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by Geetesh Bajaj, July 23rd 2013

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Jerky Animations in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013

Jerky Animations in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 Do your animations appear a little jerky in PowerPoint 2010 or 2013 compared to how they played in PowerPoint 2007? There could be any number of reasons why the animations may not play smoothly -- you may have too many applications using resources in the background or your graphics system may not be able to cope up. However, when the same animations play well on PowerPoint 2007 -- and do not on 2010 and 2013 (sometimes, even on the same computer) -- then this easy trick may help!

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Handmade Slides: Map Pins for PowerPoint - 10

Handmade Slides: Map Pins for PowerPointHave you seen slides that include a cool "map pin" graphic? These are typically placed on a map to show a location – and similarly multiple map pins can be placed to show multiple locations. Do you want to create the same visual experience on your slides to show to your audiences? It's easy with this complete collection of map pins (more than 300 map pins in this collection -- only 10 of these are shown on this page). The map pin graphics are already placed in PowerPoint slides you will download -- just copy the individual pin you want, and then paste the pin within your own slides that already contain a map. Beyond 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!

Download and use these map pins in your slides

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Basic Flowcharts
There are many dedicated programs that only do flowcharts, and even Microsoft creates another program called Visio that’s more flowchart savvy than mainstream Microsoft Office programs – even then, we highly recommend that you create your flowcharts within your Office program such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint! Why do we put forth such a recommendation? That’s because Microsoft Office programs already have all the abilities and options you need to create almost any type of flowchart you need.

What do Flowchart Symbols Represent?
The various flowchart symbols available within the Shapes galleries of Microsoft Office applications can represent different concepts -- on this page, we show you a visual representation of each of these flowchart symbols along with their names and a brief description.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Reset Toolbars and Menus
The fact that you can customize options within the menus and toolbars in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac may mean that sometimes you may just get carried away and make more changes than you intended -- or you made some changes for an important project that's over -- and now you want the menus and toolbars to go back to their pristine, default state. Whatever your intent may be, PowerPoint's Reset option lets achieve this default state with a couple of clicks, as we explain on this page.

Working with the Ribbon
The Ribbon made its debut in Office 2011 versions of PowerPoint, and other programs such as Word and Excel -- as such, it is a new interface component that replaces the Elements Gallery in Office 2008 for Mac. Although the Ribbon in its default state is sophisticated and easy to use, you can make it work for you even better by learning some cool options, and by also customizing it to some extent, as explained in the following steps.
Ribbon Preferences
Working with the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 is intuitive to a very large extent -- and it certainly involves a little more than just learning to minimize and maximize the Ribbon tabs. In fact, you can customize to the extent of hiding the entire Ribbon altogether -- or changing the Ribbon tab color from orange and a more muted gray. You can also show or hide group headings within individual tabs etc.

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Map Pins for PowerPoint (With Flagged Map Pins)!

Map Pins for PowerPoint (With Flagged Map Pins)

The ZIP file that you will download contains 10 map pin variations, each in 10 colors -- for a total of 100 map pin graphics. Plus you get an extra 205 map pin graphics -- once for each country in the world -- these map pins have the flag of the country placed within the pin! So all put together, you get more than 300 map pin graphics.

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 highlight for 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!

Go and get these Map Pins for PowerPoint graphics.

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