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by Geetesh Bajaj, October 13, 2015

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Hole in the Paper Graphics for PowerPoint - 01
Hole in the Paper Graphics for PowerPoint - 01

What does "Hole in the Paper" mean? This is a name for a graphic treatment that gives an appearance of something being visible from a frame of torn paper. Typically it is difficult to create a graphic of this sort in PowerPoint. So we decided to create something so easy. In fact, this ended up being so simple that anyone can now build this "hole in the paper" visual effect in just under one minute! How did we do that? We created everything other than the picture you want to use. All you need to do is insert your own picture, send it behind everything else in your "slide" and you are done.

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Outstanding Presentations 2015: Conversation with Mike Parkinson
Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation guru, solution and strategy expert, award-winning author, and trainer. He is a key contributor on multi-billion dollar projects and helps Fortune 500 companies improve their success rates. Mike shares his expertise through books like Billion Dollar Graphics, articles, and online tools. He is also partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier creative services firm. In this conversation, Mike discusses his upcoming webinar tomorrow, which he will present as part of the Outstanding Presentations 2015 series.

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Mark as Final

Do you need to share your presentations with others? If yes, it's a good idea to make sure that your presentations are set to be read-only before you share them. What you need then is the Mark as Final option in PowerPoint 2013, which makes your file read-only. Note that this option is not as restrictive as password protecting a PowerPoint presentation. The Mark as Final option tries to prevent users from typing, editing commands, and proofing -- all editing options are disabled or turned off. However, do remember that Mark as Final is not a security feature, and it can be easily reversed by the recipient of your file.
Remove Mark as Final

Have you ever received a presentation that doesn't allow you to make any changes? That could be a password-protected presentation. Alternatively, it could have been Marked as Final. Fortunately, Mark as Final is more of an administrative tool than a security tool -- it's purpose is to make others aware that the author of the presentation doesn't want others editing this work. First of all you need to make sure that a presentation indeed has a Mark as Final attribute applied. To do that, check the lower left area of the Status Bar at the bottom of the PowerPoint Interface. You should see the Mark as Final icon.
Encrypt with Password

When you share your PowerPoint presentations with other people, you may want to protect or lock your content so that the slides may be accessed by only the people whom you permit to open the presentation. Or perhaps you have no problems with the recipients viewing slides but do not want them to be able to edit the presentation. PowerPoint 2013 provides an Encrypt with Password option to protect your presentation. However let us ponder about why anyone would need to password protect their PowerPoint presentations.
Remove and Change Passwords

You may want to encrypt your PowerPoint file with a password for various security reasons. There are two password levels you can implement within a PowerPoint file: a password to open and a password to edit. However, even if you add a password to your presentation, there may come a time when you want to remove the password altogether. Or, you may want to change the password. PowerPoint 2013 provides a very simple way to add a password. However, there is no obvious or intuitive command to remove or change the password protection.
Get Started with a Digital Signature

A digital signature or ID is more commonly known as a digital certificate. Digital IDs help validate your identity, and they can be used to sign important documents including PowerPoint presentations. Digital certificates are typically issued by a Certificate Authority (CA), which is a trusted third-party entity that issues these certificates for use by other parties. You can purchase a digital certificate from many commercial third-party certificate authorities or obtain a free digital certificate. There are many institutions, governments, and corporations that can also issue their own digital certificates.
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Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you - just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template - replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories - and you're done! You'll still need a real human being to track scores - and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.
This template is entirely Theme aware - change your Theme colors and fonts - and everything automatically updates. We tested this template in both Windows (2007, 2010, and 2013) and Mac (2008 and 2011) versions of PowerPoint.

Download and play your own Jeopardy-like game.
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