Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials and Reviews (Page 057)
Free Tutorials and Tips for Microsoft PowerPoint.
PowerPoint follows the process of selection, then action for any slide object on a slide. If you cannot select an object, then you can probably not modify it at all. Although this tutorial explains how you can select shapes on a slide, the process works the same way for any other slide object.
Learn PowerPoint 2010: Select, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection and Visibility Task Pane
Other than selecting a shape or any slide object by clicking on it, you can use the Selection and Visibility task pane to select shapes that are difficult to select, or are placed behind other shapes. The Selection and Visibility task pane option is only available within PowerPoint 2007 and later versions, and it replaces the Select Multiple Objects tool in earlier versions of PowerPoint.
Tommy Powell is from Neuxpower, a software solutions company based in the UK. Neuxpower custom-builds both stand-alone applications and add-ins that enhance existing software such as Microsoft Office. Their commercially-available file optimizer, NXPowerLite radically reduces the size of PowerPoint, Word, Excel and JPEG files. In this conversation, Tommy discusses the new Office 2010 compatibility feature in NXPowerLite 4.3
When you insert a shape within a PowerPoint slide, you can resize and rotate it as already shown in previous tutorials on using shapes in PowerPoint. Quite similar to rotate is the flip option that creates a reverse or mirror image of any selected shape.
Normally you may want to add a shape to your PowerPoint slide and then resize it and/or rotate it. Like most other things, rotation can be applied in more than one way in PowerPoint. If you want to rotate any shape as you want, or if you want to rotate it at certain increments, or even if you want total control over the rotation angle -- PowerPoint has you covered every step of the way.
Chuck Dietrich is the CEO of SlideRocket, an online presentation platform founded in 2006 with the vision that provides for every part of the presentation lifecycle and helps you make great presentations. Chuck holds a BA from University of Colorado in Economics and an MBA from University of Utah. In this Indezine exclusive interview, Chuck talks about his role at SlideRocket, how PowerPoint users can complement their workflows with SlideRocket, and how SlideRocket is continuously improving and adding new features.
Shapes in PowerPoint can be formatted in various ways: you can change their fills, lines, and effects. Also you can resize them, as you will learn in this tutorial. PowerPoint, like most Microsoft Office programs follows the concept of selection, then action. Any shape that is selected shows several handles, and these handles allow you to resize shapes approximately or accurately.
Tom Bunzel specializes in knowing what other presenters need and how to make technology works. He has appeared on Tech TV's Call for Help as "Professor PowerPoint" and is a featured speaker at InfoComm and Presentation Summit each year. Tom is also a "technology coach" and does presentation and video consulting in southern California. Tom can be reached through his site, The Presentation Professor and his BunzBlog blog. In this conversation, Tom discusses his new book, Tools of Engagement: Presenting and Training in a World of Social Media.
Shapes are the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides -- and PowerPoint provides hundreds of shapes categorized into 9 types (in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010). All these shapes can be used in various ways -- you can combine the shapes, format the shapes with fills, lines, and effects, and even group or layer them to create more complex shapes. This tutorial explores the various types of shapes available to create within PowerPoint.
Shapes can often be combined to create more complex shapes -- for instance you can place circles of various sizes one on top of the other to create something that looks like a target. Similarly you can create seemingly complicated arrangements of shapes quite easily to create something that illustrates a concept or idea so much better than just bulleted text. To create any such graphic content, you need to start by inserting common shapes -- fortunately PowerPoint makes it easy to do so.
I always believe that Shapes are the building block using which you can add any type of graphic to your PowerPoint slide -- most content that you can select on the slide such as ungrouped tables or charts, Shapes, or even a video clip works so much like a Shape. Learn to format shapes, and you can use the same tricks to format these other slide objects. As part of this Learn PowerPoint series, I already have covered many such topics and more are continuously being added -- today's tutorial shows how you can quickly add a shape to your PowerPoint slide.
TechSmith Snagit is one of the most amazing programs -- all these years, TechSmith has made successive versions of Snagit available to Windows users, and now finally Snagit comes to the Mac. A screen capture application that does much more, Snagit lets you capture almost anything on the computer screen, edits to the screenshots by scaling, adding callouts, applying effects, etc. Finally, it also provides many options to share the screenshots.
Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land -- once you have the outlines done, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books -- she just concluded her 8 series, free webinar series called the Outstanding Presentations Workshop. In this conversation, Ellen talks more about the concluded webinar series, and how it evolved to the launch of her Outstanding Presentations Course and Portal.
Typically, there are three common ways in which you can create slides in PowerPoint. All these three ways can be combined with each other but it is best to start with creating an outline for your presentation in another program. Mac users can create outlines in TextEdit -- in addition you can use Microsoft Word as well. In this tutorial, I'll show how you can use Word 2011 for Mac to create an outline for a PowerPoint presentation.
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