by Geetesh Bajaj, April 20th 2010
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Learn PowerPoint 2003 Charting
Changing Fonts and Other Text Options of Charts: You can create the most amazing charts without any text since the main purpose of any chart is to show a trend. Having said that, text plays a very important role in charting -- and although I do recommend you keep text at a minimum, you'll end up with some text in the form of legend, some data labels, axis titles, or elsewhere. Nothing looks as bad as text that is too small or too huge on a chart, and balance plays a key role in the aesthetics of text in a chart. Yet many people don't know how you can format text in a chart -- this tutorial will get you started. Learn more about working with text in PowerPoint charts...
Change Major Unit of Y Axis: Working with charts in PowerPoint involves a deep knowledge -- hidden beneath the surface are umpteen options that many PowerPoint users are simply not aware of. Through these series of chart tutorials, I have already taught you how you can change chart types, or change fills and outlines for chart data series. You also learned how you can play with fonts and other text options of charts -- and yet, all this is just the tip of the iceberg. One of my pet peeves is how PowerPoint adds so many major units to the Y axis by default. Learn how to resolve this issue...
Picture Fills for Chart Data Series: Have you seen charts that were not filled with solid color fills or geometric patterns, but rather with pictures? For instance, if you wanted to show how the export of grapes has increased over the years, your column chart would have all columns filled with pictures of grapes stacked one over the other? The good thing is that PowerPoint allows you to do just that within your charts -- as long as you know which options you need to change -- and that's explained in this tutorial! Learn more here...
Learn PowerPoint 2007: Font Dialog Box
Unlike in previous versions, PowerPoint 2007 includes the exact, same dialog Font box if you are formatting font in a text box, placeholder, or even in a chart -- in this tutorial, I'll show you the formatting options available in this dialog box.
Zinali slideboxx 2.0: The Indezine Review
If you create presentations, it doesn't matter if you have few or many slides -- or even if you end up with ten or more variations of the same slide over a period of time. What matters at that point of time is whether you can locate the exact slide you want or not -- and what do you do with the exact slide you found. These sort of capabilities are somewhat beyond the scope of PowerPoint's native capabilities -- so we are looking at a third party product called slideboxx (yes, the folks who create this product insist on all small letters and italics!) that claims to help you become more organized with your slides.
PRojects: Conversation with Simon Newlyn
Simon Newlyn is a PowerPoint artisan. Based in London, he works for advertising, design and public relations agencies as well as for direct clients through PRojects. His PowerPoint experience therefore brings him into contact with a wide range of styles and presentation needs and for fun... Simon has animated the London tube map! In this conversation, Simon talks about PowerPoint inspiration, and the presentation design scene in the UK and Europe.
Balesio FILEminimizer Suite 6.0: The Indezine Review
With the plethora of products that now offer to optimize Microsoft Office file formats and image types, it was probably part of an evolution to witness a product that can optimize all these file types by itself so that you don't need separate programs to compress your images and squeeze the file sizes of your huge PowerPoint presentations. So part of that evolution is the emergence of balesio's FILEminimizer Suite 6.0 product that can squeeze file sizes out of most types that you throw at it -- how does it fare?
New Templates on Ppted
PowerPoint Templates on Indezine
PowerPoint Package is an option that you can choose when you want to distribute a complete, editable presentation via CD, flash drive, or other media. It creates a folder that you can burn, copy, or move to whatever media you want. It's important to use this option when your presentation contains movies or any other linked content so that the presentation can actually play that linked content.
This tip is from my book, Office 2008 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies which I co-authored with Jim Gordon -- check the book now!
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