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Resizing Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

August 16, 2018

Resizing Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Once you insert shapes on a slide, you may realize that it's not the perfect size. Did you want it larger, or a wee bit smaller? However you want your shapes resized, it's easy to make the size change in a jiffy, right inside PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. Like most Microsoft Office programs, PowerPoint follows the concept of selection, then action. So, the first thing you may need to do to a shape that you want to be resized is to select it! Any shape that is selected shows several handles.

Learn how to resize shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018

Text Fill from Picture in PowerPoint

We first look at a charting problem in PowerPoint that prevents display of data labels in older versions of PowerPoint. We then share a video tutorial on how you can fill text in PowerPoint with a picture effectively.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users will learn about Comparing and Merging Presentations, Resetting Slides, and Changing Bulleted Lists to Numbered Lists. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can explore the File Menu and Backstage View and can learn about Selecting and Deselecting 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.


Types of Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

August 14, 2018

Types of Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Shapes play a significant role within any slides you create for your PowerPoint presentation. In many ways, shapes are like the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides. PowerPoint provides hundreds of shapes efficiently categorized into 9 types or categories. You can do so much with these shapes. For example, you can combine shapes to create your own unique shapes, format shapes with fills, lines, and effects, and even group or layer them to create more amazing graphics. You can even create flowcharts with these shapes. This tutorial explores the various types of shapes available within PowerPoint.

Learn about different types of shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Duplicate Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

August 13, 2018

Duplicate Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Duplicating slides is a task that can be helpful, yet its value is not always understood. The first question asked is why would anyone want to duplicate slides? There are many reasons to do so. You may want to create another slide that is similar to what you already have. You may also want to use the same slide twice, or create a slightly edited chart than what you already have on an existing slide. Duplicating and editing a slide is easier than redoing it again.

Learn how to duplicate slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Change Bulleted List to Numbered List in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

August 10, 2018

Change Bulleted List to Numbered List in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

In PowerPoint, when you type text within a text or Content placeholder, the default result is that you end up creating a bulleted list. Also, when you import an outline, all the content other than the slide titles ends up becoming bulleted text. While this may work in some situations, at other times you may want to either remove the bullets altogether, or convert it to a numbered list.

Learn how to change a bulleted list to a numbered list in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Text Fill from Picture in PowerPoint

August 9, 2018

Text Fill from Picture in PowerPoint

In today's post, I'm sharing a video I created that shows how you can add a picture fill to your text in PowerPoint. This trick works in almost all versions of PowerPoint, although I am using PowerPoint 2016 for Windows in this demo video. The best part about this trick is that you can use any picture, including a picture from the same slide to fill up the text. This gives the entire slide a unified and understated look.

Read more here.


Data Labels Show [CELLRANGE] Rather Than the Expected Value or Number in PowerPoint Charts

August 9, 2018

Data Labels Show [CELLRANGE] Rather Than the Expected Value or Number in PowerPoint Charts

Do you see charts with data labels that read [CELLRANGE] rather than a real value or number? Do you see this behavior more in PowerPoint slides you receive from others, rather than the slides you create yourself? This is a known bug, and can effect users of PowerPoint 2010 and older versions if they open slides with charts created in PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions.

Read more here.


Select and Deselect Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

August 9, 2018

Select and Deselect Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Before you change or format something, PowerPoint expects you to first to make a selection, and then do something such as clicking a button to perform an action for the selected slide objects. If you cannot select an object, then you cannot modify it at all. Although this tutorial explains how you can select shapes on a slide, the process works the same way for any other slide object.

Learn how to select and deselect single and multiple shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

August 8, 2018

Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Sometimes we come across slides that can be hazardous to our vision! One look at such a slide, and it really doesn’t matter if the content is great or not. The reason why it no longer matters is because such slides have nothing understated about them, and they seem to ensure that audiences get distracted. You might end up with a similar slide for no fault of yours, because someone else prepared them for you! You now need to eradicate all the formatting on the slide to make it look more simple and clean. You may need to change the position, size, and text layout for the placeholders on the slide too. Fortunately, there is an easy, one-click process to restore some sanity in such slides.

Learn how to reset your slide formatting with one click in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 7, 2018

August 7, 2018

Ten Easy Topics for Pecha Kucha

“We first bring you ten ideas for presentations that you can use in a Pecha Kucha presentation. You can use these same ideas in other presentations too. We also feature Jerry Weissman who talks about Six Ways to Win With Words.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about Comparing Presentations Manually, and Creating Your Own Picture Bullets. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can find out more about the Shape Subtract command that let you create new shapes from existing PowerPoint shapes. We also cover No Fill for Shapes and the Presentation Gallery. 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.


File Menu and Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

August 7, 2018

File Menu and Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Backstage view is not akin to other PowerPoint views such as Slide Sorter view or Normal view that relate to working with slides. In fact, Backstage view is not a view in those terms, because you can be using Normal view (to work with slides) and Backstage view (to work with options) at the same time. Consider Backstage view as an over-sized menu that gives you access to many options. In PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, Backstage view and Presentation Gallery are one and the same for most purposes, except the way they are accessed. Let us explore existing features within Backstage view.

Explore Backstage view in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Comparing and Merging Presentations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

August 6, 2018

Comparing and Merging Presentations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Yes, you can manually compare side by side, as explained in our Compare Presentations in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This option works great if there are very few changes. For anything more involved, you will want to use the Compare feature that combines two presentations provided by you, and then shows you the differences between them.

Learn how to compare and merge presentations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Six Ways to Win With Words

August 3, 2018

Six Ways to Win With Words

“Words, words, words! I get words all day through,” are the exasperated lyrics exclaimed by the title character of My Fair Lady, the classic musical play and film. Her exasperation is with the speech professor who is drilling her in word skills as part of an effort to elevate her social status from flower girl to an upper-class lady. Henry Higgins, the play’s fictional professor, is also exasperated—and so are countless real speech teachers and coaches, writers, and editors—with the decline of the English language. The drive for status in the play is a perfect parallel with the drive for career advancement in business; and one of the primary means to both ends is the same: a person’s speech.

Read more with Jerry Weissman.


Presentation Gallery in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

August 3, 2018

Presentation Gallery in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

When launched, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac typically opens the New Pane of Backstage view that contains the Presentation Gallery. The Presentation Gallery provides several ways to start your new presentation using a Template, a Theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or even a blank presentation.

Explore the Presentation Gallery in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Create Your Own Picture Bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

August 2, 2018

Create Your Own Picture Bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

You have already learned about picture bullets, and how you can import any picture and use it as a custom bullet. You can also create your own picture bullets to use in presentations, and these can be created right within PowerPoint!

Learn how to create your own picture bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Ten Easy Topics for Pecha Kucha

August 1, 2018

Ten Easy Topics for Pecha Kucha

We have so many interactive and communicative visitors on Indezine.com. One question that has come up often is about topics for Pecha Kucha presentations. Let’s start with wondering about why do readers ask for topic ideas? Why not choose something that’s close to their heart or something that inspires them? That’s because Pecha Kucha presentations are not your typical PowerPoint slide decks. The second reason people ask for topic ideas is that this might be their first Pecha Kucha presentation, and they are not sure what will work, and what won’t.

Read more here.


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