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03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Although default colors within a SmartArt graphic may work great, you may want to explore changing colors of individual shapes contained inside the SmartArt graphic. You change colors of everything within the SmartArt graphic at one go or change colors of individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can change colors of your SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt, you might want to change the layout of the SmartArt. You can choose from various SmartArt graphics variations available within PowerPoint 2016. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to change any existing SmartArt graphic to any other layout. Follow these steps to explore more. Learn how to


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Explore Fonts: Algerian

Alan Meeks and Philip Kelly created Algerian. Initially, Algerian comprised only capital letters, but some font houses created a complete typeface that included small letters. Since Microsoft Office 4.3, Algerian has been bundled with each version of Office until Microsoft Office 2010. This abundant availability of Algerian probably resulted in its over-use. Explore Algerian, a decorative font


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Edit Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Imagine this scenario: you have created a specialized, medical presentation that's full of squiggly, red, underlined words! These squiggly underlines indicate what PowerPoint considers to be as a misspelled word! Don't blame PowerPoint, because its medical terminology is somewhat limited. We do know that almost all the words in your medical presentation are perfectly valid as far as spelling is


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

AutoCorrect Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

As you type, the PowerPoint AutoCorrect feature automatically corrects common typos and spelling errors. How does PowerPoint know that a particular word is spelled wrong? Does it refer to some resource as a reference? Also, do you find some AutoCorrect options such as the capitalization of some words unnecessary? Several researchers working in different scientific fields actually have to use


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

AutoCorrect in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The AutoCorrect feature in PowerPoint fixes hundreds of common typos and spelling errors within your PowerPoint slides, automatically as you type any text. AutoCorrect also maps specific keys to a symbol, such as replacing two en dashes with an em dash the moment you hit the Enter key. The best feature within AutoCorrect is that it works so seamlessly that you may even take it for granted.


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Creating Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Wordle

Have you seen a bunch of words with similar meanings that are arranged together to form a graphic? Such a graphic is commonly called a Word Cloud. These Word Clouds are primarily textual art and define subjects, scopes or even ideas. Such clouds may contain words that involve or influence the subject which the presenter or the user is focused on. Learn how to create word clouds for


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After inserting a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), you can easily add more shapes to your SmartArt graphics with just a click or two. You can even delete shapes from any existing SmartArt graphic. Follow these steps to learn how you can delete shapes from your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2016. Learn how to delete shapes from an existing


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Get More SmartArt Graphics

In addition to creating SmartArt, and including a bunch of some great variants out of the box, Microsoft also created a way for individuals and developers to create their own custom SmartArt Layout files. These new SmartArt Layouts with the file extension, GLOX could drop into a designated folder, and this simple action would result in additional SmartArt graphics being available. Learn how


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We explored how you can convert your normal bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic with just a click or two. However, you'll soon discover that it is neither easy nor intuitive to edit, add, or delete text within a shape inside a SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, all the text edits can be easily performed within the convenient Text Pane of the SmartArt graphic. In this tutorial, we'll help you


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

More Spelling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

While it is indeed easy to spell check your entire presentation for any misspelled words, there are other options that you need to be aware of that will help to check your slides for spelling errors. Here are some tips to help you understand how you can do better proofing of your text content in PowerPoint 2016. Explore more spelling options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Spell Check in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

For presentations that contain slides with too much text, or even little text, there are always chances of spelling mistakes showing up! However, you don't necessarily have to search for these mistakes by skimming all your slides one by one since PowerPoint lets you do a spell check of the entire presentation, and make corrections as well. However there are some caveats associated with spell


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2016

Once you insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint (or convert some bulleted text to SmartArt), you may want to add more shapes to your SmartArt graphic. Fortunately, you can make these additions and later edit them too. You can add more shapes to your existing SmartArt graphics either from within the SmartArt graphic itself or through the Text Pane. Note that adding a new shape to a SmartArt


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Setting Spell Check Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Has it ever happened that you know that a particular word is misspelled, but PowerPoint's spell check doesn't seem to think so! That may be because your word may be in all CAPS, or it may contain some numbers. In these cases, and in several other instances, PowerPoint just ignores any misspellings. Fortunately, you can turn off the options that instruct PowerPoint to ignore these misspellings.


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Explore Fonts: Agency FB

Agency FB is a well-known Art Deco font face inspired by ATC Agency Gothic, originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1932 as an uppercase font. In 1990, David Berlow of Font Bureau designed a lowercase and added a bold variant to produce Agency FB. Explore Agency FB, a familiar Art Deco style font face from Font Bureau.


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Advanced Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 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 as explained in our Backstage View: Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

General Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 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 as explained in our Backstage View: Program Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial.


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Manage and Remove Connected Services in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We already showed how you can add connected services in PowerPoint 2016. Although it may seem that you are adding these services to PowerPoint, you are essentially connecting them to all programs and platforms connected with your Microsoft account, including OneDrive, all of Office 2016, even your Windows operating system. Wherever used, these connected services help you access your settings


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Add Services in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Microsoft Office 2016 applications work well with cloud platforms such as OneDrive. Roaming capabilities enable when you log into your Microsoft account within Office applications such as PowerPoint. Once logged in, all your settings, including your recent files or templates, will be synced across all your devices, including laptops, tablets, and even smartphones. Learn how to add various


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Insert Pictures from Facebook in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint enables you to insert online pictures in more than one way, and explored these various options in our Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This is the last tutorial of this series, and you will learn how you can use the Facebook option to insert pictures which are uploaded within your Facebook account, straight into PowerPoint 2016. Learn how to insert pictures from


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Insert Picture from OneDrive in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Our next option within the Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 series of tutorials is exploring how you can insert pictures from your OneDrive account. Note that you must have some pictures already uploaded to your OneDrive folders for working with this tutorial. Luckily with OneDrive's camera upload options for all phone platforms, most of us possibly already have tons of pictures in our


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2016

One of PowerPoint’s amazing options is the feature that lets you convert your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times, though, you might want to do the reverse; that is converting SmartArt back to bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in later versions, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

Picture Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Pictures have an important role in presentation slides since they add imagination and visualization to your slides. To make pictures more impactful, you can even apply borders and effects to them, and also try some Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is one more option that works in the same way as how you convert text to SmartArt. This is the Picture Layout


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

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


03/27/2017 03:45 AM

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



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