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Clichés: Phone Operator Pictures
Clichés: Phone Operator Pictures

We already looked at how you can overcome clichéd pictures, and we thereafter specifically looked at examples of handshake and globe pictures. Yes, those two visual concepts may be the most clichéd ones, but there's yet another clichéd picture scenario - and that's the picture of a phone operator! The phone operator is more often female than male. She has a big smile and looks at you while she is also holding a phone in one hand. Such pictures are often used anywhere people want to represent "communication".

Learn why another picture of a phone operator will get you to clichéd hell, and what you can do about it

Did you know what is it that's more scary than death and darkness to an average person? No, it's not the fear of heights or even claustrophobia, the fear of confined spaces. It is actually the fear of speaking in public, also known as glossophobia!

Learn what glossophobia is, and why it should be overcome
Speech-Over 5: Conversation with Joel Harband
Joel Harband

Joel Harband heads Tuval Software Industries, based in Israel. Their best known product is Speech-Over, a PowerPoint add-in that enables PowerPoint slides to incorporate narrations using automated voices. In this conversation, Joel discusses the new Speech-Over version 5 release.

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Articulate Storyline 2: Conversation with Tom Kuhlmann
Tom Kuhlmann

Tom Kuhlmann is VP, Community for Articulate, where he manages the Articulate user community. He also writes the Rapid E-learning Blog which is published weekly to over 100,000 readers. Tom has developed and managed e-learning courses for both large and small organizations. He's passionate about learning technology and his core focus is on helping people succeed and grow. He is known throughout the industry for his practical, no-nonsense approaches to e-learning. He's also a frequent speaker at ASTD and e-learning industry events. He has a Master's in Education Technology from Pepperdine. In this conversation, Tom discusses the new Articulate Storyline 2.

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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Custom Dictionaries and Spell Check
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Creating and Editing Custom Dictionaries

Although PowerPoint provides a spelling dictionary which contains a list of all common words, you might be working on a particular project that uses uncommon words not found in everyday language. You could edit a custom dictionary or load a ready-made third party dictionary within PowerPoint 2013 -- but you can actually create your own dictionary that includes a set of words for a particular project. So, if you need to do a legal presentation for a client once a year, you could create a separate dictionary for just this one project -- and then edit it as required within a text editor such as Notepad.
Disable, Enable, and Set the Default Custom Dictionary

Any custom dictionary that you create within PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program is used by all the Office applications installed on your computer. Also, if any changes are made to the list of words within a custom dictionary, it will be reflected within the spell check tools of all Office applications. Each logged-in user has a default custom dictionary called RoamingCUSTOM.dic, and this is stored in a separate folder for each local user.
Sharing Custom Dictionaries

Each logged-in user has a default custom dictionary called RoamingCustom.dic -- in addition you can create and use many more custom dictionaries. Over time, your custom dictionaries may become a very useful resource, especially since any custom dictionary loaded is used by all the Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Let us assume that you have added several words to the custom dictionaries over the last 4 or 5 years, and now you need to move to a new computer. Or probably you have a colleague who is going to help you with some documentation, and you obviously want him or her to use your custom dictionary. To share the actual dictionary files (.dic), you first need to find out where they are stored on your computer.
Setting Spell Check Options

Has it ever happened that you know that a particular word is misspelled, but PowerPoint's spell check doesn't seem to think so! That may be because your word may be in all CAPS, or it may contain some numbers -- in these cases, and in several other instances, PowerPoint just ignores any misspellings. Fortunately, you can turn off the options that instruct PowerPoint to ignore these misspellings. Remember though that changing these options will apply to all Microsoft Office 2013 applications you have installed on your computer including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text
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Find and Replace Words

If you created a long presentation for a particular event or concept and then realize that you used the wrong terminology across the presentation, then what would you do? Yes, you can manually find the problem word and replace its each occurrence. But what if you have more than a few slides? Or even then, you might miss out locating the problem word in some occurrences. Your best choice is to do replace using the Find and Replace option in PowerPoint 2013.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: SmartArt Graphics
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Picture Layouts

Using pictures in your presentation slides is an effective way of making your ideas more comprehensible. To make pictures even more effective, you can apply various effects and borders to them, and also use some preset Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is the new Picture Layout option in PowerPoint 2010 that converts selected picture(s) into SmartArt -- this option works similarly as the Convert to SmartArt option, that is used to convert text to SmartArt.

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Add to Circles
Here are a bunch of jigsaw slides that you can use to create your own jigsaw puzzles quickly within your own slides!

This entire kit contains 5 different styles of jigsaw pieces: typical jigsaws, arrows, hearts, ovals, and rounded squares.
Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPointJigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint
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Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint
Each jigsaw shape is available in three counts: small, medium, and large.
These shapes can be used in any PowerPoint version that is released till date. Detailed instructions on how to use these shapes can be found within the download you buy.

Download and use jigsaw puzzles in your slides.
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