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by Geetesh Bajaj, September 22nd 2009

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Office 2010: Microsoft Talk with Geetesh Bajaj

Microsoft Talk is a new podcast series from Abhishek Baxi and Manan -- and Geetesh Bajaj has been featured in the second episode of this series as a guest. Hear this podcast to know more about PowerPoint, Indezine, Geetesh, and the upcoming Office 2010 -- also get some free templates for PowerPoint by sending some comments!

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Learn PowerPoint

As part of this hugely popular series, we created these new tutorials based on your feedback:

Ungroup Tables in PowerPoint 2003: Tables can be animated within PowerPoint -- but either the entire table can be animated -- or nothing! Yes, that's a case of extremes -- either you have it all or don't have it. To get over this problem, the workaround is to ungroup the table so that your table gets converted to a collection of shapes -- and then you can animate every individual shape as you want. Learn how you can ungroup tables in PowerPoint 2003 here...

Ungroup Tables in PowerPoint 2007: Tables can be animated within PowerPoint 2007 too -- but either the entire table can be animated -- or nothing! Yes, that's a case of extremes -- either you have it all or don't have it. To get over this problem, the workaround is to ungroup the table so that your table gets converted to a collection of shapes. And although this does not work as well as it does in PowerPoint 2003, you still can animate every individual shape as you want. Learn how you can ungroup tables in PowerPoint 2007 here...

Creating Semi-Circles in PowerPoint 2003: PowerPoint 2003 and previous versions don't allow you to draw a semi-circle shape although that's not an issue within PowerPoint 2007. In this tutorial, I'll show you three ways in which you can add a semi-circle to your PowerPoint 2003 slide -- whichever way you choose, make sure you save one semi-circle so that you can copy-paste and reuse it again whenever required. Learn here...

Semi-Circles Again in PowerPoint 2003: Since there is no easy, intuitive way to create semi-circles in PowerPoint 2003, I already showed you three ways to create them! And now here's one more way to do just that but this might be the easiest of them all. Thanks to PowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford who sent me these steps and allowed me to put them up on this site. Learn here...

Creating Semi-Circles in PowerPoint 2007: PowerPoint 2007 makes it easier to draw a semi-circle than in previous versions, but it still isn't as intuitive. However, the steps in this tutorial will make it easy for you. Learn here...

Half Circle in PowerPoint 2003: An Indezine reader asked me if he could create three circles next to each other, and make sure that they looked like this: The first circle should be filled-in full (entirely), the second circle should be half full, and the third and last circle should have no fill (empty). The first and third circles are easy -- all you need to do is ensure that the first circle has both an outline and a solid fill, and that the third circle has only an outline with no fill. The second circle though is an easy challenge that I'll teach you create in this one page tutorial using PowerPoint 2003. Learn to create a half circle in PowerPoint 2003...

Half Circle in PowerPoint 2007: We already explored creating these three circles next to each other in PowerPoint 2003, and now we'll do the same thing in a much easier way in PowerPoint 2007: The first circle should be filled-in full (entirely), the second circle should be half full, and the third and last circle should have no fill (empty). The first and third circles are easy -- all you need to do is ensure that the first circle has both an outline and a solid fill, and that the third circle has only an outline with no fill. The second circle though is an easy challenge that I'll teach you in this one page tutorial using PowerPoint 2007. Learn to create a half circle in PowerPoint 2007...


Book Excerpt: PowerPoint For Court

This exclusive Indezine excerpt is from PowerPoint for Court, a book that has been the definitive manual for preparing and presenting digital material in a court of law since 2002. Used by universities, attorneys and government agencies throughout the world, PowerPoint for Court has now been updated in 2009 for use with the latest version of PowerPoint.

Here are couple of excerpts, reproduced here with permission from Herbert Rubinstein, author of the book. Read here...


Visual Flash Plug-in: The Indezine Review

Many PowerPoint users have a fascination with Flash but still prefer PowerPoint's ease of use and logical workflows rather than dabbling with Flash that has a longer learning curve compared to PowerPoint's almost zero learning curve. Yet these same users like to insert Flash files into their PowerPoints, and sometimes they look for a way to export Flash files they have inserted within the PowerPoint presentations. However, that's not always easy since changes made by Microsoft to file formats from the PowerPoint 2003's PPT to PowerPoint 2007's PPTX have made everything uncertain. A new add-in for PowerPoint tries to overcome some of these issues -- does it succeed?.

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Atrixware PowerPoint Quiz Maker: Conversation with Anthony Dunleavy

Anthony DunleavyAnthony Dunleavy is CEO and founder of Atrixware LLC, a New Jersey company that develops e-learning software tools and learning management systems used all over the world since 1997. In this conversation, Anthony discusses their PowerPoint Flash Quiz Maker product.

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SmartDraw Guided Tour with Daniel Hoffman

I found this cool video clip on creating simple graphics really quick using SmartDraw -- these can be then used in your PowerPoint slides. Watch Daniel Hoffman take you through this walkthrough. See video clip here...


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powerpoint 2007 makeover kitPowerPoint 2007 Tip

You can change the picture in the placeholder by using the Change Picture option in the Picture Tools Format tab on the Ribbon. This tab normally is not visible – it shows up only when you select the picture or picture placeholder on the slide. Or you can just right-click the picture or picture placeholder and choose Change Picture.

This tip is from my book, PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit which I co-authored with Echo Swinford -- check the book now!

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