by Geetesh Bajaj, June 11th 2013
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Making PowerPoint Interactive: A Webinar
Making PowerPoint interactive is to make your slides do what you want,
allowing yourselves to go from slide to slide almost like going from one room to another in your home -- and setting your slides in a way that
allows you to work better -- again, that's akin to arranging the furniture in your home so as to make movement and work easier. Even if you step
out of the comfort of your home, you can make your life more gratifying by discovering streets that are not too crowded with traffic so that you
can get to your office faster, and with less stress! In the world of slides, those streets are the shortcuts you press to quickly navigate from
one point in your presentation to another and back.
Learn more about the free Making PowerPoint Interactive webinar
Handmade Slides: Pushpins for PowerPoint 08
These PowerPoint ready pushpin graphics are fun to use they can help
you pin a picture, or a note, or a letter to your slide surface! When you use these ready-made pushpin graphics, you create a real world look on
your slides that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been pinned! This new set of pushpin graphics in 5 colors have been
added to our existing set of pushpin graphics on your slides! All pushpin graphics are contained within the PowerPoint slides that you will download.
Just copy them and paste them on the edges of pictures in your presentation.
Download and use these pushpins in your slides
Visual Language Online Workshop: Conversation with Robert Lane
is a presentation design consultant specializing
in visually interactive communication techniques. He has authored several books including Relational Presentation: A Visually
Interactive Approach and Selling Visually with PowerPoint. In this conversation, Robert discusses his upcoming Visual Language online
workshop, being held in July 2013.
Read the conversation here
Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
New Format Task Panes
One of the pet peeves that many slide designers had with previous versions of PowerPoint was the large dialog boxes that sometimes completely
covered the slide area. The new PowerPoint 2013 finally addresses this issue with the Format Task Panes,
which offer options that enable the user to create and customize objects more intuitively.
Views in PowerPoint
All put together, PowerPoint 2013 provides you will ten different views. Eight of these views can be accessed from the View tab of the Ribbon.
Then click on any of the buttons in the Presentation Views and Master Views group.
PowerPoint 2013's Normal view displays one slide at a time in the Slide area, and is used mainly for editing and creating slides, and shows
PowerPoint's typical tri-pane interface that includes the Slides pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane. If you cannot see the Slides pane in
Normal view, scroll down to read a tip that will help you restore that pane.
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts
Any slide in a PowerPoint presentation is always based on one of the available Slide Layouts (we call these just Layouts for the rest
of this tutorial). You can either choose a layout when you add a new slide -- or even change the layout of your existing slides. These
available layouts seem to cover most types of slides -- still, you may sometimes want to create a new layout based on your individual requirements.
Add a New Slide Layout
The default Slide Layouts available in PowerPoint help you choose various placeholder arrangements for your slide content -- it's easy
to create good looking slides using them. As an analogy, duplicating and editing a Slide Layout is more like using a coloring book to fill
color between the lines of pre-drawn art -- but creating your Slide Layout from scratch is more like starting with a blank sheet of paper
and drawing your art before you start coloring between the lines. Decide which of these approaches works best for you before starting. If
you prefer the latter approach, follow these steps to create a new Slide Layout.
Insert New Placeholders within Slide Layouts
A placeholder is a boilerplate container that you can use to fill in with some sort of content. When you launch PowerPoint, you will see those
distinctive boxes that invite you to add some content -- haven't you noticed the "Click to add title" suggestions? All these boxes are
placeholders -- when selected, these boxes have a grey border around them. You can add your own custom placeholders to the various slide layouts
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