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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Formatting Arrowheads

November 15, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Formatting Arrowheads

PowerPoint provides two types of shapes: open and close shapes. Shapes, such as rectangles, circles, etc. are closed shapes. Regular line shapes, such as straight lines, curves, scribbles, etc. are open shapes. Arrowheads can be added only to open shapes. That's because an arrow needs a pronounced, visible beginning and end.

Learn how to format arrowheads in PowerPoint 2013.


Thanksgiving Clip Arts for PowerPoint

November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Clip Arts for PowerPoint

These Thanksgiving clip arts for PowerPoint are ready to use clip-art graphics that you can use within your presentation slides. These graphics are available in black and white colors -- both variations are contained within a separate sample presentation you can download. Just copy the clip art graphic you like and paste into another PowerPoint slide, or even a Word document or Excel worksheet. Additionally, these Thanksgiving graphics are vector shapes, so you can easily edit them within your Microsoft Office program.

Download and use these graphics.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Outline Dash

November 14, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Outline Dash

We have already explored how to format shape outlines and change their weight. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply a dash style to shape outline. A dashed line in PowerPoint 2013 can have plenty of variations: from a line with fewer dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes. So why do you add a dash style to your outline? That's a good question and the answer is quite simple -- sometimes, dash styles can add value to visual content, but use them judiciously. Many diagrams use dashed lines as a way to differentiate them from other content that have conventional, non-dashed lines.

Learn how to apply the dash attribute to shape outlines in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Outline Weight

November 13, 2013

Shape Outline Weight in PowerPoint 2013

We have explained the basics of formatting shape outlines in PowerPoint 2013. Now we take you further ahead to explore how you can change line weight to make the outlines thinner and thicker. So why would you want to alter the weight of an outline? There are many reasons -- more often than not, you may want a line that's almost invisible or very thin -- this lets your audience focus on other areas. At other times when you want the attention of your audience to focus on a particular line, then you can do so by increasing its weight. In this tutorial, we will also cover compound lines such as those that encompass double or triple lines.

Learn how to change the weight attribute of shape outlines in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

Geetesh Bajaj

In this issue, we bring you the Indezine Thanksgiving PowerPoint Kit that contains everything you need to create Thanksgiving themed picture slides within PowerPoint. We have an exclusive interview with Gerry Praysman of SlideShark who discusses their milestone of 5 million presentations. We also bring you a listing of some PowerPoint 2013 books. And another exclusive interview with Payman Taei of Easy WebContent Presenter. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can learn about several fill types such as Textures, Patterns, Slide Background fill, and also the No fill option. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users can explore more charting topics on Chart Area, Plot Area, and Gridlines. And finally, do not miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines)

November 12, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines)

We have already showed you how to use fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2013. A fill is something that is contained within the confines of the shape. Similarly, shapes have another attribute known as the "line" or the "outline". A line is the perimeter surrounding a closed shape or the line itself within an open shape. In this tutorial, we'll explore the basics and thereafter provide links to specific, individual tutorials so that you can get acquainted with more advanced stuff.

Learn how to change the color, and make other changes to lines (and shape outlines) in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: More Chart Gridline Options

November 12, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: More Chart 
          Gridline Options

As we explored in our earlier Chart Gridlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial, PowerPoint 2011 only shows Horizontal Major Gridlines on the chart. Yes, you can enable Vertical Gridlines too -- and more importantly you can format these Gridlines to appear exactly as you want them to show. In this tutorial, we will look at these format options.

Learn how to format Chart Gridlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Flevy Tools: The Indezine Review

November 11, 2013

Flevy Tools: The Indezine Review

Flevy Tools lets you easily create automated diagrams such as Approach Diagrams, Step Box Diagrams, Harvey Ball Diagrams, Gantt Charts, etc. All graphics created are native PowerPoint objects that you can edit further. Even more amazing -- this tool is free. All organizations from startups to large enterprises can benefit by using Flevy Tools to jumpstart projects.

Read the review here.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Transparency for Shape Fills

November 11, 2013

Transparency for Shape Fills

Shape fills such as solid colors, gradients, pictures, and textures can have a transparency attribute that lets you reduce the opacity of a fill so that the slide object or background behind shows through. Transparency is calculated in percentages and you can change its value all the way from 0 to 100%. Some fill options, such as pattern and slide background have no transparency options. To set a transparency value for your shape, follow these steps.

Learn how to apply transparency to shape fills in PowerPoint 2013.


Easy WebContent Presenter: Conversation with Payman Taei

November 8, 2013

Payman Taei

Payman Taei is the Founder of HindSite Interactive, an award winning web design and web development company in the Washington D.C. Area and the Founder of Easy WebContent, a cloud based Do It Yourself platform that allows everyone to easily create, edit and manage professional websites, presentations, infographics, banners and animations right in their browser. In this conversation, Payman Taei discusses Easy WebContent's Presenter.

Read the conversation here.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: No Fill

November 8, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: No Fill

After learning how to add different fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2013, now its time to learn how to remove any fill from a shape so that your shape only has an outline without a fill. Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or the default fill may be different depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but there are times you want just the outline to be visible. It is in scenarios like these where it can be useful to learn how to remove any fill.

Learn how to remove fill from selected shapes in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Chart Gridlines

November 8, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Chart Gridlines

Horizontal and Vertical gridlines are the lines that span wide and tall within the chart's Plot Area. These gridlines originate from one of the axes -- this makes the data easier to comprehend for the viewer. Gridlines may emerge from the horizontal and vertical axes -- by default you can see only Horizontal gridlines on the chart. Following are a few points to be considered when you work with Gridlines.

Learn about Chart Gridlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Slide Background Fill

November 7, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Slide
          Background Fill

You have already learned how to add different fills for shapes. Just like the Pattern fill option, there is one more hidden shape fill option which you can't access from the Shape fill gallery -- yet this is one of those fantastic PowerPoint features that you have to use to believe! The Slide Background fill option is different from other shape fill options because instead of filling something into the selected shape, it makes the slide background area behind the shape visible into the selected shape.

Learn how to add the slide background itself as a fill for selected shapes in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint 2013 Books

November 6, 2013

PowerPoint 2013 Books

Here's a listing of some books that will get you up to speed learning PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- all books are linked to Amazon pages where you can read book reviews and also see a few pages for each of the books so as to decide which books suits your learning style. If you actually buy something, we do get a reward from Amazon.

Explore books on PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Add Pattern Fills to Shapes

November 6, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Add Pattern Fills to Shapes

Pattern fills for shapes are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes and checks. PowerPoint includes 48 patterns such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle and Zig Zag. Pattern fills for shapes are not included within the Shape fill drop-down gallery in PowerPoint 2013. But you can find this option buried within the Format Shape Task Pane. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can access Pattern fill options.

Learn how to add pattern fill to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Plot Area for Charts

November 6, 2013

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Plot Area for Charts

The Plot Area for a chart is the layer placed behind the actual chart. This layer typically has the axes on its perimeter. Also, the Data Series and Gridlines are placed above this layer. If the fill color for both the Plot Area and the Chart Area are the same, as they often are -- then you may miss the difference between both these chart elements. This default status works well. However, you can format the Plot Area separately to make it look prominent. You can change its appearance by altering fills and effects with just a few clicks.

Learn about the Plot Area for charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Template (25 Questions)

Want to play a Jeopardy-like game using PowerPoint slides? Yes, this is absolutely doable but making PowerPoint slides with all the interactivity and layouts takes too much work. Fortunately, we have done the work for you. just download our Jeopardy-like 25 (5x5) question PowerPoint template, replace the placeholders provided for questions, answers, and categories, and you’re done! You'll still need a real human being to track scores and you could soon be playing this amazing game as part of a fun exercise, a training program, or even a quiz show.

Download and play your own Jeopardy-like game


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