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by Geetesh Bajaj, January 6, 2015

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Sue Hershkowitz-Coore at the Presentation Summit 2014

Sue Hershkowitz-CooreOn Tuesday afternoon, just before the keynote started, Rick Altman announced the location of the next season of Presentation Summit in New Orleans from September 27 to 30, 2015. He then introduced Sue Hershkowitz-Coore as a communication expert. What Sue did even before her keynote was to go around, meeting and greeting attendees with a big smile. Sue then started her keynote very, very passionately. Sue then explored scenarios. Her first scenario was about someone who promised you X by your deadline.

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Insert Interactions and Manage in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter

Insert Interactions and Manage in PowerPoint using Adobe PresenterAdobe Presenter enables you to add interactions. So what are interactions? Essentially, these are static widgets in the form of SWF files. These widgets help you quickly set up standard user interactions, for example, interactions using accordions or tabs. Once you add an interaction on a slide within PowerPoint, you can customize it further.

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Insert Characters in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter

Insert Characters in PowerPoint using Adobe PresenterIt's not too easy to find high quality, royalty-free photographs of people that you can use throughout your lessons -- and to find pictures of the same person in different poses with the backgrounds within those pictures removed -- well, that's even more difficult. Fortunately, Adobe Presenter's Character option enables you to add such characters easily into your PowerPoint slides. The Character option provides ready-to-use character images such as business executives and medical practitioners that help you make your presentations engaging with real actors.

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Insert Scenes in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter

Insert Scenes in PowerPoint using Adobe PresenterIf your are trying to create an eLearning course, one of the toughest parts is determining the look of the output, sourcing quality images, and creating workable scenarios. For many users, there is a paucity of time required to draw, sketch, or create the background elements to support slides. Adobe Presenter provides options that will help you jumpstart this process for your eLearning course with features such as Scenes, Characters and Scenarios. In this tutorial we'll explore how you can add Scenes in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter.

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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Fonts

Font Types and Sizes
When you type text within PowerPoint, the appearance of your text, such as its font type and size is based on the Theme which is applied to your presentation. So if you use PowerPoint's default Office Theme, then anything you type into a text object may be in the Calibri typeface. You can easily change the Theme Fonts set altogether for your presentation, and all text instances will change to the default typefaces of the new Theme or Theme Fonts set. However, there may be times when you want to override these defaults and choose a typeface that is different -- or even a different font size.
Format Font Styles
The appearance of text makes a huge difference to any presentation. The font typeface used within your slides is dictated by the active Theme or Theme Fonts set of your presentation -- you can certainly override these defaults and choose another font typeface and also change the font size. However, there are times when you need to highlight a word or a phrase contained within your text so that it stands apart and commands attention. To do so, you can apply font styling options that let you make your text bold, italics, underlined, etc.

Font Dialog Box
Fonts are more than just pretty characters, although your choice of fonts can have a profound effect on how readable your text is to the audience. We have already explored how you can format font styles to make your text bold, italicized, underlined, etc. Beyond these basic offerings, PowerPoint 2013's Font dialog box offers some advanced format options for selected text. You can still change the font type, set the font size, color, and other font attributes in this dialog box, and you can also do more.

Stop Underlining Your Descenders!
Most applications underline everything you select -- the process is simple: you select a word, a sentence, or even an entire paragraph -- and then press a keyboard shortcut or choose an option so that all the selected text is underlined. PowerPoint behaves the same way -- but there's a difference -- not in the resultant text, but in how the text appears. Let us not forget that PowerPoint is a large format -- more akin to a billboard than a business card -- and text is often projected at large sizes.

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