by Geetesh Bajaj, February 12th 2013
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Z-Axis for Charts in PowerPoint
The Z axis is the Depth axis that some
3D charts contain -- sometimes this is also called the Series axis.
Let us be clear about the fact that not all 3D charts contain a Z axis -- in fact some 3D chart variants use the third
dimension even if they do not need a Z axis! They do so just because some people wrongly believe that
3D is so cool.
Truth be said, 3D charts come with their own share of problems.
You really must not create 3D charts if a
Z axis is not required for your data. As Nancy Duarte says in her HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations book:
"If you don't have a Z axis in your data, omit 3D effects -- the depth can make your numbers look larger than they are."
Learn about Z
axis for Charts in PowerPoint
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Four Petals Circle
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PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Interface and Basics
Adding Commands to Custom Groups
PowerPoint 2013 sports the Ribbon, which is tabbed -- each of these tabs contains a set of commands that are neatly arranged
together in Groups. You can add your own custom groups as well as populate them with required commands.
Change Ribbon Labels from CAPs to Title Case
PowerPoint 2013's user interface has changes galore If these cosmetic changes were not enough, have you noticed that the
tab names on the Ribbon are all in CAPs. It's almost as if PowerPoint is shouting! Learn how to change the Ribbon Labels from
CAPs to Title Case in PowerPoint 2013.
PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Animations
Twin Trigger Animation
The other day a friend asked me how she could add a trigger animation to a slide object – but with a difference!
She inserted a picture on a slide (let’s call this Picture 1) and then placed another picture of the exact same
size over the first one (let’s call this Picture 2). She then wanted to click Picture 2 to cause a trigger animation on
Picture 1 – this caused Picture 1 to be revealed, almost like the example explained in our Trigger Animations in
PowerPoint 2010 tutorial. However, what she wanted next was to click on Picture 1 to reveal Picture 2. So to put this in a
few words, this is what she wanted: Click on Picture 2 to reveal Picture 1 (and hide Picture 2); and Click on Picture 1 to
reveal Picture 2 (and hide Picture 1).
Presentation Titles: Conversation with Sam Thatte
Sam Thatte is a presentation consultant and trainer specializing
in helping businesses create content and visuals that are engaging and memorable. Along with presentation design
and content development, Sam also conducts workshops and classes to teach presentation skills to businesses as well as
individuals. Learn more at his website and blog. In this discussion, Sam discusses his free report on presentation titles
called Vital Title - The How and Why of Presentation Titles.
Read the conversation here.
Hand Drawn PowerPoint Elements: Conversation with Peter
is slide designer and the
founder of InfoDiagram.com, a website for pre-designed presentation slides and PowerPoint visual elements. Peter also
runs Prezentio.com, a slide design company where they create tailor-made presentation slides for various companies.
Peter loves changing textual information into simple diagrams and he wants to inspire others to use this visualization
process in everyday life. In this conversation, Peter discusses hand drawn elements created by his infoDiagram site.
the conversation here
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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Charts
Crossed Axes for Charts
Axes in PowerPoint charts are typically positioned on the left and bottom of the plot area. But there may be scenarios when you
want your axes to cross each other within the plot area rather than be located on its edges. Attaining such a crossed axes can be
desirable due to a variety of reasons in both the Value and Category axes.
Make 3D Columns Transparent for Charts
OK -- you read the title right! We reiterate that you should still not use 3D charts unless you must have a Z-axis.
Having said that, we are talking about making your 3D columns in a chart transparent. Yes, there's a reason to do so
especially when you find that some of the columns in your 3D chart may be hiding behind one or more of the other columns,
just because they are not tall enough.
But I’m not an artist!
In my constant effort as a coach to persuade business
people to remember that a picture is worth a thousand words and to avoid the dreaded "Presentation-as-Document
Syndrome," presenters often protest, "But I’m not an artist!" Cast adrift from their familiar text
slides, presenters are reluctant to try alternatives. However, you don't have to go out and buy a painter's smock and
beret to break the mold of an endless parade of boring bullet slides. Begin with overarching concept that the primary
-- and sole-purpose of your PowerPoint is to illustrate your narrative. Remember my often-repeated (because it still
hasn't taken hold) recommendation that your business slideshow should follow the example of television news broadcasts:
the anchorperson tells the story and the graphics serve as a headline that captures the essence of the story.
Read more by Jerry Weissman.
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