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General Program Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

April 6, 2017

General Program Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

The General tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box contains basic, yet some very important options related to the appearance and working of the PowerPoint interface. Changes to these options can result in a very different and more efficient workflow. In this tutorial, we will explore the various options within the General tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box.

Learn about General Program options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office

April 5, 2017

Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office

We learned in a previous post about how Microsoft provides updates for various Office 365 installations. But even if you know how the updates are provided, do note that these updates are provided to you, depending upon the license and version of the installed product. So, we heard from people who don't know what their license is! Some users don't even know the version of the program they are using. And really, that is OK—sometimes, these things can get a little complicated. This post will help you find out your product license and version in a jiffy. But before we proceed, look at this video embed.

Learn more here.


Loading and Using Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

April 5, 2017

Loading and Using Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

You may wonder what happens behind the scenes when you run a spell check in PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program. This is what happens: PowerPoint looks at each word you have typed and matches those words with the entries listed within its dictionary. If it comes across any word that the dictionary does not contain, it goes ahead and marks that word as misspelled. Then it offers you suggestions for that supposedly misspelled word, so that you can replace that word with any other similar word found within its dictionary.

Learn how to load and use custom dictionaries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: April 4, 2017

Formulating a winning presentation is no easy task, especially when your audience is in the healthcare business. Our guest this week is Margy Schaller who has written a book on this very subject. We also explore using cartoons in PowerPoint. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can explore changing colors in SmartArt graphics, AutoRecover and AutoSave options, add proofing dictionaries for foreign languages, and font embedding. Finally, do not miss the press releases and templates of this week.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings.


Creating and Editing AutoCorrect Entries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

April 4, 2017

Creating and Editing AutoCorrect Entries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The AutoCorrect feature is dependent on a small list of words and phrases. This list contains two columns called Replace and With. For example, the Replace entry for teh will correspond to the With entry containing the word the. You can easily tailor your AutoCorrect list by adding your own commonly misspelled words. Similarly, you can make changes and delete entries from within this AutoCorrect list.

Learn how to create and edit AutoCorrect entries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


The Ultimate Presentation Checklist (Infographic): by Adam Chapman

April 3, 2017

Adam Chapman

No one can deny that presentations are extremely important in the corporate world. Today, having a great idea or creating an amazing product is not enough—you need to know how to sell it if you want to be acknowledged as a leader. Walkerstone recently put together this infographic that covers everything you need to do to give a truly effective presentation. Use this as your final checklist before your next presentation and watch the compliments flow.

Read more here.


Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

April 3, 2017

Embed Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic in your slide, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic. Doing so applies new colors to the entire SmartArt graphic including the various shapes it contains. However, there may be times when you want one of the shapes to be colored differently. In this tutorial, we'll explore the fill, line, and effect options which can be applied to individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.

Learn about fill, line, and effect options for shapes within SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016.


Formulate A Winning Presentation: Conversation with Margy Schaller

March 30, 2017

Formulate A Winning Presentation: Conversation with Margy Schaller

Margy Schaller is a presentation coach, designer, speaker, and author. After obtaining her Instructional Design certification and working with speakers for 15 years, she launched her firm, Laser Pointer. As of December 2016, she has worked with clients from not only the dental and medical space but also legal, financial, high tech, real estate and renewable energy. Laser Pointer is growing rapidly and has as its primary mission: To help each speaker become the best version of themselves. In this conversation, Margy discusses her new book, Formulate A Winning Presentation.

Read the conversation here.


Add and Remove Proofing Dictionaries for Foreign Languages in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 30, 2017

Add and Remove Proofing Dictionaries for Foreign Languages in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint includes proofing tools (spelling dictionaries, thesauri, and grammar rules) for more than one language. For example, if you use English as your main language, then Spanish and French dictionaries may already be installed. This enables you to spell check Spanish and French words.

Learn how to add and remove proofing dictionaries for foreign languages in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 28, 2017

Word clouds may be controversial, but they are still difficult to create in PowerPoint. We explore an online program called Wordle that can help. We also review the amazing PDF Editor Pro for Mac. And speaking of fonts, why do so many people hate Algerian? Is it because it is overused, or is it because many people use a display font for normal text? In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can explore deleting shapes from SmartArt graphics, and changing between SmartArt graphic layouts. We also explore AutoCorrect, options to use AutoCorrect, and editing custom dictionaries. Finally, do not miss the press releases and templates of this week.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings.


AutoRecover and AutoSave Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 28, 2017

AutoRecover and AutoSave Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

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 crash may happen due to a power outage, instability of the system or even PowerPoint itself may crash due to a bug or glitch. You then realize that you had not saved the presentation for a long time and 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.

Learn how to enable AutoRecover and AutoSave options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Using Cartoons In PowerPoint

March 28, 2017

Using Cartoons In PowerPoint

Using cartoons within PowerPoint slides can be an amazing route to add a light moment or highlight attention towards a strong point. Either way, it is a great concept that is going places as Dan Rosandich discovered much to his delight.

Dan Rosandich creates cartoons that can be used in PowerPoint.


Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 27, 2017

Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although default colors within a SmartArt graphic may work great, you may want to explore changing colors of individual shapes contained inside the SmartArt graphic. You change colors of everything within the SmartArt graphic at one go or change colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can change colors of your SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.

Learn how to change colors for a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2016.


Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

March 24, 2017

Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt, you might want to change the layout of the SmartArt. You can choose from various SmartArt graphics variations available within PowerPoint 2016. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to change any existing SmartArt graphic to any other layout. Follow these steps to explore more.

Learn how to change from one SmartArt graphic layout to another in PowerPoint 2016.


Explore Fonts: Algerian

March 23, 2017

Explore Fonts: Algerian

Alan Meeks and Philip Kelly created Algerian. Initially, Algerian comprised only capital letters, but some font houses created a complete typeface that included small letters. Since Microsoft Office 4.3, Algerian has been bundled with each version of Office until Microsoft Office 2010. This abundant availability of Algerian probably resulted in its over-use.

Explore Algerian, a decorative font family with thick, large characters.


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.

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