by Geetesh Bajaj, August 7th 2012
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Installing Office and PowerPoint 2013

Geetesh Bajaj PowerPoint 2013 is our topic of discussion again this week -- and there's so much information to share with you that we created a separate section below on all PowerPoint 2013 related topics. At this point of time, we are helping you install the Customer Preview version of Office 2013 -- this includes PowerPoint 2013 and corresponding versions of other Office programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, etc.
The installation itself is one big new feature for this version of Office -- in fact, most users need not download an installation file since the install actually streams off Microsoft's servers in a way that you would expect a YouTube movie or something from Netflix to play! Some users love this approach and others hate it -- whichever camp you are in, you'll be happy to know that you can still download an installation file from Microsoft and run the setup locally. Microsoft did make this information difficult to find, but we found it for you. Even better, we have all the steps outlined for you with actual screen-shots that show you how the installation will happen.

PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 If you are new to this entire PowerPoint 2013 talk, first go and read our Getting the Office 2013 Customer Preview Beta post. Unless you are a MSDN or Technet subscriber, you then have two options to install the Office 2013 Customer Preview -- and we discuss both these options in the next paragraph. Even before you install, explore what housekeeping you need to do, consider if you want to use a Virtual Machine, or at least see if you have all the prerequisites in place. Our Before Installing Office 2013 Customer Preview article will help you make the right decisions.
If you want to do the CTR (Click To Run) install of Office 2013, spare at least 2 hours and explore our Step-by-Step Install of the Office 2013 Customer Preview post. Do you want to download the files rather than do a lengthy web install? First go and download the installation files -- our Office 2013 Preview: Get the MSI Download has all the info you need -- follow that up with the actual install, as explained in our Step-by-Step Install of the Office 2013 MSI Download post.
Next week onwards, we will explore the new features in PowerPoint 2013. We also created a PowerPoint 2013 subgroup within our LinkedIn group -- please do join this group!

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented? Here are the most comprehensive list of PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts that we know about -- how many of these do you presently use? If you discover a shortcut key not listed here, please get in touch with us through our feedback form.
And here are links to keyboard shortcut pages for different PowerPoint versions: 2010, 2007, and 2003. We plan on creating similar pages for Mac versions of PowerPoint and the new PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- watch this space!

US Elections 2012 - PowerPoint Badges

US Elections 2012 - PowerPoint Badges    US Elections 2012 - PowerPoint Badges
The sample presentation that you download includes eight amazing badges on US Elections 2012. To use them in your presentations, first download the sample presentation, then copy all or any of the US Elections 2012 badges and paste them into your presentation slides. Later, you can resize, rotate, or reposition them on your slides as required, just like you do with any other PowerPoint shape or picture.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Fonts

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Animations

Getting your PowerPoint tasks done quicker is just one of the benefits you will gain by using keyboard shortcuts.
Are you aware of all PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts? Want to check if your favorites have been included in this e-book, or if there are a few that can help you perform your PowerPoint tasks quicker and better? Or if you don't use keyboard shortcuts, do you want to get started?
This 56 page PDF e-book downloads quick, costs you just $1, and is a valuable resource. The PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts E-Book covers the last three Windows versions of PowerPoint: PowerPoint 2010, 2007, and 2003. And now, the e-book has already been updated for the new PowerPoint 2013 Consumer Preview.

End Note

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