Sep 16, 10 - Creating New Slides: Three Ways
Typically, there are three ways in which slides can be added to your PowerPoint presentation -- and for any given presentation you can use either one of these ways, or all three! If you see the figure shown, you'll notice that I have represented these three ways by using overlapping circles -- that means you don't have to use just one way. You can combine whatever approach works best for you.
Sep 14, 10 - PowerPoint is not Word or Excel
Many bad presentations are a result of not using PowerPoint as a slide creation tool at all. Does that sound like a cryptic statement? Then let me encrypt it for you: many PowerPoint users just think of PowerPoint as an extension to Word and Excel, the other program that Microsoft included free of cost in the Office box.
It gets worse -- not only do they think PowerPoint is like Word or
Excel, they even use it that way. So why do we get surprised when Word
users create slides that have tons of text. And let's move on to Excel
now -- you can see a PowerPoint slide created by the Pentagon to assess
some activities in Afghanistan -- if you thought that was bad, look
at the next figure that shows what Wired magazine calls Pentagon’s
craziest PowerPoint slide! It doesn't require a certification in space
science to realize that these slides have been created by Excel users!
Sep 14, 10 - Office 2011 is RTMed
Microsoft's MacBU (Mac Business Unit) has RTMed (Release to Manufacturing) the new Office 2011 for Mac suite of applications. They put up two very cool videos on YouTube that are embedded here. The first video looks at the new features and highlights in Office 2011. This second video is a fun clip -- don't take this too seriously :)
Sep 14, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Slide Area
The Slide area in PowerPoint includes the actual slide, the slide workspace (blank area surrounding the slide), and the scrollbars that let you navigate to other slides. Learn about the slide area in PowerPoint 2010, and what you can do to make your slide editing easier and more productive.
Sep 13, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Notes Pane
The Notes pane is the highlighted area that you can see in Figure 1 -- right below the actual slide. This area provides space to add speaker's notes that can be so helpful to the presenter while presenting -- the Notes pane can be also used to write any sort of information about the presentation or individual slide. When there are no notes added for a particular slide, the Notes Pane just displays the "Click to add notes" boilerplate text.
Sep 10, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes
I have already covered the concept of differences between text placeholders and text boxes using PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2007 earlier, and now we will explore the same within PowerPoint 2010. Let us start with these thoughts: Aren't text boxes and text placeholders the same? Are they really different? And why should I bother even if they are different? All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the most important foundations in learning to create more structured presentations in PowerPoint.
Sep 10, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: PowerPoint 2010 Views
In PowerPoint 2010, many of the views remain unchanged from PowerPoint 2007 -- or are very slightly changed. In this article, we will explore all these view options. PowerPoint 2010 continues to provide the seven different views available in PowerPoint 2007, and adds a new Reading view to make a total of eight views. The Outline view from PowerPoint 2003 and earlier is still not accessible through a menu option or button, but we'll explore that later in this article. For the rest of the views, you can switch between all of them with a single click or a keyboard shortcut.
Sep 9, 10 - OfficeOne Shortcut Manager 4: The Indezine Review
Microsoft Office applications allow plenty of customization for toolbars and menus -- and finally in Office 2010, you can even customize the Ribbon tabs. However as far as customization of keyboard shortcuts is concerned, these options are limited (or non-existent) in comparison. Our review product addresses that glaring omission and plugs seamlessly right into PowerPoint -- it works on all Windows versions of PowerPoint right from versions 2000 to 2010.
Sep 9, 10 - miniFreeze: Conversation with Greg Passmore
Greg Passmore is a former professional musician who toured North and Latin America before transferring skills acquired in the studio and on stage to the corporate audiovisual market. After years of improvising and adapting on the job, he established Kryoco, Inc., to manufacture low cost solutions to high end problems. In this conversation, Greg talks about his new device called the miniFreeze and how it allows you to do some amazing stuff while presenting.
Sep 8, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Slides and Outline Pane
Continuing with the changes in PowerPoint 2007, the new Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 interface sports Ribbon and Tabs. However, the Slides/Outline pane continues to be relatively similar in its look and feel from older PowerPoint versions. The Slides/Outline pane is normally placed on the left side of the interface and contains two tabs -- the Slides tab and the Outline tab.
Sep 7, 10 - Indezine News
Just released the latest issue of the Indezine newsletter -- there are tons of articles, tutorials, and interviews available -- and information on new PowerPoint templates too.
Sep 7, 10 - Brainshark for YouTube: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman
Andy Zimmerman, is the vice president and general manager for myBrainshark – Brainshark's free site for creating, sharing and tracking multimedia presentations. He oversees myBrainshark strategy, marketing, partnerships and sales. In this conversation, Andy discusses "Brainshark for YouTube", a new capability announced today that lets myBrainshark.com users and Brainshark enterprise customers turn PowerPoint decks into YouTube videos.
Sep 7, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Status Bar
The Status Bar is a thin strip located at the bottom of the PowerPoint 2010 interface. This area provides information about the active slide and applied Theme -- and also provides View options. If you have no presentation open in PowerPoint, the entire Status Bar area is grayed out.
Sep 6, 10 - Did Your Laptop or Projector Die: Thoughts by Danny Rocks
Danny Rocks is a speaker, a trainer and an author. He has published five DVDs designed to help users get the most out of Microsoft Office programs. Also, Danny has posted over 200 video lessons on his website. This started as a thread on how to cope up with a dead laptop or projector in front of your audience, and what you should do to be prepared -- here are Danny's thoughts.
Sep 6, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Encrypt with Password
If you share your PowerPoint presentations with other people, you may want to protect or lock your content so that the slides may only be viewed, and not edited. Or perhaps you want to provide editing control only with a password. PowerPoint 2010 provides an Encrypt with Password option to protect your presentation. However let us ponder about why anyone would need to password protect their PowerPoint presentations? There are many reasons, and here are two of them.
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