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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Creating and Editing AutoCorrect Entries

December 23, 2011

The AutoCorrect feature is dependent on a small list of words and phrases -- this list contains two columns called Replace and With -- for example the Replace entry for teh will correspond to the With entry containing the word the. Although this list works for PowerPoint users, what you must know is that this AutoCorrect list is global across all Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. If you add, edit, or delete entries within this AutoCorrect list, all changes will be reflected beyond PowerPoint.

Learn how to create and edit AutoCorrect entries in PowerPoint 2010.

Download Clip Media from -- For Mac OS X

December 22, 2011

There is no dearth of sites providing royalty-free pictures that can be used in your PowerPoint presentations -- but, none of these provide the breadth of choices that you can find at the Microsoft Office site ( Even better, all these pictures are free to all licensed users of Microsoft Office programs such as PowerPoint. allows you to download various types of clip media, including pictures.

Learn how to download clip media from Microsoft's on a Mac.

Free Christmas PowerPoint Kit

December 22, 2011

Christmas PowerPoint Kit

The Indezine Christmas Kit is a self-contained set of slides and other goodies that provides you with everything you need to create Christmas picture slides within PowerPoint. This kit contains a Christmas PowerPoint Theme, a star font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some textures, and even a few sample slides to get you started. Use this kit as a starting point to create your own picture slides!

Download the free Christmas PowerPoint Kit now!.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: AutoCorrect Options

December 21, 2011

The AutoCorrect feature in PowerPoint corrects common typos and spelling errors of text within your PowerPoint slides -- automatically as you type. Have you ever wondered how PowerPoint knows that a particular word is spelled wrong? Does it refer to some resource as a reference? Also do you find some AutoCorrect options such as the capitalization of some words unnecessary? Several researchers working in different scientific fields actually have to use some words that cannot start with a capital letter, and the first thing they want to do is turn off the automatic capitalization. Yes, it's possible to make AutoCorrect work just the way you want it to -- as long as you know where to change these options.

Explore AutoCorrect options in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Align Text Within Shapes / Text Boxes

December 20, 2011

After you add text within a shape in PowerPoint 2011, you can do basic edits like adding, deleting, or replacing existing text but if you want more control over how your text has been placed within the shape or a text box, you'll need to access text editing options within the Format Text dialog box.

Learn how to align text within a shape or text box in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Conversation with Eric, Doug, and Corey

December 19, 2011 Conversation with Eric, Doug, and Corey

Soon after we did the Halloween Pumpkin Contest conversation with Nancy Duarte, we planned another one with her about -- but she graciously mailed back saying " is the creation of Eric Albertson, Doug Neff, and Corey Rothermel. I'll let them answer your questions directly." Thank you, Nancy!

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: What is AutoCorrect?

December 19, 2011

The AutoCorrect feature in PowerPoint fixes hundreds of common typos and spelling errors within your PowerPoint slides -- automatically as you type any text. AutoCorrect also lets you map specific keys to a symbol, such as replacing two en dashes with an em dash the moment you hit the Enter key. The best feature within AutoCorrect is that it works so seamlessly that you may even take it for granted -- conversely, AutoCorrect can also be a pain sometimes! You may for example not want the two en dashes to automatically change to an en dash -- in this tutorial you will learn how you can take advantage of AutoCorrect, and also how you can override its options as required.

Explore AutoCorrect options in PowerPoint 2010.

New SlideShark Features: Conversation with Jay Wilder

December 17, 2011

Jay Wilder

Jay Wilder is director of product marketing at Brainshark, Inc. 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, Jay discusses new features in SlideShark – an app from Brainshark that solves the problem of PowerPoint’s incompatibility on the iPad.

Read the conversation here.

PPTools Resize: Conversation with Steve Rindsberg

December 16, 2011

Steve Rindsberg

Steve Rindsberg has been associated with PowerPoint since the product originated more than two decades ago -- his PowerPoint FAQ site is a treasure trove of PowerPoint information. When he's not updating his site, he's creating new PowerPoint add-ins that expand possibilities within PowerPoint. Steve's also into a lot of print technology related stuff. In this conversation, Steve discusses PPTools Resize, his new PowerPoint add-in that resizes slide dimensions.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Dynamic Reorder of Overlapping Shapes

December 16, 2011

You have already learned about Dynamic Reordering of shapes, where all slides objects are placed in an individual layered view suitable for reordering. This may work well when you have a few objects on your slide but is entirely unpractical if your slide has anything over 10 objects. Fortunately, there is a variation of this technique that lets you only work with the selected slide objects, and any other slide objects that overlap the selection. This option is called Reorder Overlapping Objects.

Learn about the Dynamic Reordering of the overlapping Shapes and other slide objects in PowerPoint 2011.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: More Spelling Options

December 15, 2011

We already showed you how to summon the Spelling dialog box and spell check your entire presentation for any misspelled words. While this is a great way of checking your slides once your presentation has been created, there are other ways to spell check, and also some tips to help you understand how you can do better proofing of your text content. This page contains a collection of these tips.

Explore more spelling options in PowerPoint 2010.

Slide Linker: Conversation with Jamie Garroch

December 14, 2011

Jamie Garroch

Jamie Garroch, CEO of GMARK Ltd., founded the company in 2009 to provide presentation professionals with PowerPoint software, content and training. Jamie conceived the idea for the company’s first product, ActivePrez from a non-linear presenting need and has since added several other add-in products. His newest add-in is Slide Linker -- a product born out of the need to link slides together so that all linked slides are glued to each other when copied to other presentations. In this conversation, Jamie talks about the free Slide Linker add-in for PowerPoint, and his business of creating custom PowerPoint add-ins.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Dynamic Reordering of Shapes

December 14, 2011

Although you can change the order of shapes or any other slide objects using the conventional Send to Back and Bring to Front options in the Arrange gallery, you can do reordering in a much intuitive way in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. We call this new technique Dynamic Reordering, and this works by dragging shapes to the required positions in a special reorder view.

Learn about Dynamic Reordering of shapes and other slide objects in PowerPoint 2011.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Spell Check

December 13, 2011

For presentations that contain slides with too much text, or even little text -- there are always chances of spelling mistakes showing up! However, you don't necessarily have to search for these mistakes by skimming all your slides one by one since PowerPoint lets you do a spell check of the entire presentation, and make corrections as well. However there are some caveats associated with spell checking, and this does not have anything to do with PowerPoint. The main caveat is while PowerPoint is good at finding spelling mistakes, it won't find any wrong words you have used as long as the spellings can be found in a dictionary. As far as PowerPoint is concerned, "dear" are "deer" both are valid spellings -- so "Deer Dairy" is acceptable when you may have meant "Dear Diary"! So always do skim your slides even after you do a spell check.

Learn how to run a spell check on your entire presentation in PowerPoint 2010.

iPad Presenting 04: Add an Apple TV

December 12, 2011

iPad Presenting 04: Add an Apple TV

If you are serious about iPad presenting, then you may have already realized that it makes no sense to attach your iPad to a TV or projector with a cable. For one this means that your iPad is physically tied to a location, and you cannot really move around and navigate your content at the same time. And also the fact that you miss out on portability, the iPad's biggest advantage. The direction you need to explore is quite obvious as far as Apple is concerned -- they would like you to look at their Apple TV device.

Learn more about Apple TV.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Reorder Slide Objects

December 12, 2011

If you have many shapes and other slide objects placed one above the other on your PowerPoint slide, you'll find that some shapes or slide objects may be hidden or overlapped. In this scenario, you can use the options within the Arrange gallery to bring shapes or slide objects right on top of all others, or even send them behind everything else on your slide.

Learn how to change the order of shapes and other slide objects in PowerPoint 2011.

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