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02/19/2017 08:33 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 (


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Edit Points for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When a shape is inserted into a PowerPoint slide, its default appearance is related to the points that it contains. Alter the points, and you can change the original shape to anything you want. PowerPoint's native Edit Points tool makes it almost a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. This is very similar to what you would do in Adobe


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Identify Font Types in Microsoft Windows 7

Some applications do identify font types by placing icons next to a particular font in a listing. Such behavior is an exception rather than a norm, and many times you may not know which font type you are choosing. And by font type, we mean the various font file formats such as OpenType, TrueType, etc. that are recognized by Microsoft Windows. Learn how to identify font types in Windows 7.


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Drawing with the Scribble line tool is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line tool, but there is one vital difference. You don't need to double click to create an end point for your line with the Scribble tool. Also, once you start drawing with the Scribble tool, you can’t release the mouse button until you finish drawing. So, you can’t draw a perfect, straight line as you would do


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Identify Font Types in Microsoft Windows 8

Some applications do identify font types by placing icons next to a particular font in a listing. Such behavior is an exception rather than a norm, and many times you may not know which font type you are choosing. And by font type, we mean the various font file formats such as OpenType, TrueType, etc. that are recognized by Microsoft Windows. Learn how to identify font types in Windows 8.


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Drawing Freeform Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Freeform drawing tool lets you draw anything almost like drawing with a pencil on a piece of paper. Also, you can create straight lines; this dual capability of the Freeform tool provides you with more creative freedom. Significantly, it takes a while to master the Freeform tool. Practice alone will make your attempts perfect! Learn how to draw with the Freeform line tool in PowerPoint


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Drawing a simple straight, point to point line in PowerPoint 2016 is a piece of cake. Now, in this tutorial, we'll move on further to show you how you can draw a curved line. With curved lines, you can create both open and closed shapes. Learn how to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2016.


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Drawing Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Beyond being just a program to create slides, PowerPoint is also a great illustration program with tools and options that rival top end graphic programs. Yes, you have learned how you can use readymade shapes in PowerPoint to place rectangles, circles, and hundreds of other shapes. However, PowerPoint also has the ability to create shapes from scratch by drawing them. These drawing tools are


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Backstage View: Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Unknown to many users, there are lesser known options within PowerPoint that can change your workflow, and make you work faster. Most of these preferences are to be found within the PowerPoint Options dialog box. Learn about PowerPoint 2016’s Program Options that you can access from Backstage view.


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Duplicate Slides in PowerPoint 2016 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


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Super Themes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Create a presentation in PowerPoint 2016, using some of the built-in Themes, and you will have more options to change the look of your presentation slides slightly. By “slightly,” we mean that you don’t have to change to another Theme altogether, and yet you can make small changes in colors or design elements that still look very similar to your existing Theme. These small changes are “variants


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Apply 3-D Depth to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Depth, as a parameter for 3-D objects, plays a very important role. In simple terms, Depth is the distance from the highest to the lowest, and typically has a value that’s larger than zero. Even though you rotate a shape that has a Depth of zero, you won’t see any optimum results. So, you can first rotate your object, but you must add Depth soon after. Learn how to apply 3-D depth to


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's 3-D options allow you to rotate shapes or add beveled edges. And these 3-D options are surprisingly powerful. In fact, some of these options are good enough to be compared to a basic 3-D program! While you can always apply a 3-D Rotation preset effect to a shape, you can actually rotate your shape in 3-D space on your own by altering the X, Y, and Z position coordinates. Explore


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Among all the Shape Effects in PowerPoint, the 3-D ones stand apart. For any of the 3-D effects to work, you must understand two important 3-D parameters. These two parameters are 3-D Rotation and 3-D Depth. Although you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus you must first rotate your object and then add Depth. Learn how to


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Duplicate Slides in PowerPoint 2013 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


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

3-D Format Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

3-D Options in PowerPoint enable you to format the bevel style of a shape with many more options than those available in the conventional Bevel gallery. And when we say more, we actually mean a whole lot more! You can customize 3-D options such as contour, contour color, depth, depth color, materials, and lighting, almost like a full blown 3-D program. Explore 3-D Format options available


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Apply Bevel Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

By default, PowerPoint shapes that you insert on your slide are flat and two-dimensional. And this indeed works well most of the time. Yet, there are situations that may benefit from a 3D graphic. It is times like these that you can apply a plethora of Shape Effects that PowerPoint provides, or just use the Bevel shape effect that makes it stand apart by making your shape look embossed, like a


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Advanced Soft Edges Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Soft Edges effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. PowerPoint does provide you with some ready-to-use pre-set Soft Edges, but you may want to edit the applied Soft Edges effect to be less or more pronounced. Whatever your reasons for customization, you can certainly edit the properties for the Soft Edges effect in PowerPoint 2016. For instance, you can change the soft


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

Apply Soft Edges to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Among the various Shape Effects available in PowerPoint, probably the most subtle one is the Soft Edges effect. This effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. Soft Edges work best with larger shapes, especially if you use some of the larger Soft Edge variations available. PowerPoint provides some ready-to-use Soft Edge presets. Learn how to apply Soft Edge effects to


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

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.


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

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


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

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


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

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


02/19/2017 08:33 AM

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.


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