Learn about working with Text and Fonts in PowerPoint, and read PowerPoint articles and conversations.
Last week, we released the first podcast that I recorded with TJ Walker. In today's podcast, we will look at this topic: Many presenters spend considerable effort and time to create their slides-but they do not get the time to practice. Did you know that PowerPoint has had a built-in practice tool?
The appearance of text makes a huge difference to any presentation. The font typeface used within your slides is dictated by the active Theme or Theme Fonts set of your presentation -- you can certainly override these defaults and choose another font typeface and also change the font size. However, there are times when you need to highlight a word or a phrase contained within your text so that it stands apart and commands attention. To do so, you can apply font styling attributes such as bold, italics, underline, etc.
How do you start creating a new presentation using PowerPoint or another program such as Keynote, Prezi, or something similar? Do you create a storyboard to start with? Learn more in this podcast by Geetesh Bajaj and TJ Walker. Chris Larson, Technical Product Manager of Techsmith Snagit discusses the new Snagit 13. And Rick Altman talks about the new Presentation Summit Cruise, 2017 conference, to be held in April 2017 in the Caribbean. We also bring you a conversation with Janet Giesen, who talks about the new Shutterstock add-in for PowerPoint on Mac. Finally, David Lin explores FotoJet, an online program for collage making, graphics design, and photo editing. PowerPoint 2016 users can find out how they can insert dummy text with a few keystrokes, select text in various ways, and play with font types and sizes. PowerPoint 2013 users can explore Advanced Presentation Properties. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.
How do you start creating a new presentation using PowerPoint or another program such as Keynote, Prezi, or something similar? Do you create a storyboard to start with? And do you create your own slides—or are you one of those fortunate beings who has a team to create your slides? And if you are indeed part of the latter group, how do you brief your designers? There's a proper way to brief your designers, and we will explore that area as well.
Type text within PowerPoint—and its font type and size are decided for you, based on the Theme applied to your presentation. For example, if you use PowerPoint's default Office Theme, then all your typed text will sport the Calibri typeface. You can quickly change the Theme Fonts set altogether for your presentation, and all text instances will switch to the default typefaces of the new Theme or Theme Fonts set. However, there may be times when you want to override these defaults and choose a typeface that is different, or even a different font size.
Janet Giesen is Vice President of Business Development at Shutterstock. She runs integrated partnerships, co-marketing initiatives, and data deals for the company. Before joining Shutterstock, Janet managed affiliate and digital media partnerships for American Express OPEN. Janet holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, a Professional Certification in Publishing from Columbia's School of Journalism, and a BA from Boston College. In this interview, Janet talks about the Shutterstock Plug-in for PowerPoint on Mac.
David Lin is the CEO and founder of PearlMountain Technology Co., Ltd, a dedicated graphics and software development company founded in 2006. Last year, they started their new app, FotoJet online which is now recognized and loved by numerous users, and it was also recommended by the Google Chrome Store this year. FotoJet has over 200,000 registered users worldwide and is focused on collage making, graphics design, and photo editing. In this interview, David talks about FotoJet.
PowerPoint and indeed all Microsoft Office programs allow you to work with a particular object only if it is selected. For example, you select a shape to make changes to the shape. You similarly select a chart to edit the chart. And yes, you can select a text container object such as a text placeholder, a text box, or even a shape -- and then make changes to its position, formatting, size, etc. However, this changes the entire object -- and leaves the actual text content within that object largely unchanged. To make changes to the actual text, you first need to select the text separately and then make changes by using the options available within the Home tab of the Ribbon or the Mini Toolbar.
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 new Presentation Summit Cruise, 2017 conference, to be held in April 2017 in the Caribbean.
At some point in time, we all need dummy text to add quickly to our slides so that we can ascertain how a body of text looks or fits within an individual text box or placeholder. There is an undocumented feature in PowerPoint that enables you to add dummy text with just a few keystrokes!
Did you want to zoom in and out of slides to hyperlink and navigate? The new PowerPoint Zoom feature may be what you wanted. We also explore with Dave Barnett and Anneliese Wirth of Microsoft how Office 365 updates are rolled out to subscribers. We then have some knowledge about how you should buy stock photos from clients, from Nancy Duarte. PowerPoint 2016 users can find out how they can locate where PowerPoint is installed on their system, and also change defaults if multiple versions of PowerPoint are found on the same system. We also explore features for PowerPoint 2013 such as Recovering New Presentations, Recovering Unsaved Presentations, AutoRecover and AutoSave Options, and Presentation Properties. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.
In PowerPoint, there are some differences between text placeholders and text boxes. As far as formatting for text placeholders and text boxes is concerned, almost everything else does work in the same way. However, there is one more vital difference between a text placeholder and a text box.
Chris Larson is the Technical Product Manager of Snagit. He joined the TechSmith in 2007 as a User Experience Designer and brings that focus on users to his role on Snagit. He works with a very talented and passionate team that is dedicated to making our customers lives easier with by helping them communicate visually. Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University with a background in Digital Media Arts and Computer Science. In this conversation, Chris discusses the new Snagit 13.
In PowerPoint, all the Property fields are saved as metadata. This metadata can be very useful in the cataloging and search of presentations and individual slides. In addition to editing or adding the Property content in Backstage view, you can also bring up the same Properties with the Document Panel, as an interface element within PowerPoint 2013 which directly appears above the active slide, and below the Ribbon. Additionally, you can use the Advanced Properties option.
Once in a while, or quite frequently, you may discover a surprising new feature such as the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint. Maybe your colleague, George had the same Morph transition effect available months ago? And Cally, your friend is complaining because she has no Morph transition effect although she seems to be running the same version of PowerPoint! Is this normal? And if yes, why does this happen? The answers to all these questions can be found by understanding how Microsoft updates Office applications.
Are you unable to locate PowerPoint 2016 on your computer? Sometimes, such a question can be embarrassing! Or are there other versions of PowerPoint on your computer -- maybe older versions? Yes, we know that this can happen, although it does sound a little strange. However, there are perfectly valid excuses for you to be unable to locate PowerPoint, mainly in scenarios such as these.
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