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Collection of PowerPoint 2013 tutorials on Action Buttons. And rotating text, finding Length of a Diagonal Line in PowerPoint 2011.




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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Insert Tables

March 3, 2014

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Insert TablesWe all use tables in our slides all the time to present numeric data in an organized way so that the audience can easily comprehend or compare values and understand trends. Sometimes tables may even work as containers for quotations or even messages. It's quite easy to insert a new table -- yet there's more than one way to do this simple task. Which option you choose to insert a table in PowerPoint 2013 depends upon whether your slide contains a Content placeholder or not.

Learn how to insert a table in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Add and Select Text within Shapes

March 3, 2014

PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Add and Select Text within ShapesOn a touch device such as Micosoft's Surface tablets, you may not have access to a regular keyboard and mouse. Everything happens with a tap or a slide or some other gesture. Unlike the desktop versions of Office programs, the touch versions have a floatie -- this is a floating toolbar that contains options that are relevant to the tapped object. There are various floatie iterations -- the one you see is dependent on the tapped slide object. Other than the Shape floatie and the Picture floatie, there's also the Text floatie that we explore in this tutorial. Tap on any selected text to see the Text floatie.

Explore various options within the text floatie in PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device.


Talk Like TED: Conversation with Carmine Gallo

February 27, 2014

Carmine GalloCarmine Gallo is a communication coach for the world's most admired brands. He has helped transform the storytelling culture at Intel, Coca-Cola, LinkedIn, Chevron, and many others. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist, Forbes.com columnist, and popular keynote speaker on the topic of leadership and communication. In this conversation, Carmine discusses his new book, Talk Like TED.

Read the conversation here.


Guidelines: Using Excel and PowerPoint Together

February 27, 2014

Guidelines: Using Excel and PowerPoint TogetherIf any two programs were meant to work together in the Microsoft Office suite, they have to be Excel and PowerPoint. Almost everyone who works with Excel has to use PowerPoint to present data and charts to an audience, or even create their business reports in PowerPoint. On the other hand, all PowerPoint charts are essentially created by Excel, even if many of you may not be aware of this fact.

Learn about the best practices for working together with Excel and PowerPoint.


PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Text Floatie

February 27, 2014

PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Text FloatieOn a touch device such as Micosoft's Surface tablets, you may not have access to a regular keyboard and mouse. Everything happens with a tap or a slide or some other gesture. Unlike the desktop versions of Office programs, the touch versions have a floatie -- this is a floating toolbar that contains options that are relevant to the tapped object. There are various floatie iterations -- the one you see is dependent on the tapped slide object. Other than the Shape floatie and the Picture floatie, there's also the Text floatie that we explore in this tutorial. Tap on any selected text to see the Text floatie.

Explore various options within the text floatie in PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Hyperlinks for Action Buttons

February 26, 2014

Hyperlinks for Action ButtonsJust inserting Action Buttons on your slide is not sufficient -- you need to apply hyperlinks to them so that they have some function. You have already learnt how to insert Action Buttons. In this tutorial we'll learn more detailed techniques on working with Action Buttons. Each Action Button has a default action associated -- this typically is a hyperlink to some other slide in your presentation. You can change this link, or even add another link such as a link to your web site, another document, and more. In this tutorial, you will learn how to add or change the hyperlinks for Action Buttons.

Explore options to add and edit hyperlinks for Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

Geetesh BajajIn this issue, we bring you ready-to-use Countdown Timers for PowerPoint, and also Visual Resume templates. We also look at a different type of callout: a hand drawn callout. We then explore more features that PowerPoint provides on Touch devices such as the Microsoft Surface. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about rotating text 180 degrees, and how you can work with Action Buttons. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about ascertaining the length of a diagonal line, and changing a diagonal line to a perfectly straight horizontal or vertical line. Also learn about rotating text 180 degrees on the Mac versions of PowerPoint. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Reset Slide

February 25, 2014

Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2011 for MacYou might have come across slides that look plainly bad. One look at such a slide , and it really doesn't matter whether the content is great or not. You just feel like looking away from it! Also, some visually loud slides can ensure that audiences concentrate more on the horrors presented by the look of the slide rather than the content. You might end up with such slides even with no fault of yours, because someone else designed them for you?

Learn how to reset your slide formatting with one click in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Animate in Slide: Conversation with Damith Rajapakse

February 24, 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 Animate in Slide options the currently free PowerPointLabs add-in for PowerPoint.

Read the conversation here.

 

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Default Behaviors for Action Buttons

February 24, 2014

Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Once you place Action Buttons on your slide in PowerPoint 2013, you can make them do all sorts of actions when clicked. What sets Action Buttons apart from other shape types in PowerPoint is the iconography they contain. For most users, an icon such as a leftwards arrow indicates moving to the previous slide and a rightwards arrow does indicate progressing to the next slide. Another advantage of these icon-equipped Action Buttons is that they are language independent, and can work very well in multi-language and international presentations. In this tutorial you are going to explore the different types of Action Buttons, and their default behaviors.

Explore the different types of Action buttons and their default behavior in PowerPoint 2013.


Callout Sample 04: Hand Drawn Appearance

February 21, 2014

Callout Sample 04: Hand Drawn Appearance

This is part of our "sometimes" series on how you can explore design treatments for callouts within your slides. And here's another very interesting and organic sample to share. The fact that this sample does not just try to appear hand drawn, but that it actually travels all the way on the hand drawn path is what makes this stand apart.

Download and use in your slides.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Rotate Text 180° within Shapes

February 21, 2014

Rotate Text 180° within Shapes

In PowerPoint 2011, you can change the direction of rotation for text contained within a shape. However you actually cannot find an option to rotate your text within a shape by 180°! Funnily enough, there are options called Rotate to 90° Counterclockwise which actually rotates your text by 270° and Rotate to 90° Clockwise which rotates your text by 90°. So, you can rotate your shape text by 90° and 270°, but there is no option to rotate your text by 180°.

Learn how to rotate text 180° within a shape in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


PowerPoint 2013 on Touch: Crop Pictures

February 21, 2014

Crop Pictures

While creating PowerPoint slides, you will invariably add npictures -- and of course you can also add pictures in Word documents or Excel sheets. If you are using any of these programs on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface, this process works just like how you would insert pictures on a desktop version of PowerPoint 2013. The differences between working within a desktop and a touch environment become a little more pronounced when you want to do something simple with your pictures -- like cropping them. Yes, cropping can make your picture more pertinent by removing areas that may be not required. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can crop a picture within PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device such as Surface -- the process works in the same way on Word and Excel versions of Office 2013.

Learn how to crop pictures within PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Action Buttons

February 20, 2014

Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2013 for WindowsShapes may look basic or even primitive, but they are the building blocks of almost anything you create on your PowerPoint slides. Fortunately, you are not deprived of choices because PowerPoint provides plenty of shapes, neatly categorized into nine types. Among all the shape types, Action Buttons behave differently -- these are essentially rectangular shapes that are used as navigation aids to navigate between slides, or even another presentation, document, or a web URL. You insert an Action Button in almost the same way as you insert any other shape.

Learn how to insert an Action button on a slide in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Finding Length of a Diagonal Line

February 19, 2014

Finding Length of a Diagonal Line in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Did you ever draw a line in PowerPoint that was slanted or sloped -- and then you wanted to know the length of your line? Believe it or not, there is no option to do this within the program! For all practical purposes, a slanted or sloped line is essentially a diagonal line, and the only attributes that PowerPoint provides for this line is a Length and a Width! You might be curious about how a line can have a Height and a Width rather than just a Length?

Learn how to find out the length of a diagonal line in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Countdown Timers for PowerPoint

February 19, 2014

Countdown Timers for PowerPoint

Here are a bunch of Countdown Timer slides that you can use to create or embed in your own PowerPoint presentation slides. This entire kit contains 5 different styles of Countdown Timer. We made these available in two slide sizes for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions. You can get this kit for only $5.

Download and use in your slides.

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