PowerPoint Tutorials (Page 76)
Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows and 2011 for Mac.
PowerPoint 2010 continues the tradition of previous versions of the program by providing several views that enable you to view and edit your slides. Unarguably, Normal view is the default and most often used view. This view displays one slide at a time in the Slide area, and is used mainly for editing and creating slides, and shows PowerPoint's typical tri-pane interface that includes the Slides / Outline pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane.
Whenever a shape is inserted within a PowerPoint 2011 slide, you will discover that it has a blueish white gradient fill (or some other fill). You may insert hundreds of shapes and they all have this same default fill, influenced by the Theme applied to your presentation. If you want, you can change the fill of any shape. You can change it to a solid color fill or even change the fill type altogether to a pattern, texture, or picture.
PowerPoint provides an extensive array of built-in shapes which help you create great looking graphics for your slides. You can manipulate these graphics by dragging their diamonds or combining them -- but at times, you may not achieve the exact appearance you want. For instance, you might want a little curve in your shape edges rather than conventional straight lines. PowerPoint does allow you to tweak and make your shape look more organic than geometric curved lines.
Duplicating stuff in PowerPoint is easy -- you just select a shape and press the Command+D key combination. However, such duplication copies everything: the shape, and its format attributes, such as all fills, outlines, and effects associated with the selected shape. Sometimes you only want to use those fill, outline, and effect attributes for other shapes you create -- for example, you have a square that is colored pink, it has no outline, and contains a bevel effect. Now you draw a star on your slide and it has completely different attributes -- how can you make sure that it matches the attributes of the square? You can spend some time, and apply those attributes to the star as well, but if you need to do that for ten or fifteen more shapes, that may result in a few hours of repetitive work! Fortunately, the Format Painter command can rescue you from this monotonous task very easily.
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Let us imagine that you have a long numbered list that forms the content of your PowerPoint slide. Now, it is not uncommon for slides to have numbered lists that comprise twenty lines, and that is singularly unfortunate because even if members of your audience have perfect eyesight, they won't be able to read the teeny-weeny sized text! And let us face the fact that too much text is downright boring, and nowadays any sort of bulleted or numbered lists seem to signify a poorly designed slide. One approach you can take to combat this problem is by dividing your list across multiple slides -- but even then PowerPoint may default to numbering your lists at 1 on each slide -- even when you want it to start at 6, 11, or 16! Luckily, that is an easy problem to conquer.
PowerPoint has a repertoire of various types of shapes that 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.
By default, PowerPoint uses the 1, 2, 3 numerical style for numbered lists. And since you can change bulleted list styles, it is only natural that you expect some changes to be allowed for numbered list styles too. PowerPoint allows you to change to several numerical styles -- there are variations in digits, alphabets, and Roman numerical styles.
Let us imagine that your shape in PowerPoint has effects, animations, and fills applied. Later you realize that you used the wrong shape to start with, or perhaps your boss wants you to change the shape but retain all the effects, animations, and fills! You may want to delete and start over again, and that is a long drawn process -- but you can change any existing shape into another by following these steps in PowerPoint 2011.
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Whenever you add text to a placeholder in PowerPoint, it defaults to creating a bulleted list. Even when you import an outline in PowerPoint, all the content other than the slide titles ends up becoming bulleted text. While this may work in some situations, in others you may want to either remove the bullets altogether, or convert it to a numbered list.
When you insert a shape within a PowerPoint slide, you can manipulate it in many ways. First, you can resize and rotate it. However, rotate just lets you turn the shape in another direction without mirroring it. If you want to mirror your shape in another direction, you need to use PowerPoint's flip options that create a reverse or mirror image of any selected shape.
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You have already learned about picture bullets in PowerPoint 2010, and how you can import any picture and use it as a custom bullet. You can also create your own picture bullets to use in presentations, and these can be created right within PowerPoint!
Once you add a shape to your PowerPoint slide, you may want to resize and / or rotate it. We have already covered resizing shapes in a separate tutorial, and now you will learn how you can rotate a shape. Rotation can be very useful, especially if you need to change the orientation of an arrow, or rotate a duplicated shape. Whatever your motive may be, rotation can be applied in more than one way.
PowerPoint 2010 lets you quickly use picture bullets rather than the conventional symbol bullets, and while PowerPoint does have an impressive collection of ready-to-use picture bullets available, you can also import your own pictures to create a unique bullet for your text lists. So why would you want to import your own picture bullets? Probably because you want their color to match your company branding, or you want to use a stylized bullet that matches your logo -- whatever your reason may be, do remember that detailed graphics don't work well as bullets -- the more closer your graphic looks to the conventional dot-shaped bullet, the better it will appear for consistency and visual reasons.
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