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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Insert SmartArt

December 20, 2010

SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007and 2010 has replaced the diagram options in previous versions of PowerPoint. SmartArt also allows you to replace bullet points with info-graphic content using text-within-shapes that's more logical to view and present. In this tutorial you'll learn how to insert a SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint 2010.

Learn how to insert SmartArt within PowerPoint 2010.

Saving Themes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel 2010

December 17, 2010

Similar to PowerPoint 2007 (also Word and Excel), PowerPoint 2010 uses a variety of built-in Themes that are installed by default. In PowerPoint, you can find these in the Design tab of the Ribbon. It's a good idea to learn how you can save individual Theme files for several reasons: you may want to customize a particular Theme file, you may want to share it with others, or you may just want to backup the Theme file for future use. Whatever your reason may be, this tutorial shows you how you can save a Theme file from within PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010, or Excel 2010.

Learn how you can save a Theme from within Office 2010 applications.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Distribute Shapes

December 17, 2010

Distributing shapes is a simple concept -- it means that the space between consecutive shapes (or any other slide objects) should be the same so that they all appear evenly spaced out. If you create many PowerPoint slides, it is very important to keep all your shapes cleanly positioned and spaced. You already explored aligning shapes in a previous tutorial -- in this tutorial we'll look at how you can distribute shapes evenly in PowerPoint 2010. The Distribute option is a great way to position shapes equidistant from each other, either on a horizontal or vertical plane -- follow these steps to learn more.

Learn how you can distribute shapes evenly in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Align Shapes in PowerPoint

December 16, 2010

I am a great believer in creative freedom, and unrequired alignment of slide objects such as shapes is probably as bad a design decision as aligning nothing at all. In the end, every decision to align needs to stem from your creative thoughts -- sometimes it works, and some other times, an unaligned bunch of shapes looks perfectly natural and organic. Also remember that alignment works with more than just shapes -- and you can also combine shapes with other slide objects and align them all together. Now for those times when you place shapes on a PowerPoint slide anywhere you want, and then you need these shapes to be arranged in a straight line -- follow these steps to learn more.

Learn how you can align shapes in PowerPoint 2010.

TRIBE Presentations: Conversation with Miguel Monteiro

December 15, 2010

Miguel Monteiro

Miguel Monteiro is General Manager & Creative Director at TRIBE Presentations (Portugal). Miguel has been a graphic designer/illustrator, working in Advertising and Communication Design since 1978 and developing computer based multimedia presentations since 1988, for many high end clients. Currently, Miguel focusses on creative consultancy and project development in business multimedia presentations design, video & audio production, event and scene design, exhibitions, etc. In this conversation, Miguel talks about PowerPoint design, and niche areas that TRIBE Presentations works with.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Drawing Multiple Shapes Quickly

December 15, 2010

Sometimes you need to draw multiple shapes of the same type on a slide, maybe a hundred smiley faces on one slide, or even a hundred stars on a dark blue slide. Yes, you can do that in PowerPoint by inserting single shapes on the slide! Essentially, you select a shape from the Shapes gallery, and then draw your shape -- then revisit the Shapes gallery again to select that same shape again, and redraw another instance. Yes, that means a hundred trips to the Shapes gallery, and drawing on the slide as many times -- there has to be an easier way. Indeed there is an option to make things simpler -- and it is called the Lock Drawing Mode option.

Learn more about drawing multiple shapes quickly using the Lock Drawing Mode option.

Distinction’s 2010 Annual Presentation Impact Survey: Conversation with Jim Endicott

December 10, 2010

Jim Endicott

Jim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. Jim has been a Jesse H. Neal award-winning columnist for Presentations magazine with his contributions to the magazine's Creative Techniques column. In this conversation, Jim discusses the just-launched 2010 Annual Presentation Impact Survey being conducted by his company, Distinction Communication, Inc.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D

December 10, 2010

You learned how to duplicate shapes by dragging in an earlier tutorial, 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 Ctr+D shortcut does more than just duplicate; in fact it creates a pattern of evenly-spaced and symmetrical shapes!

Learn how to duplicate shapes using Ctrl+D in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Duplicate Shapes by Dragging

December 06, 2010

Shapes in PowerPoint are very useful in representing design or content -- but when you create a slide that has such a framework, it is common to have several shapes of the same size and other attributes on a slide. Yes, you can go ahead and insert the same shape into PowerPoint repeatedly, but that's causing you to lose so much productive time you could have used elsewhere! There are quicker alternatives for duplicating shapes that can be learned if you follow these guidelines.

Learn to duplicate shapes by dragging in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Align Text Within Shapes / Text Box

December 03, 2010

After adding text within a shape (or a text box) in PowerPoint 2010, you can do basic edits like adding, deleting or replacing existing text but if you want more control over how your text is placed within the shape or a text box, you'll need to access these options within the Format Shape dialog box.

Learn how you can align text within a shape or text box in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts

December 03, 2010

Applying a Theme in PowerPoint applies Theme Colors, Theme Fonts, Theme Effects, Theme Backdrops, and much more. However there are scenarios in which you really don't require such a complete makeover or metamorphosis. In that case, you can still apply Theme Colors and Theme Fonts and leave all other Theme attributes unchanged.

Learn how you can apply Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2010.

myBrainshark Improvements: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman

December 02, 2010

Andy Zimmerman

Andy Zimmerman is the vice president of product marketing for Brainshark, Inc., a leader in online video presentations. In this role, he oversees marketing strategy, content and partnerships for Brainshark. In this conversation, Andy discusses recent enhancements to – Brainshark’s free site for creating, sharing and tracking online video presentations.

Read the conversation here.

Applying Themes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel 2010

December 02, 2010

Applying a Theme to an existing presentation is easy -- and you'll find that plenty of themes are already contained inside Office 2010. In PowerPoint 2010, these Themes can be found in Design tab of Ribbon. Applying Themes in Word 2010 and Excel 2010 is a little different -- you access the Themes gallery from the Page Layout tab of the Ribbon.

Learn how you can apply Themes in Office 2010 applications.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Text Within Shapes

December 02, 2010

Adding text within any shape in PowerPoint is easy -- do remember though that a few shapes such as Lines and Action Buttons won't allow you to add text. To add text within most shapes in PowerPoint, follow these steps.

Learn how you can add, delete, or modify text in a shape in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Change One Shape To Another

December 01, 2010

Imagine you have worked on a shape in PowerPoint by applying effects, animation, and a fill. Later you realize that you used a wrong shape, or perhaps the client wants you to change the shape but retain all the effects, animations, and fills! You may want to delete and start over again, and that is a long drawn process -- but you don't have to do that for you can change any existing shape to another by using these steps in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn how you can change one shape to another in PowerPoint 2010.

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