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by Geetesh Bajaj, August 27th 2013

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Present Yourself: Conversation with Kit Seeborg

Kit Seeborg Kit Seeborg is a digital media consultant with over 15 years working in the online environment. From 2010 to 2013, Kit curated presentations for the SlideShare home page, wrote and edited its blog and newsletters, and represented SlideShare on its social platforms. SlideShare co-founder Rashmi Sinha refers to Kit as the "voice of SlideShare." Formerly the web producer for WebTrends, Kit was a member of the editorial team for WorldChanging.com and consults to Forture 100 companies and universities. In this conversation, Kit discusses her new book, Present Yourself: Using SlideShare to Grow Your Business, which she co-authored with Andrea Meyer.

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Brainshark’s VideoSync: Conversation with David Klein

David Klein David Klein is vice president of product management at Brainshark, Inc., a leading sales enablement platform provider. Brainshark’s offerings include Brainshark On-Demand -- for turning static content such as PowerPoint documents into online and mobile video presentations – and SlideShark, the award-winning app for showing PowerPoints on the iPad and iPhone. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, David discusses Brainshark's VideoSync feature, a new addition -- launched today -- to Brainshark On-Demand.

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Bing Images Search by Type

Bing Images Search by TypeFor almost every search term that you input on Bing's Image Search, you get results with tons of pictures scoured from every nook and corner of the internet. With so many choices, finding that perfect picture can become a challenge -- especially when you need a picture that's more akin to an illustration rather than a camera-clicked photograph. Similarly you may want to explore pictures that look like clipart. So in this tutorial, we will explore Bing's Type filter that lets you narrow down your search results to yield exactly the "type" of pictures you need.

Learn how to search images in Bing by using the built in Type filters

Bing Images Search by Layout

Bing Images Search by LayoutSearching for the right picture online involves more than just entering a search term and then praying that you find a picture that works best for you! You need to do a little more -- and that "little more" may be as simple a task as using a filter on the Bing Image Search site. Several common filters are available to narrow down your search results on Bing Images Search -- and one of these filters is Layout -- with this filter, you can restrict your search to pictures which are widescreen, square, or tall in orientation.

Learn how to search images in Bing by using the built in Layout filters

Add SkyDrive Accounts to Office Mobile

Getting Started with using Office Mobile We already showed you how you can navigate within a PowerPoint presentation within Office Mobile for iOS – now let us explore how you can open and save presentations saved in your SkyDrive account. When you sign in using your Office 365 account credentials, you immediately get access to all the files stored on the cloud for that particular Office 365 account. However, you may have a different SkyDrive account too where you share or store your PowerPoint files. To access any of these files, you need to add what Office Mobile calls a “place”. A place is allocation, typically another SkyDrive account that Office Mobile can connect to.

Learn how to add a SkyDrive account in Office Mobile

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Setting Spell Check Options
Sometimes while working in PowerPoint it may so happen that you know a particular word is misspelled, but PowerPoint's spell check doesn't seem to think so! This may be because your word is in all CAPS, or it may contain some numbers -- in these cases, and in number of other instances, PowerPoint just ignores any misspellings. Fortunately, you can turn off the options that instruct PowerPoint to ignore these misspellings. Remember though that changing these options will apply to all Microsoft Office applications you have installed on your computer -- including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Find and Replace Words
Imagine this situation -- you created a long presentation for a particular event or concept and then realize that you used the wrong terminology throughout the presentation. Then what would you do? Of course you can manually find the problem word and replace its each occurrence. But what if you have more than a few slides? Or even then, you might miss out locating the problem word in some occurrences. The best solution is using PowerPoint's Find and Replace option.

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Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Squares
There are so many different types of shapes that PowerPoint provides you with, and you can format these shapes by resizing, rotating, flipping, etc. Other than these basic formatting tasks, you must explore the special yellow square handles. Shapes in PowerPoint generally when selected, display eight resizing handles and a single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more yellow square handles -- these yellow square handles enables you to change some facets of the selected shape, or in some cases you can change the entire shape.
Format Painter
You can easily duplicate stuff in PowerPoint -- you can just select a shape and press the Command+D key combination. However, such duplication copies everything: the shape, and its format attributes, such as all fills, outlines, and effects. Sometimes you may only want to use those fill, outline, and effect attributes for other shapes you create. Fortunately, the Format Painter command can rescue you from this monotonous task very easily. So what does the Format Painter command do?
Select, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection Pane
To format any slide object in PowerPoint, you must select it. There are couple of ways with which you can select any slide object. Other than the obvious way of clicking the slide object to select, you can also use the Selection Pane. It’s always more difficult to select overlapping slide objects or objects placed behind a larger object in busy, populated slides -- to select slide objects that are difficult to locate, you can use the Selection Pane.

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New! Arrow Circles for PowerPoint

Arrow Circles for PowerPoint

You might have seen these types of arrow segments that form a circle – they are frequently used in slides that show processes, continuous sequences, and cycle diagrams. We bring you these arrow circles with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 segments each – but these are not merely segmented shapes that you will find elsewhere. First of all, you get these in two widths each – so you get a variation that lets you choose either a thinner or thicker segment. Additionally, you also get these segments in a regular geometric style – but what sets this apart is that we have also included an organic style so that your segments appear hand-drawn.

Download and use these arrow circles in your slides.

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Format Painter in PowerPoint 2013
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