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by Geetesh Bajaj, November 25, 2014

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Create A Waterfall Chart In PowerPoint 2013

Waterfall Chart In PowerPoint 2013 Waterfall Charts are one of the most popular charts for displaying how different items come together to make up a whole. The chart was first invented and is still widely used by consultants of McKinsey & Company, and is something you can easily add to your PowerPoint charting repertoire. Taylor Croonquist teaches you how you can create these waterfall charts easily in PowerPoint.

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Using Captions in Photo Album Presentations
PowerPoint enables you to add captions for the pictures you add in a Photo Album presentation. Note that by default, the picture's file name is used as a caption, so if the original file name was "Winter Morning.jpg", the caption you see on your slide will be "Winter Morning". Unfortunately it is not possible to get such nice, descriptive names for all pictures -- these days most pictures are just subsequent numbers from a digital camera - so a name like IMG06712.jpg is more common! You really don't want a caption like IMG06712 - fortunately, PowerPoint 2013 lets you change captions too! Before we learn about editing captions, let us first show how you can enable them.
Black and White Options for Photo Album Presentations
There is no doubt if you are using a rich, vibrant colored picture than olde-worlde black and white for your presentation, the colored pictures will attract more attention. However, the visibility in terms of contrast is far superior in a black and white photo -- artists and photography purists have long hailed the black and white picture as a creative medium. You may want to extend this creative medium to your Photo Album presentations -- fortunately, a click or two is all that is required to create an inspirational black and white Photo Album in PowerPoint 2013.
Frame Shapes for Photo Album
The Photo Album feature allows you to insert hundreds of pictures on your slides with just two or three clicks. And these pictures can be edited in myriad ways. You can change the picture layouts, add captions, change pictures to black and white, etc. Additionally, you can also change the frame shapes of the pictures, to give them an effect such as drop shadows, or a black border, or even a picture that's contained in a frame with rounded corners.
Apply Theme to Photo Album Presentations
Once you create a Photo Album, notice that the default template for Photo Album is a black background with white text. You can go ahead and use this template - but you can easily change the appearance of the slides by applying a Theme to your Photo Album presentation. You can of course do it outside the Photo Album presentation - in the normal way that you apply a Theme. But you can also apply a Theme right within the Photo Album dialog box.

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Sound Across Specific Slides
After adding an audio/sound track to your PowerPoint presentation, you can let the inserted audio span across all your slides in your presentation by selecting the Play across slides option. This is done when you need the same music playing through 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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