PowerPoint Tutorials on Shapes, Callouts and Microsoft Surface (Page 160)
Collection of PowerPoint 2013 tutorials on Shapes and formatting callouts in PowerPoint 2011.
Tap on a selected picture on a Touch device and you will see a floatie spawning right there -- in this case you see the Picture floatie that provides formatting options for the tapped picture. In this tutorial, we'll explore various options within this floatie.
In this issue, we review Flip PowerPoint Professional, a product that creates flipping ebooks from your PowerPoint slides. We then have an exclusive conversation with Chris Finneral of SketchDeck who discusses their new service that can convert sketches into PowerPoint slides. We start exploring the special features that PowerPoint provides on Touch devices such as the Microsoft Surface. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about creating half circles, adding text to shapes, and also how they can align text within those shapes. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about attributing and positioning Callout shapes, and how you can format them. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
If you have worked aplenty with text in PowerPoint, you must be aware that you cannot rotate text within a shape by 180°. What's surprising is that you can rotate text by 90° and 270° within a shape, but not by 180°! In this tutorial, we'll show you a step by step procedure that will allow you to rotate text 180° within a shape in PowerPoint 2013.
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In PowerPoint you rotate shapes using the green rotation handle that appears when you select a shape. However, did you ever notice that the open line shape in PowerPoint doesn't show a green rotation handle? Even though you may think that you hit a dead end, there is a workaround using which you can rotate a Line shape using the Width and Height attributes available.
Whenever you tap on an object in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint versions of Office 2013 while using a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface, you will see a floatie spawning right there! In our Using the Touch Floatie in Office 2013 tutorial, we explored how you can bring up floaties with differing options, depending upon the object you tap -- the resultant floatie contains all the options required to format the tapped slide object. In this tutorial, we'll explore various options within the Shape floatie -- you access this floatie by tapping a Shape.
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After adding text within a shape (or a text box) in PowerPoint 2013, you can also perform basic edits like adding, deleting, or replacing existing text. Other than the basic text editing you can even control how your text is placed within the shape. To do that you need to access these options within the Format Shape Task Pane.
Various Callout shapes available in PowerPoint can be impactors that convey a message, but only when used wisely. You need to attribute and position the callout properly so that your audience does not get lost. Just like any other PowerPoint shape, Callouts take default formatting attributes from the Theme applied to the presentation. You can change their fill and/or outline and also apply a shape effect to them in the same way as you would do for any PowerPoint shape.
Most of you are aware of mini toolbars in PowerPoint 2013 (also in Word and Excel). These show up with several options that let you alter text or shape attributes. However, if you are using Office 2013 on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface, you'll see floaties which are quite similar to the mini toolbars -- they are different too because they have fewer options, and are also equipped with larger buttons so that you can tap on them easily.
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Text is probably the most important element on your PowerPoint slides! You may have heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but more often than not, that picture needs a caption to be understood better -- and even when there are no captions, a narrative is required. And that narrative is text too. Text can be added almost everywhere within PowerPoint slides -- from placeholders and text boxes to the Notes pane. Additionally, you can also add and edit text within any shapes as long as they are closed.
In this issue, we first explore why all colors are not the same within your slides, even though they may first appear to look the same! Confused? Then do explore how you can change the tints and shades of colors that show up within the Theme color galleries in PowerPoint. We then begin a whole new series on using PowerPoint on touch devices such as the Microsoft Surface. And Claudyne Wilder gives you some great advice on how you can hear your inner dialogue, and then do something about it! PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about using patterns as slide backgrounds, and also how you can draw a semicircle (yes, there's no semicircle option in PowerPoint's Shape galleries). PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about the thickness of table borders, and how you can add fills and effects to tables. Plus get started with Callout shapes. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
Unlike previous versions, PowerPoint 2013 and also Word and Excel versions of Office 2013 are completely touch-aware. Almost all options are accessible on any of the touch-capable devices, including Microsoft's own Surface tablets. In this tutorial we'll explore how you can select one or multiple shapes using various touch gestures. Do remember that although we show you selection procedures using shapes as an example, you can select almost any other slide object including pictures, text boxes, etc. in the same way.
Callouts allow you to do so much. You can create pointers, add text indications and also create comic-book style speech and thought balloons. Combine them with illustrations or photos of characters (both human or animal) and you will create something that will attract the attention of your audience. Among the 16 Callout shapes available in PowerPoint, all cannot be used for text and thought balloons -- most of the time, you will use 4 of these options. While Rectangular Callout, Rounded Rectangular Callout, and Oval Callout shapes are speech balloons, the Cloud Callout is essentially a thought balloon.
An Indezine reader asked a long time ago if one could create three circles next to each other, and make sure that they looked like this: The leftmost circle should be filled-in completely, the second circle should be half full, and the third and the rightmost circle should have no fill, to represent something that is empty. Let's now explore how to create a visual of this sort.
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