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10/27/2016 03:39 PM

Exporting PNGs and other Graphic File Formats (JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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, TIFF, BMP etc. Follow

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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.

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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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

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.

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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

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Rehearse Slide Timings

After creating your presentation slides, you may be satisfied with the outcome. And now it's time to practice your presentation delivery. You need to practice your slide timings, your pace, and most importantly, you need to be comfortable with your slides. And what better to help you than PowerPoint's powerful Rehearse feature that we will explore within this tutorial. Explore the Rehearse

10/27/2016 03:39 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Getting Started with Sections

No matter if your presentation has many slides or just a few, you will always want them to be easily manageable. This leads to the need to organize them logically in Sections. Sections in PowerPoint is a feature that lets you organize slides into segments or divisions for easier management. The Section option within PowerPoint 2011 enables you to divide your presentation slides into logical

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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes

You may know how easy it is to flip or rotate a picture on your slide. But do this same flipping when you use a Picture fill within a shape -- and do you notice that only the shape flips, and not the picture within? But what if you wanted to just flip, or even rotate the picture within the shape, without changing the actual shape? How do you do that? Learn how to flip and rotate picture

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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

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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Gradient Stops

After adding gradient fills to shapes you may want to make some changes to the gradient fill. Or, you may want to change the colors comprising your gradient outlines. To do so, you must be familiar with gradient stops. A gradient stop is the point where a new color is introduced within the gradient blend. Unlike PowerPoint versions on Windows, PowerPoint 2011 for Mac does not really use the

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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Sound Across Specific Slides

After adding an audio/sound track to your PowerPoint presentation, you can let the inserted audio span across all your slides in your presentation by selecting the Play across slides option. This is done when you need the same music playing through all your slides. But what if you want the music to play only across some successive slides? What if you want the music to play from slide 1 to 12,

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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Compress Pictures

Although using pictures enhances the look of your presentation, it can also phenomenally increase the size of your presentation file. By default, PowerPoint simply copies your inserted pictures into your presentation leaving the size and format largely unchanged. The Compress feature for pictures offers an image compression utility that reduces the size of all inserted pictures in the

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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Reset Pictures

Any manipulations you make to inserted pictures in PowerPoint are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is still there within your PowerPoint file. Essentially that's good because if you make many changes to a picture and then regret experimenting, you can just reset your picture rather than deleting and inserting it again!

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