PowerPoint Tutorials on Callout Shapes, Tables and Masters (Page 163)
Collection of PowerPoint tutorials on Callout Shapes and Tables. Explore how to apply masters and Caveats about masters in PowerPoint.
When a shape is inserted within PowerPoint, its default appearance is related to the points that it contains -- and you can thus change the actual shape to anything you want. PowerPoint's native Edit Points tool makes it almost a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. This is very similar to what you would do in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. By using the Edit Points tool, you can change a rectangle to a rhombus, or even edit a curved or freeform line differently.
Creating diagonal callouts in PowerPoint is quite simple as long as you know which tools you need to create them. Even before we show you how these can be created, let us first explore what exactly a “diagonal callout” is.
Using Tables on your presentation slides, you can make your data or other content look organized. Audiences can easily and quickly comprehend the data. Even with all this organization built-in within the tabular structure, tables still need aesthetics. A table on your slide looks good when its rows and columns are arranged and sized in a proper manner, and the table cell content is aligned well.
We begin with an exclusive interview with David Klein, who discusses the new SlideShark Anywhere, a product that extends key SlideShark presentation capabilities to users on PCs, Macs and Windows 8 tablets. We then take you on a step-by-step tutorial for upgrading your PowerPoint 2013 to SP1. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about tables and callouts. PowerPoint 2003 users can discover working with Slide Masters. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
When Callout shapes are used wisely, they can be impactors that convey a message. The attribution and positioning of the callouts has to be proper so that your audiences do not get lost. When inserted, Callouts take default formatting attributes from the Theme applied to the presentation, just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can later 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.
Many users are familiar with keyboard shortcuts -- yet there are no real shortcuts for tasks users need to perform all the time -- this includes changing PowerPoint's views or even aligning or reordering slide objects. Thankfully, there are many keyboard sequences that work for these tasks. Most sequences entail that you press two buttons -- and then press a third button after a moment. So if the keyboard sequence is listed as Alt+S > H -- then you must press the Alt and S keys together -- let go those two keys and then press the H key.
Torben Laustsen is co-founder of OfficeReports, a PowerPoint add-in that lets you add surveys within slides. His background is that of a market researcher. During the last 20 years, he has focused on research workflows, and how technology can support data collection, data analysis and the reporting of data. In this conversation, Torben discusses Office Reports.
After you insert a table in PowerPoint, you will certainly fill it with some content. Even after your table is populated, it may require more additions or deletions later. 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.
Every presentation you create has its own Slide Master, even if you are not aware. This Master governs the default attributes of all slides in your presentation such as the background, font choices, colors, and even the positioning of the placeholders -- this makes all your slides look consistent. However, even then some sets of slides within the same presentation may have disparate slide elements -- so you may have some slides that are governed by one Slide Master and other slides that are governed by a completely different Slide Master!
Callouts are shapes that allow you to do numerous tasks: you can add text indications, create pointers, and also create comic-book style speech and thought balloons. You can create something that will attract the attention of your audience by combining the callouts with illustrations or photos of characters (both human and animal). All of the 16 Callout shapes available in PowerPoint cannot be used for text and thought balloons -- mostly you can use 4 of these shapes. While Rectangular Callout, Rounded Rectangular Callout, and Oval Callout shapes are speech balloons, the Cloud Callout is essentially a thought balloon.
SP1 for Microsoft Office 2013 has all the new updates which help in improving the security, performance, and stability of other Office 2013 products. Additionally, this SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates. You can either install SP1 automatically -- your Office 2013 programs will automatically notify you about the update or you can download SP1 and install it on your computer. The latter option is preferable if you have more than one computer where you want to install SP1 -- this will ensure that you don't have to download the large SP1 package multiple times.
While working with tables in PowerPoint, you will always need to select some particular part of the table to work upon. For example, you may have to select an individual table cell, or even separate rows and columns while performing various tasks such as populating tables with content, or adding and removing table rows/columns, or even merging and splitting table cells. Sometimes you will also need to select contiguous cells in both rows and columns, or even the entire table itself.
David Klein is vice president of product management at Brainshark, Inc., a leader in cloud-based business presentations. Brainshark's offerings include Brainshark On-Demand -- for turning static content such as PowerPoint documents into online and mobile video presentations -- and SlideShark, the award-winning app for showing and sharing PowerPoints from iOS devices and more. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, David discusses SlideShark Anywhere, launched yesterday.
Generally Callout shapes are connected to another figure or visual -- and these shapes contain some text. Callouts are not just any shape -- most of the time, callouts also have an attached line, arrow, or another pointer style that identifies it 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.
While all the Masters that PowerPoint 2003 provides can make it easier for you to create consistent looking slides, there may be times when these Masters will not live up to your expectations. And it is important for you to be aware of these "caveats", so that you don't run into big problems without being aware!
This week we bring you a Cartogram special issue! The easiest and most effective cartograms you can create within PowerPoint are distance cartograms. These distance cartograms are now becoming extremely popular, but creating them requires a fair amount of time and knowledge. But we've made this task easier for you. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about tables, scribble lines, and importing tables. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
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