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by Geetesh Bajaj, September 2, 2014

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Gears, Yet Again for PowerPoint! (Series 03)

Gears, Yet Again for PowerPoint! (Series 03) Here's the new, third set of animated Gears - we call this one Animated Gears Yet Again! The previous two series can be found here, and here. Like the earlier series, these come in both animated & non animated versions. The time-consuming process of using Gears and animating them in PowerPoint is now made easy again. Watch the video on this page and explore how the gears animate perfectly in the slide.

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Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2014: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen FinkelsteinEllen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, a recognized expert, speaker, trainer, and best-selling author on PowerPoint, presentation skills, and AutoCAD. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs. She just announced the 2014 incarnation of Outstanding Presentations Workshop, her webinar series that allows everyone to learn from renowned presentation experts. In this conversation, Ellen talks more about this new webinar series.

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PresentationLand.com: Conversation with Kurt Dupont

Kurt DupontKurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After 3 years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport - this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998. In this conversation, Kurt discusses PresentationLand.com, a new site that showcases PresentationPoint products.

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The Fate of Reading in a Digital World: Conversation with Naomi S. Baron

Naomi S. BaronNaomi S. Baron is Professor of Linguistics and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University in Washington, DC. A Guggenheim Fellow and Swedish Fulbright Fellow, she is the author of seven books on language. Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World was the 2008 winner of the Duke of Edinburgh English-Speaking Union English Language Book Award. Her new book, Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, which explores how digital technology redefines what it means to read, will be published by Oxford University Press this winter. In this conversation, Naomi discusses her new book, and what PowerPoint users need to learn from the book.

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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: SmartArt

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic
After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic -- follow these steps to learn how you can delete shapes from your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013.
Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types)
After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt, you might want to change the layout of the SmartArt. You can choose from various SmartArt graphics variations available within PowerPoint 2013. In this tutorial we'll show you how to change any existing SmartArt graphic to any other layout (type).
Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic
Although the default colors of an inserted SmartArt graphic may works the best, you may also want to change the colors of the shapes comprising the SmartArt graphic. You change the colors of everything within the SmartArt graphic at one go or change colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can change colors of your SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.
Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt
After inserting a SmartArt graphic in your slide, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic -- this applies new colors to the entire SmartArt graphic including the various shapes it contains. However there may be times when you want one of the shapes to be colored differently -- in this tutorial we'll explore the fill, line, and effect options which can be applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.
Apply SmartArt Styles
When colors are changed for a SmartArt graphic, the only change that happens is to the fill colors of the the individual shapes within the SmartArt. Other niceties such as outlines or effects are not altered. Rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option to overcome this limitation. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to the selected SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Transitions

Dynamic Content Transitions
Dynamic Content transitions were first introduced in PowerPoint 2010 (these also work in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac). When these transitions are applied to your slide, the actual transition occurs on all areas of the slide except the backgrounds. This makes your content move independently on and off the screen. PowerPoint 2013 provides seven different transition effects within the Dynamic Content category -- do experiment with these options for direction and timing to create some great looking presentations.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Custom Slide Shows

Creating Custom Slide Shows
Do you want to show only selected slides from your presentation to a particular audience? The answer is not to delete the slides you do not want to show and thereafter saving as a copy. The answer is to create a custom slide show! So what's a custom slide show? Think of your individual slides as songs -- then a custom slide show is a playlist of those songs! Even better, since this is like a playlist, you do not have to delete the slides that are not used. And there's more -- you can create any number of custom slide shows!
Playing Custom Shows
After you create custom slide shows, you will want to present them to your audience. Yes, you could access the Custom Shows dialog box, and then select a show and then choose to play it -- but that's a long process indeed. In this tutorial, we will show how you can access the same custom show more easily. And then we will also show you how you can set any custom show as the default -- this means that when you actually play your presentation in Slide Show view, only the slides within the custom show you select will be shown!

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shapes

Change a Diagonal Line to a Horizontal / Vertical Line
In PowerPoint 2013, you rotate shapes using the white rotation handle that appears when you select a shape. However, have you ever noticed that the open line shape in PowerPoint doesn't show a white rotation handle? Now, if you want to rotate any diagonal line to make it either a perfect horizontal, or vertical line, how would you do that?
Finding Length of a Diagonal Line
Sometimes, when you draw a line in PowerPoint that is slanted or sloped, you may thereafter want to know the length of your line. Believe it or not, there is no option to do this within the program. Unless you go and revisit your school geometry class!

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Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2014!

Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books -- she has announced Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2014!

This amazing series of workshops will help you become a better presenter and designer. Those of you who attended in the last 4 years (over 1700 people signed up from 49 countries in the first year itself!) will remember the high quality of the presentations.

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This 5th Outstanding Presentations Workshop has a new group of top-tier presenters (more about them later)!

During the Outstanding Presentations Workshop you'll learn to:

  • sharpen your skills
  • more clearly communicate your message
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