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PowerPoint 2016 Tutorials and Conversations (234)

Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows, Sway, and about using pictures and Timelines in PowerPoint.



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Interactive Narration for e-Learning: Conversation with Joel Harband

May 26, 2016

Joel Harband

Joel Harband heads Tuval Software Industries, based in Israel. Their best-known product is Speech-Over, a PowerPoint add-in that enables PowerPoint slides to incorporate narrations using automated voices. In this conversation, Joel discusses interactive narration for e-Learning.

Read the conversation here.


Tweet Cards in Sway

May 26, 2016

Tweet Cards in Sway

Cards in Sway are essentially containers for your content. To place your Twitter content in Sway, or even a tweet from someone else you will first need to insert a Tweet Card. Add a new Tweet Card to your Storyline – to do so, select the Tweet card option within the Media cards category. You will end up with the Tweet Card added to your Storyline.

Learn how you can use Tweet Cards in Sway.


Overcoming Visual Clichés with Visual Clichés!

May 25, 2016

Overcoming Visual Clichés with Visual Clichés!

We have discussed visual clichés in the past. In fact, in a cliché case study, we spoke about how everyone thinks about a light bulb when they need to express a bright idea. In fact, a search on Google Images for the term, "bright idea" singularly returns only visuals of light bulbs! And then the other day, I saw this picture of too many light bulbs! Strangely, this did not seem clichéd? Why did this happen? Why did the cliché go away?

Read more here.


Transparency for Shape Fills in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 25, 2016

Transparency for Shape Fills in PowerPoint 
        2016 for Windows

Shape fills such as solid colors, gradients, pictures, and textures can have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a fill so that the slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Some fill options, such as pattern and slide background have no transparency options.

Learn how to apply Transparency to shape fills in PowerPoint 2016.


Timelines that are Different – 03

May 25, 2016

Timelines that are Different – 03

We have already explored two timelines that are different than the typical straight-line timelines you usually encounter in PowerPoint slides. And while straight timelines are great, and must be used if you have ten or more time values, there are opportunities when you can benefit from a differently styled timeline. Our third, different timeline is from PoweredTemplate, a slide vendor based out of London, UK.

Read more here.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

PowerPoint and Presenting News: May 24, 2016

We feature so many experts, who share their immense knowledge with Indezine readers. Ellen Finkelstein talks about how you can become a webinar expert. Carmen Simon explains how you can create memorable content that audiences won't forget. Jim Endicott explains how you can find your presentation metaphor. Claudyne Wilder talks about her fantastic Torchmetrics product that lets you find out more about your audience's perceptions of your presentations. And for those of you who sorely miss the free Clip Art option in PowerPoint, there's great news--Pickit brings back free pictures! PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn more about fills for shapes, such as advanced gradient fills, gradient stops, texture fills, texture tiling options, and picture fills. Finally, do not miss the new templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


No Fill in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 24, 2016

No Fill in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After learning how to add different fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016, now it’s time to learn how to remove any fill from a shape so that your shape only has an outline without a fill. Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or the default fill may be different depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but there are times you want just the outline to be visible. It is in scenarios like these where it can be useful to learn how to remove any fill.

Learn to remove fill from selected shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 23, 2016

Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

You have already learned how to add different fills for shapes. Just like the Pattern fill option, there is one more hidden shape fill option which you can't access from the Shape fill gallery -- yet this is one of those fantastic PowerPoint features that you have to use to believe! The Slide Background fill option is different from other shape fill options because instead of filling something into the selected shape, it makes the slide background area behind the shape visible into the selected shape.

Learn to add the Slide Background itself as a fill for selected shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


Add Pattern Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 20, 2016

Add Pattern Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Pattern fills for shapes 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. Pattern fills for shapes are not included within the Shape fill drop-down gallery in PowerPoint 2016. But you can find this option buried within the Format Shape Task Pane. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can access Pattern fill options.

Learn to use Pattern fills for selected shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


Becoming a Webinar Expert: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

May 19, 2016

Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books. She also holds webinars on presenting skills on a regular basis. In this interview, Ellen talks about her webinar secrets.

Read the conversation here.


Pickit Brings Free Pictures to PowerPoint Again

May 20, 2016

Pickit Brings Free Pictures to PowerPoint Again

A while ago, Microsoft discontinued their hugely popular Clip Art collection that allowed you to search and insert visual content right from within PowerPoint without having to pay anything extra. Even better, most of the time you never had to worry about licensing since Microsoft made those available to you as part of an option within their own program. And now Microsoft has have teamed up with Pickit, a Swedish resource of pictures.

Read more here.


Tiling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 19, 2016

Tiling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Tiling options are available when you add texture fills to shapes or even use a picture as a fill to a shape. Tiling can really make a difference to your shape fill -- just play around with the tiling options explained in this tutorial.

Explore the Tiling options for Texture fills in PowerPoint 2016.


Finding Your Presentation Metaphor: by Jim Endicott

May 18, 2016

Jim Endicott

For most people, creating presentations is not their day job. They sell things. They manage people. They drive projects. They make stuff happen. So it's understandable that when it becomes necessary to actually create a presentation, the process is rarely motivated by an understanding of the science of how our brains actually assimilate information (who has time for that). But more often by what's easiest and fastest. Creating bullets and sub-bullets – piece of cake. But for those who have to actually sit through 60 minutes of the stuff, that form of information has become the visual equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard.

Read more here.


Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 18, 2016

Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's fill options for shapes are extensive. The texture fills for shape incidentally are not too different from picture fills, other than the fact that they can be tiled. PowerPoint includes a built-in library of textures, and you can also import any picture, to be used as a texture. If you want to see a sample presentation showing texture fills in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Learn to use Texture fills for selected shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


Create Memorable Content: Conversation with Carmen Simon

May 17, 2016

Carmen Simon

Carmen Simon's presentations and workshops help business professionals to use communication and presentation skills to increase revenue, train or motivate others, and overall to stand out from too much sameness in the industry. A published author, Dr. Simon is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at various conferences. She is co-founder of Rexi Media, a company that helps business professionals from all fields improve their presentation skills, whether they deliver content face-to-face, online, or create on demand presentations. In this interview, Dr. Carmen Simon reveals additional insights from her science-based book, Impossible to Ignore on how to create memorable and actionable content.

Read the conversation here.


Gradient Stops in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

May 17, 2016

Gradient Stops in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Once you add gradient fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016, you may want to make the gradient fill look a little different -- or even a whole lot different. Yes, you can use the More Gradients option to add different types of gradients as fills to the shapes but that only provides more gradient fill types, and does not let you customize the colors within the gradient.

Learn how to work with Gradient Stops and to create new gradients in PowerPoint 2016.

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