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by Geetesh Bajaj, April 11, 2017

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Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office

Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office

We learned in a previous post about how Microsoft provides updates for various Office 365 installations. But even if you know how the updates are provided, do note that these updates are provided to you, depending upon the license and version of the installed product. So, we heard from people who don't know what their license is! Some users don't even know the version of the program they are using. And really, that is OK—sometimes, these things can get a little complicated. This post will help you find out your product license and version in a jiffy. But before we proceed, look at this video embed.

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How to Create Custom PowerPoint Themes to Fit Your Brand: by Taylor Ehlert

Taylor Ehlert

PowerPoint’s Themes are technically different from templates in many ways, but let’s look at similarities. Themes function great as templates to use when starting a new project or presentation. They are useful in getting the creative juices flowing and are often used “as is” for professional presentations. What many people don’t know, or just feel like they don’t have the time for, is that Themes are templates meant to be changed. And every aspect of a Theme can be tweaked and modified to fit the exact specifications that you require.

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The Ultimate Presentation Checklist (Infographic): by Adam Chapman

Adam Chapman

No one can deny that presentations are extremely important in the corporate world. Today, having a great idea or creating an amazing product is not enough—you need to know how to sell it if you want to be acknowledged as a leader. Walkerstone recently put together this infographic that covers everything you need to do to give a truly effective presentation. Use this as your final checklist before your next presentation and watch the compliments flow.

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Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you. Just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template, replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories - and you're done! You'll still need a real human being to track scores - and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.

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This template is entirely Theme aware. Change your Theme colors and fonts - and everything automatically updates. We tested this template in both Windows (2007, 2010, and 2013) and Mac (2008 and 2011) versions of PowerPoint.

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Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt

Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt

After inserting a SmartArt graphic in your slide, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic. Doing so applies new colors to the entire SmartArt graphic including the various shapes it contains. However, there may be times when you want one of the shapes to be colored differently. In this tutorial, we'll explore the fill, line, and effect options which can be applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.



Creating and Editing AutoCorrect Entries

Creating and Editing AutoCorrect Entries

The AutoCorrect feature is dependent on a small list of words and phrases. This list contains two columns called Replace and With. For example, the Replace entry for teh will correspond to the With entry containing the word the. You can easily tailor your AutoCorrect list by adding your own commonly misspelled words. Similarly, you can make changes and delete entries from within this AutoCorrect list.

Loading and Using Custom Dictionaries

Loading and Using Custom Dictionaries

You may wonder what happens behind the scenes when you run a spell check in PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program. This is what happens: PowerPoint looks at each word you have typed and matches those words with the entries listed within its dictionary. If it comes across any word that the dictionary does not contain, it goes ahead and marks that word as misspelled. Then it offers you suggestions for that supposedly misspelled word, so that you can replace that word with any other similar word found within its dictionary.

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General Program Options

General Program Options

The General tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box contains basic, yet some very important options related to the appearance and working of the PowerPoint interface. Changes to these options can result in a very different and more efficient workflow. In this tutorial, we will explore the various options within the General tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box.


Advanced Program Options

Advanced Program Options

The Advanced tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box contains advanced, and some not-so-advanced options related to the appearance and working of the PowerPoint interface. Changes to these options can result in a very different and more efficient workflow. The PowerPoint Options dialog box can be accessed as explained in our Backstage View: Program Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial.

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