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by Geetesh Bajaj, May 28th 2013

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Speak Concisely: by Claudyne Wilder

Claudyne Wilder Speaking concisely and to the point is a much-needed skill in business. Presenters who are brief and on target appear more knowledgeable than those who ramble from detail to detail. Many presenters believe the opposite: that the more they share, the better everyone will think they know the subject. That is just not true. The key is to accurately gauge what and how much information your audience needs to know.

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Presentation Summit 2013: Conversation with Rick Altman

Rick Altman Rick Altman is a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA. Rick has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989, and is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit conference. He has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation community. Rick has authored 15 books on presentations and graphics, including Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck. In this conversation, Rick discusses the upcoming eleventh edition of his Presentation Summit conference, to be held in September 2013 in Fort Lauderdale.

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9Slides: Conversation with Aaron Khoo

Aaron Khoo Aaron Khoo is a software industry veteran with a strong background in building and leading software teams and managing the delivery of projects, from conception to completion, for a variety of companies, including Microsoft. Prior to joining 9Slides, Aaron served in the executive capacity as President and Chief Technology Officer for several technology startups. He spent nearly 10 years with Microsoft as principal development lead on a variety of projects, including Xbox, Interactive Entertainment Business Analytics team, and Windows Gaming Experience. He holds several patents for software and gaming and a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University. In this conversation, Aaron discusses his new position at 9Slides.

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Keyboard Shortcuts: PowerPoint Web App

Keyboard Shortcuts: PowerPoint Web App Here's the most comprehensive list of PowerPoint Web App keyboard shortcuts that we know about -- many users are not aware that the in-browser PowerPoint web app supports an amazing number of keyboard shortcuts! However, these shortcuts may differ depending upon whether you are using a Windows or a Mac computer -- all the keyboard shortcuts listed on this page have been tested using the PowerPoint web app on both Internet Explorer on Windows, and Safari on Mac.

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Eyedropper Option
Although PowerPoint lets you choose almost any color you want, it is often difficult to choose the same color as a picture on the slide! You may want to match the colors of shapes or text on your slides to a picture, or even some other object (maybe a logo or even the slide background) of your PowerPoint presentation to give your slides a cohesive look. PowerPoint 2013's new Eyedropper option enables you to pick an exact color from anywhere, sometimes even from somewhere outside PowerPoint! Even better, when you are picking up the color from a source, you get to see the color preview as well as the RGB value of the color you are picking.

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Change Background Styles in the Slide Master
In PowerPoint, the Slide Master influences the layout and look of all slides in your presentation. One of the changes you can make to your Slide Master is applying the Background Style used so that all slide layouts and actual slides in your presentation use a different slide background. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can choose from any of the 12 available Background Styles to apply to the Slide Master.

Slide Layouts within Slide Master View
While exploring how you can change the Slide Layout of any given slide(s), we have seen that when you access the Home tab of the Ribbon and click the Layout button, the Layout drop-down gallery opens. The number of Slide Layouts that you see in this gallery may differ depending upon the Theme of your active presentation -- but with PowerPoint's default Office Theme applied, you will see 11 layouts in PowerPoint 2011. So, where do these Slide Layouts come from? What influences how they look, or how the placeholders within them are laid out?
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