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by Geetesh Bajaj, September 10th 2013

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PowerPoint Survey Needs Your Help

Dave Paradi As in the past, Indezine is supporting Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Survey. The 2013 Annoying PowerPoint survey is open until September 19th and you can share your views by clicking here. This is Dave Paradi's sixth biennial survey that asks audience members what annoys them about bad PowerPoint presentations. The results will help presenters improve, so please take 2 minutes to complete the survey today and share this link with others. Once the survey results are released, we will try to feature Dave in an interview so that he can discuss his findings with all of you.

Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2013: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books -- she just announced the 2013 incarnation of Outstanding Presentations Workshop, her webinar series that allows everyone to learn from renowned presentation experts. In this conversation, Ellen talks more about this new webinar series.

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Bing Images Search by License

Bing Images Search by LicenseBing's Image Search provides various combinations of filters using which you can narrow down your searches to acquire the exact results you are seeking. You can search by size, type, color, layout, people, and date. However, unless you are just visually browsing -- there's no sense in looking for pictures that you cannot use. Yes, there's nothing stopping you from saving these pictures and using them in your presentations or elsewhere -- but did you know that this simple task may not be legal? So how can you determine which picture can be used legally, and which ones cannot be used? That's exactly the topic of this page -- we will explore what we believe is Bing's most essential filter above all other filters -- yes, this is the License filter.

Learn how to search images in Bing using the built in License filters

Bing Images Search by Date

Bing Images Search by DateEach minute, millions of pictures get posted on the internet. And within this high-traffic driven and constantly changing network, finding a picture which was published a few hours ago, a month ago, or even a year ago may at first seem like a difficult task. But Bing's Image Search can help you tackle this problem and get all the fresh visual content that you need. This process of narrowing down your search is achieved by using Bing Image Search's Date filter. As the name itself suggests, the Date filter allows you to search pictures based on hours, days, months, etc. This is an immensely useful search tool for people who need to search for pictures related to current affairs.

Learn how to search images in Bing using the built in Date filters

Remove and Change Passwords in PowerPoint 2010

Remove and Change Passwords in PowerPoint 2010There are various reasons why you would want to encrypt your PowerPoint file with a password. There are two password levels you can implement within a PowerPoint file: a password to open and a password to edit. However, even if you add a password to your presentation, there may come a time when you want to remove it. Or, you may want to change the password. PowerPoint 2010 provides a very simple way to add a password. However, there is no obvious or intuitive command to remove or change the password protection.

Learn how to remove and change passwords applied to presentations in PowerPoint 2010

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Using SmartArt for Simple Flowcharts
While you can create flowcharts of all types in Microsoft Office applications quite easily using techniques explained in our Basic Flowcharts in Microsoft Office tutorial, there are ways in which you can create linear, non-branched flowcharts even more easily with just one click! These one-click flowcharts let you convert a bulleted list to a flowchart in an instant using the SmartArt diagramming feature. Before we proceed further, let us tell you that these SmartArt flowcharts are only useful for very simple concepts -- they also have several limitations.
Proofing Dictionaries for Foreign Languages
Microsoft Office programs such as PowerPoint include proofing tools (spelling dictionaries, thesauri, and grammar rules) for more than one language. Typically, if you use English as your main language, then Spanish, French, and some other dictionaries may be already installed -- this enables you to spell check words in other languages.

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Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D
You learned how to duplicate shapes by dragging in an earlier tutorial, but while that's a nice way to duplicate five or ten shapes, it's not the best way to create ten, twenty, or more copies. We all know that you can press Ctrl+C to copy any shape in PowerPoint to the clipboard, and a resulting Ctrl+V always pastes a copy from the clipboard to the slide -- what many people don't realize is PowerPoint has this almost supernatural keyboard shortcut called Ctrl+D (yes, the D stands for duplicate), and this Ctrl+D shortcut does more than just duplicate; in fact it creates a pattern of evenly-spaced and symmetrical shapes! Follow these steps to explore for yourself.
Drawing Multiple Shapes Quickly
Sometimes you need to draw multiple shapes of the same type on a slide, maybe a hundred smiley faces on one slide, or even a hundred stars on a dark blue slide. Yes, we can do that in PowerPoint by duplicating existing shapes but when did you see a night sky where each star was the exact same size? So that leaves out the Ctrl+dragging and Ctrl+D duplicating tricks, since every shape that's exactly the same in size as the other certainly does not look organic.
Align Shapes
We are great believers in creative freedom, and unrequired alignment of slide objects such as shapes is probably as bad a design decision as aligning nothing at all. In the end, every decision to align needs to stem from your creative thoughts -- sometimes it works, and some other times, an unaligned bunch of shapes looks perfectly natural and organic. Also remember that alignment works with more than just shapes -- and you can also combine shapes with other slide objects and align them all together.

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Add to Circles

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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