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by Geetesh Bajaj, October 14, 2014

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Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 06

Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 06Yes, It's great to have stuff neatly lined up - but your slide layouts can look more pleasing and aesthetic with a personal touch. It's the same with geometric shapes - they look organized, but why stay with just organized when they can also look more human with a shape that's slightly irregular? What if you could make all shape segments in your slides 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.

Download and use these shapes in your slides

Fall Leaves Clip Arts for PowerPoint

Fall Leaves Clip Arts for PowerPointThese Fall Leaves Clip Arts for PowerPoint are ready to use clip-art graphics that you can use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. These clip art graphics are available in black and white colors -- both variations are contained within two separate sample presentations you can download. Copy the clip art graphics of your choice from the downloaded presentations, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slide, or you can also paste them into a Word document or an Excel worksheet. Additionally, these Fall Leaves graphics are vector shapes, so you can easily edit them within your Microsoft Office program.

Download and use these fall leaves in your slides

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Pictures and Visuals

Set Document Resolution
Pictures are one of the most important content types you add on your slides -- however, each picture you insert may have different resolutions -- and thus even though you may have sized your picture to look like a small postage stamp on your slide, it may be increasing your file size by several megabytes. You can of course manually compress pictures in your presentation. Additionally, you can set the document resolution for any presentation -- this option will compress pictures you insert automatically to the default resolution you set.
Insert Online Pictures
It's always been possible to add pictures from an online source within PowerPoint. For more than a decade this online source has been the pictures available online at Office.com -- in most previous versions, this was achieved through the Insert Clip Art option. Now in PowerPoint 2013, this option has been greatly enhanced -- and you are no longer restricted to content from just Office.com. Of course, this also has a new name now, and it's called Online Pictures. This feature is very helpful as you are not limited to just the pictures available on your system. You get variety of other picture sources to choose from.
Insert Picture from the Office ClipArt Collection
Within this first tutorial in our series that explores Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2013, we are going to explore the Office Clip Art option. This online picture service is provided by Microsoft, and includes royalty-free photos and illustrations.
Insert Pictures from Bing
Other than inserting pictures from Office.com Clip Art, you can also opt for the Bing option - which provides Creative Commons pictures. The Bing option shows picture search results directly from the Bing site.
Insert Picture from Flickr
There are many, many options as far as inserting pictures from online sources within PowerPoint are concerned. After exploring the Office.com Clip Art and the Bing Image Search options, the third option we will learn about is Flickr. Flickr is probably the greatest online resource of pictures uploaded by photographers and enthusiasts all over the world.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Audio (Sound)

Insert Audio (Sound)
Sound files of various types such as MP3, WMA, or WAV files can be inserted in PowerPoint 2013, which automatically embeds them into your presentation. This means that you no longer have to worry about linked files getting misplaced or lost like you had to in previous versions of PowerPoint. Even then, it is a good practice to keep your sound files in the same folder in which you save your PowerPoint 2013 presentation -- even before you insert them.
Insert Online Audio (Sound)
You can insert an audio file from your PC into your PowerPoint slide. PowerPoint 2013 even enables you to insert an audio file from online sources without any need to open your web browser.
Sound Across Slides
After inserting an audio file such as a sound track within your PowerPoint presentation, do you want to play this sound track across slides without any interruption when you move from one slide to another? Of course you must first be sure that the sound track you are using is suitable for this purpose. You can opt for a soothing background music score to play across your presentation slides without distracting your audience. Of course, if a live speaker is spearheading the presentation, then you don't want to add a sound that spans across slides. This will distract the audience, and also the speaker.
Sound Across Specific Slides
Once you add an audio/sound track to your PowerPoint presentation, you can let the inserted audio span across all your slides from the first one to the last by selecting the Play across slides option. That's great if you need the same music playing on all your slides. But what if you want the music to play only across some successive slides? What if you want the music to play from slide 1 to 12, and let all slides thereafter play without any music? Or you may want to add another audio clip for the next set of slides? Either way, it is possible to limit the number of slides that your music will play across.

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