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by Geetesh Bajaj, April 13th 2010

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Charts in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010

Chart Elements in PowerPoint 2007: Charts in PowerPoint comprise several elements that we call chart elements. Typical chart elements include series (and this could be one or more series with values), axes (horizontal, vertical, and in some cases a third axis as well), plot area (the active chart area), legend, chart title, and many more. In this tutorial we'll learn more about these individual chart elements. Learn more here...

Changing Fill and Border of Charts: Although the default fill and border (outline) that PowerPoint 2007 applies to charts may be perfectly adequate, you might want to play with the Chart Styles found in the Chart Tools Design tab of the Ribbon -- all these Styles are based on the Office Theme you have applied to the active presentation, and while this works great most of the time, there will be occasions when you may want to use a color for any of your data series that's not part of the Theme palette in your presentation. In times like these, you can control the fill and border of chart elements using the techniques explained on this page. Learn more here...

Chart Styles: Long time PowerPoint users will remember the difficulties of charting -- it was so painful, time-consuming, and repetitive a task changing the fills of all the series one after the other -- and if your presentation had more than one chart slide, then you also had to ensure that all charts looked the same. PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 make this sort of repetitive formatting easy and consistent with the Chart Styles option. Learn more about Chart Styles here...

Charts in PowerPoint, Using the Invert if Negative Option: If your chart has negative value PowerPoint by default uses the same fill color for negative values in any chart -- you can anyhow override that with a convenient Invert if Negative option. To use the Invert if Negative option you must have a chart that has negative values -- then select the chart, and follow these steps. Learn more here...

Changing Color for Negative Data Series in Charts: Although I mention that this tutorial works for both PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, the actual techniques work only within PowerPoint 2010. The reason why this does not work well within PowerPoint 2007 is because that version had no option for pattern fills -- however if you work within PowerPoint 2010 using the procedure outlined on this page, you'll find that any changes you make show up in PowerPoint 2007 as well. Read more here...

Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2007: Although charts in PowerPoint 2007 look so much better than charts in previous versions, the chart type offerings are almost similar. PowerPoint 2007 provides all the basic chart types such as column, bar, line, pie, etc. -- and also some advanced charts like radar, surface, bubble, doughnut, etc. To change a chart type from one to another, you first need to have a chart in your presentation. Then follow these steps to change the chart type in PowerPoint 2007. Learn more here...

Zinali Slideboxx: Conversation with Charles Wolfus

Charles WolfusFor almost a decade, Charles Wolfus has worked closely with scientists and executives finding ways to increase efficiency and optimize IT systems. For the past few years, he has been co-founder and CEO of Zinali, LLC, a San Francisco-based company dedicated to improving PowerPoint slide search. In this conversation, Charles talks about their slideboxx product.

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myBrainshark Pro: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman

Andy ZimmermanAndy Zimmerman, VP of Business Development at Brainshark, Inc., is responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships and programs. Andy oversees -– a site where users can create, share and track the impact of multimedia presentations for free. Recently, he helped launch the new myBrainshark Pro solution – providing small-office/home-office (SOHO) and individual business users with enhanced functionality for more targeted outreach and measurable results. In this conversation, Andy talks about myBrainshark Pro.

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authorSTREAM iPad Contest: Conversation with Jagdeep Singh Pannu

Jagdeep Singh PannuJagdeep Singh Pannu handles Internet marketing for authorGEN's Web properties, tweets friendly advice, likes green tea, and gets excited about meeting netizens in person. In this conversation, Jagdeep discusses the new authorSTREAM iPad Contest.

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AnyBizSoft PDF to PowerPoint Converter 2.0: The Indezine Review

If you have ever ended up with a PDF copy of an important presentation, only to know that the original PowerPoint file no longer exists -- then you know that's not a very happy state of affairs! And although there are umpteen PowerPoint to PDF converters available -- in fact the new versions of PowerPoint have this capability built-in, the reverse option of creating editable PowerPoint presentations from any such PDFs is not a simple affair. Our review product, PDF to PowerPoint Converter 2.0 claims to make any such reverse engineering easy and simple -- so the question is how does it fare?

Read more to find out...

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