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by Geetesh Bajaj, July 12, 2016

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Moving Beyond Clichés
Moving Beyond Clichés

If you see one more picture of people shaking hands or a light bulb, then you will know that the slides themselves must be unimaginative. How do you create an imaginative thought process that goes beyond clichés? Since its launch in 1990, Microsoft's PowerPoint has become an integral tool for business. With 95% market share and over 1.2 billion users worldwide, it is estimated that millions and millions of PowerPoint presentations are made each day. The fine art of preparing slides has become as second nature as sending an email or attending a meeting, yet consistently PowerPoint producers and presenters are sabotaging their own pitches by including clichéd and tired images that contribute to failure.

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Rotate Text 180° within Shapes

Rotate Text 180° within Shapes

If you have worked aplenty with text in PowerPoint, you must be aware that you cannot rotate text within a shape by 180°. What's surprising is that you can rotate text by 90° and 270° within a shape, but not by 180°! But why would you need upside-down text that is rotated 180°? Many users do need this upside-down text to explain advanced concepts.

Black Interface

Black Interface

By default, the PowerPoint 2016 Ribbon area is placed against an orange backdrop. This orange color shows up because the default Office Theme named Colorful is applied to the interface. So why is the Theme called Colorful when it is just a plain orange backdrop? That's because any Theme you apply to an interface of an Office 2016 program influences all other programs. For instance, Word 2016 sports a blue backdrop while Excel uses green. In addition to the color interface options previously available for all Office applications, Office 2016 has introduced a new Office Theme named Black for the interface color.

Flip Shapes

Flip Shapes

The shape on your slide looks perfect. It's got the right color and it works well with your slide content -- yet there's something that could be better? There are times when most slide designers think exactly the same thoughts! And the easiest task you can do to your shape is to flip it. There are other options -- and some of these options depend upon the shape in question. Let's use the Teardrop shape that you see in Figure 1 as an example -- you can resize and rotate this Teardrop shape -- however, even with rotate you are just turning the shape in another direction without making any changes to the shape's structure. The Flip option, on the other hand, lets you mirror your shape in another direction to create a reverse image.

Select, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection Pane

Select, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection Pane

To format any slide object in PowerPoint, you must select it. There are a couple of ways with which you can select any slide object. Other than the obvious way of clicking the slide object to select, you can also use the Selection Pane. It's always more difficult to select overlapping slide objects or objects placed behind a larger object in busy, populated slides -- to select slide objects that are difficult to locate, you can use the Selection Pane.

Text within Shapes

Text within Shapes

Text is probably the most important element on your PowerPoint slides! You may have heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but more often than not, that picture needs a caption to be understood better -- and even when there are no captions, a narrative is required. And that narrative is text too. Text can be added almost everywhere within PowerPoint slides -- from placeholders and text boxes to the Notes Pane. Additionally, you can also add and edit text within any shapes except connectors, including straight lines.
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