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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Resizing Shapes

July 14, 2011

Shapes in PowerPoint can be formatted in various ways: you can change their fills, lines, and effects. Also you can resize them, as you will learn in this tutorial. PowerPoint, like most Microsoft Office programs follows the concept of selection, then action. Any shape that is selected shows several handles.

Learn how to resize shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

OfficeOne ProTools Zoom: The Indezine Review

July 13, 2011

OfficeOne ProTools Zoom

Most PowerPoint slides are created for presenting to an audience -- and at some time or the other, every presenter has had a moment when they wanted to zoom into a particular area of the slide just to show something in more detail. That's a feature not available in PowerPoint, and third-party add-ins have stepped in to provide this sort of zooming and panning functionality right within the program. Such zooming and panning however does not work optimally with all slide objects – notably, photographs may appear pixelated when zoomed. But for most other slide objects, such as shapes, text, tables, graphs/charts, diagrams, clip art, SmartArt graphics, etc. -- this does work great.

Read the Indezine review of OfficeOne ProTools Zoom.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Use Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets

July 13, 2011

PowerPoint 2010 provides you with umpteen options to change the appearance of your bullet points -- you can change the bullet styles, format the bullet size and its color, and use pictures as bullets. In addition, you can use a character from any font, including dingbats as a bullet. Dingbats are fonts which contain decorative symbols rather than alphabets and numbers. Wingdings is a good example of a dingbats font since it is installed by default on all computers.

Learn how to use dingbats and other characters as bullets in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Insert Shapes

July 13, 2011

Shapes let you do so much in PowerPoint -- once you master them, you can place circles of various sizes one on top of the other to create something that looks like a target. Similarly you can create seemingly complicated arrangements of shapes quite easily to create something that illustrates a concept or idea so much better than just bulleted text. To create any such graphic content, you need to start by inserting common shapes -- PowerPoint 2011 makes it easy to do so.

Learn how to insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Picture Bullets

July 12, 2011

PowerPoint provides several bullet styles, and you can choose from them -- but they do look a little canned since almost every PowerPoint slide these days uses the same bullet styles! You could get rid of bullets altogether and use a small sentence instead, or maybe you could explore picture bullets -- to insert any picture as your bullet. Of course, for picture bullets to work, your picture needs to be small, no larger than a medium-sized dot. And it helps if it has transparent areas -- if all this talk about the size and transparency of a picture bullet makes you dizzy, don't worry because PowerPoint has so many picture bullets built within the program!

Learn how to use picture bullets in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Types of Shapes

July 12, 2011

Learning more about what shapes are, and how they work can help you create better presentations because shapes are the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides. So what is a shape? Any form, such as a rectangle, a circle, a line, or even a callout is a shape. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac provides hundreds of readymade shapes, and it is these readymade shapes that we will discuss in this tutorial. PowerPoint's shapes are conveniently categorized into nine types.

Learn about different types of shapes available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Fast Track Tools: Conversation with Ken Revenaugh

July 11, 2011

Ken Revenaugh

In his 20-year career, Ken Revenaugh has always demonstrated a passion for mentoring. As a result, he founded Fast Track Tools, a professional training and coaching company. Using his "Communicate to Win" product, clients learn how to sell their ideas and communicate with impact. In the past, Ken has served in Senior Sales Leadership roles at FedEX, Global Experience Specialist, and Oakwood where he built out the sales operations function, and led transformational change in sales and marketing. In this interview, Ken discusses the Fast Track Tools site and blog.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Customize the Bullet Size and Color

July 11, 2011

While it is a great option to change the bullet styles in PowerPoint 2010, sometimes you don't want to really change just the bullets themselves -- you might want to alter the size of the bullet so that it is somewhat smaller or larger than the text before which it is placed. Or maybe you need a particular color to be used for the bullets? Most of the time, the defaults actually work best -- but just in case you want to make these changes, this is how you will go about the whole process.

Learn how to change the bullet size and the color attributes in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Customize Clip Art Categories within Media Browser

July 11, 2011

You have learned how to use the Clip Art tab of the Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. This tab shows the clip art that is installed as part of Microsoft Office 2011 -- you will notice that the clip art collection is divided into convenient categories. However, you'll find only a few categories -- and there is no obvious way to create your own categories. However, we discovered a solution outside Microsoft Office altogether that lets you get over this limitation.

Learn how to customize the Clip Art categories within Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Addintools Office Tab 7: The Indezine Review

July 8, 2011

Addintools Office Tab 7

Microsoft Office applications do not use tabs like web browsers, nor do some of the Office applications benefit from a multiple document interface. A tabbed interface can therefore make it so much easier to access all open documents within the interface of a program such as PowerPoint. This is particularly true if you are working with multiple presentations, and need to frequently switch between them. Office Tab 7, the product that we are reviewing gets over this limitation by providing a tabbed interface to PowerPoint and other Office 2003, 2007, and 2010 applications.

Read the Indezine review of Addintools Office Tab 7.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Change Bullet Styles

July 8, 2011

Bulleted lists are almost the mainstay of PowerPoint slides these days, inspite of the repeated cries about how bullets can cause "death by PowerPoint". Well, too much of anything cannot be good, and so it is with bullets! However most PowerPoints slide layouts are already set up with placeholders for bulleted lists (or paragraphs) – so that when you start typing into a text placeholder, your text is automatically bulleted. Sometimes making some changes to how your bullets appear visually can make a difference -- so we show you how you can change the bullet styles for your text placeholders (or text boxes) in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn how to change the bullet styles of selected text in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Add Your Folder Within The Media Browser

July 8, 2011

The Media Browser is a central repository of media content that you can use in your presentations. It has six tabs that we have covered extensively: Photos, Audio, Movies, Clip Art, Symbols, and Shapes. These six tabs are primarily of two types: Tabs that catalog content in your Mac OS X special collections and Tabs that catalog Microsoft Office assets. Although the first category of tabs may appear restricted to the Mac OS X special collections, they can be tweaked to show content from any other folder on your computer. In fact you can add more folders to the Folder / Browser pane.

Learn how to add your own folder other than the pre-designated folders within the Photos, Audio, and Movies tabs of the Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Photo Album Ideas and Samples

July 7, 2011

In the last few days, we have shown you all the options available to you for creating Photo Album presentations in PowerPoint -- and yet there's something that is larger than all these options put together -- that is creativity and curiosity. This creativity and curiosity can only be satisfied with practice and inspiration. Even though the option to edit your existing Photo Album provides you with the freedom to experiment and tweak, nothing is more important than actually experimenting and playing with all those options.

View some sample Photo Album presentations, and explore the options chosen to create them.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Media Browser (Shapes Tab)

July 7, 2011

The Shapes tab is the last tab within the Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011. Here you can find all the built-in shapes that PowerPoint provides to add to your slides. The shapes included in the Media Browser can also be found in the Insert tab of the Ribbon.

Learn about the Shapes tab within the Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Brainshark's Android App: Conversation with David Klein

July 6, 2011

David Klein

David Klein is product director for Brainshark, Inc., leading the development of new mobile offerings, features and applications. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, David discusses Brainshark’s new application for Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Apply Theme to Photo Album Presentations

July 6, 2011

Once your Photo Album presentation has been created, you may notice that the default Photo Album template is a white background with black text. And if this is what you exactly want -- then you need not change a thing. But you can easily change the appearance of the slides by applying a Theme to your Photo Album presentation. You can of course do it outside the Photo Album presentation -- in the normal way that you apply a Theme. But you can also apply a Theme right within the Photo Album dialog box.

Learn how to apply a Theme to your Photo Album presentation in PowerPoint 2010.

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