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Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Twin Trigger Animation

February 5, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Twin Trigger Animation

The other day a friend asked me how she could add a trigger animation to a slide object – but with a difference! She inserted a picture on a slide (let’s call this Picture 1) and then placed another picture of the exact same size over the first one (let’s call this Picture 2). She then wanted to click Picture 2 to cause a trigger animation on Picture 1 – this caused Picture 1 to be revealed, almost like the example explained in our Trigger Animations in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial. However, what she wanted next was to click on Picture 1 to reveal Picture 2. So to put this in a few words, this is what she wanted: Click on Picture 2 to reveal Picture 1 (and hide Picture 2); and Click on Picture 1 to reveal Picture 2 (and hide Picture 1).

Learn how to add a twin trigger animation in PowerPoint 2010.

Hand Drawn PowerPoint Elements: Conversation with Peter Zvirinsky

February 4, 2013

Peter Zvirinsky

Peter Zvirinsky is slide designer and the founder of, a website for pre-designed presentation slides and PowerPoint visual elements. Peter also runs, a slide design company where they create tailor-made presentation slides for various companies. Peter loves changing textual information into simple diagrams and he wants to inspire others to use this visualization process in everyday life. In this conversation, Peter discusses hand drawn elements created by his infoDiagram site.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Crossed Axes for Charts

February 4, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Crossed Axes for Charts

Axes in PowerPoint charts are typically positioned on the left and bottom of the plot area. But there may be scenarios when you want your axes to cross each other within the plot area rather than be located on its edges. Attaining such a crossed axes can be desirable due to a variety of reasons in both the Value and Category axes.

Learn how to add and alter the position of crossed axes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Adding Commands to Custom Groups

February 4, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Adding Commands to Custom Groups

If you want to customize your Ribbon in PowerPoint 2013, you'll want to add some of the commands that were not placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. Or maybe you want a particular command available on the Home tab of your Ribbon. Whatever your intent may be, you cannot place any commands within the existing groups that are built within PowerPoint. You first need to add a custom group within any of the tabs available in the Ribbon. Thereafter, you need to populate them with commands.

Learn how to add commands to custom groups in PowerPoint 2013.

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Three Petals Circle

February 2, 2013

Concept Slides: Three Petals Circle

These Three Petals Circle graphics are part of our Petal Circles series that add stylized tips to your circle shapes. These two tip styles: Rounded and Pointed make your circles look different from conventional segmented circle graphics. They also break the monotony of text heavy slides, and help you explain concepts better to your audiences. Using these circle shapes also convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more, these shapes are also so much fun to use!

Buy and download these slides now.

Planning Makes Presentations Effective

February 1, 2013

Dan Davenport

Large and small companies today express themselves in many ways, including presentations. Sometimes well, sometimes not. The best way to make sure ideas are understood is to organize goals and thoughts before attempting to create a presentation. As any good builder would tell you, you need good plans to create a good home. A simple process helps you get your presentation started off right. You'll organize and unify thinking about what must be accomplished. The output of the process makes an excellent "creative brief " to pass on to non-staff production and writing people to make sure the desired result makes it through production and to the audience. The time spent early in the planning stages of a project creating solid answers to these questions yields better chances of meeting your presentation goals.

Read more in this post by Dan Davenport.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Changing Location of Slide Numbers

February 1, 2013

Changing Location of Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2010

Insert Slide Numbers on your slides, and you may discover that the location of the Slide Number changes depending upon the active Theme of your slides. With some Themes, the Slide Number may be placed at the bottom right -- with other Themes, it may be located at the top right, or even the bottom center. As you can observe, the location of the Slide Number may seem to be influenced by the Theme -- and that's almost true. However, a Theme is a larger concept -- it's only the Slide Master within your Theme that's influencing the position of your Slide Numbers.

Learn how to change location of slide numbers in PowerPoint 2010.

PowerPoint Heaven eConvention 2012: Conversation with Shawn Toh

January 31, 2013

Shawn Toh

Shawn Toh is the founder and webmaster of PowerPoint Heaven. He is a Microsoft MVP for PowerPoint (Most Valuable Professional) and a certified Microsoft Office Specialist. He is a presentation consultant and has worked with various companies such as Hewlett-Packard and eBay on project consultations and has conducted several PowerPoint workshops for the education sectors. Shawn is based out of Singapore, and runs the PowerPoint Heaven site. In this discussion, Shawn discusses the PowerPoint Heaven eConvention 2012.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Add Secondary Value Axis

January 31, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Add Secondary Value Axis

Sometimes just one Value axis is not enough! Of course that observation is only true if your data demands a second axis. Our example data for this tutorial pertains to the average temperature and rainfall in London across the 12 calendar months of a year. The temperature is depicted in Celsius and the rainfall is in millimeters. What you should note carefully is that the value range of temperature spans between 30 and 70, whereas the range for rainfall is in between 0 to 12 (approximately). A chart that results from this data doesn't live up to the comparison -- it's almost like comparing apples and oranges -- we are comparing items that cannot be compared!

Learn how to add a Secondary Value axis to charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs

January 31, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs

All Ribbon tabs in PowerPoint 2013 may have any number of buttons that represent commands but they are not scattered all over the tab area. In fact all of them are neatly arranged together in Groups. Each of these Groups has a name that describes what the commands within that Group do -- for example, the Slide Show tab in the Ribbon has a group named Set Up -- this contains all commands that help you set up your slide show, such as changing show settings, hiding slides, rehearsing and recording slide shows, etc. It is only sensible to imagine that you should use this Group concept while creating custom Ribbon tabs. In fact, PowerPoint will not let you add any command anywhere else other than within a Group.

Explore working with Custom Groups within Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2013.

A Dozen Ways To Be A Confident Speaker: by Sandra Schrift

January 30, 2013

Sandra Schrift

In today's environment, it is important that you are confident and comfortable in front of your audience. And while many speakers believe that being confident is difficult, it need to be! In fact, here are a dozen ways to be a confident speaker. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Practice in front of a full-length mirror, for small groups.

Read more in this post.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Applying Slide Masters to Individual Slides

January 30, 2013

Applying Slide Masters to Individual Slides in PowerPoint 2010

We already showed you how you can add a new Slide Master to your presentation -- and yes, you can make that task even easier by possibly duplicating the existing Slide Master. You can then format it to change its look by applying a Background Style, add a custom background, add new Slide Layouts, etc. But why would you do all these tasks in the first place? There needs to be a compelling reason to do so. This reason leads us to the next logical step -- that is to apply the new Slide Master to selected slides in your presentation.

Learn how to apply Slide Masters to individual slides in PowerPoint 2010.

Indezine News: January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013

Geetesh Bajaj

In this issue, we have Heart Circles for you to download -- use these in your slides that need to depict relationships and segments. Each of the shapes can be filled with a picture, or just used as a text container. Adam Noar of Presentation Panda talks about his book, Slides Made Simple. We also provide you with a simple two petal graphic that's so versatile -- use it to create info-graphics on your slides. Finally, we have several tutorials covering techniques in PowerPoint 2013, 2011, and 2010.

Read all this and more in Indezine News.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Reposition and Hide Axis Labels

January 29, 2013

Reposition and Hide Axis Labels in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Do you like the default locations where PowerPoint places your axes' labels? Yes, we do believe that the defaults do work best most of the time because audiences expect these labels to exist at these familiar locations. However, there may be times when you probably don't even need labels for your axes -- or you may want them placed in another location so that your charts look cleaner. Whatever your motive may be, it is indeed possible to change the position of axis labels vis-à-vis the axis.

Learn how to hide the axis labels and also how to reposition them in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Evolution of Business Presentation Technology: Conversation with Jim Confalone

January 28, 2013

Jim Confalone

Jim Confalone is a partner and creative director with ProPoint Graphics and is responsible for production operations. With a background in fine arts, he got his start as a designer leading the graphics department at a boutique management consulting firm in Boston, Massachussetts. Prior to ProPoint, he also worked as a web, Flash, and graphic designer in the New York area. Mr. Confalone holds an MFA with Honors in Painting and Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA Summa Cum Laude in Fine Arts from Amherst College. In this conversation, Jim talks about ProPoint's Evolution of Business Presentation Technology graphic.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Duplicate Slide Masters

January 28, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Duplicate Slide Masters

Duplicating a Slide Master is a little different than adding a new Slide Master from scratch. And it's a smart option because you don't have to make the same changes all over again -- let's explain this with a scenario. Imagine you have formatted your existing Slide Master by applying a Background Style, adding a logo, or even adding your own Picture placeholder layout. And now you want a new Slide Master that's almost the same as your existing one -- but you want a different Theme Colors set to be used. For such a small change, it is advisable that you duplicate your existing Slide Master and make the small changes instead of starting all over again with a new Slide Master.

Learn how to duplicate Slide Masters in PowerPoint 2010.

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