PowerPoint Tutorials on working with Charts, Adding Animations and Applying Pattern Fills to Plot Area of Charts (Page 173)
Collection of PowerPoint tutorials on working with charts and animations followed by PowerPoint Conversations.
Among the several types of animations that PowerPoint 2013 provides, Entrance Effects are probably the most popular. By applying Entrance Effect animations, you can make your hitherto invisible slide object appear on the slide almost magically! You make them appear in the fraction of a second, or get them to fly in from any direction. You can also do a zoom in, or even better, just make it subtle with a simple fade in. Whatever Entrance Effects animation you choose, make sure to go for something that is in sync with the subject of your presentation.
If your chart has negative value then PowerPoint by default uses the same fill color for negative values in any chart. You can override this nature with the Invert if Negative option that we mentioned towards the end of the Changing Fills and Outlines of Chart Elements tutorial.
In this issue, we begin by looking at variations of the color blue! We then bring you another series of combine-and-use star graphics that you can get for any price, starting from $0! PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about chart gridlines, adding pattern fills to plot areas of charts, tick marks for charts, and also how you can record your slide show -- complete with animations, timings, and narrations. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users will learn about adding, editing, and deleting comments.
Adding animation to your slide objects is easy, but begs for some thought process -- you should decide what type of animation works best. The type of animation used for any object is paramount because it can make the end effect viable, or relegate it to a distraction. In this tutorial, let us get started with showing you how many types of animations are available within PowerPoint 2013. When we say "many types", we do not mean the animation effects themselves, but the categories in which these Animation effects are divided.
Tables are essentially a group of cells arranged in a proper way. So typically you would expect that ungrouping a table into individual cells should be a piece of cake, right? Nothing can be further from that! Before we explore ways to ungroup a table, let us understand why you would want to ungroup a table in the first place. One of the main reasons why you may consider ungrouping a Table within PowerPoint is to animate it segment by segment. In all PowerPoint versions, either the entire table can be animated -- or nothing! The workaround is to ungroup the table so that your table gets converted into a bunch of individual shapes, and you can animate every individual shape as you want. So let us look at some ideas to understand ungrouping Tables better.
Isn't it a fact that presentations are getting more and more important in the world of business communications? And the quantity of presentations taking place worldwide every day is probably innumerable. At the same time, following this trend, we do see a multiplication of tools available to facilitate presenters' lives. Oddly, the most common of these tools, being by far the most efficient, is also the most unjustifiably and dumbly criticized: PowerPoint!
PowerPoint allows you to animate any slide object that can be selected on your slide. Such objects include pictures, shapes, text, bulleted lists, SmartArt graphics, charts, etc. You can tweak the way objects on your slides appear, move, and disappear only after adding animation to the particular slide object.
The Gap width within a chart is the space between two categories. We created the chart you see here within PowerPoint 2013 -- it's a Clustered Column chart type, and the gap width here is set to 219% of the width of individual Data Series (columns). We now want to alter this gap width.
Similar to our Stars 01 series, these combine-and-use star symbols are already colored using popular colors – and since they are native PowerPoint objects, you can change their fills, lines, and effects. All the stars are contained within a sample presentation you can download. Just copy the star clip art(s) you like and paste into another PowerPoint slide, or even a Word document or Excel worksheet.
When you look at charts on a PowerPoint slide from afar, you make out the value of a series by exploring where exactly it's placed vis-à-vis the axis. Of course, if your chart has data labels that identify values, then this is less of an issue. So what is the solution to this problem? Tick Marks placed on the axes will help us get a better idea.
If you are the member of a group that is working on a presentation, or if you are getting your presentation designed by someone else, then you will need to give feedback, without actually editing the slides themselves. Comments are great for such scenarios -- a comment is a note that you can attach to any slide object or to a whole slide. The ability to add comments into your PowerPoint presentation enables you to write important notes for particular slide object or for the slide. Once you add a comment in PowerPoint 2011, you can edit the comment and even delete the comment, as explained in the following steps.
On this page, we have assembled variations of the color blue. Explore any of the colors that you want, and then use it within a PowerPoint slide or also within any other program.
Unlike rehearsing slides, recording a slide show is not something that's a practice session. Rather, recording slides is almost like delivering a presentation that you cannot deliver in person! Does that sound confusing? Let's imagine that you cannot deliver your slides in person. You then want to do the next best option, that is to deliver your presentation in front of your computer, almost as if you had a live audience present. All this while, all your narrations are being recorded. Even the time you spend on each slide is recorded along with the time taken for each animation to play. You can also record your laser pointer activity if you use PowerPoint's built in laser pointer. All of this can be saved as part of your presentation that you can send to others – and they can see this at their convenience, with your voice accompanying the slide show!
In this issue, we bring you some awesome stuff that you download: storyboard templates, animated boxes, and stars. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about several fills you can add to plot areas of charts: solid, gradient, picture, and texture fills. PowerPoint 2010 (Windows) and 2011 (Mac) users can explore working with RGB colors. And if you are using PowerPoint Online (earlier called the Web App), we show how you can sign into your OneDrive account.
You might have noticed that by default, PowerPoint 2013 only shows Horizontal Major Gridlines on a chart. Yes, you can enable Vertical Gridlines too as we explored in our Chart Gridlines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial, and more importantly you can format these Gridlines to appear exactly as you want them to show.
Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes and checks. PowerPoint includes 48 patterns such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle, and Zig Zag. When used with some caution, Patterns can make a great fill for your Plot Area, same like any other fill. In this tutorial, let us learn how to apply a Pattern fill to the chart's Plot Area in PowerPoint 2013.
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