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by Geetesh Bajaj, June 11th 2013

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Making PowerPoint Interactive: A Webinar

Making PowerPoint InteractiveMaking PowerPoint interactive is to make your slides do what you want, allowing yourselves to go from slide to slide almost like going from one room to another in your home -- and setting your slides in a way that allows you to work better -- again, that's akin to arranging the furniture in your home so as to make movement and work easier. Even if you step out of the comfort of your home, you can make your life more gratifying by discovering streets that are not too crowded with traffic so that you can get to your office faster, and with less stress! In the world of slides, those streets are the shortcuts you press to quickly navigate from one point in your presentation to another – and back.

Learn more about the free Making PowerPoint Interactive webinar

Handmade Slides: Pushpins for PowerPoint – 08

Pushpins for PowerPointThese PowerPoint ready pushpin graphics are fun to use – they can help you “pin” a picture, or a note, or a letter to your slide surface! When you use these ready-made pushpin graphics, you create a real world look on your slides that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been pinned! This new set of pushpin graphics in 5 colors have been added to our existing set of pushpin graphics on your slides! All pushpin graphics are contained within the PowerPoint slides that you will download. Just copy them and paste them on the edges of pictures in your presentation.

Download and use these pushpins in your slides

Visual Language Online Workshop: Conversation with Robert Lane

Robert LaneRobert Lane is a presentation design consultant specializing in visually interactive communication techniques. He has authored several books including Relational Presentation: A Visually Interactive Approach and Selling Visually with PowerPoint. In this conversation, Robert discusses his upcoming Visual Language online workshop, being held in July 2013.

Read the conversation here

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

New Format Task Panes
One of the pet peeves that many slide designers had with previous versions of PowerPoint was the large dialog boxes that sometimes completely covered the slide area. The new PowerPoint 2013 finally addresses this issue with the Format Task Panes, which offer options that enable the user to create and customize objects more intuitively.
Views in PowerPoint
All put together, PowerPoint 2013 provides you will ten different views. Eight of these views can be accessed from the View tab of the Ribbon. Then click on any of the buttons in the Presentation Views and Master Views group.
Normal View
PowerPoint 2013's Normal view displays one slide at a time in the Slide area, and is used mainly for editing and creating slides, and shows PowerPoint's typical tri-pane interface that includes the Slides pane, the Slide area, and the Notes pane. If you cannot see the Slides pane in Normal view, scroll down to read a tip that will help you restore that pane.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts
Any slide in a PowerPoint presentation is always based on one of the available Slide Layouts (we call these just Layouts for the rest of this tutorial). You can either choose a layout when you add a new slide -- or even change the layout of your existing slides. These available layouts seem to cover most types of slides -- still, you may sometimes want to create a new layout based on your individual requirements.
Add a New Slide Layout
The default Slide Layouts available in PowerPoint help you choose various placeholder arrangements for your slide content -- it's easy to create good looking slides using them. As an analogy, duplicating and editing a Slide Layout is more like using a coloring book to fill color between the lines of pre-drawn art -- but creating your Slide Layout from scratch is more like starting with a blank sheet of paper and drawing your art before you start coloring between the lines. Decide which of these approaches works best for you before starting. If you prefer the latter approach, follow these steps to create a new Slide Layout.
Insert New Placeholders within Slide Layouts
A placeholder is a boilerplate container that you can use to fill in with some sort of content. When you launch PowerPoint, you will see those distinctive boxes that invite you to add some content -- haven't you noticed the "Click to add title" suggestions? All these boxes are placeholders -- when selected, these boxes have a grey border around them. You can add your own custom placeholders to the various slide layouts in PowerPoint.
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Keyboard Shortcuts E-Book: PowerPoint 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003

keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint

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 $0 or more, 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.

Get this PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts E-Book now.

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