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GoSkills PowerPoint Training: Conversation with Bhavneet Chahal

Bhavneet ChahalBhavneet Chahal is Managing Director and Co-Founder of GoSkills, an online learning company that helps anyone learn business skills to reach their personal and professional goals. Her passion for accessible online learning began when she saw a need for flexible learning options for busy professionals, combined with a website that was modern, well-designed and intuitive. GoSkills provides online courses for career advancement and selects the top tutors in the world to help design and develop their courses. In this conversation, Bhavneet discusses about GoSkills' new PowerPoint Training.

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PowerPointLabs: Conversation with Damith Rajapakse

Damith C. RajapakseDamith C. Rajapakse is a faculty member at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He has a deep interest, and many years of experience, in presentation design and the craft of software building. He is the project mentor for the PowerPointLabs project and other similar efforts. In this conversation, Damith discusses the currently free PowerPointLabs add-in for PowerPoint.

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New PowerPoint 2013 Features for Courtroom Presentations

Herb RubinsteinThe new PowerPoint 2013 has some extremely good features...but. I hate to start out with a negative. However the very best new feature in PowerPoint 2013 was the ability to embed video from any of the sharing sites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. This feature alone was worth upgrading for. Because Google and Microsoft always seem to be butting heads, Google made changes to YouTube and this feature no longer works. There is much buzz that this will be resolved but for now the only video service you can embed from is through a SkyDrive account. Many of the improvements are related to alignment and organization. Below are the ones that will be of interest to the trial lawyer.

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PowerPoint 2013 Tutorials Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Puzzle Pictures
Do you want to create a jigsaw puzzle from a picture in PowerPoint 2011? This is actually much easier than it sounds -- the tutorial on this page will lead you through the entire process step-by-step. By the time you are done with this tutorial, you will create a jigsaw on your own.
Set Line Style for Table Borders
The borders for tables that you create within PowerPoint are thin lines by default. You can change the thickness of these borders -- but even before you do so, there are certain prerequisites to take care of. First of all, if you use Table Styles, then some borders may have been set to be invisible. So first of course, you need to set them to be visible since there's no sense in thickening an invisible border. Once borders are visible, you can make changes to their appearance such as changing their color, line style, or the thickness of the table borders. We will now explore how you can make table borders sport dashed or dotted lines instead of simple thin lines.

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Recolor Picture Backgrounds
One of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored background to your slides. However, people do that all the time and in the process, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. Fortunately, recoloring pictures can help.
Insert Online Pictures
It's always been possible to add pictures from an online source within PowerPoint -- for more than a decade this online source has been the pictures available online at Office.com -- in most previous versions, this was achieved through the Insert Clip Art option. Now in PowerPoint 2013, this option has been greatly enhanced -- and you are no longer restricted to content from just Office.com. Of course, this also has a new name now, it's called Online Pictures. This feature is very helpful as you are not limited to just the pictures available on your system. You get variety of other picture source to choose from. Some of the picture sources also allow you to choose from Creative Commons pictures. And all this happens within PowerPoint -- there's no need to open your web browser.
Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
Textures are the "in" thing even in a world that looks so much at the new flat design concept -- and the reason is not difficult to understand. The right texture can add interest, and make your slide content look crafted. If you cannot find the perfect texture, it's best to leave your slide background unaltered. Texture and picture fills for slide backgrounds have so much in common. Yes, the same picture can be used for both a texture or a picture fill, but the results will differ. The main difference is that while a picture background results in your slide using a single picture as a backdrop, using a texture background can result in the same picture being tiled across the slide background.

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Now Updated! Keyboard Shortcuts E-Book: PowerPoint 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003

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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?

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