Spell Check, AutoCorrect, Text Transforms, and Picture Layouts in PowerPoint (Page 202)
Learn about Spell Check, AutoCorrect, Text Transforms, and Picture Layouts in PowerPoint 2013, presenting skills, and more...
As you type, the PowerPoint AutoCorrect feature automatically corrects common typos and spelling errors. How does PowerPoint know that a particular word is spelled wrong? Does it refer to some resource as a reference? Also do you find some AutoCorrect options such as the capitalization of some words unnecessary? Several researchers working in different scientific fields actually have to use some words that cannot start with a capital letter, and the first thing they want to do is turn off the automatic capitalization. Yes, it's possible to make AutoCorrect work just the way you want it to -- as long as you know where to change these options.
Rick Altman is a California-based presentation consultant who has been helping organizations communicate better in public since before Microsoft developed PowerPoint. He has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989, and is the host of the annual Presentation Summit, now in its 13th season. In this conversation, Rick discusses the upcoming twelfth edition of his Presentation Summit conference, to be held in September 2015 in New Orleans.
The AutoCorrect feature in PowerPoint fixes hundreds of common typos and spelling errors within your PowerPoint slides -- automatically as you type any text. AutoCorrect also maps specific keys to a symbol, such as replacing two en dashes with an em dash the moment you hit the Enter key. The best feature within AutoCorrect is that it works so seamlessly that you may even take it for granted -- conversely, AutoCorrect can also be a pain sometimes! You may for example not want the two en dashes to automatically change to an en dash -- in this tutorial you will learn how you can take advantage of AutoCorrect, and also how you can override its options as required.
While it is indeed easy to spell check your entire presentation for any misspelled words, there are other options that you need to be aware of that will help checking your slides for spelling errors. Here are some tips to help you understand how you can do better proofing of your text content in PowerPoint 2013.
Globes again on your slides? And why not? A globe represents so much - just adding a picture of a globe can scream "international"! And maybe that's the problem? Maybe that's the cliché? Maybe it would be better to use something else as a visual rather than a globe? Now these questions have "maybe" written all over them, and you really cannot expect to get simple "yes" and "no" answers, as in"yes, you can still use a globe picture", or "no, you cannot". Even then, we can still discuss and find solutions for ourselves - not through direct answers, but through introspection.
For presentations that contain slides with too much text, or even little text -- there are always chances of spelling mistakes showing up! However, you don't necessarily have to search for these mistakes by skimming all your slides one by one since PowerPoint lets you do a spell check of the entire presentation, and make corrections as well. However there are some caveats associated with spell checking, and this does not have anything to do with PowerPoint.
Did you want to fill in individual characters in a text box with different picture fills? As long as you do this just once in a while, it can be a great idea. And then we explore ways in which you can rotate objects in PowerPoint. We then look at how you can master drawing Arc shapes. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about text fills, lines, and effects. PowerPoint 2010 users can explore the Clip Organizer. And for PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users, we show you how you can fake-highlight text. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
Working on a presentation creating slides that can attract attention is always a challenge. This is more challenging when you want to draw attention to a motto, a slogan or an axiom. To make such text stand apart, it is easy to apply text transform effects to your selected text. Apart from using presets, you can go further and tweak any of the presets to make your own distinctive Transform effect. In this tutorial you'll learn how to tweak the Transform text effect in PowerPoint 2013.
Talk fast to fit it all in, or condense and speak calm and connected? What would you do if you had a choice? Kuan walked into the room ready to present when the organizer told him, "Sorry, we can only give you 15 minutes and not 30 for your presentation." What does Kuan do? Does he talk fast to cover everything he planned? Or does he cut back his information and only present what is essential?
Have you ever tried your text to fit along the edge of a circle, or even within a circle? Or on a curved path -- or even as a roller coaster? Most of the time, you need not play as much with words but sometimes if you want to create a quick logo, or even an easy graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform tools for text very useful. Transform is a special stylizing option available in PowerPoint only for text.
You may have seen text used creatively as a container for picture fills so many times - but did you realize that you could do it within PowerPoint - yes, all you need is PowerPoint and nothing else! Well, of course you still need imagination, the proper picture to use as a fill, and a nice thick, blocky font - but you probably have it all already - and we will help you put all these elements together within this quick and easy tutorial.
Among the options for stylizing text in PowerPoint, we have already explored Text Fills and Text Outlines. You have also learned how to apply various WordArt styles in PowerPoint. But there's more you can do with text! Let us now learn how to apply and edit various text effects like Shadow, Reflection, Glow, 3-D Rotation, Transform, etc. to your text.
As we explored in earlier tutorials, every clip media object within the Clip Organizer has keywords associated -- these keywords can be edited as required. Similarly, clip media objects have certain other properties also such as the clip media name, type, resolution, etc. In this tutorial we'll explain how to view the Properties for the clip media within the Clip Organizer.
Rotating slide objects in PowerPoint can be necessary, and beyond the Rotation handle you see when you select most objects, you will find many more options to rotate - sometimes when you least expect to be able to rotate! In this tutorial, we will take Rotation for a spin literally, and find some fun options.
You have already learned about PowerPoint's text outline option that lets you add an outline around your text -- this outline is the thin line that spans the perimeter of the font characters. In this tutorial, you will learn about an attribute that's rarely associated with text outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to the text with thicker outlines. This attribute, called the Gradient Outline is not accessible from within the Text Outline gallery, but has been included within the Format Text Effects dialog box.
We showed you how to add clip media within the Clip Organizer -- then we explored how you can create and organize Collections. Any clip media which is added by you or added from web has keywords associated with it. These keywords are helpful, especially when you are searching for results associated with a particular keyword. Clip Organizer enables you to add and edit these keywords -- these concepts are explained in this tutorial.
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