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Edit Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 23, 2017

Edit Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Imagine this scenario: you have created a specialized, medical presentation that's full of squiggly, red, underlined words! These squiggly underlines indicate what PowerPoint considers to be as a misspelled word! Don't blame PowerPoint, because its medical terminology is somewhat limited. We do know that almost all the words in your medical presentation are perfectly valid as far as spelling is concerned. The silver lining here though is that you can teach PowerPoint to spell those words, and enhance PowerPoint's custom dictionary.

Learn how to edit custom dictionaries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PDF Editor Pro for Mac

March 22, 2017

PDF Editor Pro for Mac

PDFs are everywhere, and yet so many users miss out an opportunity. What opportunity? To customize their PDFs and do some amazing stuff with them. Let us explain this better. While it is easy to create PDFs with virtual PDF printer drivers and more, most users are just touching the tip of the iceberg as far as PDF capabilities go. Our review product, PDF Editor Pro for Mac can help.

Let us explore PDF Editor Pro for Mac that lets you create, edit, annotate and convert PDFs.


AutoCorrect Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 22, 2017

AutoCorrect Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

As you type, the PowerPoint AutoCorrect feature automatically corrects common typos and spelling errors. How does PowerPoint know that a particular word is spelled wrong? Does it refer to some resource as a reference? Also, do you find some AutoCorrect options such as the capitalization of some words unnecessary? Several researchers working in different scientific fields actually have to use some words that cannot start with a capital letter, and the first thing they want to do is turn off the automatic capitalization.

Explore AutoCorrect options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


AutoCorrect in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 21, 2017

AutoCorrect in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The AutoCorrect feature in PowerPoint fixes hundreds of common typos and spelling errors within your PowerPoint slides, automatically as you type any text. AutoCorrect also maps specific keys to a symbol, such as replacing two en dashes with an em dash the moment you hit the Enter key. The best feature within AutoCorrect is that it works so seamlessly that you may even take it for granted. Conversely, AutoCorrect can also be a pain sometimes! You may for example not want the two en dashes to change to an en dash automatically. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can take advantage of AutoCorrect, and also how you can override its options as required.

Explore how the AutoCorrect option works in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Wordle

March 20, 2017

Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Wordle

Have you seen a bunch of words with similar meanings that are arranged together to form a graphic? Such a graphic is commonly called a Word Cloud. These Word Clouds are primarily textual art and define subjects, scopes or even ideas. Such clouds may contain words that involve or influence the subject which the presenter or the user is focused on.

Learn how to create word clouds for PowerPoint.


Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic

March 20, 2017

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can delete shapes from your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016.

Learn how to delete shapes from an existing SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 20, 2017

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen, author of charting and data visualization books talks about her new Chart Chooser Cards, that she created with Gavin McMahon. We have already featured Gavin in a similar conversation. We also look at Spring visually and as a theme. Explore and download spring themed PowerPoint goodies. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can explore simple spell checks and also more advanced options. We also look at the SmartArt text pane and sourcing more SmartArt graphics. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings.


Get More SmartArt Graphics

March 17, 2017

Get More SmartArt Graphics

In addition to creating SmartArt, and including a bunch of some great variants out of the box, Microsoft also created a way for individuals and developers to create their own custom SmartArt Layout files. These new SmartArt Layouts with the file extension, GLOX could drop into a designated folder, and this simple action would result in additional SmartArt graphics being available.

Learn how you can get more SmartArt graphic variants.


Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 16, 2017

Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We explored how you can convert your normal bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic with just a click or two. However, you'll soon discover that it is neither easy nor intuitive to edit, add, or delete text within a shape inside a SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, all the text edits can be easily performed within the convenient Text Pane of the SmartArt graphic. In this tutorial, we'll help you explore options for working within the Text Pane for SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016.

Learn how the Text Pane helps add text content to your SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.


Chart Chooser Cards: Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen

March 15, 2017

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is an internationally-recognized speaker, designer, and researcher. She is best known for bringing a research-based approach to helping researchers better communicate their work through more effective graphs, slides, and reports. She is the 2015 recipient of the American Evaluation Association's Guttentag award, given for notable accomplishments early in a career. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at StephanieEvergreen.com. Her first book, Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact, was published by Sage in Fall 2013. Her second book, Effective Data Visualization, was published in Spring 2016. Both books hit #1 on Amazon bestseller lists.

Read what she says about Chart Chooser cards.


More Spelling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 15, 2017

More Spelling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

While it is indeed easy to spell check your entire presentation for any misspelled words, there are other options that you need to be aware of that will help to check your slides for spelling errors. Here are some tips to help you understand how you can do better proofing of your text content in PowerPoint 2016.

Explore more spelling options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 13, 2017

March 14, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 13, 2017

We begin our series exploring all fonts that have been included with Microsoft Office installations. The first feature of this series looks at Agency FB. We then explore changes at Pickit, an online vendor of clip media with an investment from Microsoft. For those of you who are not aware, Pickit provides free images that you can insert in your PowerPoint slides. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn how you can manage and remove connected services such as Flickr, OneDrive, Facebook, etc. This process can be useful if you want to remove one of these accounts and add another one instead. We also look under the hood at various preferences available within PowerPoint 2016 for Windows; we explore both General and Advanced options. We also look at setting Spellcheck options. Further, you can learn how you can add more shapes to your existing SmartArt graphics. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.

Be informed about updated tutorials and happenings.


Spell Check in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 14, 2017

Spell Check in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

For presentations that contain slides with too much text, or even little text, there are always chances of spelling mistakes showing up! However, you don't necessarily have to search for these mistakes by skimming all your slides one by one since PowerPoint lets you do a spell check of the entire presentation, and make corrections as well. However there are some caveats associated with spell checking, and this does not have anything to do with PowerPoint.

Learn how to run a spell check on your entire presentation in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Microsoft Invests in Image Service Pickit

March 10, 2017

Mathias Björkholm

Stock vendor and tech startup Pickit received an investment from Microsoft Ventures. This investment will propel Pickit into the next phase of its mission to make it simpler for everyday Office users to increase productivity and improve the quality of their work. Four years ago, the founders of Pickit approached Microsoft with a big idea–to create an integrated image service that worked seamlessly with PowerPoint and Word. Since then, Pickit has developed the technology and sourced the content to service worldwide Office users.

Read more here.


Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016

March 10, 2017

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016

Once you insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), you may want to add more shapes to your SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, you can make these additions and later edit them too. You can add more shapes to your existing SmartArt graphics either from within the SmartArt graphic itself or through the Text Pane. Note that adding a new shape to a SmartArt graphic entirely depends on the SmartArt variant that you are using; some variants offer more options than the others.

Learn how you can add more shape(s) to existing SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016.


Setting Spell Check Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 9, 2017

Setting Spell Check Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Has it ever happened that you know that a particular word is misspelled, but PowerPoint's spell check doesn't seem to think so! That may be because your word may be in all CAPS, or it may contain some numbers. In these cases, and in several other instances, PowerPoint just ignores any misspellings. Fortunately, you can turn off the options that instruct PowerPoint to ignore these misspellings. Remember though that changing these options will apply to all Microsoft Office 2016 applications you have installed on your computer including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Learn how to set spell check options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Explore Fonts: Agency FB

March 8, 2017

Explore Fonts: Agency FB

Agency FB is a well-known Art Deco font face inspired by ATC Agency Gothic, originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1932 as an uppercase font. In 1990, David Berlow of Font Bureau designed a lowercase and added a bold variant to produce Agency FB.

Explore Agency FB, a familiar Art Deco style font face from Font Bureau.

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