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PowerPoint Animated Greeting Cards from BrightCarbon: Conversation with Scott Wakefield

December 12, 2017

Scott Wakefield

Scott Wakefield has been with BrightCarbon since its inception as an 8-man organization at the end of 2011, and has been very pleased to see it blossom into the 38-person team that it is today, with a presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In this conversation, Scott talks about the BrightCarbon tradition of providing every year, animated greeting cards created in PowerPoint.

Read the conversation here.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 12, 2017

Chantal Bossé created this amazing PowerPoint calendar template, and she teamed up with another PowerPoint MVP, John Wilson to make this happen. You can get this template free, and use it to create calendars quickly! Another PowerPoint MVP, Steve Rindsberg shows us how you can take annoying UPPERCASE text in some templates, and restore them to default, normal text.

PowerPoint 2016 users on Windows will love to learn some customization. What if you could reorder and remove Ribbon tabs, and add some custom groups of commands to your Ribbon tabs? And did you know that PowerPoint 2013 and even newer versions have a toggle option to use the mouse and Touch controls? And if you use PowerPoint 2016 on Mac, do you know how many views you have? Nine views is the answer! And if that wasn’t enough for this week, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates released in the last seven days.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings related to PowerPoint and presenting.


Touch/Mouse Mode in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

December 12, 2017

Touch/Mouse Mode in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

In PowerPoint 2016, within the Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu, you will find the Touch/Mouse Mode option. This essentially is a toggle button that alternates between touch and mouse modes. Touch mode is the default mode when using PowerPoint on a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface or other tablets, and lets you use the program even without a mouse. And Mouse mode is the default mode for PowerPoint 2016 when working on a non-touch enabled desktop or laptop. The larger question though is why you can toggle to the Touch mode in a non-touch device. If you are using PowerPoint on a desktop, why you need the Touch mode?

Explore the Touch/Mouse mode in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Snagit 2018: Conversation with Chris Larson

December 11, 2017

Chris Larson

Chris Larson is the Technical Product Manager of TechSmith Snagit. He works with the amazing development team dedicated to Snagit in TechSmith’s Okemos, Michigan headquarters. Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been with TechSmith for 11 years. He started his career in User Experience Design and now brings that background to this product leadership role. He relaxes outside of work with audiobooks, bbq, gym time, LEGO, astronomy, video games, just being outside, and hanging out with his family. In this conversation, Chris talks about the new Snagit 2018.

Read the conversation here.


Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

December 11, 2017

Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

If you want to really benefit from customizing your Ribbon in PowerPoint 2016, then you’ll certainly want to add some commands that are not placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. Or maybe you want a particular command available on the Home tab of the 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 2016 for Windows.


Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

December 8, 2017

Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

All Ribbon tabs in PowerPoint 2016 may have any number of buttons that represent commands but they are not scattered all over the tab area. In fact, they are all 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, which contains all commands that help you set up your slide show, such as changing show settings, hiding slides, rehearsing and recording slide shows, etc.

Explore working with Custom Groups within Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Views in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

December 7, 2017

Views in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

View your same slides in different PowerPoint views, and you will see them from another angle. This approach makes sense because viewing slides in Slide Show view gives an entirely different perspective than editing them in Normal view. Further, it's easier to reorder and work with multiple slides in Slide Sorter view and make changes to individual slides in Normal view. All put together, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac provides you with nine different views. Seven of these views can be accessed from the View tab of the Ribbon.

Learn about various views that allow you to edit and show slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


VBA: Change UPPERCASE To Normal Case

December 6, 2017

VBA: Change UPPERCASE To Normal Case

When you add slides to a presentation based on some of PowerPoint’s built-in Themes, you may find that all titles (headings and/or subheads) scream out in UPPERCASE letters, no matter what you do! In some cases, this behavior may happen because the chosen font contains only uppercase letters. Alternatively, and more likely, the presentation’s Theme has placeholders set to produce all uppercase (aka capital) letters. The Circuit and Integral themes that come with some versions of PowerPoint are examples of such Themes.

Learn more with Steve Rindsberg.


Touch/Mouse Mode in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

December 6, 2017

Touch/Mouse Mode in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Look closely at the interface within PowerPoint 2013, particularly the Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu, and you’ll find the Touch/Mouse Mode command. This essentially is a toggle button that alternates between touch and mouse modes. Touch mode is the default mode when using PowerPoint on a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface or other tablets, and lets you use the program even without a mouse. And Mouse mode is the default mode for PowerPoint 2013 when working on a non-touch enabled desktop or laptop. The larger question though is why you can toggle to the Touch mode in a non-touch device. If you are using PowerPoint on a desktop, why you need the Touch mode?

Explore the Touch/Mouse modes in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 5, 2017

December 5, 2017

PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 5, 2017

Sara McGuire talks about how you can design a presentation that plays to your strengths. You just have to find what works best for you! For VBA-challenged presenters, here's a trick that you can benefit from without writing a single line of code! Learn how you can change all instances of one shape type to another in PowerPoint. PowerPoint makes it easy to use bright, vibrant colors in a presentation, which can either be good or very, very bad. Laura Foley explains how you can avoid the four biggest PowerPoint color mistakes. And we also show you how to use macros and scripts in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about the Format Task Pane, changing the interface color, customize the Quick Access Toolbar, and Add or Rename Ribbon tabs. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can learn about the Slides Pane. Finally, do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates for this week.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings related to PowerPoint and presenting.


PowerPoint Slides for Color-Blind Audiences

December 5, 2017

PowerPoint Slides for Color-Blind Audiences

Color blindness is some sort of color vision deficiency which results in differences in the way that an affected person sees and distinguishes various colors. It is mostly inherited, but can also be caused due to damage to the eye, nerve, or brain. There is no proven way to change these vision deficiencies. When a color-blind user looks at a PowerPoint slide, he or she might view it differently than other people. Even different color blind users may not see the same slide with the same vision. There are three known varieties of color-blind visions.

Test your slides for color-blind users to see how they appear to them.


Calendar Template for PowerPoint: Conversation with Chantal Bossé

December 4, 2017

Chantal Bossé

Chantal Bossé has been a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2013, and as a presentation & visual communication expert, she spends her time between writing, training, coaching and designing for her clients and speakers. First a scientific, then an instructional designer in telecommunications, she started CHABOS in 2004 to share her passion for visual communications. Chantal and her business partner inspire and empower public speakers and business people to craft and deliver world-class presentations that generate success and results. From story, message, design, delivery, equipment, and event coordination, they help their clients shine in front of their audience. In this conversation, Chantal talks about her calendar template for PowerPoint she created with John Wilson.

Read the conversation here.


Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

December 4, 2017

Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The PowerPoint 2016 interface sports the Ribbon, which is tabbed. Each of these tabs contains a set of commands. By default, PowerPoint contains eight such tabs. These eight Ribbon tabs can be customized, and you can indeed add a new Ribbon tab as well.

Learn how to reorder the Ribbon tabs and remove the custom tabs in PowerPoint 2016.


Use Macros and Scripts in PowerPoint

December 1, 2017

Use Macros and Scripts in PowerPoint

This article is not about creating your own macros or scripts to automate PowerPoint. However, if you just want to run any macros or scripts that a friend or colleague shares, then you are on the right page. You can also get many scripts from our PowerPoint VBA Snippets page.

Learn about using readymade VBA snippets in PowerPoint.


Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

December 1, 2017

Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Ribbon that you see within the PowerPoint 2016 user interface was designed to make all options easily accessible. To make more options available, you can add more tabs, rename them, and populate them with even more commands, as we will explore within this tutorial.

Learn how to add and rename Ribbon tabs in PowerPoint 2016.


How to Avoid the Four Biggest PowerPoint Color Mistake

November 30, 2017

How to Avoid the Four Biggest PowerPoint Color Mistake

PowerPoint makes it easy to use bright, vibrant colors in a presentation, which can either be good or very, very bad. Used correctly, color can draw attention to important parts of a slide, elicit a desired emotional response, or reinforce a company’s brand identity. But poor color choices can be distracting in ways you might not even be aware of. And any time your audience’s attention is focused where it shouldn’t be, they’re missing your main message.

Some of the most common results of bad color choices in PowerPoint are illegibility, unintentional associations, unclear charts, and the creation of slides that are just plain ugly!

Laura Foley explains more.


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Download and use these Polygon Center Circles in your slides for just $4.99


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