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Tutorials on Slide Layouts, Presenting Tips, and Pictures in PowerPoint (Page 205)

Learn to edit PowerPoint Slide Masters and Layouts, Picture Placeholders, and how to overcome Clichés in Teamwork Pictures, and read conversations that can help you in presenting.




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Installing Office 2016 for Mac Preview

June 5, 2015

Installing Office 2016 for Mac PreviewMicrosoft has made available the Office 2016 for Mac Preview, which includes newest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs – anyone can install this free Preview version, which will continue to work until the official release of the product, which is estimated to be available in the second half of 2015. To learn more, follow these steps -- or even read these steps as a walk-through.

Learn how to install the Office 2016 for Mac Preview.


Clichés: Teamwork Pictures

June 4, 2015

Clichés: Teamwork PicturesRob's presentation had this picture concept and so did Sam's - and so do countless other slides. What's this picture concept that populates so many slides? Why is it so popular? And more importantly - why is it so over-used? First of all, let's admit that the reason why a picture concept gets clichéd is because it is good to start with - but then it's too good for its own existence. Rampant over-use means that the emotions that this picture concept evoked do not work anymore - and that's exactly what happened with the teamwork picture that showed many, many hands placed together. And now, just because some people over-used the concept, you have to find, create, and use newer visual concepts to cater to that same emotion!

Learn why teamwork pictures such as hands placed together are so clichéd, and what you can do about it.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Inserting New Placeholders in Slide Layouts

June 4, 2015

Inserting New Placeholders in Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013In PowerPoint a placeholder is a boilerplate container that you can use to fill in with some sort of content. When you launch PowerPoint, you will see those distinctive boxes that invite you to add some content -- haven't you noticed the "Click to add title" suggestions? All these boxes are placeholders -- when selected, these boxes have a dotted border around them. Each of the default layouts comprises a collection of various placeholders -- if none of the available layouts work for you, you can create your own layout with custom placeholders.

Learn how to add new placeholders within slide layouts in PowerPoint 2013.


The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts: Conversation with Dr. Andrew Abela

June 3, 2015

Dr. Andrew Abela

Dr. Andrew Abela is the Dean of the School of Business & Economics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In addition to co-authoring The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts, with Paul Radich, he has written Advanced Presentations by Design, currently in its second edition, The Presentation: A Story About Successful Communication with Very Few Slides, and co-edited A Catechism for Business, with Dr. Joe Capizzi. His academic research has been published in the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Ethics, and several other journals. He provides consulting and training to major global corporations, including JPMorganChase and Microsoft. In this conversation, Andrew discusses his new book, The Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Add New Slide Layouts

June 3, 2015

Add New Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013With the various Slide Layouts in PowerPoint you can create good looking slides. For example, you can use the ready-made layouts available that contain pictures or charts or you could use a separate layout for the opening slide. While duplicating and editing Slide Layouts is a great way to make small changes, it's not the same as creating a Slide Layout from scratch. As an analogy, duplicating and editing a Slide Layout is more like using a coloring book to fill color between the lines of pre-drawn art -- but creating your Slide Layout from scratch is more like starting with a blank sheet of paper and drawing your art before you start coloring between the lines. You can decide which of these approaches works best for you.

Learn how to add a new Slide Layout in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015

PowerPoint and Presenting News: June 2, 2015We first explore whether you should even create widescreen slides? Then we bring you an interview with Matteo Cassese who discusses his popular SlideShare presentation, The Magic Play Book. Then Leon Conrad discusses the new Odyssey - Dynamic Learning System, which is also the name of a book he co-authored. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Slide Layouts and switching views between multiple presentations. The latter tutorial can also be found for users of PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts

June 2, 2015

Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013All slides within PowerPoint are based on one of the available Slide Layouts (we call these just layouts for the rest of this tutorial). These layouts can be chosen when you add a new slide or you can even change the layout of your existing slides -- both these options are accessible from the Home tab of the Ribbon. While these available layouts seem to cover most types of slides, you may sometimes want to create a new layout based on your individual requirements.

Learn how to apply custom backgrounds to both the Slide Master and Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn how to duplicate, rename, and edit slide layouts in PowerPoint 2013

June 1, 2015

Insert Flash Movies into PowerPoint 2013 - Using the Developer TabPowerPoint 2013 allows you to insert video (and also online videos) files within your presentation -- one of the file formats that you can use for these video options is Flash SWF. You can also use the Developer tab of the Ribbon to insert Flash SWF movies. First of all, make the Developer tab visible as it is not visible by default. You also need to have the updated version of Adobe's Shockwave Flash ActiveX control -- to make sure, you have the current version installed, go to this site using Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Learn how to insert Flash movie into PowerPoint 2013, using Developer tab.


Should You Create Widescreen Slides

May 29, 2015

Should You Create Widescreen SlidesNow the slide by itself was quite passable but still there was a huge problem. Add to that the fact that the projection screen was probably quite small. But then I did project my slides on the same projection screen later and they did work. Clearly something was amiss. The problem was that a 16:9 widescreen slide was projected on a standard 4:3 projector thus making the slide's real estate very less indeed.

Make sure that you know whether you must create widescreen or standard slides for your next presentation.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations

May 29, 2015

Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations in PowerPoint 2011When you are working with one or two presentations in PowerPoint, you can easily access slides within any of them, compare the presentations and edit the content. And it is also easy to copy or move slides from one presentation to another. However, the situation may not be the same always. Let's imagine you have four presentations open -- and presently you can only see the one that is active. What about the other three presentations? How do you navigate to those presentations without having to close or minimize the active presentation? In this tutorial, you will learn how to switch between multiple open presentations in PowerPoint 2011, which is different from how you do so in PowerPoint for Windows.

Learn how to switch views between multiple open presentations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

 

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations

May 28, 2015

Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations in PowerPoint 2013

If you want to work with more than one presentations in PowerPoint -- you can easily open two or more presentation next to each other which makes it easy to compare presentations and edit them as well. This is also helpful when you want to copy or move slides from one presentation to another. Let's imagine you have four presentations open and you can only see the one that is active. What about the other three presentations? How do you navigate to those presentations without having to close, or minimize the active presentation? In this tutorial, you will learn how to switch between multiple open presentations in PowerPoint 2013. With this option you can easily switch in between different presentation windows.

Learn how to switch views between multiple presentations in PowerPoint 2013.


The Magic Play Book: Conversation with Matteo Cassese

May 27, 2015

PowerPoint and Presenting News: May 26, 2015Matteo Cassese is an interactive consultant and an entrepreneur passionate about innovation and technology living in Berlin, Germany. Before starting his consulting business, La Fabbrica della Realtà, in 2011, he has held technical and marketing roles in the internet, telecommunications and entertainment fields. His experience with presentations spans more than 10 years, were he has applied his skills to bigger corporations and startups alike. In this conversation, Matteo discusses The Magic Play Book, a SlideShare presentation that contains the 8 basic components that are needed for any great speech.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Custom Backgrounds for Slide Master and Layouts

May 27, 2015

Custom Backgrounds for Slide Master and Layouts in PowerPoint 2013

Content and appearance are the two major components of presentation slides. Among them, the former is always more significant than the latter -- but that does not mean that you should neglect the latter. A simple looking presentation with a clean background is always a great idea since that doesn't overpower your message. Yet, there are plenty of opportunities to go beyond a plain background and use a less restrained background instead -- your choice for a slide background should complement the content of your presentation. For example, you'll want a flashier background for slides created for kindergarten students -- or if you were creating a PowerPoint greeting card. On the other hand, you may want a washed out, faded, or even a subtle patterned picture for a typical business presentation.

Learn how to apply custom backgrounds to both the Slide Master and Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

PowerPoint and Presenting News: May 19, 2015 We begin with an exclusive conversation with Scott Kabat of Prezi who talks about 50 million Prezi users. We then explore a list of activities you should do before delivering your slides -- let's call this a presentation delivery checklist. Thereafter we learn how you can add new SmartArt graphic variants into your PowerPoint slides. Rodney Saulsberry talks to us about his new book, Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-Ups in an exclusive interview. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn headers, footers and slide numbers -- and also about changing backgrounds within the Slide Master. You will also learn about Language Options visible in the Status Bar. For PowerPoint 2010 users, we have a tutorial on switching views between multiple presentations. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Change Background Styles for Slide Layouts

May 26, 2015

Change Background Styles for Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013

When you change Background Styles within the Slide Master, the Background Style for all dependent Slide Layouts will change. However, it is not necessary for all your Slide Layouts to possess the same Background Style as the Slide Master -- or even another Slide Layout. Each Layout can have its own independent Background Style.

Learn how to apply Background Styles to individual Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013.


Odyssey - Dynamic Learning System: Conversation with Leon Conrad

May 25, 2015

Leon ConradLeon Conrad is a highly experienced voice-centered communication skills specialist who has run training courses in voice-centered communication skills for business for over 20 years. He is co-founder and lead trainer at The Academy of Oratory and teaches communication skills for negotiators for The Negotiation Lab. Leon is passionate about traditional arts and crafts, storytelling, and about reviving the integrated approach to classical liberal arts education. Leon performs as a storyteller and performance poet. He lives in London, UK. In this conversation, Leon discusses his book, Odyssey - Dynamic Learning System.

Read the conversation here.

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