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by Geetesh Bajaj, November 12th 2013

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Indezine Thanksgiving PowerPoint KitThe Indezine Thanksgiving Kit is a self-contained set of content that provides everything you need to create picture slides for PowerPoint. This kit contains both a standard and a widescreen Thanksgiving PowerPoint Theme, a foodie font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some pictures, and even a few sample slides.

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5 Million SlideShark Presentations: Conversation with Gerry Praysman

Gerry Praysman Gerry Praysman is manager of SlideShark product marketing at Brainshark, Inc., a leader in cloud-based business presentations. 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 from 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, Gerry discusses major SlideShark milestones being announced today.

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PowerPoint 2013 Books

PowerPoint 2013 Books Here's a listing of some books that will get you up to speed learning PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- all books are linked to Amazon pages where you can read book reviews and also see a few pages for each of the books so as to decide which books suits your learning style. If you actually buy something, we do get a reward from Amazon.

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Easy WebContent Presenter: Conversation with Payman Taei

Payman Taei Payman Taei is the Founder of HindSite Interactive, an award winning web design and web development company in the Washington D.C. Area and the Founder of Easy WebContent, a cloud based Do It Yourself platform that allows everyone to easily create, edit and manage professional websites, presentations, infographics, banners and animations right in their browser. In this conversation, Payman Taei discusses Easy WebContent's Presenter.

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More Chart Area Options
The Chart Area is essentially covered by the entire chart and is populated with various other chart elements. For all practical reasons, you can say that the entire chart is contained within the Chart Area. To change the position of the Chart Area, you can either just select and drag it to the new position on the slide, or reposition it accurately as explained in this tutorial. This tutorial will also teach you to how to add alternative text to the chart to help people with visual disabilities.
Plot Area for Charts
The Plot Area for a chart is the layer placed behind the actual chart. This layer typically has the axes on its perimeter. Also, the Data Series and Gridlines are placed above this layer. If the fill color for both the Plot Area and the Chart Area are the same, as they often are -- then you may miss the difference between both these chart elements. This default status works well. However, you can format the Plot Area separately to make it look prominent. You can change its appearance by altering fills and effects with just a few clicks.
Chart Gridlines
Horizontal and Vertical gridlines are the lines that span wide and tall within the chart's Plot Area. These gridlines originate from one of the axes -- this makes the data easier to comprehend for the viewer. Gridlines may emerge from the horizontal and vertical axes -- by default you can see only Horizontal gridlines on the chart. Following are a few points to be considered when you work with Gridlines.

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Add Texture Fills to Shapes
PowerPoint's fill options for shapes are extensive. The texture fills for shape incidentally are not too different from picture fills, other than the fact that they can be tiled. PowerPoint includes a built-in library of textures, and you can also import any picture, to be used as a texture. Before we get into textures, it's important to understand how PowerPoint treats them differently from pictures. Yes, both textures and pictures are bitmaps saved in pixel based formats like JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIFF, etc. The main difference between textures and pictures is that while textures are seamless, bitmaps are not necessarily seamless. Seamless means that if you tile up a texture, it will not show any edges while tiling thus providing an illusion of a seamless expanse.
Tiling Options
The Tiling options are available when you add texture fills to shapes or even use a picture as a fill to a shape and want to provide a tile effect to it. Tiling can really make a difference to your shape fill. Make sure that you select the Tile picture as texture check-box. This will allow you to use the picture chosen as a texture, and you'll find several Tiling options.
Add Pattern Fills to Shapes
Pattern fills for shapes are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes and checks. PowerPoint includes 48 patterns such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle and Zig Zag. Pattern fills for shapes are not included within the Shape fill drop-down gallery in PowerPoint 2013. But you can find this option buried within the Format Shape Task Pane. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can access Pattern fill options.
Slide Background Fill
You have already learned how to add different fills for shapes. Just like the Pattern fill option, there is one more hidden shape fill option which you can't access from the Shape fill gallery -- yet this is one of those fantastic PowerPoint features that you have to use to believe! The Slide Background fill option is different from other shape fill options because instead of filling something into the selected shape, it makes the slide background area behind the shape visible into the selected shape.
No Fill
After learning how to add different fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2013, now its time to learn how to remove any fill from a shape so that your shape only has an outline without a fill. Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or the default fill may be different depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but there are times you want just the outline to be visible. It is in scenarios like these where it can be useful to learn how to remove any fill.

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Gear Graphics for PowerPoint

Gear Graphics for PowerPoint

Gears -- these denote that things are moving, something is happening. Yes, gears mean action.

Have you ever wanted to use animated or non animated gear graphics in your PowerPoint slides? We have just what you need -- these ready-to-use awesome gears will save you tons of time. In fact, if you need to spend an hour or two to animate them, then you will be happy to know that we have included animated variants of all gears. Use the ones you want -- either animated or non-animated or even both. To use them, all you need to do is copy them and paste in your own slides!

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