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Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 07

Friday, January 30, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:30 AM IST



Yes, it's great to have stuff neatly lined up - but your slide layouts can look more pleasing and aesthetic with a personal touch. It's the same with geometric shapes - they look organized, but why stay with just organized when they can also look more human with a shape that's slightly irregular? What if you could make all shape segments in your slides curved, slanted, and natural looking - as if they are hand-drawn? Won't that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love these new irregular shapes for PowerPoint.



Download and use these shapes in your slides.

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posted by Diamond on 9:00 AM IST



You may know how easy it is to flip or rotate a picture on your slide. But do this same flipping when you use a Picture fill within a shape -- and do you notice that only the shape flips, and not the picture within? But what if you wanted to just flip, or even rotate the picture within the shape, without changing the actual shape? How do you do that?



Learn how to flip and rotate picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:45 AM IST



After adding a quiz and customizing quiz options in Adobe Presenter, you still need to add the actual questions to your quiz! You can add different types of questions -- and depending upon the type of question you choose, that particular type of question will contain different options. You can add graded questions, survey questions, or a combination of both to each quiz.



Learn how to add questions to the quiz in Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



It is easy to flip and rotate a picture on your slide. However this same flipping can be a little tricky when you use a Picture fill within a shape. That's because you end up with a picture that does get flipped, but so does the shape. But what if we wanted to just flip, or even rotate the picture within the shape? How do you do that?



Learn how to flip and rotate picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2010.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Microsoft's Office Clip Art Gallery, which was earlier known as Office Online is being shut down. This includes Microsoft's Office.com Clip Art and image search service, and also the Clip Art task panes in Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. The question then is, so what should you do when Office Clip Art goes offline? Here are some possible answers, alternatives, and workarounds.



Explore alternatives for Microsoft's discontinued Office Clip Art Gallery.

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posted by Diamond on 9:00 AM IST



In PowerPoint you can set various attributes for shapes -- adjusting Transparency for Shape Fills is one of such tasks. Similar to the shape fills, shape outlines such as solid lines and gradient lines also have transparency attribute. This attribute lets you reduce the opacity of the outline (also known as the border or line), so that the slide object or background behind shows through partially. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%.



Learn how to apply transparency to Shape Outlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



We start with the last part of our Better PowerPoint Charts series -- this time we explore what books you should read, and where you can reach out for help. We also look at a web app that lets you create Word Clouds you can use within PowerPoint. And you can explore options to add quizzes in Adobe Presenter. And then we bring you some tutorials on working with bulleted lists and shapes within PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.

And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



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posted by Diamond on 9:00 AM IST



After adding gradient fills to shapes you may want to make some changes to the gradient fill. Or, you may want to change the colors comprising your gradient outlines. To do so, you must be familiar with gradient stops. A gradient stop is the point where a new color is introduced within the gradient blend. Unlike PowerPoint versions on Windows, PowerPoint 2011 for Mac does not really use the term "gradient stop" - in fact no term is used and probably, this version just refers to these stops as 'colors'. However, we will call them stops within this tutorial.



Learn how to make changes to gradients and make your own new gradients in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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Friday, January 23, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:30 AM IST



Learning is a process that never ends. You may be a charting expert, but there's always more to learn. Two of the best ways you can stay up to date is by reading books and participating in forums. Let's first look at books. Most charting books fall into two categories – about charting design and charting techniques. Books within the first category look at charting, so as to how a particular chart will help people understand a difficult concept. They also look at design principles and best practices.



Explore resources to learn how you can create better charts in PowerPoint.

Categories: books, charting, powerpoint, tutorials

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



It is easy to flip and rotate a picture on your slide. However this same flipping can be a little tricky when you use a Picture fill within a shape. That's because you end up with a picture that does get flipped, but so does the shape. But what if we wanted to just flip the picture? How do you do that?



Learn how to flip and rotate picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2013.

Categories: pictures, powerpoint_2013, shapes, tutorials

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:45 AM IST



In a previous tutorial we showed you how you can add a quiz within PowerPoint using the Adobe Presenter add-in so as to quickly create some eLearning content. In this tutorial we'll explore all the options which help you create a better quiz.



Explore options within the New Quiz dialog box in Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Diamond on 9:30 AM IST



Have you seen a bunch of words with similar meanings that are arranged together to form a graphic? Such a graphic is commonly called a Word Cloud. Creating a Word Cloud by inserting text boxes and rotating them is possible using just PowerPoint's native features. However, it is time consuming and the visual output may not appeal all the time. So what do you do to create a Word Cloud without having to spend time to design it?



Learn how to create word clouds for PowerPoint.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



Imagine that you have a long numbered list that forms the content within your PowerPoint slide. Now, it is not uncommon for slides to have numbered lists that comprise twenty lines, and that is singularly unfortunate because even if members of your audience have perfect eyesight, they won't be able to read the teeny-weeny sized text! And let us face the fact that too much text is downright boring, and nowadays any sort of bulleted or numbered lists seem to signify a poorly designed slide. One approach you can take to combat this problem is by dividing your list across multiple slides -- but even then PowerPoint may default to numbering your lists at 1 on each slide -- even when you want it to start at 6, 11, or 16! Luckily, that is an easier problem to resolve, as explained in this tutorial.



Learn how to start or restart the numbering for numbered list in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



PowerPoint allows you to choose from several styles for your numbered lists -- there are variations in digits, alphabets, and Roman numerical styles. By default, PowerPoint 2013 uses the 1, 2, 3 style for numbered lists. And since you can change bulleted list styles, it is only natural that you expect some changes to be allowed for numbered list styles too.



Learn how to change the numbered list style of selected text in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
posted by Diamond on 10:30 AM IST



In this issue, we bring you icons and symbols for PowerPoint. We then explore the video editing options within Adobe Presenter’s Video Express app. And then we bring you some tutorials on working with bulleted lists and outlines (borders) within PowerPoint 2013 and 2010 for Windows.

And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!



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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



In PowerPoint when you type text within a placeholder, the default result is that you create a bulleted list. Also, when you import an outline, all the content other than the slide titles ends up becoming bulleted text. While this may work in some situations, at other times you may want to either remove the bullets altogether, or convert it to a numbered list.



Learn how to change a bulleted list to a numbered list in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, January 19, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:45 AM IST



Adobe Presenter is a PowerPoint add-in that lets you create interactive e-learning content. As part of its amazing repertoire, Adobe Presenter lets you create quizzes that contain various types of questions. Quizzes thus are the containers that hold questions, and their responses. You can use the Quiz Manager option to create a single or even multiple quizzes within a single presentation. In this walkthrough, we will explore how you can get started with these quizzes.



Explore how you can add a quiz using Adobe Presenter.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



You have already learned about picture bullets, and how you can import any picture and use it as a custom bullet. You can also create your own picture bullets to use in presentations, and these can be created right within PowerPoint!



Learn how to create your own picture bullets in PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, January 16, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:30 AM IST



Tired of searching online web for the perfect icon or symbol for your PowerPoint slides? Then this special download is just for you. Indezine welcomes you to download these Icon Symbols for PowerPoint. These icons and symbols are PowerPoint native graphics. This gives you the freedom to apply fills, effects and even resize as required. You get 230+ icons and symbols as part of this collection. Each of these come in 8 color variants.



Download and use these slides.

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posted by Diamond on 9:15 AM IST



PowerPoint enables you to use picture bullets rather than the conventional symbol bullets, and while you can choose from an impressive collection of ready-to-use picture bullets available, you can also import your own pictures to create a unique bullet for your text lists. So why would you want to import your own picture bullets? Probably because you want their color to match your company branding, or you want to use a stylized bullet that matches your logo -- whatever your reason may be, do remember that detailed graphics don't work well as bullets -- the more closer your graphic looks to the conventional dot-shaped bullet, the better it will appear for consistency and visual reasons.



Learn how to import pictures for bullets in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
posted by Diamond on 9:45 AM IST



In PowerPoint 2010, Shape Outlines such as solid colors and gradients have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a fill so that the slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Changing this transparency is useful when you want to show a line that represents something different than a line that has no transparency. For example, you could connect two shapes with a line that’s not transparent to represent an existing relationship – and then use a semi-transparent line to link between two shapes that represents a non-existent or upcoming relationship.



Learn how to apply transparency to Shape Outlines in PowerPoint 2010.

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