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by Geetesh Bajaj, June 17, 2014

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Countdown Timers for PowerPoint (Set 2: Longer)

Countdown Timers for PowerPoint We are happy to announce a second bunch of Countdown Timer slides. After the success of our first Countdown Timer series, here's another set that contains longer countdowns (10 minutes each). This entire kit contains 5 different styles of Countdown Timers. Each slide has animated objects that already contrast with the slide background. Just copy and paste the slides in your presentation - and the slide objects will inherit the color schemes of the presentation you paste into!

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Remembering Your Slides: Conversation with Carmen Simon

Dr. Carmen SimonDr. Carmen Simon's presentations and workshops help business professionals to use communication and presentation skills to increase revenue, train or motivate others, and overall to stand out rom too much sameness in the industry. A published author, Dr. Simon is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at various conferences. She is co-founder of Rexi Media, a company that helps business professionals from all fields improve their presentation skills, by using brain science. In this conversation, Carmen discusses how you can create more memorable slides.

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ShapeChef: The Indezine Review

ShapeChef: The Indezine ReviewShapeChef is a PowerPoint add-in that enables you to collect and organize PowerPoint assets (shapes, pictures, tables, charts, etc). For example, you can arrange your favorite graphics into separate categories and sub-categories. You can also use the instant search feature within ShapeChef to find shapes quickly. Additionally, ShapeChef allows to store assets online "in the cloud", which can be thereafter accessed from any computer. Also, you can invite multiple users to join your libraries, and control their permission options. Also, ShapeChef gives you access to several ready-to-use collections of icons and symbols.

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PowerPoint Online Interface

PowerPoint Online InterfaceAlthough PowerPoint has always been a desktop program, Microsoft has made impressive strides in porting the entire program to function as a web based program -- and even more amazing is the fact that PowerPoint Online on OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive) is completely free for anyone to use. Here's a quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint Online interface. Do note that to a large extent, the PowerPoint Online interface mimics the PowerPoint desktop interface. However, there are some differences as well, as you will understand better from this tutorial.

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Set Color for Table Borders
Table borders in PowerPoint sport the default color from the Theme applied to the presentation. However, you can override and change this color as required. Not only you can set the table border color for the new tables before they are drawn, but also you can change the color of existing table borders. Follow these steps to learn more.
Touch / Mouse Mode
Look closely at the interface within PowerPoint 2013, particularly the Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu, and you'll find the Touch/Mouse Mode command. This essentially is a toggle button that alternates between touch and mouse modes. Touch mode is the default mode when using PowerPoint on a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface or other tablets, and lets you use the program even without a mouse. And Mouse mode is the default mode for PowerPoint 2013 when working on a non-touch enabled desktop or laptop. The larger question though is why you can toggle to the Touch mode in a non-touch device. If you are using PowerPoint on a desktop, why you need the Touch mode?
Set Line Style for Table Borders
The borders for tables that you create within PowerPoint are thin lines by default. You can change the weight of these borders to make them thicker -- but even before you do so, there are certain prerequisites to take care of. First of all, if you have applied any of the Table Styles, then some borders may have been set to be invisible. So, you need to set them to be visible first since there's no sense in thickening an invisible border. Once table borders are visible, you can make changes to their appearance -- you can change their color, line style, or thickness.
Inserting Screenshots
By its very nature, PowerPoint is an application that takes content of different types and arranges them all together coherently within a slide. Such content often includes text, pictures, charts, multimedia, and other types. Additionally, since many people use PowerPoint for training programs -- you will find many slides that contain screenshots of computer program interfaces. Typically, you capture these screenshots in another program and then insert that screenshot like a regular picture within PowerPoint 2013. This task is made even more easy as now you can quickly and easily add a screenshot from within PowerPoint without even leaving the program you are working in.

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Recolor Picture Backgrounds
It's true that picture backgrounds add value to your presentations. Yet, one of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored slide background. However, you get to see such bad presentations every now and then. When people do so, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides.

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Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you - just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template - replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories - and you're done! You'll still need a real human being to track scores - and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.

This template is entirely Theme aware - change your Theme colors and fonts - and everything automatically updates. We tested this template in both Windows (2007, 2010, and 2013) and Mac (2008 and 2011) versions of PowerPoint.

Download and play your own Jeopardy-like game.

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