, Live, Zune, etc. In this tutorial, we explain how you can sign in.



Learn how to sign in to your OneDrive account.

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Friday, June 20, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Once you create your presentation slides, and you are happy with the results, it's time to practice your delivery, your timing, and your pace. More importantly, it is time to be comfortable with your slides. Nothing can help you better than PowerPoint's powerful Rehearse Timings feature that we will explore within this tutorial.



Explore the Rehearse Timings feature in PowerPoint 2013.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



These days we are cocooned in a virtual world, a world where our minds are encircled by new touch devices of all sorts. So does touch translate to some texture? Some grain? No – not at all. In today's world, touch means glass, metal, or plastic -- and all of them have flat, non-textured, and non-grainy surfaces. Other senses such as sound are absent too. There's no scribble of the pencil or the sound of paper being torn or turned.



Learn why we humans are more in tune with analog storyboards rather than electronic ones.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



In a chart, the Plot Area is the backdrop upon which other chart elements such as Data Series and Gridlines are placed. This layer has axes on its perimeter. By default, the Plot Area has no fill attributes, and is transparent. This may look plain, and that by itself is no reason to change the fill of the Plot Area. However, there are times when the slide background itself is busy -- and adding a different fill to the Plot Area can then make the chart appear more clear.



Learn how to apply fills to the Plot Area of a chart in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



You don't need a graphic design education. You don't need to "be designy" or "be artsy", you don't need to read 15 books on color theory. You can do it yourself, in minutes. But first we need to talk about why well designed presentations are important.



Read more in this post by Devesh Khanal.

Categories: color, guest_post, powerpoint, tutorials

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



In PowerPoint, you are provided with an extensive array of built-in shapes that help you create great looking graphics for your slides. PowerPoint shapes can be manipulated by dragging their diamond handles and also by combining them -- but at times, you may not achieve the exact appearance you want. For instance, you might want a little curve in your shape edges rather than conventional straight lines. PowerPoint does allow you to tweak and make the shape on your slide look more organic than geometric curved lines, as explained in the following steps.



Learn how to create curved shapes in PowerPoint 2011.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



In this issue, we first bring you a new series of Countdown Timers. Thereafter Carmen Simon returns to feature in an exclusive conversation on Remembering Slides. We also bring you a review of ShapeChef, one of the coolest PowerPoint add-ins we have worked with. And we explore the new PowerPoint Online interface on OneDrive.

PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about applying colors and line styles to table borders. We also explore the Touch Mode options, even within non-Touch devices. And learn how you can capture screenshots by using PowerPoint 2013. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about recoloring picture backgrounds.

And finally, do not 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



OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive) is a great way to share your presentations online while you are still working on the slides. When you are collaborating on a presentation with someone else, you want to give and receive feedback without actually editing the slides themselves. To do that, you can use the Comments option that works differently in the OneDrive version of PowerPoint compared to the desktop versions.



Learn how to use commenting within the PowerPoint Web App on OneDrive.

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Monday, June 16, 2014
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Since many people use PowerPoint for training programs, you will find some slides populated with screenshots of various computer program interfaces. Typically, these screenshots are captured in another program and then inserted into PowerPoint slide like any other regular picture. This task is now made even easier with the introduction of the Screenshot option in PowerPoint 2010 that allows you to quickly and easily add a screenshot on your slide, being within PowerPoint.



Explore the Screenshot option within PowerPoint 2010.

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