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by Geetesh Bajaj, February 11th 2014

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Can I Get a Better Green?

Can I Get a Better Green?Theme colors are an integral part of a PowerPoint template. These colors appear in all of the Ribbon galleries and will influence the look of graphics and charts created with the template. But what about the tints and shades that populate the rest of the gallery? PowerPoint automatically generates these values based on the Theme colors. You cannot manually set any of the tints or shades. You’ve probably seen a few tints that were so bright that they hurt your eyes! How can you adjust these screamingly intense tints so the full color palette is usable?"

Learn how you can change the tints and shades of colors that show up within the Theme color galleries

PowerPoint on Touch Devices

PowerPoint on Touch Devices

In this set of tutorials, we will explore how you can use Microsoft Office applications within a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface. Remember that these tutorials explain techniques that are devoid of a physical keyboard (or a keyboard equipped cover)."

Learn how to work with touch specific options while using Microsoft Office 2013 on a device such as Microsoft Surface

Know Your Inner Dialogue: by Claudyne Wilder

Claudyne WilderYou have practiced out loud. You feel confident. You know the subject. You have answered the questions you may be asked. But you are still uneasy. Often you feel good before a presentation but part way through, you lose confidence and just want to get it over with and sit down. Sometimes I see this phenomenon with the people I coach. I watch them closely and then ask, "Do you have a voice that is critiquing everything you are saying and telling you that what you just said is not exactly correct?" The presenter looks surprised and responds, "Yes." Then I say, "This is what I like to call the overworked helper."

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Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds
Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes, checks, etc. PowerPoint includes 48 such patterns with names like plaid, weaves, shingle and zigzag. Typically, patterns should work most of the time as slide backgrounds since most patterns are very small, and spread over the entire expanse of a slide, they can add a homogenous look. However some patterns work better than others, and if your slide text is small in size, then reading the text against a patterned background may be a challenge.
Creating Semi-Circles
PowerPoint 2013 provides so many basic shapes within the Shapes gallery. All of these shapes can be used in many ways, and that in itself works most of the time. Yet there are plenty of other shapes that are not provided within the Shapes gallery but you can easily modify an existing shape a wee bit to end up with something you need. A semi-circle is a perfect example of such a shape.

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Set Line Weight for Table Borders
While drawing tables, you might have noticed that the table borders are thin with just 1pt. weight (thickness). And truly speaking, you may not need to change that value most of the time. However, if you do want to change the weight of table borders, you do so in the same way as you change their color or line style. Your table borders can be of any weight starting from 0.25 pt. to 6 pt., and no higher. Even 6 pt. is very thick for a table border, so it does pay to be careful, just to make sure that your table borders don't look too blocky, or even distract from the content within the table.
Fills and Effects for Tables
With the help of tables in PowerPoint you can make your numerical data or other content look organized, and make it easier for your audiences to quickly comprehend this data. You can make this task even more effective by selecting particular cells in the table, or the entire table, and then using Fill and Effects options -- these options are located within the Tables tab of the Ribbon.
Callout Shapes
A Callout is a shape that contains some text. But callouts are not just any shape -- most of the time, they are connected to another figure or visual. Callouts also have an attached line, arrow, or another pointer style that identifies them with a certain figure or visual. So in simple terms, callouts are those extra shapes with text that add value to other visuals. On their own, you'll hardly find callouts used anywhere.

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