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12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Import Outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land and concentrate on the structure of your slides rather than their appearance. Once you have the outline created, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows

An outline encompasses the text content within your presentation slides. In some ways, this text is the story of your presentation. In a less poetic description, you may just describe the outline as the sequential structure of text content that you use in a presentation. Whatever description you prefer, the outline does form an ideal starting point for a bunch of slides! PowerPoint can import


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Gradient Outlines in PowerPoint 2016

PowerPoint 2016 provides plenty of options to format Shape Outlines -- this tutorial explores an attribute that's rarely associated with shape outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to lines that are thicker in weight. This attribute, Gradient Outlines is not accessible from the Shape Outline gallery in the Ribbon but directly from the Format Shape Task


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Formatting Arrows (Arrowheads) in PowerPoint 2016

PowerPoint provides two types of shapes: open and close shapes. Shapes, such as rectangles, circles, etc. are closed shapes. Regular line shapes, such as straight lines, curves, scribbles, etc. are open shapes. Arrowheads can be added only to open shapes. That's because an arrow needs a pronounced, visible beginning and end. Learn how to format arrowheads for lines in PowerPoint 2016.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Formatting Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows -- Dash

We have already explored how to format shape outlines and change their weight. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply a Dash style to shape outline. A dashed line can have plenty of variations: from a line with fewer dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes. Learn how to apply the Dash attribute to shape outlines in PowerPoint 2016.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We have already showed you how to use fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016. A fill is something that is contained within the confines of the shape. Similarly, shapes have another attribute known as the "line" or the "outline". A line is the perimeter surrounding a closed shape or the line itself within an open shape -- we will explore more about lines later in this tutorial. In subsequent


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

No Shape Outline in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, you can see that it is filled with a solid color and has an outline by default (this may differ depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). You can remove the fill of the shape as well as the outline. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to remove an outline from a shape so that it only includes a fill without any outline. Whatever


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Outline Pane Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Outline view in PowerPoint 2016 essentially brings up the Outline pane on the left side of PowerPoint 2016 interface -- note that this now replaces the Slides Pane that shows up in Normal view. Also, any changes you want to make to your outline can be made through right-click options -- and we'll show you how you can do so. Explore Outline pane options in PowerPoint 2016.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Outline View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Outline view in PowerPoint 2016 provides access to your presentation's text outline through the Slides / Outline pane on the left side of the PowerPoint interface. The Outline view displays all the text contained within the title and text placeholders of your slides and is one of the ten views in PowerPoint 2016. Learn about the Outline View within PowerPoint 2016.


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

What is the Outline?

An outline within a PowerPoint presentation is all the text content of the presentation that's inserted within any of the text placeholders. Although visuals, multimedia, and other slide objects can play an important role within a presentation, a proper outline is still the main skeleton on which the body of a presentation can be sustained. Without a cohesive outline, everything else is akin


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Transparency for Shape Outlines

In PowerPoint you can set various attributes for shapes -- adjusting Transparency for Shape Fills is one of such tasks. Similar to the shape fills, shape outlines such as solid lines and gradient lines also have transparency attribute. This attribute lets you reduce the opacity of the outline (also known as the border or line), so that the slide object or background behind shows through


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Transparency for Shape Outlines

In PowerPoint 2010, Shape Outlines such as solid colors and gradients have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a fill so that the slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Changing this transparency is useful when you want to show a line that represents something


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Transparency for Shape Outlines

Shape Outlines such as solid colors and gradients have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a line so that the slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Changing this transparency is useful when you want to show a line that represents something different than a line


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Advanced Eyedropper Options

We have already explored the new Eyedropper tool in PowerPoint 2013 that lets you sample colors from any object within your PowerPoint slide and use that same color as a fill or outline for a shape. You can follow the same principle to modify text fills and outlines. The technique is little different if you want to pick an exact color from somewhere outside PowerPoint. Learn about advanced


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Eyedropper Option

Although PowerPoint lets you choose almost any color you want, it is often difficult to choose the same color as a picture on the slide! You may want to match the colors of shapes or text on your slides to a picture, or even some other object (maybe a logo or even the slide background) of your PowerPoint presentation to give your slides a cohesive look. PowerPoint 2013's new Eyedropper option


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

The Outline Trap - Britannica and Brainstorming: by Jerry Weissman

One of the early lessons we all learn in school is how to make an outline; how to create that waterfall of Roman numerals, capital letters, Arabic numerals, and lower case letters that cascade down to the bottom of the page, if not dozens of pages of interminable term papers. Thus we are forever programmed to arrange our ideas in a hierarchical order—in sharp contrast to what our brains do


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Create Dashed Line Borders in PowerPoint

Have you seen a running stitch effect around an object -- especially an embroidered one? It's possible to create all sorts of such fancy effects, right inside PowerPoint -- without using any other program. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create this effect step-by-step -- and this should work in almost any version of PowerPoint released in the last 10 years. Explore creating a


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2011: Import Outlines in PowerPoint

Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land -- once you have the outlines done, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how to import outlines in


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Outline Pane Options

The Slides/Outline pane in PowerPoint 2010 looks and works almost the same as it did in previous versions. Unfortunately Microsoft took away the Outlining toolbar in PowerPoint 2007 and provided no replacement commands in any Ribbon tab -- this state of affairs continues in PowerPoint 2010. Yes, this does mean that most of the outline tasks now have to be accessed through right-click options --


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2008 for Mac: Import Outlines in PowerPoint

Many procedures for PowerPoint work the same way whether you are using the program on a Mac or Windows. Importing outlines created in various external applications also works the same way -- it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac.Learn importing presentation outlines in PowerPoint 2008 on


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Import Outlines in PowerPoint

Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land -- once you have the outlines done, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how to import outlines in


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Import Outlines in PowerPoint

Outlines are typically text files that you can create in applications such as Notepad, or even Microsoft Word. Creating an outline and then importing it in the form of slides into PowerPoint is a great way to create a new presentation from scratch. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2003: Import Outlines in PowerPoint

Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land -- once you have the outlines done, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how to import outlines in


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Creating New Slides: Three Ways

Typically, there are three ways in which slides can be added to your PowerPoint presentation -- and for any given presentation you can use either one of these ways, or all three! If you see the figure shown, you'll notice that I have represented these three ways by using overlapping circles -- that means you don't have to use just one way. You can combine whatever approach works best for


12/07/2016 12:35 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes

I already covered this concept using PowerPoint 2003, and now will be exploring the relationship between text boxes and text placeholders in PowerPoint 2007. But maybe someone just said stop, and asked me these questions: Aren't text boxes and text placeholders the same? Are they really different? And why should I bother even if they are different?All these are valid questions, and the answers to


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