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Collection of PowerPoint 2013 tutorials on Slide Backgrounds and editing Tables in PowerPoint 2011.




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Can I Get a Better Green?

February 7, 2014

Can I Get a Better Green?

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?

Learn how you can change the tints and shades of colors that show up within the Theme color galleries.


PowerPoint on Touch Devices

February 7, 2014

PowerPoint on Touch DevicesIn 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).

Learn how to work with touch specific options while using Microsoft Office 2013 on a device such as Microsoft Surface.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Callout Shapes

February 7, 2014

Callout Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for MacA 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.

Learn about Callout shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Creating Semi-Circles

February 6, 2014

Creating Semi-Circles in PowerPoint 2013PowerPoint 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.

Learn how to create a semi-circle in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Fills and Effects for Tables

February 5, 2014

Fills and Effects for Tables in PowerPoint 2011With 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.

Learn about Table Fill and Effects options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

Geetesh BajajIn 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!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds

February 4, 2014

Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013Patterns 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.

Learn how to apply pattern fills as slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013.


Know Your Inner Dialogue: by Claudyne Wilder

February 3, 2014

Claudyne WilderYou 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."

Read more here.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Set Line Weight for Table Borders

February 3, 2014

Set Line Style for Table Borders in PowerPoint 2011 for MacWhile 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.

Learn how to set the line weight (thickness) for table borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


GoSkills PowerPoint Training: Conversation with Bhavneet Chahal

January 31, 2014

Bhavneet ChahalBhavneet 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.

Read the conversation here.

 

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds

January 31, 2014

Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013

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.

Learn how to apply texture fills as slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013.


New PowerPoint 2013 Features for Courtroom Presentations

January 30, 2014

Herb RubinsteinThe 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.

Read more in this guest post by Herb Rubinstein.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Set Line Style for Table Borders

January 30, 2014

Set Line Weight for Table Borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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.

Learn how to set line style for table borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


PowerPointLabs: Conversation with Damith Rajapakse

January 29, 2014

Damith C. RajapakseDamith 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.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Insert Online Pictures

January 29, 2014

Insert Online Pictures

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.

Learn how to insert a online picture on a slide in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014

Geetesh BajajWe 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!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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