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PowerPoint Concept Slides: Seven Petals Circle

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Seven Petals CircleThese Seven Petals Circle graphics are part of our Petal Circles series that add stylized tips to your circle shapes. These two tip styles: Rounded and Pointed make your circles look different from conventional segmented circle graphics. They also break the monotony of text heavy slides, and help you explain concepts better to your audiences. Using these circle shapes also convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more, these shapes are also so much fun to use!

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PowerPoint Concept Slides: Organic Diamonds

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Organic Diamonds Shapes that look scribbled or doodled attract more attention from audiences these days - surely, audiences are so bored looking at all those straight lines that characterize perfect, geometrical shapes! Just like fashions change, so do contemporary tastes in slide design. You can easily achieve this hand drawn look with our Organic Shapes series. Diamonds are just one of the shapes that we doodled on paper - and then reproduced as native PowerPoint shapes for you to use. Including diamonds, our Organic Shapes collection contains 8 shape types - each type has 10 variants - so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options! These shapes will help break the monotony of text heavy slides, and assist you in explaining difficult concepts better to your audiences. Using these organic shapes also convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more, these shapes are also so much fun to use!

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Stellar Phoenix PowerPoint Repair: Conversation with Sunil Chandna

Sunil Chandna Sunil Chandna is the CEO of Stellar Information Systems Ltd. He heads the Sales and Marketing operations for Stellar, a company involved with data recovery software solutions and services business since 1993. Stellar develops data recovery software across different categories, such as hard disk recovery, database recovery, email recovery, password recovery, and Microsoft Office file recovery. In this conversation, Sunil discusses Stellar's Phoenix PowerPoint Repair product.

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Presenters and Slides. Who Syncs Who?: Conversation with Peter Watts

Peter Watts

Peter Watts helps sales people around the world to take to the stage with confidence, and with presentation content that makes the sale by directly addressing the needs of the audience. His weekly blog of ideas for presenters can be found at The Presenters' Blog. In this conversation, Peter discusses how slides, presenters, and audiences sync to each other.

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WordArt Styles
In PowerPoint, WordArt is a very powerful tool that can make the text in your presentation look awesome or out-of-place, depending upon how you have used it. Before we proceed further, you must know that WordArt has nothing to do with Microsoft Word and is a totally independent feature in PowerPoint. Word Art is a collection of text styles that plays with text in a way similar to how PowerPoint's Shape Styles play with shapes. WordArt Styles, also known as Quick Styles, are a collection of some prebuilt text styles which you can instantly apply to your text. These WordArt Styles are all Theme-specific, so if the presentation's Theme is changed, any WordArt applied also reflects the changes accordingly. Follow these steps to learn how to apply Quick Styles to selected text.

Text Fills
Text in PowerPoint is usually either black or white. Sometimes, it may sport another color depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation. While these defaults work very well most of the time, there may be instances when you want the text to convey a mood or express more than the words it contains. Yes, you can apply a WordArt Style to your text but even that option uses presets that you choose from -- and those same presets are available to anyone who uses PowerPoint! To stand apart, you can use PowerPoint's Text Fill options that provides you with plenty of choices that you customize -- these text fill options include solid colors, gradients, textures, and also pictures.

Gradient Fill for Text
Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another. Text filled with a gradient can look great or gaudy depending upon the type of gradient you use for your text. There are some more guidelines that will help you create great looking gradient fills for your text: Gradient fills look great as text fills only when your text is fairly large sized. Also, using too many colors in the gradient fill may make your text distracting. Try to use the gradient colors which contrast well with the slide background. Also use gradient colors that are not too different so that you achieve a subtle merge of colors.

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Advanced Audio Options
When you insert an audio clip into a PowerPoint slide, you can control its volume, set it to play looped, or even hide the audio icon. These are some of the advanced options available for any inserted audio clip in PowerPoint. Remember that these advanced options only exist so that you can use them when they are required, rather than using them just because they exist! Let us now explore all these options.

Format Tab for Audio Clips
When you insert an audio clip on your slide, PowerPoint represents the clip by a sound icon. Of course, it rarely matters what the icon looks like if you have set your audio clip to play automatically. However, if you actually plan to click on this picture to play your audio clip -- then you might want to use another picture instead. The reason why you would use a picture that is different than a sound icon is because you may want to use a picture related to the audio clip -- here are some scenarios.

3D Circular Graphics
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Keyboard Shortcuts E-Book: PowerPoint 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003

keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint

Getting your PowerPoint tasks done quicker is just one of the benefits you will gain by using keyboard shortcuts.

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