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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 11th 2014

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Slidedocs: Conversation with Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte Nancy Duarte has been Principal at Duarte Design since 1990. Her firm is in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and the client list is loaded with Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for business communications that are clear, meaningful and attractive has opened doors for her in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications. Nancy has previously authored three amazing books: Slide:ology, Resonate, and the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. In this conversation, Nancy discusses about her new (fourth) book, Slidedocs.

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Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Missing "Video from Web Site" Option

Missing "Video from Web Site" Option in PowerPoint 2010?Until some time ago, you could insert a video clip from a web site such as YouTube into your PowerPoint slide. Within PowerPoint 2010, this Insert Online Videos option lets you easily achieve an acceptable result. Within the Insert tab of the Ribbon, you would find a Video button. Click the button, and there would be three options in the resultant menu. This included the Video from Web Site option. But magically, it may seem – this option may have disappeared from the Video drop-down gallery within PowerPoint 2010!

Learn why the Video from Web Site option is missing in PowerPoint 2010

Learn PowerPoint 2003 for Windows: Slide Layouts

Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2003 Create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2003, and you will see that the first slide has two text placeholders. Now when you add another new slide, you don't see a slide similar to your opening slide. Rather than slide title and subtitle placeholders, this new slide has slide title and text placeholders.

Learn about Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2003

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.

Add and Select Text within Shapes

PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Add and Select Text within ShapesText can make so much difference to your shapes -- add some text to a rectangle and it becomes an info-graphic! There can be any number of other reasons to insert text within a shape -- and inserting or editing text within a shape using PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface is as easy as doing the same on the desktop version of PowerPoint 2013. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can insert and edit the text within a shape while using PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device such as the Surface.

Learn how to add and select text within shapes in PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device

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Insert Table
We all use tables in our slides all the time to present numeric data in an organized way so that the audience can easily comprehend or compare values and understand trends. Sometimes tables may even work as containers for quotations or even messages. It's quite easy to insert a new table -- yet there's more than one way to do this simple task. Which option you choose to insert a table in PowerPoint 2013 depends upon whether your slide contains a Content placeholder or not.
Drawing Curved Lines
Drawing a simple straight, point to point line in PowerPoint 2013 is a piece of cake. Now, in this tutorial we'll move on further to show you how you can draw a curved line. With curved lines, you can create both open and closed shapes. Follow these steps to draw a curved edged triangle using the Curve shape tool.
Draw Tables
PowerPoint 2013 provides you with more than one option to insert a table on your slide. These options range from the easy ones that require you to just type in or select the required number of rows and columns, to others such as the Draw Table option that allows you to create a table on your PowerPoint slide directly, in the same way as you would sketch a table with a pen on a paper.
Drawing Freeform Lines
The Freeform drawing tool lets you draw anything almost like drawing with a pencil on a piece of paper. In addition, you can create straight lines as well --this dual capability of the Freeform tool provides you with more creative freedom. What's very important for you to know though is that the Freeform tool takes a while getting used to -- practice alone will make your attempts perfect!
Insert Excel Spreadsheet
Many times, you can manage with a table within PowerPoint instead of an actual Excel spreadsheet. This is especially true when you want your table content to have a consistent look and feel with the rest of your slide. However, tables are dumb -- they cannot work with formulas or even do the most basic functions that Excel provides. So there may be times when you would want a real Excel spreadsheet within your slides rather than a table.

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