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by Geetesh Bajaj, October 27, 2015

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Dynamic NEWS: The Indezine Review
Dynamic NEWS: The Indezine Review

Dynamic NEWS is an add-in for PowerPoint that enables you to add RSS feeds to your PowerPoint presentations. Typically, RSS feeds deliver the latest news, but, of course, you are not limited to news alone! Whatever the content of the RSS feed you choose to integrate, the moot point here is that this content can be presented and delivered right from within a PowerPoint slide. You can imagine that the possibilities to use something of this sort can be endless.

Explore how you can add automatic updating news on your slides using Dynamic NEWS, an add-in for PowerPoint
Carmen Simon at the Presentation Summit 2015
Carmen Simon at the Presentation Summit 2015

On Monday afternoon, after most attendees had finished a heavy conference lunch, it was time for Carmen Simon to deliver her keynote. Of course, some attendees also found time to make a small detour to New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street before her keynote! You'll agree that this audience was the same, yet so different than the ones who attended Nigel Holmes' keynote that very morning! OK, so how would Carmen hold their interest? And what was her topic? Carmen started, "For the past few years, I am asking this question from a neuro-scientific angle. Is your content remembered?"

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2015 Annoying PowerPoint Survey Results: Conversation with Dave Paradi
Dave Paradi

Dave Paradi has been recognized by the media and his clients as a presentation expert. He has authored eight books and four Kindle e-books on effective PowerPoint presentations. He consults on high-stakes presentations including one used to brief one of President Obama's cabinet ministers. Dave is one of only fourteen people in North America to be recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint presentation community. His ideas have appeared in publications around the world. In this conversation, Dave discusses the results of the 2015 Annoying PowerPoint Survey.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs

The PowerPoint 2016 interface includes the Ribbon, which is tabbed -- each of these tabs contains a set of commands. By default, PowerPoint contains eight such tabs. These eight Ribbon tabs can be customized -- and you can indeed add a new Ribbon tab as well. In fact, you may have more than these eight tabs in your PowerPoint 2016 interface due to several reasons.
Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs

All Ribbon tabs in PowerPoint 2016 may have any number of buttons that represent commands, but they are not scattered all over the tab area. In fact, they are all neatly arranged together in Groups. Each of these Groups has a name that describes what the commands within that Group do. For example, the Slide Show tab in the Ribbon has a group named Set Up. This group contains all commands that help you set up your slide show, such as changing show settings, hiding slides, rehearsing and recording slide shows, etc. It is only sensible to imagine that you should use this Group concept while creating your own custom Ribbon tabs. In fact, PowerPoint will not let you add any command anywhere else other than within a custom Group.
Adding Commands to Custom Groups

If you want to really benefit from customizing your Ribbon in PowerPoint 2016, then you'll certainly want to add some commands that are not placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. Or maybe you want a particular command available on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Whatever your intent may be, you cannot place any commands within the existing groups that are built within PowerPoint. You first need to add a custom group within any of the tabs available in the Ribbon. Thereafter, you need to populate them with commands.
Reset, Export, and Import Ribbon Customizations

PowerPoint 2016 allows you to customize the Ribbon in a number of ways -- you can add Ribbon tabs, add Groups, and populate these with commands. Moreover, if you think you made a mess and were better off with the defaults, then you can always get back to square one. On a more positive front, you can share your customizations with friends and colleagues -- or also your other computers. And you can export your customizations to a file saved as a backup for a rainy day!
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Hole in the Paper Graphics - 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 just download our Hole in the Paper graphic and insert your own picture, send it behind everything else in your "slide" and you are done.

Download and use these graphics in PowerPoint.
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