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Creating Diagonal Callouts in PowerPoint

Creating Diagonal Callouts in PowerPoint Creating diagonal callouts in PowerPoint is quite simple as long as you know which tools you need to create them. Even before we show you how these can be created, let us first explore what exactly a "diagonal callout" is.

Learn how to create diagonal callouts in PowerPoint

XML Editing in Visual Studio Express with 7-Zip

XML Editing in Visual Studio Express with 7-Zip A PPTX file or any of the new file formats that Office 2007 and later use such as POTX or THMX are different than the older binary file formats such as PPT. Even more interesting is the fact that the actual file is not an XML based file but only a wrapper that contain many disparate and related XML based elements. The wrapper technology used is just simple ZIP technology. If you want to edit Office XML files, you will therefore need to unzip, edit, and finally zip the file. Alternatively, you can perform XML Editing using 7-Zip and Visual Studio Express -- both of these products are free!

Edit PowerPoint files within Visual Studio Express with a little help from 7-Zip

OfficeReports: Conversation with Torben Laustsen

Torben Laustsen Torben Laustsen is co-founder of OfficeReports, a PowerPoint add-in that lets you add surveys within slides. His background is that of a market researcher. During the last 20 years, he has focused on research workflows, and how technology can support data collection, data analysis and the reporting of data. In this conversation, Torben discusses Office Reports.

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PowerPoint 2011: Keyboard Sequences

PowerPoint 2011: Keyboard SequencesUnlike the Windows versions of PowerPoint where you can quickly press the Alt key to access the menu or even the Ribbon tabs, the Mac versions of PowerPoint provide no equivalent feature. However there is an alternative - you can learn how to invoke keyboard sequences by accessing your menu bar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn about keyboards sequences in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

PowerPoint 2003: Keyboard Sequences

PowerPoint 2003: Keyboard Sequences Many users are familiar with keyboard shortcuts -- yet there are no real shortcuts for tasks users need to perform all the time -- this includes changing PowerPoint's views or even aligning or reordering slide objects. Thankfully, there are many keyboard sequences that work for these tasks. Most sequences entail that you press two buttons -- and then press a third button after a moment. So if the keyboard sequence is listed as Alt+S > H -- then you must press the Alt and S keys together -- let go those two keys and then press the H key.

Discover keyboard sequences for PowerPoint 2003

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Add and Remove Table Rows/Columns
After you insert a table in PowerPoint, you will certainly fill it with some content. Even after your table is populated, it may require more additions or deletions later. Like anything else in life, tables need to grow and accommodate more content -- or they may even need to shed some of it. Adding or removing content within a table usually entails adding and removing table rows and columns, as required.
Formatting Callouts
When Callout shapes are used wisely, they can be impactors that convey a message. The attribution and positioning of the callouts has to be proper so that your audiences do not get lost. When inserted, Callouts take default formatting attributes from the Theme applied to the presentation, just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can later change their fill and/or outline and also apply a shape effect to them in the same way as you would do for any PowerPoint shape.
Distribute Rows and Columns
Using Tables on your presentation slides, you can make your data or other content look organized. Audiences can easily and quickly comprehend the data. Even with all this organization built-in within the tabular structure, tables still need aesthetics. A table on your slide looks good when its rows and columns are arranged and sized in a proper manner, and the table cell content is aligned well.
Edit Points for Shapes
When a shape is inserted within PowerPoint, its default appearance is related to the points that it contains -- and you can thus change the actual shape to anything you want. PowerPoint's native Edit Points tool makes it almost a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. This is very similar to what you would do in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. By using the Edit Points tool, you can change a rectangle to a rhombus, or even edit a curved or freeform line differently.
Merge and Split Table Cells
Insert a table on your PowerPoint slide and then populate the table with content -- and, what comes next? Probably you need to add or remove rows and columns. Also, the table cells can be made larger or smaller without influencing the entire row or column -- and that's something that can be easily achieved by merging or splitting cells in your existing table. This is essentially true for tables that have two header rows, or even with tables that have a long phrase in the header row.

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Troubleshooting Menu Activation
It really does not matter which program you are using on a Mac -- your Menu Bar remains constant irrespective of the program being used. Yes some menus do change but some such as the Apple menu are retained all the time. To activate the Menu Bar without a mouse, you can press the Ctrl+F2 key combination (or Ctrl+Fn+F2, if you use a smaller keyboard on a Mac laptop). Thereafter you access various menu options by typing their first couple of letters. Sometimes, this feature may suddenly stop working -- you may not be able to activate the Menu Bar using the key combination Ctrl+F2 (or Ctrl+Fn+F2).

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Applying Masters
Once you have applied a template within PowerPoint 2003 that has multiple masters, you can thereafter apply different Slide Masters to the slides in your presentation. This tutorial therefore assumes that your presentation already has multiple masters available. Having said so, the reason why you want to apply multiple masters is preferably only to have sets of slides that look a wee bit different rather than ending up with something that's inconsistent. Ultimately the role of masters is to ensure that your presentation remains consistent in design, layout and form.

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