PowerPoint and Presenting Blog: April 2015

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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: More Spelling Options

Thursday, April 30, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



While it is indeed easy to spell check your entire presentation for any misspelled words, there are other options that you need to be aware of that will help checking your slides for spelling errors. Here are some tips to help you understand how you can do better proofing of your text content in PowerPoint 2013.



Explore more spelling options in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Globes again on your slides? And why not? A globe represents so much – just adding a picture of a globe can scream “international”! And maybe that’s the problem? Maybe that’s the cliché? Maybe it would be better to use something else as a visual rather than a globe? Now these questions have “maybe” written all over them, and you really cannot expect to get simple “yes” and “no” answers, as in “yes, you can still use a globe picture”, or “no, you cannot”. Even then, we can still discuss and find solutions for ourselves – not through direct answers, but through introspection.



Learn why globe pictures can look clichéd, and what you can do to get better alternatives.

Categories: design, opinion, pictures, presentation_skills

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



For presentations that contain slides with too much text, or even little text -- there are always chances of spelling mistakes showing up! However, you don't necessarily have to search for these mistakes by skimming all your slides one by one since PowerPoint lets you do a spell check of the entire presentation, and make corrections as well. However there are some caveats associated with spell checking, and this does not have anything to do with PowerPoint.



Learn how to run a spell check on your entire presentation in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



Did you want to fill in individual characters in a text box with different picture fills? As long as you do this just once in a while, it can be a great idea. And then we explore ways in which you can rotate objects in PowerPoint. We then look at how you can master drawing Arc shapes. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about text fills, lines, and effects. PowerPoint 2010 users can explore the Clip Organizer. And for PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users, we show you how you can fake-highlight text. 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



Working on a presentation creating slides that can attract attention is always a challenge. This is more challenging when you want to draw attention to a motto, a slogan or an axiom. To make such text stand apart, it is easy to apply text transform effects to your selected text. Apart from using presets, you can go further and tweak any of the presets to make your own distinctive Transform effect. In this tutorial you'll learn how to tweak the Transform text effect in PowerPoint 2013.



Learn how you can tweak your text transforms beyond the available presets in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, April 27, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Talk fast to fit it all in, or condense and speak calm and connected? What would you do if you had a choice?

Kuan walked into the room ready to present when the organizer told him, “Sorry, we can only give you 15 minutes and not 30 for your presentation.” What does Kuan do? Does he talk fast to cover everything he planned? Or does he cut back his information and only present what is essential?

Talking fast: If Kuan decides to talk fast and hurry through the information, he’ll end up mumbling some of the numbers so he can get through them. He’ll barely look at the audience. But he will cover every bit of information.

Speaking calm and connected: What if Kuan makes some last-minute decisions? He cuts the big chart and leaves out all explaining all the potential strategies he was considering, only telling the audience his chosen strategy. He even has time to ask the audience a question.

Cover Everything or Plan Ahead
Picture from Pixabay

If you were in the audience, which presentation would you want to sit through?
If you were Kuan, how would you prepare for this scenario?


Custom Show: Create a smaller custom show from your large deck of PowerPoint slides. Go to slide show>custom shows. You can create a “custom show” that will in slide show only show those slides you have chosen. This is one of the best features in PowerPoint! I am constantly amazed most presenters do not know this.


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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Have you ever tried your text to fit along the edge of a circle, or even within a circle? Or on a curved path -- or even as a roller coaster? Most of the time, you need not play as much with words but sometimes if you want to create a quick logo, or even an easy graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform tools for text very useful. Transform is a special stylizing option available in PowerPoint only for text.



Learn how you can make your text arty and on-a-path by using Transform options in PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, April 24, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



As we explored in earlier tutorials, every clip media object within the Clip Organizer has keywords associated -- these keywords can be edited as required. Similarly, clip media objects have certain other properties also such as the clip media name, type, resolution, etc. In this tutorial we'll explain how to view the Properties for the clip media within the Clip Organizer.



Explore properties option within the Clip Organizer.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



You may have seen text used creatively as a container for picture fills so many times – but did you realize that you could do it within PowerPoint – yes, all you need is PowerPoint and nothing else! Well, of course you still need imagination, the proper picture to use as a fill, and a nice thick, blocky font – but you probably have it all already – and we will help you put all these elements together within this quick and easy tutorial.



Learn how you can fill text characters with picture fills creatively.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Among the options for stylizing text in PowerPoint, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines. You have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. But there's more you can do with text! Let us now learn how to apply and edit various text effects like Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text.



Learn about various Text Effects available in PowerPoint 2013 that can be used to stylize your text.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



We showed you how to add clip media within the Clip Organizer -- then we explored how you can create and organize Collections. Any clip media which is added by you or added from web has keywords associated with it. These keywords are helpful, especially when you are searching for results associated with a particular keyword. Clip Organizer enables you to add and edit these keywords -- these concepts are explained in this tutorial.



Learn how to edit keywords within Clip Organizer.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



Rotating slide objects in PowerPoint can be necessary, and beyond the Rotation handle you see when you select most objects, you will find many more options to rotate – sometimes when you least expect to be able to rotate! In this tutorial, we will take Rotation for a spin literally, and find some fun options.



Learn about the different ways in which you can rotate slide objects in PowerPoint.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



You have already learned about PowerPoint's text outline option that lets you add an outline around your text -- this outline is the thin line that spans the perimeter of the font characters. In this tutorial, you will learn about an attribute that's rarely associated with text outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to the text with thicker outlines. This attribute, called the Gradient Outline is not accessible from within the Text Outline gallery, but has been included within the Format Text Effects dialog box.



Learn how to apply Gradient Outline for text in PowerPoint 2013.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



When you add clip media within the Clip Organizer, you need to select an existing Collection. There are some prerequisites though -- you can only add your own media to the My Collections folder, or any Collection you create as sub-folders with the My Collections folder. A Collection is just like a folder in which you save files -- taking the folder analogy further, you can also create Collections within the My Collections folder. Later you can rename, move, and delete a Collection altogether.



Learn how to create and organize collections in Clip Organizer.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



Your text in PowerPoint may or may not show an outline depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation or the WordArt Style applied. So what exactly do we mean by an outline here? The outline is the border for your text. You can change or edit text outlines in the same way as you modify the text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines.



Learn how to make changes to the appearance of text outline in PowerPoint 2013.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST



Handshake pictures again? Not if you can get more ideas about how to go beyond this clichéd concept, as explained in this new article! We then show how the Pie shape can be used to create more shapes such as the Pacman shape. You can also explore Creative Commons and the use of pictures. And we have a guest column from Jerry Weissman who talks about why audiences revolt against PowerPoint. And then we explore Pixabay, a fantastic source of pictures. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about text fills of various types such as pictures, textures, and gradients. PowerPoint 2010 users can explore viewing Sections and adding clips to the Clip Organizer. And 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 9:45 AM IST



We explored the Clip Organizer previously, especially its interface. However, the real benefit of using Clip Organizer is only if you add your frequently used clips within its Collections. There are essentially two ways to add clip media -- in this tutorial we'll explore them.



Learn how to add clip media to the Clip Organizer.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST



PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you various text fill options like Solid Color fill, Picture fill, Gradient fill, Texture fill etc. Additionally, another fill option is available for your text -- this is the Pattern fill, and we will show you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the successful appearance of text filled with a Pattern depends upon certain factors like the type of Pattern, colors used to create the Pattern, and also the size of text, etc.



Learn how to add pattern fills to the selected text in PowerPoint 2013.

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Monday, April 20, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST



Before we start discussing the Clip Organizer in PowerPoint 2010, it's important to first understand its scope. At the most basic level, the Clip Organizer is an entry level digital asset management tool that lets you organize your clip media. However, PowerPoint just interfaces via this option to a tool called the Clip Organizer that you can also launch as a separate standalone program. And adding media via PowerPoint is just the beginning -- you can do so much more with the Clip Organizer.



Learn about the Clip Organizer in PowerPoint 2010.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST



There are so many shapes in PowerPoint -- from the basic Rectangle and Oval to the fancy Pie and Smiley Face! You can use these shapes as they are, or you can use the Merge Shape commands to create your own unique shapes. However, even if you do not create new shapes, there are some existing shapes that can be used in myriad ways -- one of these is the Arc shape, that we will explore today. The Arc shape is quite easy to use -- and in fact, you'll find so much similarity between how the Arc and the Pie shapes appear and work -- and some differences too.



Explore how you can draw an Arc shape in PowerPoint.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:00 AM IST



First of all, why would you need to highlight text? One answer could be that you want to emphasize some important words or phrases within your slide. There is no ready to use tool within PowerPoint -- on both Windows and Mac versions. At least within the Windows versions such as PowerPoint 2013, you can use Word's highlighting options as a workaround -- but this workaround does not work with PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- so we will use fake highlighting for the text, which also works extremely well.



Learn how to fake highlight text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

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