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Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

November 30, 2017

Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac's work area below the Ribbon continues to be tri-paned. These three panes comprise the Slides Pane, the Slide Area, and the Notes Pane. The Slides Pane is the thin strip on the left side of the PowerPoint 2016 interface that contains thumbnails of all your slides.

Learn about the Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


VBA: Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint

November 29, 2017

VBA: Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint

Here’s the problem scenario. A particular slide had many trapezoids that should have been rectangles. Normally, the solution is to select all trapezoids and use PowerPoint’s Change Shape option to turn them into rectangles. But assuming you have hundreds of trapezoids on one or more slides, it can be a boring, time-consuming task to select all of them. And then, of course, they need to be changed to rectangles. Would VBA provide an easier and more elegant solution? Steve Rindsberg of PowerPoint FAQ and PPTools has an answer.

Read more here.


Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

November 29, 2017

Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Quick Access Toolbar or QAT is the only toolbar available in PowerPoint. This toolbar can be customized and can contain your most-used commands so that they are accessible to you with just a single click. There are two ways in which you can add your favorite commands to the QAT. The easier way is to right-click any button on the Ribbon tabs, and choose the Add to Quick Access Toolbar option.

Learn how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 28, 2017

We start with a makeover of a slide that includes so many "rights" that it ends up creating one big "wrong." Explore how we made the slide better. Do you have something significant coming up? What if you could create a dynamic countdown and display it in your office lobby or any other suitable location? Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint shows you how. We also learn about using safe fonts in PowerPoint. And then, Lyn Roseaman from Toastmasters explores five ideas that can help you turn your fear of speaking into your friend, and achieve success.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about working with RGB colors, using the Pen and Highlighter Tools in Slide Show View, editing Annotations with Ink Tools, and Hiding/Unhiding Slides. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can explore the numerous options within the Outline Pane. Finally, do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates for this week.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings related to PowerPoint and presenting.


Changing Interface Color in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

November 28, 2017

Changing Interface Color in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When PowerPoint 2016 is launched, you see the Presentation Gallery. You will notice the bright orange section on the left side of the Presentation Gallery. Yes, you can change the bright orange to something else and end up with a different-looking PowerPoint program interface. We show you how to change the interface color in this tutorial.

Learn how to change PowerPoint 2016’s interface color.


How to Design a Presentation That Plays to Your Strengths

November 27, 2017

Sara McGuire

Not all of us are born public speakers. For a lot of people (probably even most), delivering a presentation is a skill that you need to practice. There are a lot of articles out that provide tips on how to deliver a presentation. But I want to talk about how presentation design can play to your specific strengths as a presenter—even if you think you don't have any. The way you structure and design your presentation slides can help prompt your memory, engage your audience, and make your presentation more effective overall. You just have to find what works best for you.

Read more with Sara McGuire.


Format Task Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

November 27, 2017

Format Task Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint works with the concept of selection, and then action. And the action typically is to edit whatever you may have selected! For such editing, the Format Task pane in PowerPoint 2016 can be indispensable. The Format Task pane aligns neatly with the right or left side of the PowerPoint interface, and you can now immediately see how your choices affect the selected slide objects. The Format Task pane is often tabbed. This means that you can jump quickly between different elements of your slide object! In many ways thus, the Format Task pane is the single source where different style formatting options are consolidated in one place.

Learn about the Format Task Panes in PowerPoint 2016.


PowerPoint Makeover 01: Don't Use Icons and Pictures Together

November 23, 2017

PowerPoint Makeover 01: Don't Use Icons and Pictures Together

Being a PowerPoint designer and presentation attendee at the same time can be a difficult task, especially when you come across so many bad slides, and you know that these slides could have been so much better! But this approach of looking at someone else's slides with the eye of a designer is an evolving process. Why? Because what is acceptable today may not work tomorrow. Also, many "rights" end up creating one big "wrong."

Read more here.


Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

November 23, 2017

Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Do you have a secret slide with useful information that you would rather not delete? But what if you show this slide to your audience inadvertently? How do you cope with this problem? The solution is easy: you just hide the slide. Hidden slides don’t show up in Slide Show view, but they are still available to edit and to possibly unhide when you are ready to show that slide to the world.

Learn how to hide and unhide slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Use Safe Fonts Available on All Systems in PowerPoint

November 23, 2017

Use Safe Fonts Available on All Systems in PowerPoint

Did you use your favorite fonts in PowerPoint, and then discovered that when you moved the presentation to another computer, the fonts were substituted with another font? Worse, even this change is not predictable. You may find that the font change behavior is not consistent, and the same font may be substituted completely differently on a third computer!

Learn about using safe fonts in PowerPoint.


Outline Pane Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

November 23, 2017

Outline Pane Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

The Outline view in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac essentially brings up the Outline pane on the left side of PowerPoint 2016 interface. Note that this now replaces the Slides Pane that shows up in Normal view. Also, any changes you want to make to your outline can be made through right-click (or Ctrl-click) options, and we'll show you how you can do so.

Explore Outline pane options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Create a Dynamic Countdown in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont

November 22, 2017

Create a Dynamic Countdown in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont

Do you have something significant coming up? Is there an important product release, a groundbreaking conference, a huge merger, the opening of a new office, or something else that is happening? Or maybe, you just want to welcome the New Year or some other holiday in style? What if you could create a dynamic countdown and display it in your office lobby or any other suitable location?

Read more here.


Edit Annotations with Ink Tools in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

November 22, 2017

Edit Annotations with Ink Tools in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you use the Pen and Highlighter tools to annotate, you are provided with an option to save those annotations when you exit Slide Show view. If you do opt to save them, then you will actually open doors to new capabilities that will allow you to edit these annotations – in fact, you can also change these annotations to shapes and work more with them!

Learn how you can edit your Pen and Highlighter annotations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 21, 2017

Do you want to make your audience more comfortable before you start your presentation? Robert Daverschot of Sendsteps shares five proven ideas that can work as ice-breakers for your next presentation. In an interview, Reena Cruz talks about Able2Extract Professional 11 a PDF product that also converts PDFs to editable PowerPoint files. Jonathan Winkel explains why Presentation Management is Better Content Management. He says, "Getting the most out of your content starts with having a solid presentation management strategy." Alex Leopold explores significant aspects that get overlooked by those who are responsible for creating a corporate presentation template.

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can learn about Slide Sorter view and Normal view. PowerPoint 2013, 2011, and 2010 users can explore working with RGB colors. Finally, do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates for this week.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings related to PowerPoint and presenting.


Using the Pen and Highlighter Tools in Slide Show View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

November 21, 2017

Using the Pen and Highlighter Tools in Slide Show View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

While presenting and interacting with your audience, annotation on a slide can play an important role, and PowerPoint provides you with useful Pen and Highlighter tools that can change your static slide into a whiteboard upon which you can doodle and write! In this tutorial, we will learn how these tools can be helpful.

Learn how to use the Pen and Highlighter tools within Slide Show View in PowerPoint 2016.


Turn Your Speaking Fear Into Your Friend

November 20, 2017

Lyn Roseaman

No one is born with a fear of public speaking; it is something we learn, so we can equally learn to quash the debilitating nerves and harness the good nerves that give us positive energy and presence on stage. To achieve this, we need to reprogram our mindset and make friends with our nerves. Lyn Roseaman from Toastmasters explores five ideas that can help you turn your fear of speaking into your friend, and achieve success.

Read more here.

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