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03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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.


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

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


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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.


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

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.


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Advanced Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Advanced tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box contains advanced, and some not-so-advanced 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. The PowerPoint Options dialog box can be accessed as explained in our Backstage View: Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

General Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 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. The PowerPoint Options dialog box can be accessed as explained in our Backstage View: Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial.


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Manage and Remove Connected Services in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We already showed how you can add connected services in PowerPoint 2016. Although it may seem that you are adding these services to PowerPoint, you are essentially connecting them to all programs and platforms connected with your Microsoft account, including OneDrive, all of Office 2016, even your Windows operating system. Wherever used, these connected services help you access your settings


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Add Services in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Microsoft Office 2016 applications work well with cloud platforms such as OneDrive. Roaming capabilities enable when you log into your Microsoft account within Office applications such as PowerPoint. Once logged in, all your settings, including your recent files or templates, will be synced across all your devices, including laptops, tablets, and even smartphones. Learn how to add various


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Insert Pictures from Facebook in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint enables you to insert online pictures in more than one way, and explored these various options in our Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This is the last tutorial of this series, and you will learn how you can use the Facebook option to insert pictures which are uploaded within your Facebook account, straight into PowerPoint 2016. Learn how to insert pictures from


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Insert Picture from OneDrive in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Our next option within the Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 series of tutorials is exploring how you can insert pictures from your OneDrive account. Note that you must have some pictures already uploaded to your OneDrive folders for working with this tutorial. Luckily with OneDrive's camera upload options for all phone platforms, most of us possibly already have tons of pictures in our


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2016

One of PowerPoint’s amazing options is the feature that lets you convert your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times, though, you might want to do the reverse; that is converting SmartArt back to bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in later versions, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Picture Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Pictures have an important role in presentation slides since they add imagination and visualization to your slides. To make pictures more impactful, you can even apply borders and effects to them, and also try some Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is one more option that works in the same way as how you convert text to SmartArt. This is the Picture Layout


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Insert Picture from Flickr in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

There are many, many options as far as inserting pictures from online sources within PowerPoint are concerned. Other than using the Bing Image Search options, you can also access Flickr. Flickr is probably the greatest online resource for pictures uploaded by photographers and enthusiasts all over the world. However, unlike with the Bing option, PowerPoint does not allow you to simply go and


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Identify Your Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office on Windows

If you use PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program on Windows, then here's a quick question for you. Do you know which version you are using? And if the version question seemed easy, do you know what sort of license you have for Microsoft Office? If you know the answers to both these questions, or even if you don't, this post is for you. Let us explore easy ways to identify version


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Insert Picture from Bing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although you can search for pictures on Google Images or Bing, these pictures show in web browsers, and even then you cannot use most pictures in your slides since that would be a copyright violation. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides an option to search for pictures on Bing, which makes sure that you find Creative Common pictures so that you don’t end up being on the wrong side of the law. Even


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

A line (outline) in PowerPoint contains both points and segments. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between the dots. Among points and segments, we have already explored the types of points in PowerPoint 2016. We now explore the two types of


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Shapes gallery in PowerPoint consists of various shapes, both open and closed. Closed shapes are ones that do not have a “visible” beginning or an end such as the Rectangle, Ellipse, and Triangle shapes. Open shapes have a “visible” beginning and an end. An example of an open shape is a straight point to point line. Some tools within the Shapes gallery let you create both open and closed


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Types of Points (Vertexes) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Every shape in PowerPoint is created using both points and segments. Points, also known as vertexes are pronounced areas of the shape, and segments are straight or curved lines that connect these points. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between


03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Edit Points option gives you control over how you want a shape to look, but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in a shape because there are no points available to manipulate. Conversely, there could be far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for this problem: you can add and delete vertexes from a shape. Learn how to add or delete points (


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