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by Geetesh Bajaj, April 19, 2016

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POPcomms: Using PowerPoint's Morph Transition Effect for Interactive Slide Navigation
POPcomms: Using PowerPoint's Morph Transition Effect for Interactive Slide Navigation

A while ago, we showed you how POPcomms, a presentation design firm based in Bristol, UK used the new Morph transition effect in PowerPoint to create an amazing demo. To follow up, they have now created a new demo with Morph that uses the transition effect more as an interactive navigation tool.

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Indezine Questions 02: Conversation with TJ Walker
TJ Walker

This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast. Here are the questions answered by TJ: What's the best thing to do after a mistake -- maybe even a pronunciation mistake that you are immediately aware of? Should we correct ourselves, or move ahead? Spoken words and visual images do go hand in hand, and the sum of both in a presentation scenario is often larger than their individual scores. Do you have any thoughts about how presenters can best combine words and images?

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Language Selector: Conversation with Steve Rindsberg
Steve Rindsberg

Steve Rindsberg has been associated with PowerPoint since the product originated more than two decades ago-his PowerPoint FAQ site is a treasure trove of PowerPoint information. When he's not updating his site, he's creating new PowerPoint add-ins that expand possibilities within PowerPoint. Steve's also into a lot of print technology related stuff. In this conversation, Steve discusses PPTools Language Selector, his new PowerPoint add-in that changes your proofing languages.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Set Standard 4:3 Aspect Ratio as Default

We explored and complained about how PowerPoint 2016 has made widescreen (16:9) as the default aspect ratio for new presentations. Although you can change all these new presentations from Widescreen (16:9) to Standard (4:3) aspect ratio quite easily, it can be a pain to remember doing so each time you create a new presentation! Of course, if you are happy with 16:9 slides, then you need not read the rest of this tutorial -- for everyone else, we'll show how you can set your default aspect ratio to Standard (4:3).
Change Presentation Aspect Ratio from Widescreen to Standard (and Vice Versa)

We already explored how PowerPoint 2016 defaults to Widescreen slides in all new presentations. However, you can change your presentation's aspect ratio from Widescreen (16:9) to Standard (4:3) -- and also do the reverse. PowerPoint 2016 has some features up its sleeve that make these changes of aspect ratios easier to understand -- and some quirks too! This tutorial will help you understand both scenarios better.
Smarter Guides

Do you notice that any object you move, resize, or align in PowerPoint 2016 actually helps make your task easy! Move it a little closer, resize a wee bit, or even try spacing slide objects and the screen shows all sorts of helpful indicators in the form of dotted lines. The red, dotted lines that show up and then disappear are Smart Guides. These made their debut in PowerPoint 2010 and allowed you to position objects easily. More improvements were added in PowerPoint 2013 that enabled you to see how much further you need to drag so that one object on the slide is as wide as another adjacent object. In fact, you can also evenly space out objects without accessing any Ribbon tabs or typing a number within a dialog box!
Duplicate Slide Masters

Duplicating a Slide Master is a little different than adding a new Slide Master from scratch. And it is a smarter option because you do not have to make the same changes all over again. Let's explain this with a scenario. Imagine you have formatted your existing Slide Master by applying a Background Style, adding a logo, or even adding your own Picture placeholder layout. And now you want a new Slide Master that's almost the same as your existing one -- but you want a different Theme Colors set to be used. For such a small change, it is advisable that you duplicate your existing Slide Master and make the small changes instead of starting all over again with a new Slide Master.
Applying Themes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel

Essentially Themes are like a style sheet for your Office documents -- they define how your text appears, where it appears, and also the layouts of your slides. Themes also influence how charts look within Excel and PowerPoint -- and also how your tables appear in all Office programs. You can also change the Theme for an Office document, sheet, or slide and watch how this simple task can change the overall appearance of your content.
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