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by Geetesh Bajaj, September 9, 2014

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Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 04

Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint All shapes arranged with geometric precision - this can look very organized but also robotic and unnatural. What if you could make all these straight shapes look curved - almost as if they are hand-drawn? Won't that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love this new series of irregular shapes for PowerPoint. Perfect shapes and boxes everywhere, all neatly lined up! Yes, such arrangements look clean, but also monotonous! What if you could make all these shapes curved, slanted, and natural looking - they are hand-drawn? Won't that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love these new irregular shapes for PowerPoint.

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emaze: The Indezine Review

emaze: The Indezine ReviewMore than a decade ago, someone suggested that over 30 million presentations are delivered every single day. Certainly, that number must have exploded now to a much larger count - and it may be even more than we can imagine if you factor in that not all presentations are created on desktop machines. Nowadays slides are also created on tablets and Smartphones, and more importantly also on online presentation platforms that provide users with the tools they need without installing any program. One such platform is emaze, and in this review we will explore this platform.

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Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 05

Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint Perfect shapes and segments everywhere, all neatly organized! Yes, such layouts look clean, but also so repetitive! What if you could make all these segments curved, slanted, and natural looking - as if they are hand-drawn? Won't that look more organic? If you agree, then you will certainly love these new irregular shapes for PowerPoint.

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

Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic
The default look of SmartArt graphics works great, and you may not want to change a thing! Yet, it's good to know that you can change your SmartArt graphics to other layouts, change the color of SmartArt graphics, or apply a SmartArt Style to make your SmartArt graphic appear distinct and unique. You can also change the actual shapes within a SmartArt graphic -- for instance you can change some circles in your SmartArt graphic to squares with a mere click or two!
Resize Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic
Similar to how you can change an individual shape within the SmartArt, you can even resize shapes within a SmartArt graphic. This can be helpful if you want one shape to be larger than the others -- maybe you want one shape to stand out? Whatever be the reason behind you wanting to resize these shapes, this tutorial will explore how you can resize individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013.
Move Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic
SmartArt graphics are easily inserted infographics that typically place common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other to create a strong message. You can of course change those individual shapes within SmartArt, as in changing a square to a circle or anything else -- but what many users don't realize is that you can do much more. You can actually move some shapes around within the SmartArt graphic if you want -- this sort of creative freedom lets you adapt existing SmartArt layouts to your liking to create something new.
Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text
One of the best options to create new SmartArt is by converting your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times though, you might want to do the reverse -- that is converting SmartArt back to bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in later versions, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps to do the conversion of SmartArt to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2013 -- do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.
Convert SmartArt Graphic into Shapes
SmartArt is a great new feature that Microsoft added in PowerPoint -- yet many users want to convert their SmartArt graphic to bulleted text, or even to individual editable shapes that can be manipulated further. Yes, you can convert SmartArt to individual shapes, but do remember that this is a one-way process, and you lose any edit-ability for the SmartArt graphic from that point of time. However, converting to shapes does mean that you have complete control over moving, resizing, deleting, or formatting individual shapes.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Charts

Creating Charts Using Excel Data
You may have started scratch with inserting a new chart on your PowerPoint slide. This of course brings up an instance of the Excel sheet with some dummy data -- and indeed you can type in your own data to replace this dummy data. However, what if you already have some data that's within an Excel sheet -- can you use that data to create your PowerPoint chart? The answer is yes, and that's what you are going to learn in this tutorial.
Change Order of Chart Data Series
Typically the Data Series of a chart in PowerPoint is displayed in the exact sequence in which it is contained within the Excel sheet. If you want to change the order of the Data Series within the chart, you access the Excel sheet containing the chart data and reorder the columns representing the Data Series. But, what if you don't want to alter the Excel data, and want to reorder the Data Series within the PowerPoint chart itself? That's doable, and this tutorial will explain the process.
Chart Data Labels
In a PowerPoint chart, Data Labels are used to display various types of information. You can display the value, and/or the name of the Chart Series, and/or the Categories right within or above the Series on the chart. Adding Data Labels can help the presenter reveal exact values along with the Series, so that he or she need not check on the Value axis to ascertain approximate values of any Series. In a default PowerPoint chart, you won't be able to see the Data Labels enabled.
Format Data Label Options for Charts
Adding Data Labels is one of the ways in which you can make your charts in PowerPoint more effective, informative, and relevant for your audience. Once added, you can also further change the appearance of the Data Labels to suit your requirements, as explained in this tutorial.
Chart Data Callouts
Data Labels in PowerPoint are used to display the value, and/or the name of the Chart Series, and/or Categories right within or above the Series on the chart. In versions older than PowerPoint 2013, Data Labels were contained within a plain text box. However, PowerPoint 2013 includes the new Data Callout option, that allows you to add Data Labels. This places your Data Labels within a specific callout shape.

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