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12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Manage and Load Add-ins in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

PowerPoint add-ins are awesome, small mini-programs that patch inside PowerPoint to extend abilities. While most add-ins automatically show up inside PowerPoint, some of them need to be loaded manually. And there may be times when you want to disable an add-in rather than completely uninstalling it. It's possible to view, load and manage add-ins manually within PowerPoint, as we will show you


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

View Add-ins in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Add-ins are mini-programs that add new capabilities to PowerPoint. Some of these add-ins blend so seamlessly within PowerPoint; they almost appear to be PowerPoint-native options! At other times, you may have installed a new add-in but see no indication of any new, expected abilities within the program interface. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides a listing of all installed add-ins. Learn how


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

If you want to customize your Ribbon in PowerPoint, you'll want to add some of the commands that were not placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. Or maybe you want a particular command available on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Whatever your intent may be, you cannot place any commands within the existing groups that are built within PowerPoint. You first need to add a custom group


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

The Quick Access Toolbar or QAT is the only toolbar available for customization in PowerPoint. Within the QAT, you can place your most used commands so that they are accessible to you with just a single click. We already explored how you can change the location of the QAT and other tricks in our Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Although the entire concept behind the Ribbon interface in PowerPoint 2010 was to do away with menus and toolbars, one toolbar still exists, and this entirely customizable toolbar is called the Quick Access Toolbar, or the QAT for short. Even without any customization, this toolbar contains the Save, Undo, and Redo icons, but you can use it to store many more of your often used commands.


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

The Ribbon that you see within the PowerPoint interface was designed to solve a problem. Older versions of PowerPoint that were populated with menus and toolbars ended with so many submenus and toolbars that many users did not know if a specific feature even existed in PowerPoint. Even worse, the toolbars could occupy so much screen real estate that you would be left with a much smaller area


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Advanced Program Options in PowerPoint 2010 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 in multiple ways, as explained in our Backstage View - Program Options in PowerPoint 2010


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

General Program Options in PowerPoint 2010 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 in multiple ways, as explained in our Backstage View - Program Options in PowerPoint 2010 for


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Create PowerPoint 2010 Handouts in Word 2010 for Windows

You may create the best presentation in the world, but what happens after the presentation has been delivered? Don’t you want to provide the information you presented in a document that you can distribute to attendees, or even send them a recap via email? Handouts are meant for such occasions, and PowerPoint lets you create some amazing handouts from your slides, that can also contain extra


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Package a Presentation to a CD or Folder in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Have you ended up with a presentation that has linked files, embedded media clips, and so much more? And now you have been asked to copy the entire presentation and all linked files to a CD? A CD in these days? How ancient is that? OK, never mind. Let’s rephrase that question -- have you been asked to copy all the content to a folder, a network location, or a USB drive? Fortunately, PowerPoint


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Embed Fonts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Have you ever been in a situation where your presentation looked so awesome with some amazing typography, but when you opened the same presentation on another computer, the text looked positively terrible! This behavior may happen if the font you used is not available on the other computer. The best solution to this problem is to use safe fonts that are available on most computers, or you may


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Export a Presentation to a Video Clip in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Do you know that you can export all your presentation slides into a WMV video clip using nothing other than PowerPoint 2010? This is probably the easiest way to create quick videos from your slides, and is best suited for converting photo slides to video clips. You can also use this technique to create video clips from PowerPoint that can be uploaded to YouTube or other video sharing sites.


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

You have a secret slide with useful information that you do not want to delete. But you don’t want to show it to your audience inadvertently! What do you do? The solution is easy: you just hide the slide. Hidden slides don’t show up in Slide Show view, but they are still available to edit and to possibly unhide when you are ready to show that slide to the world. Learn how to hide and unhide


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Backstage View – Program Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Many long-time users do not know that so many options within PowerPoint can change how you can work. Most of these preferences are found within the PowerPoint Options dialog box, accessed in multiple ways. Learn about PowerPoint 2010’s program options that you can access from Backstage view.


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Backstage View - Help Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

We have already explored options within Backstage View such as New, Recent, Print, etc. In this tutorial, we will explore the Help option that provides you assistance and documentation. Follow these steps to learn more about Help options within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010. Learn about the Help options within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010.


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Backstage View - Save and Send Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Among the options within Backstage View, we have already explored some such as Open, New, Recent, Print, etc. In this tutorial, we will explore the Save & Send option used to save and share the current presentation in so many ways including broadcasting, creating a video, packaging to a CD, creating handouts, saving to a SharePoint site, etc. Follow these steps to learn more about Save & Send


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Backstage View - Print Option in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Among the options within Backstage View, we have already explored some options such as Open, New, Recent etc. In this tutorial, we will explore the Print option used to print the current presentation in the form of selected slides, notes pages, handouts, etc. Follow these steps to learn more about Print options within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010. Learn about the Print option within


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Backstage View - New Option in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

When you launch PowerPoint 2010, it always opens a new blank presentation for you. Further, if you are already working on an open presentation, and want to create a new presentation at that point, you can do so using the New option within the Backstage View. Follow these steps to explore the New option within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010. Learn about the New option within the Backstage


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Backstage View – Recent Option in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

The Recent option within the Backstage View provides you with a list of recently opened presentations so that you can quickly select the one that you want to work upon. Further, the Recent option provides you with a couple of other tricks. Follow these steps to explore the Recent option within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010. Learn about the Recent option within Backstage view in


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Slide Dimensions in PowerPoint - Size Differences

Have you ever wanted to use PowerPoint as a graphic program to create posters, web-banner ads, YouTube cover art, etc.? You will then have run into some limitations, especially when you tried to export a PowerPoint slide to a picture with exact size dimensions. In this tutorial, we will explore how a small improvement that Microsoft added in PowerPoint 2013 is providing significant returns.


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Exporting PNGs and other Graphic File Formats (JPG, TIFF, WMF, EMF) in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint allows you to save your slides to many graphic file formats, which can later be used in other applications as required. One of the most popular graphic formats that you can export your slides to is PNG. This tutorial will show you how you can export slides to PNG, but using the same process, you can also export to other graphic file formats such as JPG, GIF, TIF, BMP, WMF, EMF, etc.


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Star Wars Style Credits Animation in PowerPoint 2010

The Star Wars credits style is a variant of the 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 2010 if you combine multiple animations. Learn how to create Star Wars style credits


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Change Presentation Aspect Ratio from Standard to Widescreen in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

In PowerPoint 2010, the default slide ratio is 4:3 (Standard). This can be a challenge, especially if you have been asked to create a presentation that has a 16:9 (Widescreen) ratio. Yes, you can easily change the ratio later but it is best to start creating the slide from the beginning in the slide aspect ratio that you need. Although PowerPoint 2010 lets you change the ratio later, the


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Removing Customizations from PCB Files in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint add-ins help in adding new capabilities that can polish your presentation in many ways. But when the time comes to uninstall these add-ins for whatsoever reason, you might be surprised to find their menu customizations still exist! Click those menu extensions and nothing may happen -- but these menu options are still there! In another scenario, you may have customized your PowerPoint


12/03/2016 01:41 AM

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Among PowerPoint 2010's newest and most magical abilities is the Remove Background option that 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 within the removed parts of the picture. Learn how to remove a part of your picture to


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