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Insert Picture from Bing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

February 23, 2017

Insert Picture from Bing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although you can search for pictures on Google Images or Bing, these pictures show in web browsers, and even then you cannot use most pictures in your slides since that would be a copyright violation. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides an option to search for pictures on Bing, which makes sure that you find Creative Common pictures so that you don’t end up being on the wrong side of the law. Even better, this Bing option shows picture search results directly within PowerPoint.

Learn how to insert pictures from Bing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Wondershare Filmora

February 22, 2017

Wondershare Filmora

Video is the most powerful, pervasive, and performance-oriented media these days. No wonder then that everyone wants to upload videos to share on their sites, or on social media, or even upload via YouTube. In fact, many videos end up on your phone these days as attachments for WhatsApp and other social chat platforms. The problem though is the actual creation. Video creation is a time-consuming process and is not typically very easy to achieve when you want high-quality results. Our review product, Wondershare Filmora can help.

Let us explore Filmora, a quick video creation tool from Wondershare.


Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

February 22, 2017

Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

A line (outline) in PowerPoint contains both points and segments. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between the dots. Among points and segments, we have already explored the types of points in PowerPoint 2016. We now explore the two types of Segments in PowerPoint 2016: Straight and Curved. Segments can be edited, and you can also convert a straight segment to a curved segment and vice versa, as you will learn in this tutorial.

Learn about Curved and Straight line segments within PowerPoint 2016.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 21, 2017

We bring you night sky backgrounds that are starlit -- discover 5 backgrounds in amazing colors. We then interview Gavin McMahon who talks about his new Chart Chooser Cards he created with Dr. Stephanie D. H. Evergreen. We wind up the Identify Font Types series by showing how you can do so in Microsoft Windows 7. We also show you how you can create Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud Generator. In the Tutorials section, we explore SmartArt for all versions of PowerPoint. Additionally, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about inserting SmartArt, converting bulleted text to SmartArt, editing points for Shapes, and adding or deleting points in shapes. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

February 21, 2017

Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Shapes gallery in PowerPoint consists of various shapes, both open and closed. Closed shapes are ones that do not have a “visible” beginning or an end such as the Rectangle, Ellipse, and Triangle shapes. Open shapes have a “visible” beginning and an end. An example of an open shape is a straight point to point line. Some tools within the Shapes gallery let you create both open and closed shapes; these are the Freeform Line, Curve, and Scribble tools. In addition, you can convert any closed shape into an open shape and vice versa, as you will learn in this tutorial.

Learn how you can open and close paths for shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


Petal Shapes in PowerPoint

February 20, 2017

Petal Shapes in PowerPoint

Do you want to create a flower diagram, or just draw a normal flower? You will soon realize that PowerPoint’s Shape Gallery offers no Petal shape or even no Leaf shape. However, PowerPoint’s amazing Merge Shapes tools allow you to create almost any shape without having actually to draw anything. And they also allow you to create convincing Petal shapes. We show you two ways to create a Petal shape in PowerPoint. The first way uses the Merge Shapes' Union tool to create a tapered petal whereas the second way uses the Merge Shapes' Fragment tool to create a curved petal.

Learn to draw petal shapes in PowerPoint quickly.


Types of Points (Vertexes) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

February 20, 2017

Types of Points (Vertexes) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Every shape in PowerPoint is created using both points and segments. Points, also known as vertexes are pronounced areas of the shape, and segments are straight or curved lines that connect these points. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between the dots. Both segments and points are only visible within Edit Points mode. We discuss segments in a subsequent tutorial; for now, let us explore different types of vertexes (points) in PowerPoint 2016.

Learn about different types of points (vertexes) in PowerPoint 2016.


Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

February 17, 2017

Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Edit Points option gives you control over how you want a shape to look, but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in a shape because there are no points available to manipulate. Conversely, there could be far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for this problem: you can add and delete vertexes from a shape.

Learn how to add or delete points (vertexes) for a shape in PowerPoint 2016.


Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud Generator

February 16, 2017

Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud Generator

Word Clouds provide creative ways to explore and explain a concept or a subject using relevant terms that support a central idea. Even better, they create a visual from some words and can be used effectively in presentation scenarios, such as within your PowerPoint slides. However, creating such a Word Cloud in PowerPoint can be both a daunting and a time-consuming task! To make this process easier, we have been exploring some online applications that will help you create Word Clouds in a few minutes. Let's look at the Word Cloud Generator.

Learn how to create word clouds for PowerPoint in Word Cloud Generator.


Edit Points for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

February 16, 2017

Edit Points for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When a shape is inserted into a PowerPoint slide, its default appearance is related to the points that it contains. Alter the points, and you can change the original shape to anything you want. PowerPoint's native Edit Points tool makes it almost a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. This is very similar to what you would do in Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW or another drawing program. By using the Edit Points tool, you can change a rectangle to a rhombus, or even edit a curved or freeform line differently.

Learn how to alter a shape in PowerPoint 2016 by using the Edit Points option.


Chart Chooser Cards: Conversation with Gavin McMahon

February 15, 2017

Gavin McMahon

Gavin McMahon is a senior partner and co-founder of fassforward Consulting Group, where he advises Fortune 100/500 companies on business strategy. He brings a unique perspective on growth and innovation to his clients driving outcomes, traction, and results. In this conversation, Gavin discusses his Chart Chooser Cards he created with Dr. Stephanie D. H. Evergreen.

Read the conversation here.


Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

February 15, 2017

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can enhance the look of some bulleted slides by converting them to a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.

Learn how to convert bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.


Identify Font Types in Microsoft Windows 7

February 15, 2017

Identify Font Types in Microsoft Windows 7

Some applications do identify font types by placing icons next to a particular font in a listing. Such behavior is an exception rather than a norm, and many times you may not know which font type you are choosing. And by font type, we mean the various font file formats such as OpenType, TrueType, etc. that are recognized by Microsoft Windows.

Learn how to identify font types in Windows 7.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 14, 2017

In an exclusive post, Jon Heathcote talks about the need to use roadmaps on PowerPoint slides. We also explore how you can identify font types in Microsoft Windows 8 -- we already have similar tutorials for other Windows versions. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about drawing all types of lines: Straight, Curved, Freeform, and Scribbles. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

February 14, 2017

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

SmartArt is a PowerPoint option that allows you to create diagrams easily. Did you know that SmartArt can function as a substitute for conventional bullet points? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to insert a SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint 2016. If you are new to SmartArt, do also take a look at the What is SmartArt and SmartArt Samples pages.

Learn how to insert SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016.


Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds

February 13, 2017

Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds

The ZIP file that you will download contains five Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds in three resolutions: Full Size: 4000x2250 pixels (16:9), Widescreen Size: 1365x768 pixels (16:9), and Standard Size: 1024x768 (4:3). Not only can you use these graphics for slide backgrounds, but these background designs can also animate between slides using PowerPoint's Morph transition.

Download and use these night sky backgrounds.

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