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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Toolbox

June 7, 2011

Other than the menus, the toolbars, and the Ribbon, PowerPoint 2011's interface contains a floating set of tabs called the Toolbox. The Toolbox has four tabs: Custom Animation, Scrapbook, Reference Tools, and Compatibility Report. Each of these tabs is filled with options that let you perform important tasks within PowerPoint.

Explore this quick walkthrough of the Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Present Your Story: Conversation with Nolan Haims

June 6, 2011

Nolan Haims

After careers in theatre and the circus, Nolan Haims moved into the world of presentation, designing presentations for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions and all the major television networks. Currently Nolan is Presentation Director for Edelman, the world's largest independent PR company. He writes about visual communication at In this interview, Nolan discusses his career move to presentation design, and what factors influence the creation of successful presentations.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Types of Connectors

June 6, 2011

In a previous tutorial, you learnt what Smart connectors are -- in this tutorial, you'll learn more about the types of connectors. In a subsequent tutorial, you will learn how you can draw these connectors in PowerPoint 2010. PowerPoint 2010 provides three types of connectors -- you can read more about them on the linked page below, and scroll down that page to see an online presentation showing their examples.

Learn about different connector types in PowerPoint 2010.

Cartoons in PowerPoint Presentations: Conversation with Mark Anderson

June 3, 2011

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson graduated with a music degree in 1997, but his first job involved selling screws! Finding a music career impractical, and the business world uninspiring, he began drawing cartoons at the living room coffee table in his spare time. It was a rough start, but Mark refined his talents and soon sold his first cartoon. Seeing himself in print, and check in hand, Anderson set about reinventing himself as a cartoonist. Mark now runs Andertoons from his studio, where he sits at a drafting table. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, son, daughter, dog, cats, and one well-used coffee table. In this conversation, Mark talks about using cartoons in your next PowerPoint presentation.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Smart Connectors

June 3, 2011

Connectors are line-like shapes found, not surprisingly within the Lines category of the Shapes gallery in PowerPoint 2010. These connectors create a link (or join) other closed shapes like rectangles, triangles, etc. to create a relationship. Since these connectors are linked to closed shapes, they are called "Smart connectors" -- you'll learn more about all the smart things they do in subsequent tutorials of this series.

Learn what Smart connectors are, and how they are different from conventional lines in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon

June 2, 2011

The Developer tab in PowerPoint 2011 has options that let you work with VBA content and macros. By default, this tab is not visible and has to be turned on. Follow these steps to make the Developer tab visible (or invisible).

Learn how to enable the Developer tab in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

How to be a Presentation God: Conversation with Scott Schwertly

June 1, 2011

Scott Schwertly

Scott Schwertly calls himself a storyteller -- he owns and operates Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique. Alongside his talented employees, he continues to provide professional presentation design and training for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies like Google and Pepsi to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki. In this interview, Scott discusses his newly released book, How to Be a Presentation God.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Format SmartArt Text Attributes

June 1, 2011

All SmartArt layouts have text placeholders, which are basically text boxes. You can click and start typing in these placeholders to add or edit text. I have already shown you how to insert a SmartArt graphic within PowerPoint or converting some bulleted text to SmartArt), and also, how the SmartArt Text Pane works. All these options add text to SmartArt graphics -- once you add text, you might want to change the way your text looks. There are several way to play with the text within a SmartArt graphic.

Learn how to format text attributes of SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010.

On Speaking Like A Pro: Guest Post by Sandra Schrift

May 31, 2011

Sandra Schrift

Successful speakers do not do all the right things all the time. They often take risks and risk bombing. But all top speakers take daily action, to move towards their goals with many adjustments. This is a guest blog post by Sandra Schrift, president/owner of CoachSchrift and Associates, a San Diego based consulting, training and coaching firm. In this post, Sandra provides tips to retain your composure while speaking in front of an audience.

Read the guest post.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Handout Master View

May 31, 2011

The Handout Master is a view in PowerPoint 2011 where you can make changes to the look and layout of printed handouts. Changes made in this view affect the background, header, and footer of printed handouts. Within the Handout Master, you can format and reposition the handout header, footer, date and time, and slide number placeholders. You can also add objects, such as a picture (useful to add a logo to all your printed handouts).

Learn about the Handout Master view in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Introduce a panel of speakers: Guest post by Ellen Finkelstein

May 30, 2011

Ellen Finkelstein

This is a guest post by Ellen Finkelstein, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books -- in this post, Ellen explains how you can create a slide to introduce a panel of speakers.

Read the guest post here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Outline Pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

May 30, 2011

Every presentation typically contains an outline -- in other words, an outline is all the text contained within the title and text placeholders of your slides. A few versions ago, PowerPoint had an Outline view, and don't fret because all that functionality is not lost! You can still perform all the outlining tasks within the Outline pane, visible in Normal View within the PowerPoint 2011 interface.

Learn about the Outline pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac .

VMware's SlideRocket Acquisition: Conversation with Chuck Dietrich

May 28, 2011

Chuck Dietrich

Chuck Dietrich is the CEO of SlideRocket, an online presentation platform founded in 2006 with the vision that provides for every part of the presentation lifecycle and helps you make great presentations. Chuck holds a BA from University of Colorado in Economics and an MBA from University of Utah. In this interview, Chuck discusses the VMWare acquisition of SlideRocket.

Read the conversation here.

Jon Stewart’s Right -- Positioned on Purpose?: Guest Post by Jerry Weissman

May 27, 2011

Jon Stewart’s Right -- Positioned on Purpose?: Guest Post by Jerry Weissman

No, not Jon Stewart’s right as in “correct;” and, given the liberal point of view of the host of Comedy Central ’s The Daily Show, certainly not as in “right wing.” I’m referring to Jon Stewart’s right side where he shows the video clips of people and events he satirizes or mocks. Is this positioning arbitrary or intentional? Because audiences in Western cultures read from left to right, you should design, animate, and display your presentation graphics so that—depending on the message you want to convey—your graphics follow or fight that predisposition. Movement to the right creates positive perceptions, movement to the left negative.

Read more in this guest post by Jerry Weissman.

PowerPoint and Movie Stunts -- Use Graphics to Create Continuity: Guest Post by Jerry Weissman

May 26, 2011

Cinema and presentation graphics, although miles apart in complexity, share many common aspects. One is movie stunts. Matt Zoller Seitz, a freelance film critic, wrote an article about movie stunts on Salon that provides a valuable lesson in presentation design. Mr. Seitz noted that the latest cinema technologies, while creating imaginative and exciting action, have lost the important element of continuity. He wrote that the modern movie “seeks to excite viewers by keeping them perpetually unsettled with computer-enhanced images, fast cutting and a camera that never stands still.” As a result, he claimed, the film denies “ the viewer a fixed vantage point on what’s happening to the characters.”

Read more in this guest post by Jerry Weissman.

The Graphics Spectrum -- Lives of Quiet Desperation: Guest Post by Jerry Weissman

May 25, 2011

In 1845, the American author, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau felt the need to get away from it all. He sequestered himself at an idyllic lake in the Berkshire Mountains for two years and wrote Walden; or Life in the Woods in which he famously observed, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Mr. Thoreau’s words are applicable to business people today who lead lives of not-so-quiet desperation every time they have to make a presentation.

Read more in this guest post by Jerry Weissman.

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