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02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Insert Picture from Flickr in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

There are many, many options as far as inserting pictures from online sources within PowerPoint are concerned. Other than using the Bing Image Search options, you can also access Flickr. Flickr is probably the greatest online resource for pictures uploaded by photographers and enthusiasts all over the world. However, unlike with the Bing option, PowerPoint does not allow you to simply go and


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

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

If you use PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program on Windows, then here's a quick question for you. Do you know which version you are using? And if the version question seemed easy, do you know what sort of license you have for Microsoft Office? If you know the answers to both these questions, or even if you don't, this post is for you. Let us explore easy ways to identify version


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Insert Picture from Bing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although you can search for pictures on Google Images or Bing, these pictures show in web browsers, and even then you cannot use most pictures in your slides since that would be a copyright violation. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides an option to search for pictures on Bing, which makes sure that you find Creative Common pictures so that you don’t end up being on the wrong side of the law. Even


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

A line (outline) in PowerPoint contains both points and segments. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between the dots. Among points and segments, we have already explored the types of points in PowerPoint 2016. We now explore the two types of


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Shapes gallery in PowerPoint consists of various shapes, both open and closed. Closed shapes are ones that do not have a “visible” beginning or an end such as the Rectangle, Ellipse, and Triangle shapes. Open shapes have a “visible” beginning and an end. An example of an open shape is a straight point to point line. Some tools within the Shapes gallery let you create both open and closed


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Petal Shapes in PowerPoint

Do you want to create a flower diagram, or just draw a normal flower? You will soon realize that PowerPoint’s Shape Gallery offers no Petal shape or even no Leaf shape. However, PowerPoint’s amazing Merge Shapes tools allow you to create almost any shape without having actually to draw anything. And they also allow you to create convincing Petal shapes. We show you two ways to create a Petal


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Types of Points (Vertexes) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Every shape in PowerPoint is created using both points and segments. Points, also known as vertexes are pronounced areas of the shape, and segments are straight or curved lines that connect these points. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Edit Points option gives you control over how you want a shape to look, but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in a shape because there are no points available to manipulate. Conversely, there could be far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for this problem: you can add and delete vertexes from a shape. Learn how to add or delete points (


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud Generator

Word Clouds provide creative ways to explore and explain a concept or a subject using relevant terms that support a central idea. Even better, they create a visual from some words and can be used effectively in presentation scenarios, such as within your PowerPoint slides. However, creating such a Word Cloud in PowerPoint can be both a daunting and a time-consuming task! To make this process


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Edit Points for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When a shape is inserted into a PowerPoint slide, its default appearance is related to the points that it contains. Alter the points, and you can change the original shape to anything you want. PowerPoint's native Edit Points tool makes it almost a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. This is very similar to what you would do in Adobe


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Identify Font Types in Microsoft Windows 7

Some applications do identify font types by placing icons next to a particular font in a listing. Such behavior is an exception rather than a norm, and many times you may not know which font type you are choosing. And by font type, we mean the various font file formats such as OpenType, TrueType, etc. that are recognized by Microsoft Windows. Learn how to identify font types in Windows 7.


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Inserting SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016

SmartArt is a PowerPoint option that allows you to create diagrams easily. Did you know that SmartArt can function as a substitute for conventional bullet points? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to insert a SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint 2016. If you are new to SmartArt, do also take a look at the What is SmartArt and SmartArt Samples pages. Learn how to insert SmartArt graphics in


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

What is SmartArt?

SmartArt is a diagramming component first introduced within PowerPoint 2007 for Windows, and now available on most platforms where PowerPoint is available including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, etc. Among other niceties, SmartArt allows you to replace boring bullet points with info-graphic content using text within shapes. Learn more about working with SmartArt within PowerPoint so that you


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Drawing with the Scribble line tool is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line tool, but there is one vital difference. You don't need to double click to create an end point for your line with the Scribble tool. Also, once you start drawing with the Scribble tool, you can’t release the mouse button until you finish drawing. So, you can’t draw a perfect, straight line as you would do


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Identify Font Types in Microsoft Windows 8

Some applications do identify font types by placing icons next to a particular font in a listing. Such behavior is an exception rather than a norm, and many times you may not know which font type you are choosing. And by font type, we mean the various font file formats such as OpenType, TrueType, etc. that are recognized by Microsoft Windows. Learn how to identify font types in Windows 8.


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Drawing Freeform Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Freeform drawing tool lets you draw anything almost like drawing with a pencil on a piece of paper. Also, you can create straight lines; this dual capability of the Freeform tool provides you with more creative freedom. Significantly, it takes a while to master the Freeform tool. Practice alone will make your attempts perfect! Learn how to draw with the Freeform line tool in PowerPoint


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Drawing a simple straight, point to point line in PowerPoint 2016 is a piece of cake. Now, in this tutorial, we'll move on further to show you how you can draw a curved line. With curved lines, you can create both open and closed shapes. Learn how to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2016.


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Drawing Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Beyond being just a program to create slides, PowerPoint is also a great illustration program with tools and options that rival top end graphic programs. Yes, you have learned how you can use readymade shapes in PowerPoint to place rectangles, circles, and hundreds of other shapes. However, PowerPoint also has the ability to create shapes from scratch by drawing them. These drawing tools are


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Backstage View: Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Unknown to many users, there are lesser known options within PowerPoint that can change your workflow, and make you work faster. Most of these preferences are to be found within the PowerPoint Options dialog box. Learn about PowerPoint 2016’s Program Options that you can access from Backstage view.


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Duplicate Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Why would anyone want to duplicate slides? There are many reasons to do so; you may want to such as to create another slide that is similar to what you already have. You may also want to use the same slide twice, or create a slightly edited chart than what you already have on an existing slide; duplicating and editing is easier than redoing it again. Learn how to duplicate slides in


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Duarte Tutorials: Working with Grids

You all have heard about Nancy Duarte, a dear friend who is the CEO at Duarte, a presentation and storytelling company based in Sunnyvale, California. Duarte put up some amazing tutorial videos recently that talk about some key presentation design principles. In my opinion, anyone who creates or works with presentations can benefit immensely from the foundation principles explained in these


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Super Themes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Create a presentation in PowerPoint 2016, using some of the built-in Themes, and you will have more options to change the look of your presentation slides slightly. By “slightly,” we mean that you don’t have to change to another Theme altogether, and yet you can make small changes in colors or design elements that still look very similar to your existing Theme. These small changes are “variants


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

Apply 3-D Depth to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Depth, as a parameter for 3-D objects, plays a very important role. In simple terms, Depth is the distance from the highest to the lowest, and typically has a value that’s larger than zero. Even though you rotate a shape that has a Depth of zero, you won’t see any optimum results. So, you can first rotate your object, but you must add Depth soon after. Learn how to apply 3-D depth to


02/25/2017 11:41 PM

3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint's 3-D options allow you to rotate shapes or add beveled edges. And these 3-D options are surprisingly powerful. In fact, some of these options are good enough to be compared to a basic 3-D program! While you can always apply a 3-D Rotation preset effect to a shape, you can actually rotate your shape in 3-D space on your own by altering the X, Y, and Z position coordinates. Explore



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