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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 24, 2015

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Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 09
Irregular Shapes for PowerPoint: 09

Yes, geometrically perfect shapes make your slides look clean and organized, but at the same time they also make them look like any other slide. You do want your slides to look different? Or do you want them to appear monotonous? And of course, shapes with hand drawn look can make your slides more human and lively. 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
Longer Axis Labels: Why Bar Charts Are Better Than Column Charts?
Longer Axis Labels: Why Bar Charts Are Better Than Column Charts?

The similarity between a Bar Chart and a Column Chart is that both display the same data using rectangular bars. The length of these bars is proportional to the data value. Also, both are used to compare two or more values. So what is the difference? The difference lies in their orientation -- and henceforth the perspective with which we humans comprehend the data. A Bar Chart is oriented horizontally and a Column Chart is oriented vertically (see our Column or Bar Chart? tutorial). This small variance can make a lot of difference depending upon how large your chart data is, or how lengthy your Category Axis Labels are.

Explore why the Bar chart type may be better suited than the Column chart type for the charts with longer Axis Labels
Slides With Countdown Timers
Slides With Countdown Timers

Time is precious, and every second of every minute does count! And when it comes to presenting your slides in front of an audience, you have to make sure you don't exceed the amount of time allotted to you. How about showing the time right within your presentation slides? Like a countdown timer that shows as you progress your slides.

Explore adding countdown timers within your presentation to keep track of your allotted time
Flevy Tools: Conversation with David Tang
Flevy Tools: Conversation with David Tang

David Tang is the founder of Flevy, a marketplace for premium business documents. Prior to Flevy, David worked as a management consultant for 8 years. His consulting experience spans corporate strategy, marketing, operations, and change management -- both domestic and international (EMEA + APAC). David graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's and Master's in engineering. In this conversation, David discusses Flevy Tools, an add-in for PowerPoint that creates several chart and diagram types.

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Learning Dashboard in Adobe Presenter
Learning Dashboard in Adobe Presenter

After designing your learning material and quizzes for an online course within Adobe Presenter, you would want to know how this online course will help the learners grasp the content better. Although, the LMS (Learning Management System) provides details about course completion and quiz results, it does not show the learners' progress. To overcome this issue, Adobe Presenter offers a Learning Analytics dashboard that empowers instructors with the ability to detect potential learning problems and to intervene early-improving the chances for learners to meet and even exceed their expectations.

Learn more about Learning Dashboard in Adobe Presenter
Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
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Copying Text Attributes With Format Painter

PowerPoint 2013's Format Painter option does an absolutely amazing job of copying all the formatting attributes from one slide object to another. For instance, you can copy all attributes of a shape (and even the text that the shape contains) to another shape, text box, or even a text placeholder. However, this is an all-or-nothing option. Sometimes, you may want to just copy the text formatting attributes, without copying the shape fill or any of the other shape attributes.
Indent Markers (Carets) for Bulleted and Numbered Lists

We have explored how you can apply or change bulleted paragraphs within your text objects - by default, the actual bullet character is always placed before the paragraph that follows it. Also, there is no absolute position of any bullet character you see on your slides - the bullet character's position is always influenced by 4 factors that we explain.
Reordering Sections

In PowerPoint, Sections are not just for effective and easy management of your slides, but they can also let you quickly reorder large blocks of adjacent slides. All you got to do is to place all slides you want to reorder within a single Section, and then move that Section along with all the slides that it contains. In this tutorial we'll show you how you can reorder Sections within PowerPoint 2013.
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
PowerPoint 2011 Tutorials

Reordering Sections

Sections can be useful not only while managing your presentation slides, but also for quickly reordering large blocks of adjacent slides. All you need to do is place all the required slides within a single Section, and then move the entire Section -- and all the slides within that Section will be moved to a new position at once. Follow these steps to learn more about reordering Sections in PowerPoint 2011.
Comparing and Merging Presentations

Imagine this situation: you are working on a presentation with your client, or a co-worker -- then, instead of working on the same copy one after the other, you worked on two different copies. These copies contain changes done by you both. Some changes may be similar and some may be different. Now you need to compare and merge these copies into a single, cohesive file without losing anything important!
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 Countdown Timers for PowerPoint

Here are a bunch of Countdown Timer slides that you can use to create or embed in your own PowerPoint presentation slides.

This entire kit contains 5 different styles of Countdown Timers.

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We made these available in two slide sizes for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions.

Download and use in your slides.
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