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by Geetesh Bajaj, January 21st 2014

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PowerPoint Animation: Ceiling Fan

PowerPoint Animation: Ceiling Fan

How can you create a ceiling fan in PowerPoint and animate it to play? That was certainly an interesting challenge and actually quite easy to achieve in PowerPoint. You can download and reuse this slide for your own presentations.

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Bar Charts in PowerPoint

Bar Charts in PowerPointA Bar chart maps data as a bar within a chart's Plot area. A bar is essentially a rectangle that's typically thin width-wise and long length-wise. In simple terms, a Bar chart is a Column chart that has been rotated 90 degrees! Data that is arranged in columns or rows on a worksheet can be plotted in a Bar chart. Bar charts illustrate comparisons among individual items. While Bar charts do not possess the utter simplicity of Column charts where a higher column indicates better results, they can be more suitable to present data in an almost timeline-like style.

Learn about Bar Charts, and how you can use them within PowerPoint

Add Sound / Music to a PDF

Add Sound / Music to a PDF

There are times when you have to share your PowerPoint presentation as a PDF – mainly because you want to send a non-editable file format to someone. However any sound or music clips within your original PowerPoint file do not get included within the converted PDF. At other times, you may just want to add some sound or music to an existing PDF, even if that PDF was not created from a PowerPoint file.

Learn how to add sound/music to a PDF

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Text Alignment in Table Cells
An individual cell within a Table acts just like any other text box as far as its content or even appearance is concerned. Therefore, all text alignment options used for text containers work with Table cells too with a few exceptions. Text alignment options for Table cell content can be found within the Table Layout tab of the Ribbon -- look for them in the Alignment group.
Draw Tables
In PowerPoint, you can insert a table quickly by specifying your required number of rows and columns -- that's easy but there are other intuitive ways to create tables. Speaking about intuitive, what can be more intuitive than directly drawing a table on your PowerPoint slide almost like sketching with pen on paper?

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Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting
PowerPoint 2013 enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Its Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed. We already showed you how you can convert an entire text box to one shape using the Intersect command. However, if you want your resultant shapes to be individual for each character, then you will need to use the Fragment option, as explained in this tutorial.
Merge Shapes with Pictures
PowerPoint 2013 really did take the Merge Shapes command to a whole new level. Not only can you merge shapes with other shapes and text, you can also merge shapes with pictures! First you may wonder what's so awesome about merging shapes with pictures? But play a bit and you'll realize that this opens up huge possibilities. We will start simple in this tutorial and explore how you can create cookie cutter shapes with this option.
Create Jigsaw Shapes
PowerPoint's Merge Shapes commands open new opportunities and possibilities for you. Typically, whenever we needed to create a jigsaw puzzle in PowerPoint, we would source the actual jigsaw shapes from Office.com or from one of the many stock image sites. However, the Merge Shapes commands make it so easy to create your own jigsaws with nothing more than a few shapes!

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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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