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12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Adjust Picture Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After a picture is inserted on your PowerPoint slide, you might want to make adjustments to the picture itself so that it looks distinctive and focused. You can change a picture's look by resizing, cropping, changing color values, adjusting saturation, or by applying artistic effects. In this tutorial, we'll explore the options available within PowerPoint 2016 to make these picture adjustments.


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Clichés: Stack of Coins Pictures

Let’s admit that coins can look beautiful, especially if they are golden! Add an interesting light source and a stack of gold coins does appear warm and secure. However, what was once interesting can soon become boring; and then you may no longer like pictures that contain neat stacks of properly arranged coins. Are coins synonymous with wealth? Are there other, better options?


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint provides various picture enhancement options such as Picture Adjustments, Picture Styles, Picture Effects, and Picture Borders. Beyond these options, there are some very significant yet basic picture editing options that you should consider. These include learning how you can Resize, Rotate, and Flip pictures. All of these options help you to enhance the look of your inserted


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

For more than a decade, the online source of pictures for PowerPoint has been the pictures available online at Office.com. Now this option is no longer available in PowerPoint. Instead, you can use the Online Pictures option. This feature is very helpful as you are not limited to just the pictures available on your system. You get other picture sources, some of which also include Creative


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Insert Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

It is true that both pictures and words are important, and they both play complementary roles. If you had to choose just one of them; then seeing is a much more important part of presenting. Presentations, by their very nature, are meant to be seen since they evoke actions such as project, display, or broadcast; and all of these actions represent visual media. Text and speaking are important


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Change Picture in PowerPoint 2013

Imagine you have inserted a picture in PowerPoint 2013, and then you applied various picture editing options to enhance its appearance. For example, you may have added a border, applied some Picture Effects, etc. Probably, you then added both Fade and Zoom animations, synced them to happen together, and also timed the animations to occur at a particular speed. You may find yourself often doing


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Picture Corrections in PowerPoint 2013

A picture needs to be corrected when it's appearance is too dark or too bright. You can end up with pictures that need correction if the lighting was not proper when you clicked the original picture. Additionally, you may also want to make some tonal changes to a picture so that it stands apart. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make corrections to inserted pictures regarding their


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Adjust Picture Options in PowerPoint 2013

After a picture is inserted on your PowerPoint slide, you might want to make adjustments to the picture itself so that it looks distinctive and focused. You can change a picture's look by resizing, cropping, changing color values, adjusting saturation, or by applying artistic effects. In this tutorial, we'll explore the options available within PowerPoint 2013 to make these picture adjustments.


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Change Layout of Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Once you have inserted an organization chart (org chart) within PowerPoint 2013, you might need to change the layout of the org chart. The "layout" means how the subordinate levels in the hierarchy branch out from top to bottom -- probably you want all subordinates flushed to the left, hanging to the right, or distributed evenly across a horizontal plane -- you will learn more about how this


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Adding New Shapes to Existing Organization Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

After inserting an Organization Chart (org chart) in PowerPoint 2013, you might need to add more shapes to your org chart. The default org chart that PowerPoint places has a few shapes. However, you might want to add more shapes, as well as newer hierarchy levels for the new shapes you add. Fortunately, you can make these additions and edits with just a click or two. Follow these steps to start


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Insert an Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

You won’t find an option to add an Organization Chart in PowerPoint 2013’s Insert tab of the Ribbon. Instead, you will find the SmartArt option in the Insert tab, and organization charts are just one of the many variants of SmartArt graphics you can insert into your slide. An organization chart graphically represents the management or hierarchical structure of an organization. If you want to


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

All the SmartArt layouts have text placeholders, which are basically text boxes. You can click and start typing within these placeholders to add text. In the previous tutorial, we showed you how to insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), and how the SmartArt Text Pane works. There are several ways to format the SmartArt graphic text; follow these


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Convert SmartArt Graphic into Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

SmartArt is a great new feature that Microsoft added in PowerPoint -- yet many users want to convert their SmartArt graphic to bulleted text, or even to individually editable shapes that can be manipulated further. Yes, you can convert SmartArt to individual shapes, but do remember that this is a one-way process, and you lose any editability for the SmartArt graphic from that point of time.


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Move Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013

SmartArt graphics are easily inserted infographics that typically place common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other to create a strong message. You can, of course, change those individual shapes within SmartArt, as in changing a square to a circle or anything else -- but what many users don't realize is that you can do much more. You can actually move some shapes around within the


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Resize Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Similar to how you can change an individual shape within the SmartArt, you can even resize shapes within a SmartArt graphic. This can be helpful if you want one shape to be larger than the others -- maybe you want one shape to stand out? Whatever be the reason behind you wanting to resize these shapes, this tutorial will explore how you can resize individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic in


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

The default look of SmartArt graphics works great, and you may not want to change a thing! Yet, it's good to know that you can change your SmartArt graphics to other layouts, change the color of SmartArt graphics, or apply a SmartArt Style to make your SmartArt graphic appear distinct and unique. You can also change the actual shapes within a SmartArt graphic -- for instance, you can change


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

When change colors of a SmartArt graphic, fill colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt change. Other attributes such as outlines or effects are not altered. Rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option to overcome this limitation. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to the selected SmartArt


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic in your slide, you can change the color for the entire SmartArt graphic -- this 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


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Xara Designer Pro X: Conversation with Nova Fisher

Nova Fisher has worked within communications with Xara for over 15 years. She has previously founded and managed some successful early-to-market businesses including an internet service provider (ISP) which was founded in 1994, and the creation of one of the earliest online web authoring solutions in 1996, that enabled anyone to create a professional website without the need for any design or


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2013

Although the default colors of an inserted SmartArt graphic may work the best, you may also want to change the colors of the shapes comprising the SmartArt graphic. You change the 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


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2013

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 shape(s) 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


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Choosing the Right Picture for your Slides: by Jullietta Stoencheva

You've probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same goes for presentation photos. Whether it's using PowerPoint, Sway, or one of those old school overhead projectors (ok, so we might be wrong about that last one), images make messages stronger. But why? Well, without getting all geeky about it, research shows that the human brain processes information more easily when


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Moving Beyond Clichés

If you see one more picture of people shaking hands or a light bulb, then you will know that the slides themselves must be unimaginative. How do you create an imaginative thought process that goes beyond clichés? Since its launch in 1990, Microsoft's PowerPoint has become an integral tool for business. With 95% market share and over 1.2 billion users worldwide, it is estimated that millions and


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Infographics and the Presentation Revolution: by Vikas Agrawal

'A picture says a thousand words' is perhaps a hackneyed truism, but infographics are proving it right all over again in the digital age. Infographics transform complex facts and figures into simple images and depictions which enable viewers to grasp difficult concepts instantly and make easy comparisons. These colorful, mesmerizing visual tools masquerading as work actually make learning fun.


12/07/2016 06:31 AM

Shutterstock Plug-in for PowerPoint: Conversation with Janet Giesen

Janet Giesen is Senior Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships 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


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