Microsoft PowerPoint Reviews and Tutorials (Page 059)
Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials and Reviews on presentation technologies.
Applying a new Theme to a PowerPoint presentation completely changes the appearance of all slides in the presentation. This change happens because a Theme influences the Theme Colors, Theme Fonts, Theme Effects, Theme Backdrops and much more. However there are circumstances when you really don't require such a complete makeover or metamorphosis. In that case, you can still change only Theme Colors and Theme Fonts and leave all other Theme attributes unchanged.
When you apply a Theme to a PowerPoint presentation, it completely changes the appearance of the slides. This happens because a Theme contains a set of predefined Theme Colors, Theme Fonts, Theme Effects, Theme Backdrops, etc. However there may be scenarios in which you really don't require such a complete makeover or metamorphosis. In that case, you can still change only Theme Colors and Theme Fonts and leave all other Theme attributes unchanged. This will change just the colors and/or the fonts in your slides.
It's easy to duplicate stuff in PowerPoint but if you already have formatted a shape exactly as you want after applying effects, fills, outlines, etc. and need to apply the same look to 50 other shapes within the presentation, then you know that you are in for a few hours of repetitive work, manually formatting each shape! Fortunately, the Format Painter command can rescue you from this monotonous task very easily!
PowerPoint provides different types of shapes, which can be formatted by resizing, rotating, etc. When you select most shapes, you get eight resizing handles and a single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more yellow diamonds -- these enable you to change some facets of the selected shape, or in some cases you can change the entire shape.
You have already seen how to apply Themes in different applications of Office 2008 for Mac. Now let us see how to repeat the same process in Office 2011. Here also you will find plenty of built-in Themes which you can choose from. These Themes can be found under Themes tab of the Ribbon.
Applying Themes in different applications under Office 2007 and Office 2010 for Windows has already been discussed in our previous tutorials. To do the same in Office 2008 for Mac, the procedure is little different. Here also you will find plenty of built-in Themes which you can choose from. These Themes can be found under Slide Themes tab in the Elements Gallery.
After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you might need to add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics. Fortunately, SmartArt allows you to make these additions and edits with just a click or two. You can add more shape(s) to your existing SmartArt graphics either from within the SmartArt graphic itself, or through the Text Pane. Whether you can add a new shape to a SmartArt graphic depends entirely on the SmartArt variant that you are using -- some variants offer more options than the others.
Cory Jim started designing presentations in the US military for top secret combat operations in Iraq in 2003. He had to learn really quick and be extremely accurate, precise, and clear as to what information was included in each presentation. Not so much design, but more efficiency. Shortly after, he went on to pursue graphic design in 4 different colleges in Hawaii. Learning from various books and studying the other professionals in the industry, he quickly picked up his own style and technique. Cory founded Empowered Presentations with his business partner, Yancey Unequivocally, in 2010 based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. In this conversation, Cory talks about Smoke, his winning entry in SlideShare's World's Best Presentation Contest 2010.
In a previous tutorial, I showed how you can convert your normal bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic with just a click or two -- however you'll soon discover that it is neither easy nor intuitive to edit, add, or delete text within a shape inside a SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, all the text edits can be easily performed within the convenient Text Pane of the SmartArt graphic. In this tutorial, I'll help you explore options for working within the Text Pane for SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010.
If you have lots of shapes and other slide objects placed one above the other on your PowerPoint slide, you'll find that some shape or slide object may be hidden or overlapped. In this scenario, you can use the options within the Order command to bring any shape or slide object right on top of all others, or even send it behind everything else on your slide.
Presentation designers have requirements that are different from anyone else who just presents or even creates slides several times a month. They need to create slides every single day, and any time saved for them by not having to do repetitive tasks, or even having some assets available at the click of a button can be a lifesaver. Efficient Elements, a PowerPoint add-in that contains tons of useful options can be that lifesaver.
PowerPoint enables you to easily enhance your presentations in several ways -- for example a bulleted text slide can be easily converted to a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010 with just a few clicks.
Nudging a shape or any other slide object is essentially moving it just a wee bit using the arrow keys on your keyboard rather than the mouse. Move is different in that it is more of a super-nudge, and you can use the mouse to move rather than just nudge. PowerPoint provides more than one way to nudge or move any selected shape or slide object.
With the amount of media in everyone's computers these days, it has become a challenge to cope up with storing and sharing all the photos, sound and video clips, or even the documents, spreadsheets, and slides in the multitudes of folders. And sharing is an even larger challenge if the people whom you want to share with are not on the same time zones or geographies as you are. Freepath, a program that lets you show and share all sorts of file formats combats this problem by enabling you to create a playlist with all your document and media formats including PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Excel sheets, Adobe PDFs, Flash clips, QuickTime movies, YouTube videos, live websites, and more.
Many times, you want to animate several slide objects together -- or you may want to rotate all shapes together to a certain angle -- at times like these, you'll be happy to know that grouping, ungrouping, and regrouping shapes is possible in PowerPoint.
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