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by Geetesh Bajaj, February 25th 2014

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Countdown Timers for PowerPoint

Countdown Timers for PowerPoint Here are a bunch of Countdown Timer slides that you can use to create or embed in your own PowerPoint presentation slides. This entire kit contains 5 different styles of Countdown Timer. We made these available in two slide sizes for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions. You can get this kit for only $5.

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Visual Resume Templates for PowerPoint

Visual Resume Templates for PowerPoint Do you want to create your own interesting visual resume within minutes, with or without any designing experience? What about creating this all within PowerPoint, without anything else? You need our amazing Visual Resume templates for PowerPoint. These ready to use PowerPoint templates come with placeholders for text and pictures. All templates are made available as part of a kit that you can customize in seconds to create your own visual resume.

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Callout Sample 04: Hand Drawn Appearance

Callout Sample 04: Hand Drawn Appearance This is part of our "sometimes" series on how you can explore design treatments for callouts within your slides. And here's another very interesting and organic sample to share. The fact that this sample does not just try to appear hand drawn, but that it actually travels all the way on the hand drawn path is what makes this stand apart.

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PowerPoint 2013 on TouchPowerPoint 2013 on Touch

Tutorials on working with touch specific options while using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 on a device such as Microsoft Surface.

Shape Floatie

PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Touch: Shape Floatie Whenever you tap on an object in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint versions of Office 2013 while using a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface, you will see a floatie spawning right there! In our Using the Touch Floatie in Office 2013 tutorial, we explored how you can bring up floaties with differing options, depending upon the object you tap -- the resultant floatie contains all the options required to format the tapped slide object. In this tutorial, we'll explore various options within the Shape floatie -- you access this floatie by tapping a Shape.

Learn how to select shapes while using PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device

Picture Floatie

PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Touch: Picture FloatieTap on a selected picture on a Touch device and you will see a floatie spawning right there -- in this case you see the Picture floatie that provides formatting options for the tapped picture. In this tutorial, we'll explore various options within this floatie.

Explore various options within the picture floatie in PowerPoint 2013

Crop Pictures

PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Touch: Crop PicturesWhile creating PowerPoint slides, you will invariably add pictures -- and of course you can also add pictures in Word documents or Excel sheets. If you are using any of these programs on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface, this process works just like how you would insert pictures on a desktop version of PowerPoint 2013. The differences between working within a desktop and a touch environment become a little more pronounced when you want to do something simple with your pictures -- like cropping them. Yes, cropping can make your picture more pertinent by removing areas that may be not required. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can crop a picture within PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device such as Surface -- the process works in the same way on Word and Excel versions of Office 2013.

Learn how to crop pictures within PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device

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Rotate Text 180° within Shapes
If you have worked aplenty with text in PowerPoint, you must be aware that you cannot rotate text within a shape by 180°. What's surprising is that you can rotate text by 90° and 270° within a shape, but not by 180°! In this tutorial, we'll show you a step by step procedure that will allow you to rotate text 180° within a shape in PowerPoint 2013.
Action Buttons
Shapes may look basic or even primitive, but they are the building blocks of almost anything you create on your PowerPoint slides. Fortunately, you are not deprived of choices because PowerPoint provides plenty of shapes, neatly categorized into nine types. Among all the shape types, Action Buttons behave differently -- these are essentially rectangular shapes that are used as navigation aids to navigate between slides, or even another presentation, document, or a web URL. You insert an Action Button in almost the same way as you insert any other shape.

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Change a Diagonal Line to a Horizontal / Vertical Line
In PowerPoint you rotate shapes using the green rotation handle that appears when you select a shape. However, did you ever notice that the open line shape in PowerPoint doesn't show a green rotation handle? Even though you may think that you hit a dead end, there is a workaround using which you can rotate a Line shape using the Width and Height attributes available.
Finding Length of a Diagonal Line
Did you ever draw a line in PowerPoint that was slanted or sloped -- and then you wanted to know the length of your line? Believe it or not, there is no option to do this within the program! For all practical purposes, a slanted or sloped line is essentially a diagonal line, and the only attributes that PowerPoint provides for this line is a Length and a Width! You might be curious about how a line can have a Height and a Width rather than just a Length?
Rotate Text 180° within Shapes
In PowerPoint 2011, you can change the direction of rotation for text contained within a shape. However you actually cannot find an option to rotate your text within a shape by 180°! Funnily enough, there are options called Rotate to 90° Counterclockwise which actually rotates your text by 270° and Rotate to 90° Clockwise which rotates your text by 90°. So, you can rotate your shape text by 90° and 270°, but there is no option to rotate your text by 180°.

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