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by Geetesh Bajaj, June 07, 2016

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Unified Picture Fill for Multiple Shapes in PowerPoint
Unified Picture Fill for Multiple Shapes in PowerPoint

Do you want to add a picture that fills not one but many shapes? And do you want the picture fill to span across multiple shapes? Is that doable? Yes, it is-and there are several ways to achieve these results. We will look at two approaches.

Create shape segments with a unified picture fill in PowerPoint
Timelines that are Different – 04
Timelines that are Different - 04

We have been looking at the collections of major slide vendors, and are picking timeline templates from their collections that number several hundred slides! Choosing just seven slides from such a large repertoire is not easy because so much thought and visual talent has been used to create the available options. Our fourth timeline slide is from SlideModel, a slide vendor based out of Uruguay.

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Indezine Questions 04: Conversation with TJ Walker
TJ Walker

This video came about when a few questions were sent to TJ Walker, who responded with answers via a video podcast. Here are the questions answered by TJ: Can you tell us more about stories? Moreover, are stories used in business presentations and speeches different from everyday stories? What about negative and positive stories -- is it better to start with a negative story, and then show how the situation can be made positive -- or is it best to stay positive all the time? How can emotion be used as a helpful concept in stories -- can you share some ideas?

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5 Presentation Hacks To Enhance Your Slides (Infographic): by Adam Noar
Adam Noar

Do you ever find yourself yearning for some clever PowerPoint hacks to spice up your presentations? If the answer is YES then you're in luck because today we are going to be sharing some clever presentation tips and tricks that will help get your slide design off to a great start! From knowing where to find awesome images to creating beautiful graphics, this visual guide of presentation design tips from Adam Noar has got you covered!

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Picture Slides Lab: Conversation with Xie Kai
Xie Kai

Xie Kai is the project lead of the PowerPointLabs project which is a free PowerPoint add-in containing many productivity features, including the Picture Slides Lab feature. In this interview, Xie talks about the Picture Slides Lab component of the PowerPointLabs PowerPoint add-in.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines)

Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines)

We have already showed you how to use fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016. A fill is something that is contained within the confines of the shape. Similarly, shapes have another attribute known as the "line" or the "outline". A line is the perimeter surrounding a closed shape or the line itself within an open shape -- we will explore more about lines later in this tutorial. In subsequent tutorials, we will show how you can work with shape outlines in PowerPoint 2016.

Insert Shapes

Insert Shapes

Shapes are the building blocks of whatever you create in PowerPoint -- in fact, even a text box that you add to your slide is essentially a shape with a No Fill attribute. Once you get proficient with shapes, you can do so much more -- for example, you can combine multiple shapes to create fancier shapes. However, you need to start with the very basics -- and there's so much to learn even at this foundation level. The first task you need to do is to insert a shape - fortunately, PowerPoint makes it easy to do this task.

Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D

Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D

It's easy to duplicate shapes by dragging, but while that's a nice way to duplicate five or ten shapes, it's not the best way to create ten, twenty, or more copies. We all know that you can press Ctrl+C to copy any shape in PowerPoint to the clipboard, and a resulting Ctrl+V always pastes a copy from the clipboard to the slide -- what many people don't realize is PowerPoint has this almost supernatural keyboard shortcut called Ctrl+D (yes, the D stands for duplicate), and this Ctrl+D shortcut does more than just duplicate; in fact it creates a pattern of evenly-spaced and symmetrical shapes!

Rotate Shapes

Rotate Shapes

When you insert any shape into your PowerPoint slide, more often than not you will want to make some changes to the default shape that you end up with. Mainly, you may want to resize and rotate the shape -- this is something we do a lot in our everyday life -- like rearranging our work desks, or even changing the position of our favorite chair so that we feel more comfortable. Similarly, all objects on your slide need to be arranged in a way that feels appropriate -- rotation is one way of making this change happen.

Merge Shape Commands

Merge Shape Commands

Merge Shape commands are a set of five commands that work with shapes, text and pictures. Using these commands, you can play with shapes, text, and picture -- and merge them, or subtract one object from the other. The results can be fascinating, and playing with the Merge Shape commands can be addictive.
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