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01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Applying a Glow effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time, especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors. So if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and change the glow color, alter the spread or transparency, etc.

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

A Glow effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area, and by default, the Glow colors emanate from the active Theme. These default Glow colors work most of the time, but of course, you can change the Glow color to something entirely different. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can change this Glow color to any color you want. Learn how to change the Glow effect's color

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

As part of our series on PowerPoint effects for shapes, we will explore the Glow effect. This effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. This effect is an Outer Glow surrounding the shape, and not an Inner Glow effect. You can choose from various glow colors such as Theme colors or even any other color of your choice to match the look of the slide content. Learn how to apply

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Advanced Reflection Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Reflection effects that PowerPoint provides can be applied with a single click, and can indeed do wonders for your shapes. However, if you get too carried away by the swanky looking reflections, you may end up distracting your audiences. Most of PowerPoint's reflection presets that you learned to apply in our Reflection Effects for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial are attractive, yet

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Apply any of the various effects in PowerPoint, and your shapes may stand out; literally out of the slide! In this series on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2016, we have explored several effect types. On this page, you will learn how you can quickly add a convincing Reflection effect to a shape. Learn how to apply Reflection effects to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Identify Font Types in Microsoft Windows 10

While some applications may allow you to identify font types while you choose a font, many times you may not know which font type you are choosing. And by font type, we mean the various font file formats that are recognized by Microsoft Windows and are available to most installed programs. To identify font types, you first need to see a listing of all fonts installed on your system. Learn

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Advanced Shadow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The shadow effect in PowerPoint adds more depth to your selected shape, and you may achieve the perfect shadow effect the very first time you use PowerPoint's default shadow options. However, you may want that shadow to be a wee bit longer, or just a little less pronounced. Or maybe you want the shadow to sport a color that's different. Learn about options to edit the Shadow Effect in

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Working With Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

If your presentation has many slides, it will be easy to identify the current slide as long as you have enabled slide numbers on your slides. In PowerPoint, you have to make these slide numbers visible since they don't show by default. Learn how to add Slide Numbers on slides and Masters in PowerPoint 2016, and more tricks on making them work to your will.

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint’s Shape Effects are used to enhance the look of your shapes, and with PowerPoint 2016 providing a vast repertoire of effects, you can easily get busy playing with all the options available! To save time, you can apply any of the Preset shape effects. If you choose to apply individual effects, the time involved may be more, but the results can be distinctive. For example, even with

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Duplicate Slides in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Why would anyone want to duplicate slides? There are many reasons to do so; you may want to such as to create another slide that is similar to what you already have. You may also want to use the same slide twice, or create a slightly edited chart than what you already have on an existing slide; duplicating and editing is easier than redoing it again. Learn how to duplicate slides in

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint provides six types of Shape Effects; more than one of these effects can be applied to a selected shape. Some combinations of these effects look better than others. Having said so, practicing restraint not to go overboard with all effects is always a good thing. Also, trying out all the effect combinations may take a lot of time. Fortunately, the Presets option comes to your rescue.

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

So what are effects? Effects are different than fills and outlines. With the plethora of effects available in PowerPoint, you can make a shape stand apart with a drop shadow. Other effects allow you to create convincing reflections, spreading glows, 3D bevel effects, and even soft edges. Even better, all these effects are not destructible and can be turned on and off at your will. Learn

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Reposition Picture Fills with Crop in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

To make a visually strong PowerPoint presentation, you should use shapes and pictures. You can also fill your shapes with pictures. Maybe sometimes you end up with not so desirable results. Primarily, you'll find that PowerPoint insists on filling the entire picture within the shape. In the process, the picture itself may appear distorted. Fortunately, regaining this lost proportion is an easy

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Reset Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint presentation. This is an awesome feature because if you make many changes to a picture and then regret experimenting, you can just reset your picture rather than

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Change Picture in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Imagine you inserted a picture in PowerPoint 2016, and then 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 these

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Set Document Resolution in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

One of PowerPoint's greatest qualities is that you can get all sorts of content from disparate sources and add them all within one presentation to create a unified document. Pictures are one of the most important content types you add on your slides. However, each picture you insert may have different resolutions, and thus even though you may have sized your picture to look like a small postage

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Compress Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Yes, undoubtedly a presentation with relevant pictures is more effective than plain text slides. However, even if pictures enhance appearances, they can also phenomenally increase the size of your presentation file. Picture compression can help. Recent versions of PowerPoint do some automatic picture compression, even if you are not aware. There are options to make any such compression even

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Artistic Effects for Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint is a slide program but that doesn't mean that it does not have some cool picture editing tricks up its sleeve. When we say "cool", we certainly do not mean just inserting a picture, or even the fact that you can apply corrections or recolor hues. PowerPoint 2016 provides around 23 filters as part of its Artistic Effects options. Some of these filters (effects) can make your pictures

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Comparing and Merging Presentations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

If you are working on a presentation with your clients or even a co-worker, then you might end up in a situation where you both did not work on the same copy, one after the other. Instead, you worked on two different copies. These copies may contain changes done by you both, some similar and some different. Now you need to compare and merge these copies into a single, cohesive file without

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Sometimes we come across slides that can be hazardous to our vision because such slides have nothing understated about them. Such loud slides can ensure that audiences get distracted. You might end up with such slides even with no fault of yours because someone else prepared them for you! You now need to eradicate all the formatting on the slide to make it look more simple and clean. You may

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Changing Color of Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

One of the coolest options for editing pictures in PowerPoint is to change the hue of your entire picture so that it looks almost like a duotone picture. Similar to how you apply corrections to your inserted pictures, this Color option can also help you do more with your pictures. Be aware though that this Color option does not work like a coloring book; rather it changes the overall hue color

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Picture Corrections in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

A picture needs to be "corrected" when its appearance is too dark or too bright. You could 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

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Do you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within those removed parts of the picture? The Remove Background option may be just what you need to remove the backdrop from an inserted picture. Learn how to remove a part of your picture to make a transparent background in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Save as PDF in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Saving a PowerPoint presentation as a PDF has its pros and cons. The biggest advantage is that recipients won’t be able to edit, and you can embed fonts easily. An even better advantage is that you may use PDFs as a substitute for printing drafts or finished slides, thus saving so much paper. Disadvantages include that you cannot be entirely multimedia-friendly. Whatever your thoughts may be,

01/18/2017 12:21 PM

Crop Pictures (Crop to Shape) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

While you can conventionally crop pictures in PowerPoint to a rectangular constraint, you can also opt to use another shape to crop instead. This tutorial explains the Crop to Shape option that lets you choose non-rectangular cropping shapes for your pictures; the results tend to look like a picture has been contained within a shape. Learn to crop pictures using the Crop to Shape option in

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