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by Geetesh Bajaj, February 7, 2017

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Duarte Tutorials: Working with Grids

Duarte Tutorials: Working with Grids

Duarte put up some amazing tutorial videos recently that talk about some key presentation design principles. In my opinion, anyone who creates or works with presentations can benefit immensely from the foundation principles explained in these videos. In today's post, we will explore one such video that looks at how you can set up an effective Grid system to work with your slides in PowerPoint.

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Alternatives to Safe Fonts in PowerPoint

Alternatives to Safe Fonts in PowerPoint

We learned about using safe fonts in PowerPoint, especially if you want to share your slides with others who may not have the required fonts. In simple terms, this means using fonts such as Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman in your slides so that almost anyone can see the slides identically, as you see them! Sometimes, this may not be a bad idea, but you do have to narrow down your choices to the bare basics. Fortunately, there are some alternatives to safe fonts too, and some of these may work for you. The best part is that you may be able to show your slides with the fonts that you like!

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Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book: PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, and 2003

Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book: PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, and 2003

Are you aware of all PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts and sequences? Want to check if your favorites have been included in this e-book, or if there are a few that can help you perform your PowerPoint tasks quicker and better? Or if you don't use keyboard shortcuts and sequences, do you want to get started?

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This 128 page PDF e-book downloads quick, costs you $5 or more, and is a valuable resource. The PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book covers the last five Windows versions of PowerPoint: PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003. And also, PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

3-D Rotation Options For Shapes

3-D Rotation Options For Shapes

PowerPoint's 3-D options allow you to rotate shapes or add beveled edges. And these 3-D options are surprisingly powerful. In fact, some of these options are good enough to be compared to a basic 3-D program! While you can always apply a 3-D Rotation preset effect to a shape, you can actually rotate your shape in 3-D space on your own by altering the X, Y, and Z position coordinates.



Apply 3-D Depth to Shapes

Apply 3-D Depth to Shapes

Depth, as a parameter for 3-D objects, plays a very important role. In simple terms, Depth is the distance from the highest to the lowest, and typically has a value that’s larger than zero. Even though you rotate a shape that has a Depth of zero, you won’t see any optimum results. So, you can first rotate your object, but you must add Depth soon after.



Super Themes

Super Themes

Create a presentation in PowerPoint 2016, using some of the built-in Themes, and you will have more options to change the look of your presentation slides slightly. By “slightly,” we mean that you don’t have to change to another Theme altogether, and yet you can make small changes in colors or design elements that still look very similar to your existing Theme. These small changes are “variants,” and a Theme that includes such variants is called a “SuperTheme.”



Duplicate Slides

Duplicate Slides

Why would anyone want to duplicate slides? There are many reasons to do so; you may want to such as to create another slide that is similar to what you already have. You may also want to use the same slide twice, or create a slightly edited chart than what you already have on an existing slide; duplicating and editing is easier than redoing it again.



Backstage View: Program Options

Backstage View: Program Options

Unknown to many users, there are lesser known options within PowerPoint that can change your workflow, and make you work faster. Most of these preferences are to be found within the PowerPoint Options dialog box.

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