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by Geetesh Bajaj, July 19, 2016

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How to Use a Timer in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont
How to Use a Timer in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont

A PowerPoint timer functions as a common everyday-timer in your presentation. But there are other uses too for a timer such as displaying it on an information screen or even showing real-time, dynamic information on your slide using a timer. In this article, we will show you an easy way to create a timer presentation in PowerPoint. We will then show you how to use Dynamic TIME, a special timer add-in for PowerPoint so that the user can use to create timers much easier and with more efficiency.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes

Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes

After adding text within a shape (or a text box) in PowerPoint 2016, you can also perform basic edits like adding, deleting, or replacing existing text. Other than the basic text editing you can even control how your text is aligned within the shape. To do that you need to access these options within the Format Shape Task Pane.

Six New Chart Types

Six New Chart Types

Frankly, it has been many years since new chart types were added to PowerPoint's repertoire of the ten chart types. The great news is that you will find new chart types in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. These are Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram, Pareto (within Histogram options), Box and Whisker, and Waterfall.

Cookie Cutter Shapes

Cookie Cutter Shapes

Do you want to create a triangular table? Even better, don't you want to use a process that not only makes the table completely editable but which ends up with a shape that is not limited to just a triangle? We are going to use two PowerPoint techniques to achieve this trick.

Align Shapes to Center of Slide

Align Shapes to Center of Slide

We have already shown you how to align shapes in PowerPoint 2016 -- however for alignment to work, you need to have more than one shape (or any other slide object) selected so that they can align with each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a single group of shapes) to the exact center of your slide. Fortunately, that is easy to achieve.

Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes

Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes

So what exactly does grouping mean? And what is ungrouping and regrouping going to do further? The moment you select a slide object such as a shape on a PowerPoint slide, you will see some selection handles -- this indicates that the shape is selected. Select another shape while the first one is still selected and you see two sets of selection handles. If you need to similarly select many shapes on a slide fairly often, this sort of selection may become cumbersome -- and waste so much time. In that case, it's best you select all the shapes you need to work with, and then combine them into one "group" of shapes.
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Here are a bunch of jigsaw slides that you can use to create your own jigsaw puzzles quickly within your own slides!

This entire kit contains 5 different styles of jigsaw pieces: typical jigsaws, arrows, hearts, ovals, and rounded squares.
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Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint
Each jigsaw shape is available in three counts: small, medium, and large.
These shapes can be used in any PowerPoint version that is released till date. Detailed instructions on how to use these shapes can be found within the download you buy.

Download and use jigsaw puzzles in your slides.
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