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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Reset SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint

April 28, 2011

The fact that SmartArt allows so much customization in PowerPoint 2010 by applying new colors or styles means that your SmartArt graphic may be not quite the same as PowerPoint's default offering -- in addition, you may have resized or moved individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic, and there's no real undo for any of these options once you save and close your presentation file. If you do have the need to undo all of the customizations, you can do so by restoring the default layout and colors of the entire SmartArt graphic using the Reset option.

Learn how to reset a customized SmartArt graphic to its original state in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Import TTML Caption Files in the STAMP Add-in for PowerPoint

April 27, 2011

It's so easy to create and insert captions using the Caption Editor within the STAMP add-in for PowerPoint 2010 - but if you captions already available as TTML files, you can import those captions into PowerPoint even more easily.

Learn how you can import TTML caption files in the STAMP add-in for PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Convert SmartArt Graphic into Shapes

April 27, 2011

SmartArt is a great new feature that Microsoft added in PowerPoint -- yet many users want to convert their SmartArt graphic to bulleted text, or even to individual editable shapes that can be manipulated further. Yes, you can convert SmartArt to individual shapes, but do remember that this is a one-way process, and you lose any editability for the SmartArt graphic from that point of time. However, converting to shapes does mean that you have complete control over moving, resizing, deleting, or formatting the individual shapes.

Learn how to convert a SmartArt graphic to shapes in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text

April 26, 2011

One of the best options to create new SmartArt is by converting your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times though, you might want to do the reverse -- that is converting SmartArt into bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps to do the conversion of SmartArt to bulleted text -- do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.

Learn how to convert a SmartArt graphics to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Move Shapes Within SmartArt

April 25, 2011

SmartArt is a readymade infographic that typically places common PowerPoint shapes in relation to each other in a particular location. You can of course change those individual shapes within SmartArt, as in changing a square to a circle or anything else -- but what many users don't realize is that you can do much more. You can actually move some shapes around within the SmartArt graphic if you want -- this sort of creative freedom lets you adapt existing SmartArt layouts to your liking.

Learn how to move individual shapes comprised within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.


SlideManager New Features: Conversation with James Theall

April 22, 2011

James Theall

James Theall is CEO of Media Marketing Inc., a Boulder, Colorado-based software and service company that creates SlideManager for PowerPoint. James leveraged his degree in advertising and design with years of experience in providing competitive sales presentations to develop a software solution that automated the selection and management of presentation elements for effective custom presentations. James remains obsessed with automating the model that shifts individuals creating their own presentations (PowerPoint’s original model) to the hub-and-spoke model that moves presentation building out into the field while maintaining knowledge, story points and design standards. In this conversation, James discusses the new features in SlideManager.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2003: Remove and Disable Update 2464588

April 22, 2011

From the last few days, PowerPoint 2003 has started acted a little weird -- when I open any presentation or template, a window shows up stating that some of the text, images, or objects on slides within the presentation or the template have become corrupt. Once I click OK in this window, the presentation or the template does open -- but some of the slides show blank white placeholders instead of showing up transparently over the background -- PowerPoint also seems to behave as if these slides are corrupt.

Learn how to remove and disable the 2464588 update that shows display errors for any presentation or template that includes a background picture in PowerPoint 2003.


Learn PowerPoint 2002: Remove and Disable Update 2464617

April 21, 2011

Suddenly last week, my installation of PowerPoint 2002 (XP) started acting weird -- some presentations and templates started showing blank white placeholders instead of showing up transparently over the background -- PowerPoint also seemed to behave as if these presentations were corrupt but these same presentations worked without any display problems in newer versions of PowerPoint such as PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.

Learn how to remove and disable the 2464617 update that displays errors for any presentation or template that includes a background picture.


Brainshark's Partnership with Blackboard: Conversation with Kate Skelly

April 20, 2011

Kate Skelly

Kate Skelly is vice president for corporate and business development at Brainshark, Inc., overseeing strategic partnerships, and the addition and integration of complementary products and services. Brainshark’s cloud-based software enables users to create, share and track online and mobile video presentations, for use in eLearning, sales, marketing and corporate/HR communications. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing communications costs. In this conversation, Kate discusses Brainshark’s partnership with Blackboard, which the company is announcing today.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: TTML XML Files for the STAMP Add-in in PowerPoint

April 20, 2011

I already showed you how you can use the STAMP add-in for PowerPoint to manually add captions for videos right inside PowerPoint 2010. While manually adding captions is a great way to get easily started, professional organizations use TTML files -- these are markup files not too different in structure from the HTML web pages -- and typically they have the XML file extension.

Explore the structure of TTML XML files that can be used within the STAMP add-in for PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Resize Shapes Within a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint

April 20, 2011

PowerPoint's implementation of the SmartArt feature is so good because of the customizations you are allowed to perform. You have already learned that you can change colors of the entire SmartArt graphic, or apply cool SmartArt styles. In addition, you can format individual shapes within the SmartArt graphic -- change individual shapes or move the shapes within the SmartArt graphic. In this tutorial, you will explore how you can resize individual shapes within a SmartArt graphic.

Learn how to resize shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Change Shapes within SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint

April 19, 2011

Most of the time, SmartArt graphics work great with their default looks -- yes, you can change your SmartArt graphics to other layouts and you can also change the Theme colors or apply a SmartArt Style to make your SmartArt appear distinct and unique. What many users don't realize though is that you can change the actual shapes within a SmartArt graphic -- for instance you can change some circles in your SmartArt graphic to squares with a mere click or two!

Learn how to change shapes within a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2011: Notes Pane in PowerPoint for Mac

April 14, 2011

The Notes pane is located right below the actual slide within the PowerPoint 2011 interface. 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 slides. 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 2011 for Mac.


Public Words: Conversation with Nick Morgan

April 13, 2011

Dr. Nick Morgan

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to take on the investment community. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. In this conversation, he discusses his work and books -- and how presenters can communicate with trust and charisma.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2010: Apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint

April 13, 2011

While changing the color of a SmartArt graphic changes the color fills of individual shapes in your SmartArt, it does not add other niceties such as outlines or effects -- rather than individually add these attributes to your SmartArt, you can use the all-inclusive SmartArt Styles option. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply SmartArt Styles to selected SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn how to apply SmartArt Styles in PowerPoint 2010.


Learn PowerPoint 2011: Rulers in PowerPoint for Mac

April 13, 2011

Rulers in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac are typically located on the top and left parts of the active slide, and by default they might not be visible at all. However, it is a great idea to make them visible because not only do they provide you with a visual cue about where you are placing slide objects, they also let you use other PowerPoint features like the grid and guides more usable. In this tutorial, you will learn how to show / hide these rulers in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn about viewing and using rulers in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you. just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template, replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories, and you’re done! You'll still need a real human being to track scores and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.

Download and play your own Jeopardy-like game


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