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PowerPoint 2013

This page contains a listing of all the content we have created for PowerPoint 2013 – you will find detailed pages on each new feature introduced in this version – and also tutorials on all other features.


OS: Windows 7 and 8

PowerPoint 2013 New Features

Here's a listing of new features in PowerPoint 2013 (scroll down to see an online presentation) -- if there's a link available, click it to get a more detailed explanation of the feature:

1. PowerPoint 2013 Interface

PowerPoint 2013 New Features
A walkthough of the PowerPoint 2013 interface reveals some new features as well as some features that remain unchanged since the last version. Don't like the new orange interface? Easy -- you can change it back to grey! You also get tattooed interfaces -- learn more in Office Backgrounds.

2. Presentation Gallery

PowerPoint 2013 New Features
Similar to the Presentation Gallery found in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, the latest Windows version of PowerPoint lets you choose a look and customize it even before you create your first slide.

4. Super Themes with Variations

Super Themes with Variations
Most Themes included within PowerPoint 2013 are now essentially " Super Themes " -- these are Themes that have nested Themes built inside them -- you can peek into these nested Themes if you are comfortable with looking at the code .

5. Enhanced Presenter View

Enhanced Presenter View
PowerPoint 2013's Presenter View is one of its most revamped features -- PowerPoint automatically detects if you have two displays and turns on Presenter view.

6. Add Services

Add Services
You can link your Microsoft accounts to various services (third party sites) to get pictures, videos, or documents within PowerPoint. Services available now include Flickr (access pictures), YouTube (online video clips), Facebook (social integration), etc. You can also explore and remove services thereafter.

7. Account Management

Account Manangement in PowerPoint 2013

Many options within PowerPoint show up or change depending upon which Account you are signed into -- these include your Recent Files list, your connected services, and even the interface color for your program. Accounts work a little different depending upon whether you are using Windows 8 or Windows 7.

8. Resume Reading

Resume Reading in PowerPoint 2013

Resume Reading, a new feature in PowerPoint 2013, makes PowerPoint to remember the slide number you worked on last and enables you to resume your work from that particular slide. You will be prompted with a callout that appears on the right edge of your presentation.

9. New Guide Options

New Guide Options in PowerPoint 2013

There are new Guide Options – you can now change the color of Guides, and also Guides are now hierarchial -- you can add Guides in Slide Masters, Slide Layouts, and Slides -- they all work independent of each other.

10. Eyedropper Option

Eyedropper Option

PowerPoint 2013's new Eyedropper option enables you to pick an exact color from anywhere and apply the color as a fill our outline to your shapes and text. You also get advanced options for the Eyedropper tool that let you pick an exact color from somewhere outside PowerPoint.

11. Format Task Panes

New Format Task Panes in PowerPoint 2013

You no longer see the large dialog boxes that sometimes completely covered the slide area. Instead you get these docked Format Task Panes.

12. Smarter Guides

Smarter Guides  in PowerPoint 2013

Now in PowerPoint 2013, they Smart Guides are a whole lot smarter and even let you see how much further you need to drag so that one object on the slide is as wide as another.

14. Merge Shapes

Merge Shapes

The Combine Shapes feature is now called Merge Shapes. There's a new Fragment option now in addition to the Union, Combine, Intersect, and Subtract. Also these commands now work with shapes, text, and pictures.

  1. Share Documents To View & Edit In The Browser
  2. New Page Curl Transition
  3. New Chart Styles
  4. Improved Motion Paths
  5. Better Shape Tools
  6. Auto-Text Wrapping
  7. Insert Online Video, Image, and Audio
  8. Export Presentation As WMV & MPEG-4 Video

Interface & Basics


  1. Update Office 2013 to Service Pack 1
  2. Determine if SP1 is Installed

Interface - Overview

  1. Where is PowerPoint? -- Locate
  2. PowerPoint 2013 Interface
  3. Ribbon and Tabs
  4. Status Bar
  5. Notes Pane
  6. Slide Area
  7. Task Pane
  8. Mini Toolbar
  9. Slides Pane
  10. Quick Access Toolbar
  11. Live Preview

Working with QAT and Ribbon

  1. Customize Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs
  3. Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs
  4. Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs
  5. Adding Commands to Custom Groups
  6. Change Ribbon Labels from CAPs to Title Case
  7. Reset, Export, and Import Ribbon Customizations
  8. Reset, Export, and Import QAT Customizations


  1. Views in PowerPoint
  2. Slide Master View
  3. Normal View
  4. Outline View
  5. Slide Sorter View
  6. Notes Page View
  7. Reading View
  8. Handout Master View
  9. Notes Master View
  10. Slide Show View

File Types, File Menu, and Backstage View

  1. File Formats
  2. File Types that can be Opened
  3. File Menu and Backstage View

Working with Slides

  1. Inserting a New Slide
  2. Change Slide Layout
  3. Reuse Slides
  4. Reuse Slides Through Drag and Drop
  5. Rulers
  6. Gridlines
  7. Guides
  8. Smarter Guides
  9. Snap to Grid Settings
  10. Working with Snap to Grid
  11. Adding More Guides
  12. New Guide Options
  13. New Hierarchial Guide Options
  14. Working with Guides
  15. Compare Presentations Manually
  16. Reset Slide
  17. Comparing and Merging Presentations

Slide Aspect Ratio

  1. Change Presentation Aspect Ratio from Widescreen to Standard (and Vice Versa)
  2. Set Standard 4:3 Aspect Ratio as Default


  1. Getting Started with Sections
  2. Adding and Renaming Sections
  3. Moving Slides Between Sections
  4. Removing Sections
  5. Reordering Sections

Text and Outlines

  1. Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes
  2. Import Outlines
  3. Outline Pane Options

Pictures and Visuals

  1. Insert Picture
  2. Insert and/or Link Pictures
  3. Insert Online Pictures
  4. Insert Picture from the Office ClipArt Collection
  5. Insert Pictures from Bing
  6. Insert Picture from Flickr
  7. Inserting Screenshots
  8. Recolor Picture Backgrounds
  9. Adjust Picture Options
  10. Picture Corrections
  11. Changing Color of Pictures
  12. Artistic Effects for Pictures
  13. Change Picture
  14. Reset Pictures

Pictures - Compression

  1. Compress Pictures
  2. Set Document Resolution

Pictures - Cropping

  1. Crop Pictures
  2. Crop Pictures (Crop to Shape)
  3. Reposition Picture Fills with Crop

Pictures - Appearance

  1. Remove Background from Pictures
  2. Picture Borders
  3. Picture Effects
  4. Picture Styles

Pictures - Position and Order

  1. Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures
  2. Align and Distribute Pictures
  3. Group Pictures
  4. Reorder Pictures

Photo Album

  1. Create Photo Album
  2. Editing Your Photo Album
  3. Reorder, Remove, and Edit Photos
  4. Photo Album Picture Layouts
  5. Using Captions
  6. Black and White Options
  7. Frame Shapes
  8. Apply Theme to Photo Album


Basics About Shapes

  1. Types of Shapes
  2. Insert Shapes
  3. Resizing Shapes
  4. Rotate Shapes
  5. Flip Shapes

Advanced Shape Techniques

  1. Change One Shape to Another
  2. Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Squares
  3. Format Painter
  4. Change a Diagonal Line to a Horizontal / Vertical Line
  5. Finding Length of a Diagonal Line
  6. Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes

Selecting Shapes

  1. Select, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection Pane
  2. Select and Deselect Shapes

Duplicating Shapes, and Drawing Multiple Shapes

  1. Duplicate Shapes by Dragging
  2. Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D
  3. Drawing Multiple Shapes Quickly

Aligning and Distributing Shapes

  1. Align Shapes
  2. Align Shapes to Center of Slide
  3. Distribute Shapes

Group, Nudge, and Reorder Shapes

  1. Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes
  2. Nudge and Move Shapes
  3. Reorder Shapes

Circles and Squares

  1. Drawing a Perfect Circle
  2. Drawing a Perfect Square
  3. Creating Semi-Circles
  4. Creating Half Circle

Text in Shapes

  1. Text within Shapes
  2. Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes
  3. Rotate Text 180° within Shapes

Merge Shapes

  1. Merge Shapes
  2. Union Command
  3. Combine Command
  4. Fragment Command
  5. Intersect Command
  6. Subtract Command
  7. Merge Shapes with Pictures
  8. Create Jigsaw Shapes with Merge Shapes Commands


  1. Callout Shapes
  2. Attributing and Positioning Callouts
  3. Formatting Callouts
  4. Creating Diagonal Callouts

Action Buttons

  1. Action Buttons
  2. Default Behaviors for Action Buttons
  3. Hyperlinks for Action Buttons

Drawing Lines

  1. Drawing Lines
  2. Drawing Curved Lines
  3. Drawing Freeform Lines
  4. Drawing Scribble Lines

Advanced Drawing Techniques

  1. Edit Points for Shapes
  2. Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes
  3. Types of Points (Vertexes)
  4. Edit Points - Open and Close Paths
  5. Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments


  1. Smart Connectors
  2. Types of Connectors
  3. Drawing Connectors
  4. Change Connector Type
  5. Formatting Connectors
  6. Change Connector Color
  7. Detach, Re-attach, and Delete Connectors
  8. Reroute Connectors
  9. Creating Anchor Points for Connectors

Exotic Shapes

  1. Drawing Target Diagrams
  2. Drawing Parabolas
  3. Drawing Hyperbolas
  4. Creating Curved Shapes
  5. Drawing Trees
  6. Drawing Shopping Bags
  7. Cookie Cutter Shapes
  8. Drawing a CD or DVD

Fills, Lines, and Effects

Fills for Shapes

  1. Fills for Shapes
  2. Solid Fills
  3. Picture Fills
  4. Advanced Picture Fill Options
  5. Gradient Fills
  6. More Gradient Fills
  7. Gradient Stops
  8. Add Texture Fills to Shapes
  9. Tiling Options
  10. Pattern Fills
  11. Slide Background Fill
  12. No Fill
  13. Transparency for Shape Fills

Outlines (Lines) for Shapes

  1. Outlines for Shapes
  2. Weight (Thickness) in Outlines
  3. Dash Styles in Outlines
  4. Arrows (Arrowheads) in Outlines
  5. Gradient Outlines
  6. No Outline
  7. Transparency Shape Outlines

Shape Effects

  1. Shape Effects
  2. Apply Preset Effects
  3. Apply Shadow Effects
  4. Advanced Shadow Effect Options
  5. Apply Reflection Effects
  6. Advanced Reflection Options
  7. Glow Effects
  8. More Glow Colors
  9. Advanced Glow Options
  10. Soft Edges
  11. Advanced Soft Edges Options
  12. Bevel Effects
  13. 3-D Rotation Effects
  14. 3-D Rotation Options
  15. 3-D Depth
  16. 3-D Format Options

Shape Styles

  1. Shape Styles

Default Attributes

  1. Change the Default Shape Attributes

Fills for Slide Background

  1. Slide Background Styles
  2. Format Slide Background
  3. Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  4. Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  5. Picture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  6. Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  7. Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  8. Artistic Effects for Picture Backgrounds
  9. Picture Corrections and Color Options
  10. Workaround for Picture Backgrounds


  1. Touch / Mouse Mode

Other Programs

  1. Insert Excel Spreadsheet


  1. Inserting Tables
  2. Populate Tables with Content
  3. Table Styles
  4. Draw Tables
  5. Import Tables
  6. Select Table Cells, Rows, and Columns
  7. Add and Remove Table Rows/Columns
  8. Merge and Split Table Cells
  9. Shading and Effects for Tables
  10. Table Style Options
  11. Text Alignment within Table Cells
  12. Erase Table Borders
  13. Toggle Visibility of Table Borders
  14. Set Color for Table Borders
  15. Set Line Style for Table Borders
  16. Set Line Weight for Table Borders
  17. Ungroup a Table
  18. Animate Ungrouped Tables
  19. Fake Animate Tables

Charts and Graphs

  1. Inserting Charts
  2. Chart Styles
  3. Chart Elements
  4. Chart Legend
  5. Changing Chart Types
  6. Changing Fill and Border for Chart Elements
  7. Quick Layouts for Charts

Chart Area

  1. Chart Area
  2. Fill and Line Options for the Chart Area
  3. Effect Options for the Chart Area
  4. Size & Properties Options for Chart Area
  5. Text Fill & Outline Options for Chart Area
  6. Text Effects for Chart Area

Plot Area

  1. Plot Area
  2. Apply Fills
  3. Apply Solid Fills
  4. Apply Gradient Fills
  5. Apply Picture Fills
  6. Apply Texture Fills
  7. Apply Pattern Fills

Chart Gridlines

  1. Chart Gridlines
  2. More Gridline Options

Chart Data

  1. Chart Data Table
  2. Chart Data Table Options
  3. Edit Chart Data
  4. Adding and Deleting Chart Series and Categories
  5. Hiding Chart Series and Categories
  6. Change Order of Chart Data Series
  7. Switch Series and Categories
  8. Creating Charts Using Excel Data

Chart Data Labels

  1. Chart Data Labels
  2. Format Data Label Options
  3. Chart Data Callouts
  4. Change Callout Shapes
  5. Label Options

Chart Title

  1. Chart Title

Chart Axes

  1. Axis Titles
  2. Set Minimum and Maximum Values on Value Axis
  3. Tick Marks
  4. Change Major and Minor Units of Value Axis
  5. Changing Axis Labels
  6. Reposition and Hide Axis Labels
  7. Add Secondary Value Axis to Charts
  8. Crossed Axes

3D Charts

  1. Z Axis: Pros and Cons
  2. Make 3D Columns Transparent for Charts
  3. Rotate 3D Charts
  4. Format Walls and Floor of 3D Charts

Advanced Chart Techniques

  1. Adjust the Chart Gap Width
  2. Using the Invert if Negative Option
  3. Changing Color for Negative Data Series
  4. Vary Colors by Point Option
  5. Adjust the Chart Series Overlap
  6. Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts
  7. Column Charts with Background Fill
  8. Longer Axis Labels: Why Bar Charts Are Better Than Column Charts?
  9. Column or Bar Chart?

Chart Templates

  1. Saving Chart Templates
  2. Where are the Chart Templates Saved


  1. Working with RGB Colors


  1. Keyboard Shortcuts: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
  2. Keyboard Sequences in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows


  1. Font Types and Sizes

Themes, Templates, Masters, and Layouts

  1. Display Theme Name
  2. Change the Default Template or Theme
  3. Applying Themes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  4. Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts

Theme Fonts

  1. Theme Fonts

Text and Fonts

Text Basics

  1. Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes (Links to Interface and Basics section)
  2. Inserting a Text Box
  3. Insert Dummy Text
  4. Selecting Text
  5. Stop Underlining Your Descenders!


  1. Font Types and Sizes
  2. Format Font Styles
  3. Font Dialog Box

Bullets and Numbering

  1. Change Bullet Styles
  2. Customize the Bullet Size and Color
  3. Picture Bullets
  4. Use Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets
  5. Import Pictures for Bullets
  6. Create Your Own Picture Bullets
  7. Change Bulleted List to Numbered List
  8. Change the Numbered List Style
  9. Start or Restart Numbering for Lists

Indents and Markers

  1. Indent Markers (Carets) for Bulleted and Numbered Lists
  2. Tweak Bullets With First Line Indent Marker
  3. Tweak Bulleted Lists With Hanging Indent Marker
  4. Tweak Bulleted Paragraphs With Left Indent Marker

Spelling, AutoCorrect, and Reference Tools

  1. Add and Remove Proofing Dictionaries for Foreign Languages

Text Formatting

  1. Move Text Boxes on a Slide
  2. Reposition Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide
  3. Text Box Autofit Options
  4. Resize Text Boxes on a Slide
  5. Resize Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide
  6. Text Layout Options
  7. Character Spacing
  8. Copying Text Attributes With Format Painter

Text Advanced

  1. Highlight Text
  2. Copy and Remove Highlighting for Text


Video (Movie Clips) -- Basics

  1. Insert Video (Movie) Clips
  2. Manually Embed YouTube Video
  3. Support for YouTube Videos
  4. Export a Presentation to a Video Clip
  5. Insert Video Clips from the Clip Art Pane
  6. Poster Frames for Videos
  7. Video Correction Adjustments
  8. Video Recolor Options
  9. Video Styles
  10. Video Borders
  11. Video Effects
  12. Video Shape
  13. Crop Video
  14. Resize, Rotate, and Flip Videos
  15. Reset Options for Videos

Bookmarks in Video Clips

  1. Add Bookmarks to Video Clips
  2. Remove Bookmarks from Video Clips

Video (Movie Clips) -- Advanced

  1. Trim Video Clips
  2. Video Compression Options
  3. Fade Effect for Video Clips
  4. Advanced Video Options
  5. Playing Video Across Slides

Audio (Sound Clips)

  1. PowerPoint Friendly Audio Formats
  2. Insert Audio (Sound)
  3. Insert Online Audio (Sound)
  4. Sound Across Slides
  5. Sound Across Specific Slides

Bookmarks in Audio Clips

  1. Add Bookmarks for Audio Clips
  2. Remove Bookmarks from Audio Clips

Audio (Sound Clips) -- Advanced

  1. Fade Effect for Audio Clips
  2. Trim Audio Clips
  3. Advanced Audio Options
  4. Format Tab for Audio Clips

Media -- Advanced

  1. Animating Slide Objects While Media is Playing

SmartArt Graphics (Diagrams)

  1. Inserting SmartArt
  2. Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt
  3. Text Pane for SmartArt Graphics
  4. Adding New Shape(s) to Existing SmartArt Graphic
  5. Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt
  6. Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types)
  7. Change Colors for a SmartArt Graphic
  8. Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt
  9. Apply SmartArt Styles
  10. Change Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic
  11. Resize Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic
  12. Move Shapes within a SmartArt Graphic
  13. Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text
  14. Convert SmartArt Graphic into Shapes
  15. Format SmartArt Graphics Text Attributes

Organization Charts

  1. Insert an Organization Chart
  2. Adding New Shapes to Existing Organization Charts
  3. Change Layout of Organization Chart

Share and Prepare


  1. Add, Edit, or Delete Comments
  2. Commenting and Collaborating Between PowerPoint Online (Web App) and PowerPoint 2013

Exporting Slides

  1. Export a Presentation to a Video Clip
  2. Caveats in Exporting Videos

Slide Show

  1. Rehearse Slides Timings
  2. Record Slide Show

Custom Slide Show

  1. Creating Custom Slide Shows
  2. Playing Custom Shows
  3. Tips for Custom Shows

Animation and Transitions

Basics of Animation

  1. Adding an Animation
  2. Types of Animation
  3. Entrance Animations
  4. Emphasis Animations
  5. Exit Animations

Motion Path Animations

  1. Motion Path Animations
  2. Getting Started
  3. Drawing Custom Paths
  4. Reversing Motion Paths
  5. Open and Closed Motion Paths
  6. Lock and Unlock Motion Paths
  7. Edit Points
  8. Motion Path Position Previews

Animate Slide Objects

  1. Animate Ungrouped Tables
  2. Fake Animate Tables
  3. Animate Charts
  4. Animate Text
  5. Animating SmartArt

Advanced Animation Concepts

  1. Animation Events
  2. Animation Speed
  3. Removing an Animation
  4. Re-Order Animations
  5. Change Animation
  6. Show/Hide the Advanced Animation Timeline
  7. Control Animation Timings within Advanced Timeline
  8. Animation Delay
  9. Build and Sequence Animations
  10. Animation Painter
  11. Animation Sounds

Triggers and Animation Actions

  1. Trigger Animations
  2. Media Actions for Audio
  3. Media Actions for Video
  4. Add Trigger for Audio and Video Media Actions

Slide Transitions

  1. Slide Transitions
  2. Slide Transition Duration
  3. Slide Transition Timings
  4. Slide Transition Sounds
  5. Slide Transition Effect Options
  6. Dynamic Content Transitions


  1. PowerPoint 2013 for Developers: Conversation with Steve Rindsberg
  2. PowerPoint 2013 for Developers: Conversation with Jamie Garroch
  3. PowerPoint 2013: Conversation with Ric Bretschneider

Cool Stuff

  1. Puzzle Pictures
  2. Distance Cartograms - Part 1
  3. Distance Cartograms - Part 2

Download and Install

These links go to our various blog posts on this topic – all pertaining to the Customer Preview of Office 2013:

  1. Getting the Office 2013 Customer Preview Beta
  2. Before Installing Office 2013 Customer Preview
  3. Step-by-Step Install of the Office 2013 Customer Preview
  4. Office 2013 Preview: Get the MSI Download
  5. Step-by-Step Install of the Office 2013 MSI Download

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