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When you create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2016, you may typically see a single slide with a white background. Alternatively, if you open any of your existing presentations, the background of the slides may be in a different color or fill depending upon the Theme that the presentation is based upon. You can always change this slide background to a picture, a solid color, a pattern, or even a gradient. However, even without exploring all those options, there are twelve Background Styles that PowerPoint offers for every presentation by default. These styles are all coordinated and also designed to work well as a set of complementary backgrounds.
We start with an exclusive interview with Rick Altman, who talks about this year's Presentation Summit being held in Las Vegas. We then have PowerPoint MVP Chantal Bossé featured, and she shares some amazing information for those who need to work with presentations created in multiple languages within PowerPoint. We then feature TJ Walker again, who answers a few questions from Indezine readers: How much practice is good enough for delivering a presentation or speech? Alternatively, to put the same question in different words, is there something called practicing too much? Can you recommend any books, websites and other resources that will help me become a better presenter? Being acutely conscious of yourself is something that represents most speakers. Is it good? Alternatively, if it is not, how does one stop being aware of ourselves? PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn more about Picture Slide Layouts. You can also explore resizing and moving Text Boxes, and also Text Box Autofit options. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can learn about exporting PNGs and other Graphic File Formats (JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP). Finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
Sometimes you want your Text Box to be placed in an exact position on your slide. Yes, you can select a Text Box and move it around by dragging it with your mouse, and then let it go wherever you want it placed. However, for all practical reasons this process is just visual and not accurate enough. Thankfully, PowerPoint provides a way to accurately position any Text Box just where you want it located -- having said that, do not move your text boxes until they contain all the text content you need within them, or you may find that your Text Boxes resize when you add text to them! Of course, you can control this behavior using the Autofit option we explained to you in a separate tutorial.
Mark Schwartz, EVP of Sales at Articulate leads the global direct sales and channel management teams. Before joining Articulate in 2005, Mark held sales and sales management roles at Dell, Inc., for 10 years. In his last position with Dell, he had P&L responsibility for a geographic sales organization with annual sales of more than $125 million. Mark went to Dell from IBM, where he spent 10 years in sales and marketing. In his marketing role, Mark developed and executed a market support plan for a line of PC-based business application software. In this interview, Mark talks about Articulate Studio '13, a suite of e-learning products.
In PowerPoint 2016 resizing Text Boxes is easy. You select any Text Box and you get eight handles, four on corners, and four on sides -- you then drag any of these eight handles to resize. The problem with this approach is that the resized Text Box you end up with is not accurate. If you do not need accuracy, then you need not follow the rest of this tutorial -- however there might be times when you need your Text Box sized exactly as the size of a picture you have inserted -- or even an exact size based on a specification.
Have you seen that PowerPoint automatically reduces the size of your text when you type in too much text? Or does the Text Box itself increase in size when you type in a sentence or two more than what can fit into the Text Box? Does this automatic hand-holding by PowerPoint drive you crazy and want to hit your head on the wall? Well, you really don't have to worry because you can make PowerPoint behave itself -- and bend it to your will.
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 14th season. In this conversation, Rick discusses the upcoming edition of his Presentation Summit conference, to be held in October 2016 in Las Vegas.
This tutorial is about moving text boxes rather than text placeholders. Typically text placeholders for regular text content or even slide titles are located in the same position on successive slides - so if you really do need to move a text placeholder, do it within the Slide Master so that this change of position happens on all slides, providing a consistent look to your presentation. This will also prevent you from repeatedly moving the placeholders on each and every slide on your presentation.
Chantal Bossé got hooked on PowerPoint while doing instructional design in the mid-90s. Convinced there was a better way to present, she started CHABOS in 2004 and became a presentations & visual communications expert. She helps entrepreneurs, speakers, and trainers improve their presentations' impact by having a clear message, great visuals, and a memorable delivery, whether in French or English. Chantal has been a speaker at various business events and a few international webinars, she is a presentation coach for the TEDxQuebec event. In this conversation, Chantal discusses her tricks on working with multiple proofing languages within PowerPoint.
Text Boxes in PowerPoint need to be moved and resized within different areas of the slide. While you may think that selecting and resizing is all that is to be done, that's not the entire truth because there's so much more you can do even with mere resizing -- if you know that these options exist! In a previous tutorial, you learnt how to move text boxes on a slide. As emphasized within that tutorial, you should only resize Text Boxes, and not Text Placeholders most of the time since the size of the latter in best controlled by the Slide Master.
We start with another story on how POPcomms, a UK based design agency used the Morph transition to add interactivity to slides! TJ Walker answers more questions -- this time he responds to: What's the best thing to do after a mistake -- maybe even a pronunciation mistake that you are immediately aware of? Should we correct ourselves, or move ahead? Spoken words and visual images do go hand in hand, and the sum of both in a presentation scenario is often larger than their individual scores. Do you have any thoughts about how presenters can best combine words and images? Also, Steve Rindsberg talks about his Language Selector add-in for PowerPoint, a must if you use more than one language while creating your slides. PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn more about aspect ratios, Smarter guides, duplicating Slide Masters, and applying Themes. Finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
PowerPoint allows you to save your slides to many graphic file formats, which can later be used in other applications as required. One of the most popular graphic formats that you can export your slides to is PNG. This tutorial will show you how you can export slides to PNG, but using the same process, you can also export to other graphic file formats such as JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP etc. Follow these steps to export some or all of your slides to a picture file format such as PNG in PowerPoint 2011.
This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast. Here are the questions answered by TJ: How much practice is good enough for delivering a presentation or speech? Alternatively, to put the same question in different words, is there something called practicing too much? Can you recommend any books, websites and other resources that will help me become a better presenter? Being acutely conscious of yourself is something that represents most speakers. Is it good? Alternatively, if it is not, how does one stop being aware of ourselves?
Slide Layouts are a very useful feature because they let you use a preset arrangement of placeholders repeatedly, resulting in consistent looking slides. And yes, you can also create your own custom Slide Layouts. While very few users create their own custom Slide Layouts, even fewer will create a custom Slide Layout for pictures! That's regrettable since Picture Slide Layouts can make your slides look so unique. In this tutorial, we will show you how easy it is to create your own Picture Slide Layout in PowerPoint 2016.
Essentially Themes are like a style sheet for your Office documents -- they define how your text appears, where it appears, and also the layouts of your slides. Themes also influence how charts look within Excel and PowerPoint -- and also how your tables appear in all Office programs. You can also change the Theme for an Office document, sheet, or slide and watch how this simple task can change the overall appearance of your content.
A while ago, we showed you how POPcomms, a presentation design firm based in Bristol, UK used the new Morph transition effect in PowerPoint to create an amazing demo. To follow up, they have now created a new demo with Morph that uses the transition effect more as an interactive navigation tool.
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