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Tuesday, April 10, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

Motion Path animations determine the route (path) and the direction in which the animated slide object moves across or around on the slide. When you add a motion path animation to an object, you see the path as a dotted line with two arrow-heads. PowerPoint 2016 sports a faded preview of the animated slide object at the end point of the motion path.

Position Previews for Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Explore Position Previews for Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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Monday, April 9, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

While working with Motion Paths, especially after drawing a Custom Motion Path to animate your slide object, you may feel that the path drawn is not very smooth. Or you may have used one of the Preset Motion Paths to animate your slide object, and now you want to make some changes. Maybe you want to extend the path or use smoother corners rather than the default pointed ones. Drawing with a mouse typically does result in paths that don’t look too good! Since Motion Paths are essentially lines drawn in PowerPoint, you can always edit them using the Edit Points option, and reorient them as required.

Edit Points in Motion Paths of Animations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn to edit motion paths using the Edit Points option in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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Friday, April 6, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Animated GIFs aren’t as omnipresent as they once were. In a bandwidth starved world, they were an easy way to add impact to a webpage. Bandwidth issues are still relevant. But nowadays many mainstream sites only use animated GIFs if they can add value to a design. That doesn’t mean that animated GIFs aren’t popular. There are whole sites online which are dedicated only to animated GIFS and a slew of new software which make creating them very easy.

Resources: Animated GIFs

Explore animated GIFs and resources to create and download them.

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Friday, April 6, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

When most people use Motion Path animations, the feature they probably use the least is locking and unlocking the Motion Paths. That may be because these options are not too well documented. But that’s no reason to ignore this option. Especially, since locking and unlocking Motion Paths can help you create better animations.

Lock and Unlock Paths for Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn to lock and unlock motion paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 am

While changing the Slide Layout for any given slide(s) in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, you typically access the Home tab of the Ribbon and click the Layout button. This brings forth the Layout drop-down gallery. The number of Slide Layouts that you see within this gallery may differ depending upon the Theme of your active presentation. However, with PowerPoint’s default Office Theme applied, you may see 11 layouts. So, where do these Slide Layouts come from? What influences how they look, or how the placeholders within them are laid out? To find out answers to these questions, you need to access Slide Master view within PowerPoint.

Slide Layouts within Slide Master View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Explore Slide Layouts within Slide Master view in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 am

To begin, let’s start with the basics. What are Guides in PowerPoint? Consider Guides as individual lines from a grid on your slide that you create. Every single Guide can be moved, added, or deleted. Guides also have snap options that are always on. Once the Guides are made visible on the slide, all objects that venture close enough to them just snap. Along with Rulers, Guides help you position your slide objects with more precision, and you can make them work for you using techniques explained on this page.

Working with Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Learn how to work with Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am

We begin with an exclusive conversation with Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint, who talks about PowerPoint dashboards. We also feature Jamie Garroch, who talks about his new PowerPoint add-in, PPT2GIFa Lite, that lets you create animated GIFs from within PowerPoint. We then explore how you can sign out and switch Accounts in PowerPoint 2013 on Windows 10 and 8.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about drawing custom Motion Paths for animations, signing out and switching Accounts, and the Account option in Backstage view. You can also explore reversing the path for Motion Path animations. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about the Explore option in Backstage view and signing in, signing out, and switching Accounts. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users will find useful information about changing Background Styles in the Slide Master. And if that wasn’t enough for this week, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates released in the last seven days.

PowerPoint and Presenting News: April 3, 2018

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings related to PowerPoint and presenting.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 am

Once you have made Guides visible on your PowerPoint slides, they show up in the same position on all other slides within the presentation. You’ll find that only two Guides, one horizontal and one vertical Guide are visible at first, and these two Guides intersect at the center of the slide. Most of the time, this might work for you, but you can actually add more Guides since these can help in positioning slide objects better across successive slides.

Adding More Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Learn how to add more Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

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Monday, April 2, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Rick Altman
 
Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 16th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community.

In this conversation, Rick talks about the upcoming Presentation Summit conference, being held in San Diego from September 23rd to 26th, 2018.

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Monday, April 2, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

Motion paths are paths (or lines) through which slide objects animate. These motion paths are like any other line with curves, points, etc. If you are familiar with the Line, Curve, Scribble, and Freeform drawing tools in PowerPoint, you know that paths can be either open or closed. A circle is a good example of a closed path, whereas an arc is an open path. So, how is the concept of open and closed paths relevant to Motion Path animations in PowerPoint?

Open and Closed Motion Paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn about open and closed paths for Motion Path animations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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