PowerPoint Tutorials: Indent Markers, Bookmarks for Audio Clips, Concept Slides and Conversations (Page 130)
Download concept slides and learn PowerPoint tutorials on how to use indent markers, bookmarks for audio clips.
Date Created: February 26th 2013
Last Updated: March 9th 2013
In this issue, we bring you our awaited Organic Shapes series of concept slides -- the shapes are all hand drawn in appearance and will make a pleasant change from the typical geometric shapes you see on most slides these days. Additionally, we do have several new tutorials -- PowerPoint 2010 users will learn how they can remove and edit any bookmarks added to audio clips. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users should read about how they can control the Hanging indent markers for any bulleted text. Finally, we have an exclusive interview with Reena Cruz who discusses Able2Extract 8's PDF to PowerPoint conversion capabilities.
While it is a great option to change the placement of your bullet character and the paragraph following the bullet, it's not always the best option to make both these changes individually -- especially if you want to retain the spacing between the bullet and the succeeding paragraph. It's in times like this that you will appreciate the availability of the Left Indent Marker.
You have a 100 slide presentation that you are working on -- it's past midnight and your eyes feel glassy. In a state of semi-consciousness, you save your slides and shut down the presentation. You were probably working on slide number 60 when you called it a day. Now it’s another day -- and you want to complete where you stopped. The only problem is that you have no clue about where you need to resume! And then up comes a small message that says: Slide 60 Pick up where you left off!
Ninety nine times of a hundred, you will end up drawing a triangle that has lines which are not too straight or angled – and yet it really does not matter because your drawn triangle still looks like well, a triangle! Additionally, your triangle actually looks more human, more personal, and yet different – and yes, these qualities are considered good. A triangle created using PowerPoint’s shape tools on the other hand looks too geometric and not organic at all. You will love these organic triangle shapes we have created for you.
Reena Cruz is from Investintech.com, Inc., leading developer of PDF converter solutions for the desktop, server and mobile platforms. She writes for the Investintech blog, where she shares tips about PDF converter technology, productivity in the workplace and software in general. In this conversation, Reena discusses their Able2Extract product, and its PDF to PowerPoint conversion technology.
Usually, most folks are quite happy with how PowerPoint positions your bullets within a paragraph, or even where the paragraph that follows the bullet character is placed. Yet, you need not just accept the defaults -- especially if you like that extra bit of control! You essentially control these nuances with the three Indent Markers on the Horizontal Ruler -- these Indent Markers decide how your bulleted and numbered lists are positioned within PowerPoint's text placeholders.
If you have drawn on a flip chart or even a blackboard -- or just doodled on the back of a napkin, then you must have drawn a square (or just let us call it a “box”) with just a pencil or a marker? How about achieving that same hand-drawn look on your slides? Yes, you can use PowerPoint’s built-in shapes but you’ll end up with a square that’s so perfect! On the other hand, a hand drawn square will look distinct and different -- it's almost a powerful statement. Squares are just one of the 8 shape types we have included in this Organic Shapes collection – and each 8 of these shape types have 10 variants each – so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options!
After adding a Bookmark to an audio clip, you may want to edit or remove the Bookmark altogether. In PowerPoint you can't edit a Bookmark -- for example, you cannot change the time of your Bookmark from 30 seconds to 28 seconds. To achieve this change, you have to delete the earlier Bookmark, and then add a new Bookmark on the time position that you want.
Have you tried to draw a circle with just holding a pencil or marker in your hand? You'll end up with a circle that may fail you in a geometry test but it still looks human, personal, and different -- just like these organic circle shapes. Circles are just one of the 8 shape types we have included in this Organic Shapes collection – and each 8 of these shape types have 10 variants each – so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options!
In this issue, we have an interview with Yossi Pinkas who discusses MagPointer, an amazing plug-in that lets you zoom and enhance your slides while presenting – do try playing with their free trial. You can also download our Six Petals circle that lets you create an info-graphic that’s different yet subtle. PowerPoint 2010 users can learn how to fade audio clips, and PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can get started with indents for bulleted lists.
These Six Petals Circle graphics are part of our Petal Circles series that add stylized tips to your circle shapes. These two tip styles: Rounded and Pointed make your circles look different from conventional segmented circle graphics. They also break the monotony of text heavy slides, and help you explain concepts better to your audiences. Using these circle shapes also convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more, these shapes are also so much fun to use!
Yossi Pinkas is co-founder of MagPointer. MagPointer is the developer of a PowerPoint add-on for improving audience engagement during presentations, making presentations more interactive and easier to follow. In this discussion, Yossi explains how you can use MagPointer to make your presentations more responsive and interesting.
Although this is not so obvious, the position of the bullets or numbers in a list is influenced by indent markers you see on the Horizontal Ruler within PowerPoint. There are three types of Indent Markers -- the First Line Indent Marker, the Hanging Indent Marker, and the Left Indent Marker. In this tutorial, we will explore how the First Line Indent Marker influences the position of the bullets (or numbers). The First Line Indent Marker determines the left most edge of the bullet character itself. If you drag this First Line Indent Marker along the Horizontal Ruler, the bullets associated with the selected text also move accordingly.
What is it about 30 million PowerPoint presentations being created each day -- is the source for that figure fact or is it fiction? Read more in the cover story of this week's Indezine News. We've heard from so many of you who have loved the new Petal Circles series -- this issue, we bring you a 5 petaled variation of the circle -- use these in your slides! We also have the usual bunch of PowerPoint tutorials -- learn about fading sounds, formatting 3D charts, and PowerPoint 2013 customization. We also explore SlideBoom, an online presentations site.
One of the very important, new abilities in PowerPoint 2010 relates to you being able to play your audio files from a certain point within the clip. To do so, you need to use the Bookmarks feature. Bookmarks in PowerPoint are similar to the conventional bookmarks you place within the pages of a book you read. In the same way that you can easily access a particular page with the help of a bookmark, the Bookmarks you add to an audio clip become indicators of the position you want to play the clip from.
Have you pulled your hair trying to adjust spacing before and after bulleted and numbered lists in PowerPoint? And if you have been valiant enough to try, did you succeed? And even if you succeeded to some extent, were you satisfied -- or did you want more control? This is at least one of those scenarios where we can tell you that PowerPoint has all the options you are looking for -- but where exactly you will tweak these options is not intuitive at all! Read on to learn more -- some part of this tutorial can be a little technical -- but we'll try to explain with use of plain English terms and several visuals.
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