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by Geetesh Bajaj, May 14th 2013

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Handmade Slides: Map Pins for PowerPoint

Handmade Slides: Map Pins for PowerPoint

These “map pin” graphics are already placed in PowerPoint slides – just copy them and paste within a slide that already contains a map to create a look that lets you highlight a location on your map! Other than maps, you can also use these map pins like regular push pins so that a picture, shape, or anything else appears as if it has been pushed onto a surface, board, or wall with a pin!

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PowerPoint 2013 Absolute Beginner's Guide: Conversation with Patrice-Anne Rutledge

Patrice-Anne Rutledge Patrice-Anne Rutledge is a business technology author and journalist who specializes in web-based applications, presentation technology, and social media. She is the author of several books for Pearson Education, including PowerPoint 2013 Absolute Beginner's Guide. Patrice is also the founder of Rutledge Communications, a professional writing and editing firm. You can reach Patrice at her website, PatriceRutledge.com. In this conversation, Patrice talks about her new book, PowerPoint 2013 Absolute Beginner's Guide.

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New Hierarchial Guide Options
Enabling Guides for your presentation slides is a great way to make sure that your objects are aligned -- and often in the same position in successive slides. PowerPoint 2013 also lets you work with Guides on a higher hierarchial level within the Slide Master and individual Slide Layouts. Depending upon whether you added Guides within the Slide Master, an individual Slide Layout, or even a normal slide -- your Guides are color-coded for easy identification.

Working with Guides
Let's start with the basics -- what are Guides? Consider Guides as a Grid on your slide that you create -- each 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 and Gridlines, Guides help you position your slide objects with more precision, and you can make them work for you using techniques explained on this page.

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Crop Movie Clips
You can crop a movie clip on your PowerPoint slide in almost the same way you crop a picture. Before you crop though, ascertain whether PowerPoint's Crop option will help enhance your inserted movie -- don't just do a crop if it adds no extra value to your movie clip. The Crop option allows you to remove non-required areas of a movie -- for example, if the subject of your movie is a person speaking who is surrounded by a large, distracting background of other people or moving objects, you may want to crop the movie so that the cropped movie now focuses more on the speaker, and gets rid of all the extra distractions.

Resize, Rotate, and Flip Movies
PowerPoint provides you with plenty of options to enhance your movie clip. These options include Correction Adjustments, Recoloring, Movie Styles, Movie Effects, Movie Shapes, and Movie Borders. These options will make your movie clips look better and focused -- yet, there are some very basic movie editing options that can be even more significant. These include how you can resize, rotate, and flip your inserted movie clips. Resizing can help you change the dimensions of your movie clips, while slight changes in rotation values can draw attention. Flip, the last of these options though is something you will almost never use -- unless you want to do something drastically different!
Reset Option for Movies
In PowerPoint, there are plenty of options to enhance your movie clips -- these may make your original movie clip appear entirely different from what you started with! The fact that you can make your movies look so different in PowerPoint 2011 with customizations galore can sometimes prove to be a disadvantage, especially if you want to get rid of all customizations and get back to original state of your movie clip. Fortunately, the Reset option is just what you need at this point of time!
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