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03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Roadmaps in PowerPoint

This is a promoted post. There are only two certainties in life; death and taxes - so said, Benjamin Franklin. While the rest of our lives can’t be so easily predicted, if you’re alive in the 21st century it’s almost also a certainty that you’ve had to (or will have to) use PowerPoint to present something. Indeed PowerPoint has become so ubiquitous as a medium for communicating ideas, stories,

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Edit Theme Fonts Set in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Theme Fonts comprise a pair of font choices, one each for your slide titles (Heading font) and the other for everything else on your slides (Body font). You can use existing Theme Fonts available in PowerPoint or even create them on your own. Additionally, you can opt to edit existing Theme Font pairs (sets), as we will explore in this tutorial. Learn how to edit Theme Fonts in PowerPoint

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Create Your Own Theme Fonts Set in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Theme Fonts are font choices that are part of a Theme in PowerPoint or other Microsoft Office programs. Each Theme Font set has two font choices, one for the Heading fonts and another for the Body fonts. We already explored Theme Fonts in our Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial. Now let us learn how to create a new custom Theme Fonts set. Learn how to create your own Theme

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

In PowerPoint, any Theme brings to the table several unique facets such as Theme Fonts, Theme Colors, and Theme Effects -- and also Slide Layouts, Backgrounds, etc. When you apply another Theme to your PowerPoint presentation, the changes reflect in all slides in the presentation. Yet, the change is complete, and thus the resulting slides all look consistent. In this tutorial, our focus is

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate and merge from one color to another -- they are sometimes also called fountain fills or blended fills in other programs. Other than applying gradients as shape fill, you can also apply Gradient fills to your Slide Background. However, make sure that the two or more colors that you use for your Gradient work well

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's Slide Backgrounds can be filled with a solid color, a gradient, a texture or a picture, or even one of PowerPoint's built-in patterns. We explored a generic walkthrough on changing the Slide Background in our Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This tutorial explores how you can use a solid color as the fill for your Slide Background -- solid color fills have the

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 provides twelve default Slide Background Styles, much like the previous two versions. Apart from these Styles, you can continue changing the default Slide Background to something else such as a solid color or gradient, a pattern or a texture, or, even a picture. In this tutorial, we'll explore these options that can be accessed within the Format Background Task Pane. Learn

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Slide Background Styles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2016, you may typically see a single slide with a white background. Alternatively, if you open any of your existing presentations, the background of the slides may be in a different color or fill depending upon the Theme that the presentation is based upon. You can always change this slide background to a picture, a solid color, a pattern, or

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Applying Themes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel 2016 for Windows

Essentially Themes are like a style sheet for your Office documents -- they define how your text appears, where it appears, and also the layouts of your slides. Themes also influence how charts look within Excel and PowerPoint -- and also how your tables appear in all Office programs. You can also change the Theme for an Office document, sheet, or slide and watch how this simple task can change

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Duplicate Slide Masters in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Duplicating a Slide Master is a little different than adding a new Slide Master from scratch. And it is a smarter option because you do not have to make the same changes all over again. Let's explain this with a scenario. Imagine you have formatted your existing Slide Master by applying a Background Style, adding a logo, or even adding your own Picture placeholder layout. And now you want a new

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Add Your Logo or Graphic to the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

You may have observed an omnipresent company logo in many slides -- and that raises a question: do you really need to have a company logo on all your slides? First, it takes a fair amount of space. Secondly, the audience knows which company the speaker belongs to since that information is almost always placed on the first slide. Also speakers do introduce themselves and their companies -- so do

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Create Custom Shaped Picture Placeholders in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Do you want your pictures to be contained within shapes that look like frames? Or maybe you want to use silhouette style placeholders for your pictures? Yes, this is possible! In fact, look at Figure 1, below -- these custom picture placeholders were created within PowerPoint 2016, and we used nothing that's not part of the program. Yes, this process is a little involved -- but we'll hold your

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Formatting Picture Placeholders in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you are working with multiple pictures on a slide, their position, formatting, and size may be required to be the same across successive slides. This can be achieved manually using resizing and aligning options -- although you will use an inordinate amount of time making sure that the pictures look consistent slide after slide. You can get over this problem by using a new Slide Layout with

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Which Themes are Installed within Office Versions?

Most of you know that Microsoft started including Themes rather than templates since Office 2007 – almost a hundred Themes have since been included within different versions of Office – for both Windows and Mac. But sometimes you will run into a roadblock when you cannot find a Theme you are looking for! Explore the list of pre-installed and available Themes within the Office versions

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

All slides within PowerPoint are based on one of the available Slide Layouts (we call these just layouts for the rest of this tutorial). These layouts can be chosen when you add a new slide or you can even change the layout of your existing slides -- both these options are accessible from the Home tab of the Ribbon. Click the down-arrow on the New Slide button to get a drop-down gallery. Click

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Charts and Diagrams on PoweredTemplate: Conversation with Serge Starenko

Serge Starenko is an entrepreneur with a solid background in software development and business administration. In 2004 he left his primary job and started working with like-minded professionals over the project PoweredTemplate. The idea came to him because he always had to prepare presentations for project management tools and marketing purposes. While working with these slides, he hadn't found

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Missing Themes in PowerPoint 2013

When you bring up the Themes gallery within PowerPoint 2013, do you find that several Themes are missing? Alternatively, do you find that your friends and colleagues have more Themes than you do? Whatever be the reason for your missing Themes, it is possible to get them back. Explore how to find missing Themes in PowerPoint 2013.

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Slide Layouts within Slide Master View in PowerPoint 2016

While changing the Slide Layout of any given slide(s) in PowerPoint 2016, you typically access the Home tab of the Ribbon and click the Layout button. This brings forth the Layout drop-down gallery. The number of Slide Layouts that you see within this gallery may differ depending upon the Theme of your active presentation -- but with PowerPoint's default Office Theme applied, you may see 9

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Change Background Styles in the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2016

In PowerPoint 2016, the Slide Master influences the layout and look of all slides in your presentation. Make changes to the Slide Master and those changes reflect on your presentation slides. For example, you can apply another Background Style so that all Slide Layouts and slides in your presentation use this changed slide background. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can choose from

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

The Evolution of Office Themes

Evolution is an interesting concept because it's the change that's natural, logical, and involved. And although Themes (Office Themes) did not exist in their present form before Office 2007 for Windows, they did evolve from the humble PowerPoint template. And as you get deeper into how Themes work, you'll find that PowerPoint uses these Themes in amazing ways, and shares them with Word and

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

YouTube Custom Thumbnail Templates for PowerPoint

Do you want to add cover thumbnails to your YouTube videos? Moreover, what exactly does a YouTube cover thumbnail mean? Let’s first answer the second question! A YouTube thumbnail is what you see before you play the video. More often than not, this thumbnail content is automatically sourced by YouTube from the video, but you can create a high-quality thumbnail yourself using PowerPoint!

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Slide Master View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Slide Master view is an important view within PowerPoint 2016. Why? Because, if you make any changes or edits within this view, these modifications will influence all slides within your presentation. For example, if you want to make your company logo appear on all the slides, you will have to add the logo within the Slide Master -- or if you want the font size of your slide titles to be a

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Christmas PowerPoint Kit

The Indezine Christmas Kit is a self-contained set of slides and other goodies that provides you with everything you need to create Christmas picture slides within PowerPoint. This kit contains a Christmas PowerPoint Theme in both standard and widescreen variations, a star font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some textures, and even a few sample slides to get you

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

Visual Resume Templates for PowerPoint

Do you want to create your own interesting visual resume within minutes, with or without any designing experience? What about creating this all within PowerPoint, without anything else? You need our amazing Visual Resume templates for PowerPoint. These ready to use PowerPoint templates come with placeholders for text and pictures. All templates are made available as part of a kit that you can

03/25/2017 04:36 AM

FlevyPro: Conversation with David Tang

David Tang is the founder of Flevy, the leading provider of business frameworks and analysis tools. Flevy's materials are of the same caliber as those produced by top-tier management consulting firms--most were developed by seasoned executives and consultants with 20+ years of experience. Prior to Flevy, David worked as a management consultant for 8 years. In this conversation, David discusses

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