by Geetesh Bajaj, August 14th 2012
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Full Circle

Geetesh Bajaj There's so much happening in the world of PowerPoint and presenting these days -- just take a look at the announcements and stories in the last few issues of this newsletter to refresh your memory! And so much more is waiting to happen -- it almost looks like there's no time to pause and assimilate all this new information, and decide how these developments will influence your presenting patterns.
So we took a conscious decision to create a simple issue this time with no major announcements -- it's not that there's no amazing content to share since we have tons of announcements and walkthroughs lined up for you. We should know since most of our content is planned months before it is actually published! Next week, watch out for a look at PowerPoint's 25 years. And the week after next, you will hear more about how the past of presenting is influencing its future prospects. And there's more info coming up to update you about PowerPoint 2013. Have a retrospective, forward looking week -- make the most of this small pause. We are coming full circle!

Featured Stories

PowerPoint 2013 Keyboard Shortcuts for PowerPoint Views

A reader asked if there were any shortcut keys that could let her go from Normal to Slide Sorter view? The answer is both no and yes -- "no" because there's no real shortcut to do that and "yes" because there is such an easy workaround. What you need to do is quickly press the Alt+V keyboard shortcut to bring the View tab of the Ribbon in focus -- and then press the D key immediately thereafter.

You can get to other PowerPoint views in the same way!
PowerPoint 2013 Shortcut Keys Keyboard Shortcuts: PowerPoint 2013 (Consumer Preview) for Windows

Here's the most comprehensive list of PowerPoint 2013 (Consumer Preview pre-release software) keyboard shortcuts that we know about -- how many of these do you presently use? Go ahead and view the link of PowerPoint 2013 (Consumer Preview pre-release software) keyboard shortcuts -- if you discover a shortcut key not listed here, please get in touch with us!

View our compilation of PowerPoint 2013 (Consumer Preview pre-release software) keyboard shortcuts.

Conversations and Posts

Ruchit Garg Ruchit Garg is Founder & CEO of Seattle based 9SLIDES, an online platform which helps professionals capture and share experience of being there in the presentation room. Prior to founding 9SLIDES, Ruchit spent more than five years at Microsoft Corporation, where he most recently program managed XBOX Live and Windows Phone 7 integration. In this conversation, Ruchit discusses 9SLIDES.
Read the conversation here.

Gil Segal Gil Segal is the creator of ToolsToo and a senior software consultant. Gil is always on the lookout for ways to automate manual tasks in any software he uses and has been a PowerPoint power-user since the mid 90's. Gil's PowerPoint add-in ToolsToo evolved from the motivation to do PowerPoint tasks easier or faster -- and the desire to make slides look better, more aligned, more uniformly sized, spaced, formatted, etc. In this conversation, Gil talks about his ToolsToo add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint.
Read the conversation here.

Claudyne Wilder It is the day of your talk. You're ready. You stand up and reel off all the statistics on the slides you so carefully created. As you point out the numbers, you begin to feel uneasy. You don't know what's wrong, but your audience seems a bit detached. What's the problem? You're telling them the information on the slides -- what more could they want? What they want is something that is not on the slide. Because they see the information faster than you can read it, they need some extras. Otherwise, why listen to you? Remember, do not read every word and number on each slide. Highlight and discuss the key points using the PowerPoint features at your disposal (shapes, callouts, colors behind the numbers, animations). What else should you tell your audience?
Read more in this post by Claudyne Wilder.

PowerPoint Text Effects -- 06

Make titles and larger sub-titles on your slides stand out by applying these text effects to them. The presentation you will download includes 12 different text effect styles that can be applied to any text in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 or higher on Windows (and also PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or higher on Mac). Most of these text effects are subtle, yet beautiful -- and all text styles are Theme aware. When applied to your slide titles, headings, sub-headings etc., they can enhance the value of your slides. Once you have downloaded the sample presentation, all you have to do is copy text attributes of the sample text using Format Painter button, and then paste them on to your text.

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.

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