PowerPoint Tutorials on Slide Backgrounds and Editing Tables (Page 159)
Collection of PowerPoint 2013 tutorials on Slide Backgrounds and editing Tables in PowerPoint 2011.
Theme colors are an integral part of a PowerPoint template. These colors appear in all of the Ribbon galleries and will influence the look of graphics and charts created with the template. But what about the tints and shades that populate the rest of the gallery? PowerPoint automatically generates these values based on the Theme colors. You cannot manually set any of the tints or shades. You’ve probably seen a few tints that were so bright that they hurt your eyes! How can you adjust these screamingly intense tints so the full color palette is usable?
In this set of tutorials, we will explore how you can use Microsoft Office applications within a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface. Remember that these tutorials explain techniques that are devoid of a physical keyboard (or a keyboard equipped cover).
A Callout is a shape that contains some text. But callouts are not just any shape -- most of the time, they are connected to another figure or visual. Callouts also have an attached line, arrow, or another pointer style that identifies them with a certain figure or visual. So in simple terms, callouts are those extra shapes with text that add value to other visuals. On their own, you'll hardly find callouts used anywhere.
PowerPoint 2013 provides so many basic shapes within the Shapes gallery. All of these shapes can be used in many ways, and that in itself works most of the time. Yet there are plenty of other shapes that are not provided within the Shapes gallery but you can easily modify an existing shape a wee bit to end up with something you need. A semi-circle is a perfect example of such a shape.
With the help of tables in PowerPoint you can make your numerical data or other content look organized, and make it easier for your audiences to quickly comprehend this data. You can make this task even more effective by selecting particular cells in the table, or the entire table, and then using Fill and Effects options -- these options are located within the Tables tab of the Ribbon.
In this issue, we have an exclusive interview with Bhavneet Chahal who discusses the new PowerPoint training videos available as part of the GoSkills online training courses. Then we have Damith Rajapakse from the National University of Singapore who discusses PowerPointLabs, a new free add-in for PowerPoint that promises to do some awesome tricks with your slides. Herb Rubinstein next looks at PowerPoint 2013 and discusses what this version offers for courtroom presentations. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about recoloring picture backgrounds, inserting online pictures, and using textures as slide backgrounds. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about creating jigsaw puzzles within PowerPoint, and also how you can set line styles for table borders. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes, checks, etc. PowerPoint includes 48 such patterns with names like plaid, weaves, shingle and zigzag. Typically, patterns should work most of the time as slide backgrounds since most patterns are very small, and spread over the entire expanse of a slide, they can add a homogenous look. However some patterns work better than others, and if your slide text is small in size, then reading the text against a patterned background may be a challenge.
You have practiced out loud. You feel confident. You know the subject. You have answered the questions you may be asked. But you are still uneasy. Often you feel good before a presentation but part way through, you lose confidence and just want to get it over with and sit down. Sometimes I see this phenomenon with the people I coach. I watch them closely and then ask, "Do you have a voice that is critiquing everything you are saying and telling you that what you just said is not exactly correct?" The presenter looks surprised and responds, "Yes." Then I say, "This is what I like to call the overworked helper."
While drawing tables, you might have noticed that the table borders are thin with just 1pt. weight (thickness). And truly speaking, you may not need to change that value most of the time. However, if you do want to change the weight of table borders, you do so in the same way as you change their color or line style. Your table borders can be of any weight starting from 0.25 pt. to 6pt., and no higher. Even 6 pt. is very thick for a table border, so it does pay to be careful, just to make sure that your table borders don't look too blocky, or even distract from the content within the table.
Bhavneet Chahal is Managing Director and Co-Founder of GoSkills, an online learning company that helps anyone learn business skills to reach their personal and professional goals. Her passion for accessible online learning began when she saw a need for flexible learning options for busy professionals, combined with a website that was modern, well-designed and intuitive. GoSkills provides online courses for career advancement and selects the top tutors in the world to help design and develop their courses. In this conversation, Bhavneet discusses about GoSkills' new PowerPoint Training.
Textures are the "in" thing even in a world that looks so much at the new flat design concept -- and the reason is not difficult to understand. The right texture can add interest, and make your slide content look crafted. If you cannot find the perfect texture, it's best to leave your slide background unaltered. Texture and picture fills for slide backgrounds have so much in common. Yes, the same picture can be used for both a texture or a picture fill, but the results will differ. The main difference is that while a picture background results in your slide using a single picture as a backdrop, using a texture background can result in the same picture being tiled across the slide background.
The new PowerPoint 2013 has some extremely good features...but. I hate to start out with a negative. However the very best new feature in PowerPoint 2013 was the ability to embed video from any of the sharing sites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. This feature alone was worth upgrading for. Because Google and Microsoft always seem to be butting heads, Google made changes to YouTube and this feature no longer works. There is much buzz that this will be resolved but for now the only video service you can embed from is through a SkyDrive account. Many of the improvements are related to alignment and organization. Below are the ones that will be of interest to the trial lawyer.
The borders for tables that you create within PowerPoint are thin lines by default. You can change the thickness of these borders -- but even before you do so, there are certain prerequisites to take care of. First of all, if you use Table Styles, then some borders may have been set to be invisible. So first of course, you need to set them to be visible since there's no sense in thickening an invisible border. Once borders are visible, you can make changes to their appearance such as changing their color, line style, or the thickness of the table borders. We will now explore how you can make table borders sport dashed or dotted lines instead of simple thin lines.
Damith C. Rajapakse is a faculty member at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He has a deep interest, and many years of experience, in presentation design and the craft of software building. He is the project mentor for the PowerPointLabs project and other similar efforts. In this conversation, Damith discusses the currently free PowerPointLabs add-in for PowerPoint.
It's always been possible to add pictures from an online source within PowerPoint -- for more than a decade this online source has been the pictures available online at Office.com -- in most previous versions, this was achieved through the Insert Clip Art option. Now in PowerPoint 2013, this option has been greatly enhanced -- and you are no longer restricted to content from just Office.com. Of course, this also has a new name now, it's called Online Pictures. This feature is very helpful as you are not limited to just the pictures available on your system. You get variety of other picture source to choose from. Some of the picture sources also allow you to choose from Creative Commons pictures. And all this happens within PowerPoint -- there's no need to open your web browser.
We first begin with looking at pre-created jigsaw shapes that you can use within your PowerPoint slides -- these jigsaw shapes make a seemingly difficult task very simple! We then have an exclusive conversation with Greg Flynn of Brainshark who discusses their newly released Cloud Packages. We then explore Adobe Presenter, an amazingly capable add-in that plugs right inside PowerPoint and helps you create and distribute your slides in many different ways. It also allows creation of elearning content. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about how the lesser known slide background fill can help you create puzzle pictures within the program. You will also learn about picture fills for slide backgrounds. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about erasing table borders, toggling their visibility, and setting border colors. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
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