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Creating New Slides: Three Ways

September 16, 2010

reating New Slides: Three Ways

Typically, there are three ways in which slides can be added to your PowerPoint presentation -- and for any given presentation you can use either one of these ways, or all three! If you see the figure shown, you'll notice that I have represented these three ways by using overlapping circles -- that means you don't have to use just one way. You can combine whatever approach works best for you.

Learn more about creating new slides.

PowerPoint is not Word or Excel

September 14, 2010

PowerPoint is not Word or Excel

Many bad presentations are a result of not using PowerPoint as a slide creation tool at all. Does that sound like a cryptic statement? Then let me unravel it for you: many Office users think of PowerPoint as an extension to Word and Excel, the other programs that Microsoft bundled in the Office box.

It gets worse. Not only do some users believe that PowerPoint is like Word or Excel, they even use it that way. Imagine approaching PowerPoint with a Word or Excel approach? Since Microsoft has kept the interface in all these three programs so similar, Word and Excel users are comfortable with PowerPoint from the minute they start using it. In fact, some of them don't even notice that they are not using Word or Excel!

Read more about how not to use PowerPoint like Word or Excel.

Office 2011 is RTMed

September 14, 2010

Microsoft's MacBU (Mac Business Unit) has RTMed (Release to Manufacturing) the new Office 2011 for Mac suite of applications. They put up two very cool videos on YouTube that are embedded here. The first video looks at the new features and highlights in Office 2011. This second video is a fun clip -- don't take this too seriously :)

Look at Office for Mac 2011 videos here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Slide Area

September 14, 2010

The Slide area in PowerPoint includes the actual slide, the slide workspace (blank area surrounding the slide), and the scrollbars that let you navigate to other slides. Learn about the slide area in PowerPoint 2010, and what you can do to make your slide editing easier and more productive.

Explore the PowerPoint 2010 Slide area here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Notes Pane

September 10, 2010

The Notes pane is the highlighted area that you can see in Figure 1 -- right below the actual slide. This area provides space to add speaker's notes that can be so helpful to the presenter while presenting -- the Notes pane can be also used to write any sort of information about the presentation or individual slide. When there are no notes added for a particular slide, the Notes Pane just displays the "Click to add notes" boilerplate text.

Learn about the Notes pane in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes

September 10, 2010

I have already covered the concept of differences between text placeholders and text boxes using PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2007 earlier, and now we will explore the same within PowerPoint 2010. Let us start with these thoughts: Aren't text boxes and text placeholders the same? Are they really different? And why should I bother even if they are different? All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the most important foundations in learning to create more structured presentations in PowerPoint.

Learn about text placeholders vs. text boxes in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: PowerPoint 2010 Views

September 10, 2010

In PowerPoint 2010, many of the views remain unchanged from PowerPoint 2007 -- or are very slightly changed. In this article, we will explore all these view options. PowerPoint 2010 continues to provide the seven different views available in PowerPoint 2007, and adds a new Reading view to make a total of eight views. The Outline view from PowerPoint 2003 and earlier is still not accessible through a menu option or button, but we'll explore that later in this article. For the rest of the views, you can switch between all of them with a single click or a keyboard shortcut.

Learn about PowerPoint views here.

OfficeOne Shortcut Manager 4: The Indezine Review

September 09, 2010

Microsoft Office applications allow plenty of customization for toolbars and menus -- and finally in Office 2010, you can even customize the Ribbon tabs. However as far as customization of keyboard shortcuts is concerned, these options are limited (or non-existent) in comparison. Our review product addresses that glaring omission and plugs seamlessly right into PowerPoint -- it works on all Windows versions of PowerPoint right from versions 2000 to 2010.

Read the Indezine review of OfficeOne Shortcut Manager 4.

miniFreeze: Conversation with Greg Passmore

September 09, 2010

Greg Passmore

Greg Passmore is a former professional musician who toured North and Latin America before transferring skills acquired in the studio and on stage to the corporate audiovisual market. After years of improvising and adapting on the job, he established Kryoco, Inc., to manufacture low cost solutions to high end problems. In this conversation, Greg talks about his new device called the miniFreeze and how it allows you to do some amazing stuff while presenting.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Slides and Outline Pane

September 08, 2010

Continuing with the changes in PowerPoint 2007, the new Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 interface sports Ribbon and Tabs. However, the Slides/Outline pane continues to be relatively similar in its look and feel from older PowerPoint versions. The Slides/Outline pane is normally placed on the left side of the interface and contains two tabs -- the Slides tab and the Outline tab.

Read more about the Slides and Outline pane in PowerPoint 2010.

Indezine News

September 07, 2010

Just released the latest issue of the Indezine newsletter -- there are tons of articles, tutorials, and interviews available -- and information on new PowerPoint templates too.

Read Indezine News here.

Brainshark for YouTube: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman

September 07, 2010

Andy Zimmerman

Andy Zimmerman, is the vice president and general manager for myBrainshark – Brainshark's free site for creating, sharing and tracking multimedia presentations. He oversees myBrainshark strategy, marketing, partnerships and sales. In this conversation, Andy discusses "Brainshark for YouTube", a new capability announced today that lets users and Brainshark enterprise customers turn PowerPoint decks into YouTube videos.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Status Bar

September 07, 2010

The Status Bar is a thin strip located at the bottom of the PowerPoint 2010 interface. This area provides information about the active slide and applied Theme -- and also provides View options. If you have no presentation open in PowerPoint, the entire Status Bar area is grayed out.

Learn more about the Status Bar in PowerPoint 2010.

Did Your Laptop or Projector Die: Thoughts by Danny Rocks

September 06, 2010

Danny Rocks

Danny Rocks is a speaker, a trainer and an author. He has published five DVDs designed to help users get the most out of Microsoft Office programs. Also, Danny has posted over 200 video lessons on his website. This started as a thread on how to cope up with a dead laptop or projector in front of your audience, and what you should do to be prepared -- here are Danny's thoughts.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Encrypt with Password

September 06, 2010

If you share your PowerPoint presentations with other people, you may want to protect or lock your content so that the slides may only be viewed, and not edited. Or perhaps you want to provide editing control only with a password. PowerPoint 2010 provides an Encrypt with Password option to protect your presentation. However let us ponder about why anyone would need to password protect their PowerPoint presentations? There are many reasons, and here are two of them.

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Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

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