by Geetesh Bajaj, December 21st 2010
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Learn PowerPoint 2010
Insert Shapes in PowerPoint - Shapes can often be combined
to create more complex shapes -- for instance you can place circles
of various sizes one on top of the other to create something
that looks like a target. Similarly you can create seemingly
complicated arrangements of shapes quite easily to create something
that illustrates a concept or idea so much better than just bulleted
text. To create any such graphic content, you need to start by
inserting common shapes -- fortunately PowerPoint makes it easy
to do so. To
insert a shape in your PowerPoint 2010 slide, follow these steps.
Change Slide Layout - A typical PowerPoint presentation
comprises a bunch of slides and I like to think of these slides
as akin to a blank canvas -- you add your content to the slides
in much the same way as you use brushes to create strokes of paint to
color a canvas. However unlike canvas, PowerPoint does not like to provide
you a non-structured freedom -- and this can be good in many ways. Primarily,
PowerPoint categorizes each slide type into one of its prescribed
layouts -- examples of such layouts include the Title layout, the Title
and Content layout, the Title Only layout, the Blank layout, and several
more layouts. Learn
how you can change the slide layout in PowerPoint 2010.
Compare Presentations in PowerPoint - Since PowerPoint
2007, Microsoft removed the feature that let you compare your
presentation with another one -- that was great if you had send
your presentation to a colleague and he or she made changes you were not
aware of. You can however place both presentations side by side and compare
individual slides -- not too great a workaround, but it does allow you
to compare the slides. Learn
how you can view presentation slides, side by side in PowerPoint
Insert Video Clips from the Clip Art Pane Into PowerPoint 2010 -
The Clip Art task pane typically offers illustrations, drawings,
sounds, and pictures but it also provides a small selection of
video clips (including Animated GIFs), which can be inserted in your
presentation. To insert a video clip from the Microsoft Clip
Art collection, follow these steps. Learn
Insert Videos (Movie Clips) - PowerPoint 2010 inserts
videos in the same way as you would in previous versions -- but
by default, it embeds the videos as part of the presentation file. This
of course can balloon the file size -- and you can still link the video
or movie clip rather than embedding it by following the alternative options
explained in this tutorial. Learn
how you can insert (embed or link) videos in PowerPoint 2010.
Insert Online Videos (Movie Clips) - While PowerPoint
2010 can work with more video formats than previous versions,
you can now easily also add a video clip from an online video
site such as YouTube or even a slide sharing site like SlideShare, authorSTREAM,
or SlideBoom. The actual process is easy -- follow these steps
to get started. Learn
more about inserting YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2010.
Insert Flash as a Movie - In a previous tutorial, I
showed you how you could insert a Flash movie (a SWF file) into
your PowerPoint slide. In addition, PowerPoint 2010 provides
another way to insert Flash movies -- this is much more intuitive
and simpler, but the resulting Flash movies will play only within
PowerPoint 2010 -- older versions including PowerPoint 2007 will not support
playback of movies inserted using this process. Learn
how you can insert Flash as a movie/video clip in PowerPoint
Insert Flash Movies - In PowerPoint 2010, there are
two ways in which you can add a Flash movie to a PowerPoint slide
-- inserting it as a normal movie through the Insert tab works
as long as all recipients of your presentation use PowerPoint 2010. If
any of them use PowerPoint 2007 or 2003, you should use the procedure
explained on this page. Learn
how you can insert a Flash movie in PowerPoint 2010 using the
Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon - The Developer
tab in PowerPoint 2010 has options that let you work with VBA
content and macros -- in addition, you also use this tab of the
Ribbon to access options that allow you to insert Flash movies through
an ActiveX control in PowerPoint 2010. By default, this tab is not visible
and has to be turned on. Follow these steps to make the Developer tab
how you can enable the Developer tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint
TechSmith Snagit for Mac: The Indezine Review
TechSmith Snagit is one of the most amazing programs -- all these years, TechSmith has made successive versions of Snagit available to Windows users, and now finally Snagit comes to the Mac. A screen capture application that does much more, Snagit lets you capture almost anything on the computer screen, edits to the screenshots by scaling, adding callouts, applying effects, etc. Finally, it also provides many options to share the screenshots.
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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Import Outlines in PowerPoint - Creating outlines for
PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away
from distractions in PowerPoint-land -- once you have the outlines
done, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint.
While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint,
there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show
you how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Learn
how you can import outlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac -
Typically, there are three common ways in which you can create
slides in PowerPoint. All these three ways can be combined with
each other but it is best to start with creating an outline for your presentation
in another program. Mac users can create outlines in TextEdit
-- in addition you can use Microsoft Word as well. In this tutorial, I'll
show how you can use Word 2011 for Mac to create an outline for a PowerPoint
Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes - I have already covered
the concept of differences between text placeholders and text
boxes using PowerPoint 2008 on Mac. Now we will explore the same
within PowerPoint 2011 in Mac. Let us start with these thoughts:
Aren't text boxes and text placeholders the same? Are they really
different? And why should I bother even if they are different?
All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the
most important foundations in learning to create more structured
presentations in PowerPoint. Learn
about differences in text placeholders and text boxes in PowerPoint
2011 for Mac.
Conference: Conversation with Scott Schwertly - Scott
Schwertly calls himself a storyteller -- he owns and operates
Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique. Alongside
his talented employees, he continues to provide professional
presentation design and training for national and international clients
ranging from Fortune 100 companies like Google and Pepsi to branded
individuals like Guy Kawasaki. He is also the author of How to Be a
Presentation God. In this interview, Scott discusses Hook, a presentation
conference that he is organizing in Nashville in March 2011. Read
the conversation here.
ColorSlammer: Conversation with Steve Hards - Steve
Hards has always been interested in creating and providing additional
resources that can help you create better PowerPoint slides.
After creating Opazity, an add-in that lets you obscure a selected
object Steve has now released ColorSlammer, a new add-in that lets you
fill in intermediate shapes with color values. In this discussion, Steve
discusses ColorSlammer. Read
the conversation here
Summit, Looking Back and Beyond: Conversation with Rick Altman - Rick
Altman, a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton,
CA, USA is well known as the host of the annual Presentation
Summit and has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation
community. In this conversation, Rick discusses the just concluded Presentation
Summit held in San Diego, and the next conference in this series
to be held in Austin in September 2011. Read
the conversation here.
Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2010: Conversation with Glenna
Shaw - Glenna Shaw is an MVP (Most Valuable
Professional) for PowerPoint -- she runs the PowerPoint Magic
site that has plenty of tutorials and downloads. In this conversation,
Glenna discusses the new dynamic content transitions in PowerPoint
2010 (and PowerPoint 2011 for Mac), and how they can be effectively
used to add interest. Read
the conversation here.
Conversation with David Tyner - David Tyner is
director of sales and partner at KinetiCast Inc. His background
is in operations and sales. He has been a perennial president's
club performer and writes the KinetiCast sponsored Sales Salve blog.
In this conversation, David discusses how PowerPoint users can benefit
from KinetiCast. Read the conversation here.
Distinctionís 2010 Annual Presentation Impact Survey: Conversation with Jim Endicott
Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant,
designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation
messaging, design and delivery. In this conversation, Jim discusses
the just-launched 2010
Annual Presentation Impact Survey (make sure you participate!) being
conducted by his company, Distinction Communication, Inc.
Read the conversation here...
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