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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 22, 2016

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The State of Financial Presentations 2016: 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 fifteen 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 his new State of Financial Presentations 2016 survey.

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Presentation Font Embedder: Conversation with Ari Leviatan
Ari Leviatan:

Ari Leviatan is the co-creator of Presentation Font Embedder, a PowerPoint font embedding app for Mac. Leviatan has over 14 years of experience creating presentations, speaking, and guiding others on presenting. He gained his experience while presenting in front of executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and students, at Disney, Dell, Techstars, the University of Michigan, and others. Leviatan holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. In this conversation, Ari talks about Presentation Font Embedder.

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SwiftPrez/PresentAssist: Conversation with Jamie Garroch
Jamie Garroch

Jamie Garroch, CEO of YOUpresent (formerly GMARK) founded the company to provide presentation professionals with presentation software, content and training. Jamie uses a range of presentation and e-learning tools on PC and Mac from PowerPoint to Keynote, Adobe CS and iSpring for presentations and Articulate Storyline for e-learning. He also uses PowerPoint as a programming environment to create authoring automation for his company's productivity needs, custom add-ins for clients and off-the-shelf products for presentation designers. In this conversation, Jamie discusses the new SwiftPrez/PresentAssist add-in for PowerPoint.

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Pixel-Art Heart Shapes for PowerPoint
Pixel-Art Heart Shapes for PowerPoint

Hearts typically have super-smooth edges but in today's world, you need more options. So we decided to create Pixel Art versions of Heart shapes! You get four variations. These Heart shapes are already placed within slides and are available in both black and white. Do remember though that they can be recolored using PowerPoint's native options for fills, lines, and effects. Just copy the Heart shape you like and paste into another PowerPoint slide, or even a Word document or Excel worksheet.

Download and use these Pixel-Art Heart shapes
Eagle PowerPoint Silhouettes
Eagle PowerPoint Silhouettes

An eagle is one of the symbols frequently used to represent the United States of America. The exact name of this symbol is "The Bald Eagle", and it gained informal recognition when the Great Seal of the United States which shows this eagle was adopted on June 20, 1782. In this set, we provide you with 4 eagle silhouettes.

Download and use these Eagle silhouettes
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Which Themes are Installed within Office Versions?

Most of you know that Microsoft started including Themes rather than templates since Office 2007 - almost a hundred Themes have since been included within different versions of Office - for both Windows and Mac. But sometimes you will run into a roadblock when you cannot find a Theme you are looking for!
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Inserting New Placeholders Within Slide Layouts

In PowerPoint, a placeholder is a container that you can use to fill in with some content. When you launch PowerPoint, you will see ] distinctive boxes that invite you to add some content - haven't you noticed the "Click to add title" suggestions? All these boxes are placeholders. Each of the default layouts comprises a collection of various placeholders -- if none of the available layouts work for you, you can create your own layout with custom placeholders in PowerPoint 2016.
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Linking to Any File in PowerPoint

Although you can link from one presentation to another in PowerPoint, you can essentially use the same concept to link to any other file! You can link to PDFs, Word documents, Excel sheets, video files, and anything else. The link will then open in the associated program. For example, a PDF will typically open in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Word files will open in Microsoft Word. Of course, this depends on whether you have a suitable program installed on your system!
Link to Word Bookmarks

Yes, you can link to a Word document from a PowerPoint slide object. We have already explained this process in an earlier tutorial. However, that process only links to the Word document. Most of the time, this will open the Word document with the first-page active. However, what if you wanted to link to page 33 of a 50 page Word document? This is doable, but it must be one of the least well-known secrets ever known!
Sway Tutorials
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Duplicating a Sway

Sway is a fantastic tool to create presentations but let's face the fact - no Sway file sits on your computer or backup device that you can revert to if you make a mistake! At other times, it is easy to get carried away with Sway's Remix option where an action that resembles rolling the dice gets you immediate results - and you just go on playing with Remix! You may then long to go back to a state that was 25 Remixes ago, or you may not even remember how far you want to go back!
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Human Heads PowerPoint Silhouettes

Here are some human head silhouette graphics for PowerPoint - these are perfect for the presentation slides that relate to sociology, psychology, communications, and more. We provide you with 4 typical graphics each in a silhouette style, for male and female head graphics.
To use these human head graphics, just add any other icon style graphics to end up with something that explains a concept - examples include gears, atoms, bulbs, jigsaws, mazes, etc. - see below for some examples:
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