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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 26, 2019

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Clichés: Globe Pictures

Clichés: Globe Pictures

Globes again on your slides? And why not? A globe represents so much – just adding a picture of a globe can scream “international”! And maybe that’s the problem? Maybe that’s the cliché? Maybe it would be better to use something else as a visual rather than a globe? Now these questions have “maybe” written all over them, and you really cannot expect to get simple “yes” and “no” answers, as in “yes, you can still use a globe picture”, or “no, you cannot”. Even then, we can still discuss and find solutions for ourselves – not through direct answers, but through introspection.

Learn why globe pictures can look clichéd, and what you can do to get better alternatives.

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Clichés: Phone Operator Pictures

Clichés: Phone Operator Pictures

We already looked at how you can overcome clichéd pictures, and we thereafter specifically looked at examples of handshake and globe pictures. Yes, those two visual concepts may be the most clichéd ones, but there’s yet another clichéd picture scenario – and that’s the picture of a phone operator! The phone operator is more often female than male. She has a big smile and looks at you while she is also holding a phone in one hand. Such pictures are often used anywhere people want to represent “communication”.

Learn why another picture of a phone operator will get you to clichéd hell, and what you can do about it.

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Working with Snap to Grid

Working with Snap to Grid in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Making gridlines visible on your slides in PowerPoint 2016 is only a good idea if you use the Grid feature to attain some results. If you are serious about using Grids to position slide objects with more precision, you must first visit the options available for changing Grid settings. Once you have played around with the grid settings, you are better equipped and prepared to explore how the Snap to Grid feature can help you accurately position and move slide objects such as pictures, shapes, or anything else you can select and move on a slide!


Guides

Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Like Gridlines, Guides also allow you to position and snap your slide objects in place. For most professional slide designers, creating slides without guides would be very worrisome! When guides are enabled for the first time within PowerPoint, you can just see two guides by default. These guides are two dotted lines, one horizontal and the other vertical. They span to intersect exactly at the center of the slide.

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Recent Tab in Backstage View

Recent Tab in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

The Recent option within the Backstage View provides you with a list of recently opened presentations so that you can quickly select the one that you want to work upon. Further, the Recent option provides you with a couple of other tricks.


Open and Close Tabs in Backstage View

Open and Close Tabs in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

When you click the File menu and access Backstage view in PowerPoint, several options appear. On this page, we explore the Open option, which brings up various Places from where you can open a PowerPoint file. You will also find the Recent Folders list, that contains previously accessed folders.

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