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by Geetesh Bajaj, June 14, 2016

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Using Dynamic PICTURES in PowerPoint
Using Dynamic PICTURES in PowerPoint

Do you have to stop a running Slide Show to update your pictures? You no longer have to do so because you can now use PowerPoint as a live image frame. PresentationPoint has added a new PowerPoint add-on to its Dynamic Elements Suite; Dynamic Pictures. Just use a normal picture placeholder/box and insert it on your slide. Normally you can display only one picture in a picture placeholder/box, but by using Dynamic Pictures, you can display multiple pictures in the same picture placeholder/box.

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Using Pictures in PowerPoint: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein
Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books. She also holds webinars on presenting skills on a regular basis. In this interview, Ellen shares her thoughts about using pictures in PowerPoint.

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Pickit Plug-in for PowerPoint: Conversation with Henrik Bergqvist
Henrik Bergqvist

Henrik Bergqvist has been a part of several start-ups and is one of the founders of Pickit, an aggregated image bank and Microsoft Office partner. Henrik has been practicing his entrepreneurial skills since the beginning of 2000. He has a history of mixing the creative and rational sides when it comes to education and work. Henrik has worked with business development within several markets and countries around the world such as Russia, India, Japan, USA, Turkey etc. He is also the author of the book, Ten Truths about Business Development, published in 2011. In this interview, Henrik talks about the Pickit Plug-in for PowerPoint.

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Presenters Network: Conversation with David Grupper
Presenters Network: Conversation with David Grupper

David Grupper is the creative director for Point Made Animation, a studio specializing in explainer video and advanced PowerPoint animation. As a communications professional with extensive experience in highly collaborative, in-house environments as well as independent creative consulting, his print and digital work reflects, represents, and strengthens institutional identity and conveys strategic messaging. David is a careful listener, uniquely able to clarify complex issues and reconcile diverse interests, resulting in unique and innovative solutions. In this interview, David talks about Presenters Network, an event being held in New York for presenters.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape Combine Command

Shape Combine Command

There are so many shapes available within PowerPoint 2016 -- and that's good because that means so many more possibilities to create your own unique shapes by using any of the Merge Shapes commands. One of the amazing options within Merge Shapes is Combine -- this retains areas where the shapes do not overlap while removing overlapping areas -- think of Combine as an amazing cutout option!

Shape Union Command

Shape Union Command

Union is part of the Merge Shapes commands in PowerPoint 2016 -- this lets you unite two or more shapes with each other. The benefit of the Shape Union option is that you can quickly create complex shapes that may not have been easy to accomplish otherwise within PowerPoint.

Shape Fragment Command

Shape Fragment Command

PowerPoint 2016 provides five options within the Merge Shape gallery. While four of the five options either remove or retain something, the fifth option known as Fragment finds common ground by keeping everything. Yes, it discards nothing at all. In fact, it "fragments" each possible division caused by overlapping shapes and turns them into many small shapes.

Shape Intersect Command

Shape Intersect Command

PowerPoint 2016 lets you take a bunch of selected shapes and then apply one of the five Merge Shapes options to end up with some amazing results. However, the Intersect option that we are exploring within this tutorial works a little differently than the Combine, Fragment, Subtract, or Union options that we explore in other tutorials. With Intersect, the result is a single shape that is a remnant of the areas where all selected shapes intersected (overlapped).

Shape Subtract Command

Shape Subtract Command

PowerPoint 2016 lets you change the appearance of merged shapes -- don't get fooled by how easy-to-use this is because the results you can end up with can be seriously impressive. In all, there are five options that let you merge shapes, and we have already explored 4 of them. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can use the Subtract option to subtract one shape (or even multiple shapes), from the first selected shape.
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