PowerPoint Tutorials on Slide Layouts, Placeholders, View Options and Task panes, and PowerPoint News (Page 139)
Explore the view options and task panes in PowerPoint 2013 along with the Slide Layouts and Placeholders in PowerPoint 2011. Learn new PowerPoint tutorials and read this week’s PowerPoint news.
The Outline view is new for PowerPoint 2013 -- wait, that's not absolutely true since you always had access to your presentation's text outline through the Slides / Outline pane on the left side of the PowerPoint interface. What's changed though is that you no longer need to switch tabs within the pane (as you would do in PowerPoint 2010) -- now you just access the outline within a new view! The Outline view displays all the text contained within the title and text placeholders of your slides, and is one of the ten views in PowerPoint 2013.
Rather than using simple rectangle placeholders for your pictures, you can use various other shapes that appear almost silhouette-like. Yes, this is possible within PowerPoint! In fact, these custom picture placeholders can be created within PowerPoint, using nothing that's not a part of PowerPoint. Of course this process is a little detailed, but not difficult!
Harman Singh is the Founder and CEO of two Internet platforms - authorSTREAM and WiZiQ. authorSTREAM is a PowerPoint sharing platform striving to make your presentations sharable on the Web -- whether they are viewed from desktops, mobile phones or tablets like the iPad. In this conversation, Harman discusses authorSTREAM's new Dynamic Embed technology that automatically delivers optimized video content to all sorts of devices.
Editing slide objects works almost the same way, irrespective of what you are actually editing -- you select the object you want to edit and change some attributes -- you then get to see what your changes have caused -- and then you either undo your changes (if you are not too happy with them) or just accept them and start working with another object. What if you could see/preview how an actual change will look on the slide object before you decide to accept or decline that change? PowerPoint 2013's Live Preview allows you to do just that -- this feature was first introduced in PowerPoint 2007, and continues being available in newer versions. Additionally, PowerPoint 2013 now also includes the Live Preview option for Chart Styles as well.
In this issue, we bring you an invitation to a free webinar on Making PowerPoint Interactive. And we have added new pushpins to our pushpin collection for PowerPoint -- these new pushpins are based on feedback from you all! Also we have an exclusive interview with Robert Lane, the spearheader of the Relational Presentations concept -- he discusses his upcoming Visual Language Online Workshop. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can explore the new Format Task panes -- you also get familiar with PowerPoint's ten views, and look closely at Normal view. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn more about working with their Slide Masters and Slide Layouts.
Keeping the look of your picture slides (actually, all slides) consistent adds value to your presentation. When you use different pictures in successive slides of your presentation, you'll want their position, formatting, and size to be the same in all slides. While you can achieve this by working on each slide individually, you will have to spend an inordinate amount of time making sure that the pictures look consistent -- and even then, you may not be too happy with the results. You can get over this problem by using a new slide layout with a Picture placeholder. In this tutorial we'll explore how to work with a Picture placeholder you add to a new slide layout.
Motti Nisani is the CEO of emaze, a company that produces a tool of the same name. With emaze, you can create presentations in virtual 3D worlds or simply in slides like. He has a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. In this interview, Motti discusses about emaze.
Making edits to your slide objects quickly can be an asset for your time -- but awesome slides are created painstakingly, and use a large amount of time. Slide designers often play around with different fill options to make their slides look awesome -- or even make umpteen changes to how their text appears. PowerPoint 2013 does provide most editing options to make these alterations within the Ribbon tabs, and you can also populate your Quick Access Toolbar with frequently used commands. Yet, all of these involve moving your cursor above the Slide Area and back continuously. While this may not really result in Carpal tunnel syndrome for your palms, it helps to know that PowerPoint 2013 also includes the Mini Toolbar, a floating toolbar that spawns right next to the cursor -- and it is also available instantly with a right-click!
These PowerPoint ready pushpin graphics are fun to use - they can help you "pin" a picture, or a note, or a letter to your slide surface! When you use these ready-made pushpin graphics, you create a real world look on your slides that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been pinned! This new set of pushpin graphics in 5 colors have been added to our existing set of pushpin graphics on your slides! All pushpin graphics are contained within the PowerPoint slides that you will download. Just copy them and paste them on the edges of pictures in your presentation.
A placeholder is a boilerplate container that you can use to fill in with some sort of content. When you launch PowerPoint, you will see those distinctive boxes that invite you to add some content -- haven't you noticed the "Click to add title" suggestions? All these boxes are placeholders -- when selected, these boxes have a grey border around them. You can add your own custom placeholders to the various slide layouts in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint 2013 continues 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 pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane. If you cannot see the Slides pane in Normal view, scroll down to read a tip that will help you restore that pane.
Making PowerPoint interactive is to make your slides do what you want, allowing yourselves to go from slide to slide almost like going from one room to another in your home -- and setting your slides in a way that allows you to work better -- again, that's akin to arranging the furniture in your home so as to make movement and work easier. Even if you step out of the comfort of your home, you can make your life more gratifying by discovering streets that are not too crowded with traffic so that you can get to your office faster, and with less stress! In the world of slides, those streets are the shortcuts you press to quickly navigate from one point in your presentation to another – and back.
Your slides remain the same -- yet exploring the same slides using a different view makes sense, depending upon the tasks you want to do. For example, it's easier to reorder and work with multiple slides in Slide Sorter view -- and make changes to individual slides in Normal view. All put together, PowerPoint 2013 provides you will ten different views. Eight of these views can be accessed from the View tab of the Ribbon. Then click on any of the buttons in the Presentation Views and Master Views group.
The default Slide Layouts available in PowerPoint help you choose various placeholder arrangements for your slide content -- it's easy to create good looking slides using them. As an analogy, duplicating and editing a Slide Layout is more like using a coloring book to fill color between the lines of pre-drawn art -- but creating your Slide Layout from scratch is more like starting with a blank sheet of paper and drawing your art before you start coloring between the lines. Decide which of these approaches works best for you before starting. If you prefer the latter approach, follow these steps to create a new Slide Layout.
Are you still confused about choosing between Office 2013 or Office 365? We help you decide by spelling out the similarities and the differences. And if you use many pictures on your PowerPoint slides, you will love Flickr as a source of free Creative Commons pictures -- but do you know that you must attribute the source -- we show you how. Electric Slide 2 is the newest version of a cool iPad presenting program that works with PowerPoint and Keynote files -- Jim Phelan discusses more in this exclusive interview. We have another awesome with interview with Don Brittain of Instant Effects Presenter -- this product lets you create perfect 3D presentations from your PowerPoint slides. For PowerPoint 2013 users, we look at cool tricks that you can use with the new Eyedropper tool. And we look closely at the Task Panes and the Status Bar in PowerPoint 2013, again. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn more about background styles for Slide Layouts -- and adding your own custom backgrounds.
One of the pet peeves that many slide designers had with previous versions of PowerPoint was the large dialog boxes that sometimes completely covered the slide area. If you were trying to make some changes to your paragraph spacing -- or even altering the size or position of a shape -- you almost always needed to close or move the large dialog box to see the changes you made! And that was certainly not in tune with the modern interface you saw within everywhere else in PowerPoint! The new PowerPoint 2013 finally addresses this issue with the Format Task Panes, which o ffer options that enable the user to create and customize objects more intuitively.
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