Nov 3, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon
The Developer tab in PowerPoint 2010 has options that let you work with VBA content and macros -- in addition, you also use this tab of the Ribbon to access options that allow you to insert Flash movies through an ActiveX control in PowerPoint 2010. By default, this tab is not visible and has to be turned on. Follow these steps to make the Developer tab visible.
Nov 3, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2007: Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon
The Developer tab of the Ribbon is chock-a-block of options that let you play with VBA programming, macros, and ActiveX controls -- the last option allows you to Insert a Flash movie in PowerPoint 2007. By default, the Developer tab is not visible -- and can be turned on (or off) by following the subsequent steps.
Nov 2, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Compare Presentations in PowerPoint
Since PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft removed the feature that let you compare your presentation with another one -- that was great if you had send your presentation to a colleague and he or she made changes you were not aware of. You can however place both presentations side by side and compare individual slides -- not too great a workaround, but it does allow you to compare the slides.
Nov 2, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2007: Compare Presentations in PowerPoint
With PowerPoint 2007, you will no longer find the feature available in PowerPoint 2003 and previous versions that let you compare your presentations -- which was great if you received a presentation back from a colleague and he or she made changes you were not aware of. You can however place both presentations side by side and compare individual slides in PowerPoint 2007 -- not too great a workaround, but it does allow you to compare the slides.
Nov 1, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2003: Changing AutoShape in PowerPoint
Once you place an AutoShape on a PowerPoint slide, you may format it by changing its fill or outline -- or you may add animation to it. Later if you realize that you used a wrong AutoShape -- maybe you used a star in place of a triangle, you may be tempted to delete the original AutoShape altogether and start from scratch by adding a new AutoShape, and change its fill and add animation to it. The good news is that you need not work so hard -- you can change any existing AutoShape to another using these steps.
Oct 28, 10 - Nancy Duarte and the Duarte Annual Pumpkin Contest
If it's Halloween again, then it is the time of the year when Duarte does its annual pumpkin design contest. Over the years, I have voted for what I thought was the most original pumpkin makeover -- and yes, these are not real pumpkins, just virtual ones.
Oct 28, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2003: Inserting AutoShape in PowerPoint
Several slide objects such as pictures, clip art, multimedia, and AutoShapes can be inserted into PowerPoint slides so as to help convey your message better – however most of these objects are inserted elements sourced from outside PowerPoint. AutoShapes differ since they are built right inside PowerPoint. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can insert an AutoShape into a PowerPoint slide.
Oct 22, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Outline Pane Options
The Slides/Outline pane in PowerPoint 2010 looks and works almost the same as it did in previous versions. Unfortunately Microsoft took away the Outlining toolbar in PowerPoint 2007 and provided no replacement commands in any Ribbon tab -- this state of affairs continues in PowerPoint 2010. Yes, this does mean that most of the outline tasks now have to be accessed through right-click options -- and I'll show you how you can do that.
Oct 21, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint
SmartArt graphics are essentially diagrams based on logic or relationships. First introduced with PowerPoint 2007, SmartArt has been improved in PowerPoint 2010 (and Office 2010). Using a combination of simple shapes and text, SmartArt can be more effective in expressing information than plain bulleted text.
Oct 20, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2010
PowerPoint 2010 provides all the basic chart types such as column, bar, line, pie, etc. and also some advanced charts like radar, surface, bubble, doughnut, etc. Together, all these chart types cater for almost every kind of graphical data representation. Sometimes you may want to experiment with different chart types to see what works best with your data -- fortunately changing chart types in PowerPoint 2010 is very easy.
Oct 19, 10 - myBrainshark on Google Apps Marketplace: 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 myBrainshark’s newly announced availability in the Google Apps Marketplace.
Oct 19, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2008 for Mac: Reuse Slides in PowerPoint
Reusing slides that you already have is a good idea as long as you make sure you don't end up using outdated content! I always suggest you to first create and import an outline so that you have a structured presentation in place -- thereafter do use the option that lets you import slides to add more slides or even replace existing ones. Finally you can add any new slides that you need to create from scratch. PowerPoint provides a quick command that locates specific slides, and enables you to add it to the active presentation. While this process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how to reuse slides in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac.
Oct 18, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2010: Reuse Slides in PowerPoint
Reusing your existing slides can be a great help: first you need not recreate stuff you already have and secondly you are saving so much time that you can use more effectively to practice your presentation! Having said that, always start by creating an outline of your presentation -- thereafter reuse any existing slides. PowerPoint provides a quick command that locates specific slides, and enables you to add it to the active presentation. While this process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how to reuse slides in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.
Oct 15, 10 - Real Leaders Don't Do PowerPoint: Conversation with Chris Witt
Chris Witt is a coach, consultant, and trainer who works with executives and technical experts who want to communicate what they know more effectively. His clients include IBM, Intuit, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, Sony, Biogen Idec, Pfizer, the San Diego Zoo, and the School of Medicine at Yale University. In this conversation, Chris talks about his book, Real Leaders Don't Do PowerPoint: How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas.
Oct 15, 10 - Learn PowerPoint 2007: Reuse Slides in PowerPoint
If you have existing slides that have reusable content, you can import them into any new presentations you create. I reiterate that you must first create and import an outline so that you have a structured presentation in place -- thereafter do use the Reuse slides option to add more slides or even replace existing ones. Finally you can add any new slides that you need to create from scratch.
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