Symbols and Connectors in Flowchart Tutorials, Spell Check, Handwritten Fonts, Handmade Slides (Page 143)
Learn flowchart symbols, shapes and connectors in PowerPoint tutorials. Explore our favorite handwritten fonts, and add handmade slides map pins for PowerPoint presentations.
July 24th 2013
When a picture is inserted on your PowerPoint slide, you are essentially doing a task that is frequent and commonplace -- and to you, this may look like an activity that's simple. But behind this simple task, there are options you may not be aware of. You know that pictures located in any of your folders can be inserted on a slide. However, have you wondered about the relation a picture on the slide has with the original picture located in your folder? Yet, there are options within PowerPoint that let you maintain the relation between the original picture and the inserted picture -- for example, if you make changes to your original picture, PowerPoint will update its copy on the slide!
Did you know that the Shift key had so many tricks up its sleeve, including some that will drive your tables in the opposite direction? Don't you want to explore three more free, handwritten fonts? And then we teach you about flowcharting in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. Mac users of PowerPoint can learn about spell checking. And finally, do look at discussions and templates of this week!
What do you think about when you say the word "shape" aloud? Do you imagine a square, a circle, a heart, or even a smiley shape? Yes, all those are shapes -- as are the hundreds of other recognizable outlines or figures that we call shapes in our everyday parlance. Shapes play a significant role within any slides you create for your PowerPoint presentation. In more ways that you may want to count, shapes are like the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides -- PowerPoint 2013 provides hundreds of shapes efficiently categorized into 9 types.
We've already brought you so many map pin styles -- and now to make this entire series complete, we bring you more than 200 map pins -- one for each country in the world! These map pins have the flag of the country placed within the pin -- use these map pins on world or continent maps to show which countries your business extends to. Of course you can use it for any number of other reasons. These map pins can be placed on a map to show a location -- and similarly multiple map pins can be placed to show multiple locations. It's easy with this complete collection of map pins (more than 300 map pins in this collection). The map pin graphics are already placed in PowerPoint slides you will download -- just copy the individual pin you want, and then paste the pin within your own slides that already contain a map.
The AutoCorrect feature in PowerPoint fixes a number of common typos and spelling errors within your slides -- automatically as you type any text. AutoCorrect also lets you map specific keyboard sequences to a symbol, such as replacing two en dashes with an em dash the moment you hit the Enter key after the second en dash. The best feature within AutoCorrect is that it works so seamlessly that you may not even know that it is working behind the scenes. And this unawareness about AutoCorrect can ironically also cause some problems! You may for example not want the two en dashes to automatically change to an em dash -- in this tutorial you will learn how you can take advantage of AutoCorrect, and also how you can override its options as required.
After last week's three handwritten fonts, we are back with three more -- yes, we like both the number three and handwritten fonts! These three fonts are all free and so readable, even when you use a smaller text size. Enjoy using these fonts in your slides or anywhere else -- do remember though that some of these fonts will not travel with your slides (not all fonts support embedding) -- so use only if you are presenting your slides on the same computer where these fonts were installed.
While you can create flowcharts of all types in Microsoft Office applications quite easily using techniques explained in our Basic Flowcharts in Microsoft Office tutorial, there are ways in which you can create linear, non-branched flowcharts even more easily with just one click! These one-click flowcharts let you convert a bulleted list to a flowchart in an instant using the SmartArt diagramming feature. Before we proceed further, let us tell you that these SmartArt flowcharts are only useful for very simple concepts – they also have several limitations.
Pictures show and words tell -- both are important yet seeing is a much more important part of presentations. Presentations, by their very nature are meant to be seen since they are projected, displayed, or broadcast -- all of these are visual media. Speaking is important too, but you can be more effectively heard if your content includes both text and pictures. Adding pictures to your PowerPoint 2013 slide is a great way to add some visual detail.
While you can summon the Spelling dialog box and run a spell check on your entire presentation, there are other ways to run a spell check. Also, there are some best practices that will help you understand how you can proof your text content better. This tutorial contains a collection of these tips and practices so that your spell check experiences can be more intuitive.
Once you add multiple connectors that emanate from a Decision shape, you need to help your users decide where they branch their thought or work processes within the flowchart. This is typically done by adding a Yes or No caption to the connectors that output from a Decision shape. So how do you add these captions?
Do your PowerPoint animations play a little jerky? Especially in newer versions? Then we may have a solution for you! We also discuss basic flowcharting -- and also what do all those flowchart symbols mean? All flowchart tutorials are intended for Office for Windows users -- and techniques explained will work in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. For Mac users, we show how you can customize your menus and the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011.
If your slides contain text, and most slides do -- then, there is a chance that some words may be misspelled! Yes, you can do a manual check by proof-reading all your slides one by one. Alternatively, you can run a spell check on the entire presentation, and make corrections based on suggestions provided by PowerPoint. Here's how you can do a spell check in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint provides several ways to arrange, position, or resize your slide objects -- and the way these work can either save you hours of work, or provide you with enough time to waste. In this post, we will explore one such trick -- you first select an object -- and then press the Shift key. While keeping the Shift key pressed, you then press the arrow keys (Up, Down, Left, or Right) to make objects resize or reposition.
Connectors are lines that link different flowchart shapes (or any shapes you place within your Microsoft Office documents). They are different from conventional lines because connectors, as the name implies stay connected to the shapes they are linked from. Move any "connected" shape, and the connectors move and reorient with the shapes automatically -- we will explore this further in this tutorial.
Have you seen slides that include a cool “map pin” graphic? These are typically placed on a map to show a location – and similarly multiple map pins can be placed to show multiple locations. Do you want to create the same visual experience on your slides to show to your audiences? It’s easy with this complete collection of map pins (more than 300 map pins in this collection – only 10 of these are shown on this page). The map pin graphics are already placed in PowerPoint slides you will download – just copy the individual pin you want, and then paste the pin within your own slides that already contain a map. Beyond maps, you can also use these map pins like regular push pins so that a picture, shape, or anything else appears as if it has been pushed onto a surface, board, or wall with a pin!
The fact that you can customize options within the menus and toolbars in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac may mean that sometimes you may just get carried away and make more changes than you intended -- or you made some changes for an important project that's over -- and now you want the menus and toolbars to go back to their pristine, default state. Whatever your intent may be, PowerPoint's Reset option lets achieve this default state with a couple of clicks, as we explain on this page.
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