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10/24/2016 05:26 AM

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

Do you use PowerPoint and other Office programs on a Mac? Do you know which version you are using? And if the version question seemed easy, do you know what sort of license you are using? In this post, we will explore an easy way to identify version and license details for Microsoft Office on the Mac. Broadly speaking, new versions come with new features. For example, PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Presentation Font Embedder: Conversation with Ari Leviatan

Ari Leviatan is the co-creator of Presentation Font Embedder, a PowerPoint font embedding app for Mac. Leviatan has over 14 years of experience creating presentations, speaking, and guiding others on presenting. He gained his experience while presenting in front of executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and students, at Disney, Dell, Techstars, the University of Michigan, and others. Leviatan

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Keyboard Shortcuts: PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Here's the most comprehensive list of PowerPoint 2016 for Mac keyboard shortcuts that we know about -- how many of these do you presently use? If you discover a shortcut key not listed here, please get in touch with us through our feedback form. View the shortcuts here.

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Missing Developer Tab in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Unlike in previous versions of PowerPoint on Mac such as PowerPoint 2011, the new PowerPoint 2016 on Mac has no option to enable the Developer tab on the Ribbon. So what about all the options within that tab? And why did Microsoft take it away? Let us learn more. Learn about the missing Developer tab in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Ribbon and Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

The Ribbon made its debut in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Unlike the PowerPoint versions on Windows though, the Ribbon did not replace all the menus and toolbars that were found in PowerPoint 2008 and older Mac versions. The Ribbon is essentially a long strip that's fixed in size so that you cannot change its width or height. The Ribbon in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac includes several tabs and each tab

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Star Wars Style Credits Animation in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

The Star Wars credits style is a kind of Crawl animation. In this style, the text crawls from bottom to the top, as it also does with Crawl. Additionally, the text diminishes in size all the time until it fades into oblivion. It is a real neat effect, and it is possible to accomplish it in PowerPoint 2011 if you combine multiple animations. Learn how to create Star Wars style credits

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Interface - PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

The interface of PowerPoint 2016 for Mac is quite similar to that of PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. When launched, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac opens the Microsoft PowerPoint window, which provides several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a Theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or even a blank presentation. Explore a quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Get a Free or Cheaper Copy of Microsoft PowerPoint

We all realize that nothing is really free in today's world, yet we all look for free stuff all the time. Well, maybe we were partially wrong when we said "nothing is free", because you can get a free, or at least a cheaper copy of PowerPoint and Microsoft Office. When we say free or cheap, we do not refer to bootlegged copies -- but genuine, original software. Here are some options for you to

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

The Remove Background option is among PowerPoint's newest and most wonderful abilities. It lets you remove the background from an inserted picture -- this can be a great feature if you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through as transparent within the removed parts of the picture. Learn how to remove parts of

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Advanced Background Removal Options for Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

We already showed you how to remove the background from an inserted picture in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- this process works great for simple pictures that have fairly distinct foreground and background areas. However, if the picture is little crowded or does not have clearly demarcated areas, you need to manually select the areas to be retained or removed in the picture using some fairly

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Using the Pen Tool in Slide Show View

While presenting, annotation can play a large role in how you interact with your audience. In PowerPoint 2011, you can use the Pen tool that can change your static slide into a whiteboard upon which you can doodle and write! In this tutorial, we will learn how to use Pen tool in PowerPoint 2011 -- follow these steps to learn more. Learn how to use the Pen tool within Slide Show View in

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Working With Picture Slide Layouts

PowerPoint's, Slide Layouts are a very useful feature because they let you use a boilerplate arrangement of placeholders repeatedly, resulting in slides that are laid out consistently. And, you can also create your own custom Slide Layouts. While very few users create their own custom Slide Layouts, even fewer will create a custom Slide Layout with pictures! That's unfortunate since Picture

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Installing Office 2016 for Mac Preview

Microsoft has made available the Office 2016 for Mac Preview, which includes newest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs – anyone can install this free Preview version, which will continue to work until the official release of the product, which is estimated to be available in the second half of 2015. To learn more, follow these steps -- or even read these steps as a

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations

When you are working with one or two presentations in PowerPoint, you can easily access slides within any of them, compare the presentations and edit the content. And it is also easy to copy or move slides from one presentation to another. However, the situation may not be the same always. Let's imagine you have four presentations open -- and presently you can only see the one that is active.

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Fake Highlight Text

First of all, why would you need to highlight text? One answer could be that you want to emphasize some important words or phrases within your slide. There is no ready to use tool within PowerPoint -- on both Windows and Mac versions. At least within the Windows versions such as PowerPoint 2013, you can use Word's highlighting options as a workaround -- but this workaround does not work with

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Tips for Custom Shows

Custom Shows can add a completely different dimension to your presentations -- the same slides can be used for multiple Custom Shows and can help you decide what you want to show to any given audience. Creating and using Custom Shows is an advanced use of PowerPoint -- here are some tips that will help you get more from this amazing feature in PowerPoint 2011. Learn some tips for creating

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Viewing Sections

If your presentation has a number of Sections, you may find it little difficult to reorder your Sections by just dragging and dropping. Or you may even find it difficult to see all Sections at the same time. This happens because there may be many slides within each of these Sections. And if you want to drag a slide between the one Section to another, you may be at a loss to comprehend what you

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Comparing and Merging Presentations

Imagine this situation: you are working on a presentation with your client, or a co-worker -- then, instead of working on the same copy one after the other, you worked on two different copies. These copies contain changes done by you both. Some changes may be similar and some may be different. Now you need to compare and merge these copies into a single, cohesive file without losing anything

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Reordering Sections

Sections can be useful not only while managing your presentation slides, but also for quickly reordering large blocks of adjacent slides. All you need to do is place all the required slides within a single Section, and then move the entire Section -- and all the slides within that Section will be moved to a new position at once. Follow these steps to learn more about reordering Sections in

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Removing Sections

Creating Sections in your presentation helps you to logically categorize your presentation slides so that you can easily manage them. Just adding and naming sections is not all that you can do. You can do more such as moving slides from one section to another, or changing the order of the sections, or collapsing / expanding sections etc. Other than these activities, you can also remove a

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Setting a Recording Audio Device in Mac OS X

Many applications, including PowerPoint allow you to record your voice using a connected microphone. In PowerPoint such recorded voice-overs work very well as slide narrations. However, if your connected microphone does not work using the recording options in PowerPoint or another application, then you may have to first find if the microphone hardware was detected or not by the Mac OS X. Also

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Moving Slides Between Sections

Your presentation slides become more easy to manage when you create and rename Sections. By using Sections in your presentations, you can logically categorize your presentation slides. If you want to move a particular slide or set of few slides from one Section to another, you can easily do so in PowerPoint 2011. Learn how to move slides from one section to another in PowerPoint 2011.

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Reuse Slides Through Drag and Drop

Reusing your existing slides can be of great help since it saves so much of your time. While the menu option Insert | Slides From | Other Presentation enables you to add selected slides to the active presentation, there is another easier and more intuitive way to reuse your slides. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to reuse slides through this drag and drop process within PowerPoint 2011 for

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Adding and Renaming Sections

Presentations with a large number of slides may be a challenge for managing unless they are logically divided into Sections. Even presentations that do not have a large number of slides can benefit from Sections. However, just dividing slides into Sections will not achieve much unless you create and name these Sections in a proper manner to represent what the slides within each Section contain.

10/24/2016 05:26 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Record Slide Show

Recording slides is almost like delivering a presentation that you cannot deliver in person! Let's imagine that you cannot deliver your slides in person. What you would then want to do is to deliver your presentation in front of your computer, almost as if you had a live audience present -- all this while, your narrations are being recorded. Even the time you spend on each slide is recorded

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