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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Inserting a Text Box

November 18, 2011

You have already learned the differences between text placeholders and text boxes within PowerPoint 2011. Beyond those differences, almost everything else does work in the same way as far as formatting for text placeholders and text boxes is concerned. However, there is one more vital difference between a text placeholder and a text box: You never insert a text placeholder on a slide since they are part of the layout for your slide. Text boxes on the other hand need to be inserted manually.

Learn how to insert a text box in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Animation Sounds

November 17, 2011

The main purpose of adding animation to any slide object is to draw the attention of the audience to some movement. Once you set an animation event, and set the speed of the animation, you may also want some sound to play along with the animation -- one aspect that you should always remember is that although you can add sound to an animation, it is not always necessary to do so -- we suggest you only add sound sparingly -- and even then, you must make sure that the sound adds some value to the animation. In addition, it is important that you use the perfect sound type for any animation -- using clapping or blasting sounds is very cliché.

Learn how to add sound effects to animations in PowerPoint 2007.

Top 10 E’s to Motivate and Influence an Audience: Guest Post by Sandra Schrift

November 16, 2011

Sandra Schrift

Speak with E’s. Be a speaker of influence, not control or guilt. With the privilege of the platform comes the awesome responsibility of motivating and influencing your audience to feel/think/act differently. The first E is to Educate: Provide your audience with extensive information on your topic. This will empower attendees to feel competent and knowledgeable. Support your points with stories. Stories help us see through the eyes of other people. Adults delineate their thoughts visually.

Read more in this guest post by Sandra Schrift.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Text Within Shapes

November 16, 2011

Adding text within any shape in PowerPoint 2011 is easy -- do remember though that a few shapes such as Lines won't allow you to add text. Select your inserted shape, and start typing. Anything you type shows up within the shape -- remember that almost any shape in PowerPoint is essentially also a text box.

Learn how to insert and edit text within a shape in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Indezine News Released

November 15, 2011

Geetes Bajaj

Offers, Kits, Conversations, and Tutorials – with so much stuff, you may wonder if we plan to include too much content in this issue? In that case you are right -- this is indeed a jumbo issue of this newsletter with so much information that we seriously considered holding back some of the content -- in the end, we decided to announce all of this stuff because we have more stuff coming up for you next week!

Read our newsletter here.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Build and Sequence Animations

November 15, 2011

Animation is a fine art that lets you illustrate a concept using movement. However there's a thin dividing line between mere movement and utter confusion. Imagine a classroom where a teacher moves around the room explaining a concept -- as he or she moves, the eye of the students follows him or her. There is a clear focus in the room, and the subject of that focus is the teacher. Now imagine another situation where the teacher and all the students in the room start moving in disparate directions just for the sake of movement -- at this point of time, the movement has given way to chaos. The distinction between movement and chaos works similarly on PowerPoint slides -- at any point of time, movement needs to have focus and direction, and more importantly, a reason to move!

Learn to build and sequence animations in PowerPoint 2007.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Select and Deselect Shapes

November 14, 2011

PowerPoint follows the process of selection, then action for any slide object on a slide. If you cannot select an object, then you cannot do anything to modify it in any way. Although this tutorial explains how you can select shapes on a slide, the process works the same way for any other slide object.

Learn how to select and deselect single and multiple shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2010

November 11, 2011

Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2010

Many PowerPoint designers, especially template designers need some dummy text to quickly add to their slides so that they can ascertain how some body of text looks or fits within a certain text box or placeholder. Microsoft introduced an undocumented feature in PowerPoint 2010 that lets you achieve this with just a few keystrokes, and once you are used to these shortcuts, you'll learn to appreciate them so much!

Learn how to insert dummy text in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Control Animation with Advanced Timeline

November 11, 2011

You already learned how to show the Advanced Timeline for Custom Animation within PowerPoint 2007. The main advantage of using the Advanced Timeline to edit your animation is that you can control the start time, duration, and end time of your animation to the most minute level. You are not limited to the time or speed presets that PowerPoint provides. For example, by using the Advanced Timeline you can animate a slide object very slowly to span over a whole minute or more by just dragging the start and end points of any animation bar outwards in the timeline.

Learn how the control animations with the help of advanced Timeline option in PowerPoint 2007.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Creating Half Circle

November 10, 2011

An Indezine reader asked if he could create three circles next to each other, and make sure that they appeared in a sequence where the first circle should be filled-in with a solid color, the second circle should be half full, and the third and last circle should have no fill at all (empty). The first and third circles are easy -- all you need to do is ensure that the first circle has both the Outline and Solid Fill applied, and the third circle has only an Outline with a No Fill attribute.

Learn to create a half circle in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Charteo: Conversation with Volker Eckert

November 09, 2011

Volker Eckert

Volker Eckert has over 19 years of experience in online and conventional marketing areas. He achieved his Masters of Communication and Advertising at the Florida International University of Miami. Thereafter, the experience of building up one of the world's leading online shops for PowerPoint presentations at PresentationLoad assisted Volker in launching Charteo. As CEO of Charteo and Marketing Director at PresentationLoad, Volker has raised the bar for the strategy and implementation of both online portals. In this conversation, Volker talks about the Charteo site and how it can help everyday PowerPoint users create better looking slides with convincing info-graphics.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Show the Animation Advanced Timeline

November 09, 2011

There's so much you can do within the default Custom Animation task pane within PowerPoint 2007 -- you can add animation to any slide object, change the animation event as required, and set the speed of the animation spanning all the way from Very Slow to Very Fast, choosing from several preset speeds available. Yet, there may be times when you want your animation to play for a time span that exceeds the preset time for the Very Slow or any other option. Or there may be two animations that start at the same time, but you want one of them to end just two seconds before the other. In situations like these, you'll need to use the Advanced Timeline found within the Custom Animation task pane.

Explore how to make the Advanced Timeline visible within PowerPoint 2007.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Creating Semi-Circles

November 08, 2011

Just like other versions of PowerPoint, PowerPoint 2011 for Mac also does not provide the semi-circle as a basic shape within the Shape gallery. However there are workarounds to get over this limitation -- in this tutorial you will learn how to draw a semi-circle in PowerPoint 2011 using the Pie shape.

Learn how to create a semi-circle in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Stop Being Predictable!: Conversation with Bob Boylan

November 07, 2011

Bob Boylan

Bob Boylan has been a presentation skills trainer of executives for 30 years. Bob has taught thousands of executives the secrets to making powerful and effective presentations. His 3-step method is an innovative approach to developing powerful presentations that's quick, simple and effective. Bob lives with his wife Linda in Carbondale, Colorado where he enjoys life skiing, hiking, biking and photography, his second profession. Bob runs his site and a blog at Bob Boylan Enterprises. In this conversation, Bob discusses Stop Being Predictable!, his new book.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds

November 07, 2011

Pattern fills are the last of the various fill options for slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2010. Patterns in PowerPoint are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes, checks, etc. PowerPoint includes 48 such patterns with names like plaid, weaves, shingle and zigzag. This tutorial builds upon what you have already learned in the Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial, and shows how you can use a pattern fill for your slide background.

Learn how to apply pattern fills as slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2010.

Nick Morgan at the Presentation Summit 2011

November 04, 2011

Nick Morgan

After a photo slide show by Rick Altman, Wednesday morning at the Presentation Summit 2011 graduated to Nick Morgan's keynote session. Nick started his session by stating that the only reason to give any speech has to be to change the world. He discussed working on a speech for the Governor of Virginia for a decennial commemoration of the Vietnam war. During his research, Nick found a book that contained poignant letters from soldiers at war. During the actual speech, the Governor threw away his papers and read letters from the book. The last letter he read was about a lieutenant who was writing to his daughter he had never seen, and he never lived to see her. In a way, the Governor that day did something to change the world.

Read about Nick's session at the Presentation Summit.

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