PowerPoint Tutorials on Shapes and Tables (Page 156)
Collection of PowerPoint tutorials on Shapes and inserting tables in PowerPoint 2011.
PowerPoint 2013 lets you take a bunch of selected shapes and then apply one of the five Merge Shapes options to end up with some amazing results. However, the Intersect option that we are exploring within this tutorial works a little differently than the Combine, Fragment, Subtract, or Union options that we explore in other tutorials. The Intersect command works only when all selected shapes overlap each other. If any shapes do not overlap, Shape Intersect causes complete deletion of all shapes.
There are many new features in PowerPoint 2013 but my favorite is the one that lets you convert your text to outlines -- this may be an undocumented feature but it certainly is among the most useful ones! Unfortunately, I haven't created a tutorial on this technique on Indezine.com yet -- and that's something that will be addressed soon. Meanwhile, you may not even need to follow a step by step tutorial and will be able to achieve the same results with just one click, thanks to a new, free add-in created by my friend, Jamie Garroch.
Create a new table in PowerPoint and you'll find that it already includes some sort of default formatting -- more often than not, you'll find that the table already has Banded rows and the Header row highlighted. While PowerPoint decides to turn on some of these Table Options, there are some that you must manually enable. All put together, you can play with 6 distinct options that let you control the way through which table elements can be made to stand apart. You can find these options within a group called Table Options.
In this issue, we first bring you an exclusive conversation with Tom Kuhlman of Articulate who discusses how easily you can use the new Articulate Studio '13 within PowerPoint. We have some more snowflake graphics for you. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about Gradient Slide Backgrounds, and about the Merge Shapes commands including Shape Union. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about reusing Excel and Word tables in PowerPoint, and about adding or removing rows/columns in tables. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
PowerPoint 2013 provides so many new features, but one of them is essentially such a small addition that you may completely miss exploring it. And that would be sad because this feature can open up so many possibilities. We have already explored the Merge Shape commands -- while 4 of the 5 commands within this category have been available since PowerPoint 2010, the Fragment command is new for this version. Unlike other Merge Shape commands that retain or remove overlapping and non-overlapping areas of multiple shapes, the Fragment option discards nothing at all. In fact, it "fragments" each possible division caused by overlapping shapes and turns them into many, smaller shapes.
Add a table to your PowerPoint slide and then populate the table with content -- and then what comes next? Probably you need to add or remove rows and columns. That's the case with most people who work with tables. But very few people realize that the table cells can be made larger or smaller without influencing the entire row or column -- and that's something that can be easily achieved by merging or splitting cells in your existing table. This is essentially true for tables that have two header rows, or even with tables that have a long phrase in the header row.
These New Year themed clip arts for PowerPoint are all silhouettes that are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. These silhouette clip arts have been provided in both black and white colors -- both variations are contained within two separate sample presentations that you can download.
There are so many shapes available within PowerPoint 2013 -- and that's good because that means so many more possibilities to create your own unique shapes by using any of the Merge Shapes commands. One of the amazing options within Merge Shapes is Combine -- this retains areas where the shapes do not overlap while removes overlapping areas -- think of Combine as an amazing cutout option! The resultant shapes result in a cutout, remnant shape.
Shape Union is part of the Merge Shapes commands in PowerPoint 2013 -- this lets you unite two or more shapes with each other. The benefit of the Shape Union option is that you can quickly create complex shapes that may have not been easy to accomplish within PowerPoint. Selecting multiple shapes and applying this command results in a single, unified shape.
Once you insert a table in PowerPoint, you will certainly want to fill it with some content. However that does not mean your table is done and may never require any more changes to be made. Like anything else in life, tables need to grow and accommodate more content -- or they may even need to shed some of it. Adding or removing content within a table usually entails adding and removing table rows and columns, as required. You can add or remove these from the edges of the table, or even somewhere right in middle of the existing rows and columns.
For many users, the Merge Shape commands may be assumed as a new feature in PowerPoint 2013. However these were available in PowerPoint 2010 through the Combine Shapes commands. Yes, these were not available by default from any of the Ribbon tabs in PowerPoint 2010, but you could customize the QAT to get these commands. In PowerPoint 2013, Microsoft gave the new Merge Shapes name to these commands and also gave them a place right within the Ribbon. And now, these commands are no longer limited to shapes as they also work with text and pictures.
In this issue, we first bring you a set of animated Christmas slides. We then look at another callout sample. These callout ideas will help you create better Callout graphics for your slides. Thereafter, we have an an exclusive conversation with Mike Power who talks about the new version 6 of NXPowerLite, a PowerPoint file compression tool. We have some awesome snowflake graphics for you as well, and we make a small detour to the world of Photoshop to explore a plug-in that lets you create oil painted effects. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about Slide Background Styles -- and also the benefits of solid one-color backgrounds. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can explore inserting and populating tables. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
We all use tables in our slides to present numeric data in an organized way so that the audience can easily comprehend or compare values, trends, or even messages. Inserting a new table on your PowerPoint slide and then entering content within this table is an easy task. You can also import an Excel table into PowerPoint just by copying and pasting. However, what if you need to take a Word table into PowerPoint? Unfortunately, that's not an easy task to accomplish -- but there are still two ways you can go with.
Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate and merge from one color to another -- they are sometimes also called fountain fills or blended fills in other programs. Other than applying gradients as shape fill, you can also apply Gradient fills to your Slide Background. However, make sure that the two or more colors that you use for your Gradient work well with text and other foreground elements on all your slides.
Tom Kuhlmann is VP, Community for Articulate, where he manages the Articulate user community. He also writes the Rapid E-learning Blog which is published weekly to over 95,000 readers. Tom has developed and managed e-learning courses for both large and small organizations. He's passionate about learning technology and his core focus is on helping people succeed and grow. He is known throughout the industry for his practical, no-nonsense approaches to e-learning. He's also a frequent speaker at ASTD and e-learning industry events. He has a Master's in Education Technology from Pepperdine. In this conversation, Tom discusses the new Articulate Studio '13.
It's easy to insert a new table on your PowerPoint slide and then enter content within this table as required. However, as it happens in most offices or other work places, the table content may already be populated in a bunch of contiguous Excel cells. Whether you have a ready-made table, or just a group of in contiguous cells in Excel, it is very easy to use it in PowerPoint as a table.
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