Learn about working with shapes in PowerPoint 2016. Also explore some of the Info pannel options within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2013.
If you are part of the Office Insiders program, you will notice a new feature in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. This new feature, named PowerPoint Zoom lets you easily create interactive, non-linear presentations with smooth hyperlinking between slides and sections. Plus, you can create slide thumbnails with hyperlinks on the fly!
Presentation properties are the details about a presentation such as a title, author name, subject, and keywords that identify the document's topic or contents etc. It's important to specify relevant values for the presentation's Property attributes because they help to identify the presentation. Populating the fields for various Properties also helps you search for particular slides more efficiently later.
As a presentation designer, do you need to buy stock photos to use in your client presentations? But did you know that you may be breaking the rules, without being aware—even if you are paying to license the photos?
Just like many other users of PowerPoint, you might have also faced this situation: you have been working on a presentation for hours and suddenly PowerPoint or even the computer crashes? This may happen due to a power outage, instability of the system, or even PowerPoint itself may crash. You realize that you had not saved the presentation for a long time and you may have lost most of your work! Although you can keep your programs updated, system secure, and even save your file often, there is no guarantee that you will never see a crash again and lose all or some of your work.
Another wrong picture choice? Not again. Jullietta Stoencheva of Pickit discusses how you can choose the right picture for your slides. PowerPoint 2016 and 2013 for Windows users can learn about the new Screen Recording feature. We also explore other features for PowerPoint 2013 such as Inspect Document, Check Accessibility, and Check Compatibility. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.
Imagine this situation: You started working on a presentation, saved it couple of times, then got so much involved in your work that you spent an inordinate amount of time working on it without saving it. Then, your computer unexpectedly crashes or just shuts off due to some unexpected crisis. Or maybe just PowerPoint crashes for some reason. Does it mean you are now left with your presentation in the status when you last saved it and lost all your work? Not really because you can restart PowerPoint, and one of two occurrences may happen.
Have you ever created a new presentation in PowerPoint and then closed it without saving it for even once? This scenario seems to be little strange and impossible since even if you accidentally close your presentation, PowerPoint prompts you whether you want to save your presentation. Yet, you can be in a similar scenario if you lose all your file changes to a system or PowerPoint crash. Fortunately, there are chances that your unsaved presentation is safe in some state! Most of the time, PowerPoint will salvage your file and offer to open it for you the next time you launch the program. Alternatively, even if you don't see any files being offered for recovery, you can set the process in action manually.
You might have experienced this scenario: you have created a presentation within PowerPoint 2013, but you are not sure whether your client, boss, friend, or colleague, who has an earlier version of PowerPoint will be able to view and edit this presentation using the same options that you have used? And, if you save this presentation as a file compatible with an earlier version of PowerPoint, there are chances that you could lose some attributes of the presentation that are not available in previous versions. Or worse, your editable content could just change to flat, non-editable pictures!
An understanding has grown over the years to make all kinds of computer-generated content available to people with disabilities. PowerPoint is no stranger to this accessibility concept and has many options up its sleeve that help your slides be more relevant to those with accessibility impairments. Similar to how PowerPoint's spell checker alerts you to potential spelling errors, the built-in Accessibility Checker highlights potential accessibility issues in your presentation so that you can fix these potential problems and make your content accessible to everyone.
You've probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same goes for presentation photos. Whether it's using PowerPoint, Sway, or one of those old school overhead projectors (ok, so we might be wrong about that last one), images make messages stronger. Well, without getting all geeky about it, research shows that the human brain processes information more easily when supported by pictures. In fact, we remember slides with visual cues 55% better.
When your presentation is something you deliver, it rarely matters if you have any content invisible to your audiences, such as your slide notes, comments, and document properties. Typically, none of these are visible to your audience, and you are free to add any information in these areas that will enable you to be better prepared to deliver your slides. However, if you need to share the same PowerPoint presentation with colleagues, or even publish it online, the scenario will be different. Most users don't even think twice about all this information simply due to lack of awareness. They should because most of this content may include hidden data or information that you or your company may not want to share.
Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint teaches how you can create a timer in PowerPoint -- he explains two ways to do so. PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about the new six chart types introduced in this version. You can also learn about aligning text within shapes and text boxes, how you can create cookie-cutter shapes to end up with fantastic, triangular tables, and also how you can align objects precisely on the center of a slide. We also explore the concepts of grouping, ungrouping, and regrouping.
Similar to the Screenshot option that lets you capture still screenshots, you can use the new Screen Recording option in PowerPoint 2013 to quickly record a video clip of your onscreen activity, from within the program. Do note though that this Screen Recording option is among the new features introduced in PowerPoint 2016, and also added as part of the February 2015 updates to PowerPoint 2013. You will only find this option in PowerPoint 2013 if you have installed all recent updates.
Have you worked with the Screenshot option in previous versions such as PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2013? This option allowed you to add a screenshot from within PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2016 goes a step further with the new Screen Recording option that lets you similarly to record a video clip of your onscreen activity, again from within the program.
So what exactly does grouping mean? And what is ungrouping and regrouping going to do further? The moment you select a slide object such as a shape on a PowerPoint slide, you will see some selection handles -- this indicates that the shape is selected. Select another shape while the first one is still selected and you see two sets of selection handles. If you need to similarly select many shapes on a slide fairly often, this sort of selection may become cumbersome -- and waste so much time. In that case, it's best you select all the shapes you need to work with, and then combine them into one "group" of shapes.
We have already shown you how to align shapes in PowerPoint 2016 -- however for alignment to work, you need to have more than one shape (or any other slide object) selected so that they can align with each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a single group of shapes) to the exact center of your slide. Fortunately, that is easy to achieve.
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