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No Fill for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

August 1, 2018

No Fill for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

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 may be times you want just the outline to be visible. This sort of outlining focuses the part of the picture that has to be highlighted. It is in scenarios like these where it can be useful to learn how to remove any fill.

Remove fill from shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

Eyeful Insights Journal

We first feature Simon Morton from Eyeful Presentations who talks about the amazing Eyeful Insights Journal that his agency released this year. Read (or view) his interview to know about new trends in the world of presenting. Our next post goes back fourteen years, because this post is so popular! We completely updated How Do I Hide the Navigation Buttons That Appear in PowerPoint’s Slideshow View?, and you can find three ways to achieve this task, and please do leave your comments! We also bring back Cliff Atkinson's guest post from 2004, in which he explains why the price that every organization pays for bad PowerPoint is incalculable.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about Working with Guides, Using Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets, and Importing Pictures for Bullets. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can find out more about Shape Fragment and Shape Intersect commands that let you create new shapes from existing PowerPoint shapes. 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 week.

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


Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

July 31, 2018

Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint lets you change the appearance of merged shapes. However, don't assume that just because this is so easy-to-use, the end results won’t be seriously impressive. Together, there are five options that let you merge shapes, and we have already explored four of them. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can use the Subtract option to subtract one shape (or even multiple shapes), from the first selected shape.

Learn how you can use the Shape Subtract option in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Compare Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

July 30, 2018

Compare Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

While PowerPoint does have an option to automatically compare presentations, sometimes doing this comparison manually can be actually more effective, especially when you have fewer changes in the first place. You can place both presentations side by side and compare individual slides.

Learn how to compare presentation slides manually in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Eyeful Insights Journal: Conversation with Simon Morton

July 27, 2018

Simon Morton

Simon Morton founded Europe’s leading presentation design company Eyeful Presentations in 2004. His goal was big but simple – support businesses to create more powerful, engaging and effective presentations that make the most of opportunities and deliver results. 12 years, thousands of presentations and millions of engaged audience members later, Eyeful’s mission continues. In this conversation, Simon talks about the Eyeful Insights Journal.

Read more here.


Import Pictures for Bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

July 27, 2018

Import Pictures for Bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint enables you to use picture bullets rather than the conventional symbol bullets. And, while you can choose from an impressive collection of ready-to-use picture bullets, you can also import your own pictures to create a unique bullet style for your text lists. So, why would you want to import your own picture bullets? Probably because you want their color to match your company branding, or you want to use a stylized bullet that matches your logo. Whatever your reason may be, do remember that detailed graphics don't work well as bullets. The more closer your graphic looks to the conventional dot-shaped bullet, the better it will appear for consistency and visual reasons.

Learn how to import pictures for bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

July 26, 2018

Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac lets you take a bunch of selected shapes and then apply one of the five Merge Shapes options to end up with some amazing results. However, the Intersect option that we are exploring within this tutorial works a little differently than the Combine, Fragment, Subtract, or Union options that we explore in other tutorials. Before we look at how the Intersect option is different, let us understand what it does. The Intersect command works only when all selected shapes overlap each other. If any shapes do not overlap, Shape Intersect causes complete deletion of all shapes.

Learn how you can merge shapes using the Shape Intersect option in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


How Do I Hide the Navigation Buttons That Appear in PowerPoint’s Slideshow View?

July 25, 2018

How Do I Hide the Navigation Buttons That Appear in PowerPoint’s Slideshow View?

If you don’t want the navigation buttons such as the arrows (for Before and Next slides), Pen and Menu to be visible when you play your PowerPoint presentation, you can choose from three options.

Read more here.


Use Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

July 25, 2018

Use Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint provides you with umpteen options to change the appearance of your bullet points. You can change bullet styles, format the bullet size and its color, and use pictures as bullets. In addition, you can use a character from any font, including dingbats as a bullet. So what are dingbats? Dingbats are fonts which contain decorative symbols rather than alphabets and numbers. Wingdings is a good example of a dingbats font since it is installed by default on all computers.

Learn how to use dingbats and other characters as bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018

Bitmaps and Vector Graphics

We first explore differences between bitmap and vector graphics. We also feature Gil Segal of ToolsToo in an interview where he talks about v7.2 of his PowerPoint add-in. Bess Gallanis looks at SOCO, that stands for single, overriding communications objective to make your stories stand apart.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can explore Guide Options, Hierarchical Guide Options, and Picture Bullets. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can learn about Shape Combine and Shape Union commands. 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 week.

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


Shape Fragment Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

July 24, 2018

Shape Fragment Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac provides five options within the Merge Shapes gallery. While four of the five options either remove or retain something, the fifth option known as Fragment finds common ground by keeping everything. Yes, it discards nothing at all. In fact, it "fragments" each possible division caused by overlapping shapes and turns them into many small shapes.

Create new shapes that overlap or surround each other using the Fragment command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


A Broken PowerPoint Culture

July 23, 2018

Cliff Atkinson

Unfortunately it’s not just NASA and Boeing that find their cultures both reflected and crippled by this seemingly benign presentation graphics tool. Like huge mirrors hanging on the walls, PowerPoint is an open secret that lays bare the inner thoughts of every organization. For anyone who has the eyes to see, every title, bullet point, image, transition and animation reveals volumes about the tone and tenor of the organization, its openness to creativity and innovation, and its tolerance for thinking and presenting inside and outside of the organizational box.

In this post, Cliff Atkinson explains why the price that every organization pays for bad PowerPoint is incalculable. He looks at transforming PowerPoint to make it a reflection of an organization’s positive attributes.


Working with Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

July 23, 2018

Working with Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Let’s start with the basics, what are Guides? Consider Guides as a Grid on your slide that you create. Each single Guide can be moved, added, or deleted. Guides also have snap options that are always on. Once the Guides are made visible on the slide, all objects that venture close enough to them just snap. Along with Rulers and Gridlines, Guides help you position your slide objects with more precision, and you can make them work for you.

Learn how to work with Guides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Bitmaps and Vector Graphics

July 20, 2018

Bitmaps and Vector Graphics

Have you wondered why some pictures show jaggies on the edges when they are resized larger. Or why some pictures don’t show jaggies when enlarged? Those jaggies have more to do with the type of graphics you’re resizing, and broadly speaking, there are two types of computer graphics: bitmaps and vector graphics. If you use graphics often, understanding these two formats, their differences, and how they are created is essential. To put in a nutshell, bitmap graphics get the jaggies when they are resized. And vector graphics can be resized to any extent without the pixelated jaggies.

Learn about the differences between Bitmaps and Vector Graphics.


Hierarchical Guide Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

July 20, 2018

Hierarchical Guide Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Enabling Guides for your presentation slides helps ensure that your objects are easily aligned, and also in the same relative position in successive slides. But just enabling Guides is more like getting started. There’s so much more you can do, such as customizing the Guides themselves using hierarchical options.

Learn about the hierarchical Guide options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

July 19, 2018

Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

The Union command is part of Merge Shapes commands in PowerPoint that lets you unite two or more shapes with each other. The benefit of the Shape Union option is that you can quickly create complex shapes that may not have been easy to accomplish otherwise within PowerPoint. The Union command combines all overlapping and non-overlapping areas of shapes, subtracts nothing, and retains formatting of first selected shape.

Learn how you can unite shapes together in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


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