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PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018

Smile and Relax

We first revisit an article by Claudyne Wilder called Smile and Relax. We then bring you an exclusive interview with Slava Uskov of iSpring Solutions, who talks about iSpring 9, or the iSpring Suite eLearning Authoring Toolkit for PowerPoint. We also feature Jerry Weissman who explains Stage Fright.

PowerPoint users of all versions will learn about Widescreen Implementations. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can learn about the Format Task Panes and Moving Text Boxes on a Slide. PowerPoint Online users can explore Types of Shapes and Hiding/Unhiding Slides. 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.


Duplicate Shapes by Dragging in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

September 25, 2018

Duplicate Shapes by Dragging in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Shapes in PowerPoint are very useful in representing design or content, or in showing a process or a sequence. However, when you create a slide that has many such shapes, you'll find that most of your shapes may be the same size and may also share other similar attributes. Yes, you can go ahead and insert the same shape repeatedly, but that will consume much of your productive time that you could have used elsewhere! There are quicker alternatives for duplicating shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

Learn how to duplicate shapes by dragging them on a slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Simple Animation Effects in PowerPoint

September 24, 2018

Simple Animation Effects in PowerPoint

Simple animation effects in PowerPoint are just that - simple! Some of them are common and used often - others are virtually unknown. We've created this small presentation that shows six styles of simple PowerPoint animations. You can download this presentation here.

Download and use the Simple Animation Effects presentation in PowerPoint.


Reset Pictures in PowerPoint Online

September 24, 2018

Reset Pictures in PowerPoint Online

Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint presentation. This is an awesome feature because if you make many changes to a picture and then regret experimenting, you can just reset your picture rather than starting all over again! There's one caveat, though. The option to reset any picture back to its original form works only if you have not run any compression options for pictures within your presentation.

Learn how to reset pictures in PowerPoint Online.


Smile and Relax

September 21, 2018

Smile and Relax

What type of talks do you give? Are they about diseases? Are they about laying people off? Are they about problems in people’s lives? If so, then you should not smile during your presentation. Smiling when discussing serious or life-threatening situations is obviously inappropriate. But most of us do not give those types of talks — yet many people never, ever, crack a smile.

Learn more from Claudyne Wilder.


Move Text Boxes on a Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

September 21, 2018

Move Text Boxes on a Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

This tutorial is about moving text boxes rather than text placeholders. Typically text placeholders for regular text content or even slide titles are located in the same position on successive slides. So, if you really do need to move a text placeholder, do it within the Slide Master so that this change of position happens on all slides, providing a consistent look to your presentation. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can move text boxes within the Slide Area in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

Learn how to move text boxes on a slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint Online

September 20, 2018

Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint Online

Do you have a secret slide with useful information that you would rather not delete? But what if you show this slide to your audience inadvertently? How do you cope with this problem? The solution is easy: you just hide the slide. Hidden slides don’t show up in Slide Show view, but they are still available to edit and to possibly unhide when you are ready to show that slide to the world.

Learn to hide and unhide slides in PowerPoint Online.


iSpring Suite eLearning Authoring Toolkit for PowerPoint: Conversation with Slava Uskov

September 19, 2018

Slava Uskov

Slava Uskov is VP of Product Development at iSpring Solutions, an eLearning software company. Together with his team, he defines the product strategy and roadmap, conducts thorough market and customer research, and decides on new features based on actual user needs. In today’s conversation, Slava talks about the new iSpring Suite 9 and how it helps PowerPoint users create robust eLearning courses and assessments right in their preferred authoring tool.

Read the conversation here.


Types of Shapes in PowerPoint Online

September 19, 2018

Types of Shapes in PowerPoint Online

What does the word “shape” mean to you? Do you imagine a square, a circle, a heart, or even a smiley face? Yes, all those are shapes, as are the hundreds of other recognizable outlines or figures that we call shapes in our daily conversations. Shapes play a significant role within slides you create for your PowerPoint presentation. In more ways that you may want to count, shapes are like the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides. PowerPoint Online provides hundreds of shapes efficiently categorized into 8 types. You can do so much with these shapes such as formatting them with fills, lines, and effects.

Learn about different types of shapes in PowerPoint Online.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

Animated Slide: Rotated Circles with Background Fill

We begin with an exclusive post by Claudyne Wilder who explains how Argentine Tango skills can help you become a better presenter. We also look at one of PowerPoint's powerful but least documented features: combining animation with the slide background fill in our Animated Slide: Rotated Circles with Background Fill feature. We also explore how callouts can be a bullets alternative in PowerPoint slides.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows will learn about the Task Pane. PowerPoint Online can learn about Picture Styles, Resizing, Rotating, and Flipping Pictures, the Task Pane, and Changing Slide Layouts. 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.


Widescreen Implementations in PowerPoint

September 18, 2018

Widescreen Implementations in PowerPoint

PowerPoint’s implementation of the Widescreen aspect ratio has changed somewhat over the last few versions. Although this is a small change, it is important to understand what is happening behind the scenes.

Explore the gamut of Widescreen slide aspect ratio implementations in PowerPoint.


Stage Fright

September 17, 2018

Stage Fright

In the prior blog, you read about how the hero of the Hollywood film, Limitless, cures his writer’s block with a new drug that stimulates his creative capabilities. Concurrent with the film’s opening, a related article about creative paralysis appeared in the New Yorker magazine. Staff writer Dana Goodyear profiled Barry Michels, a real life therapist who treats blocked Hollywood screenwriters with his own unique methodology derived from the concepts of Jungian psychology. Mr. Michels, whose starting rate is $365 an hour, also treats the stage fright that movie colony writers and other creative people face when they have to pitch their ideas—a subject near and dear to the solar plexus of every presenter.

Read more with Jerry Weissman.


Format Task Panes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

September 17, 2018

Format Task Panes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint works with the concept of selection, and then action. And the action typically is to edit whatever you may have selected! For such editing, the Format Task pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac can be indispensable. The Format Task pane aligns neatly within the interface in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, and you can now immediately see how your choices affect selected slide objects.

Learn about Format Task Panes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


No Bullets Alternatives in PowerPoint - 01

September 14, 2018

No Bullets Alternatives in PowerPoint - 01

Countless voices will tell you that it’s a sin to make your audiences suffer with slides that are populated with bullets, but ask for a solution and the voices will diminish to just one or two. And even then, you may not be able to use all the advice!

So, here’s one option: a no-bullets alternative that uses callouts as an alternative to bulleted lists. Make sure you notice ways to get in your pictures, charts, and tables within this callout style. Also this question and answer (you can just call it a “conversation”) format will help you involve your audience much better, especially if you animate the callouts and their connectors sequentially one after the other. Even better, use the Push transition effect for your slides to get the most from this style.

Download the sample presentation and use as required.


Change Slide Layout in PowerPoint Online

September 14, 2018

Change Slide Layout in PowerPoint Online

Each PowerPoint presentation contains several slides. Let’s compare each slide to a blank canvas or an empty sheet of paper! You can thereafter add content to the slides in much the same way as you use brushes to create strokes of paint, or a pen to write. For example, do you want some text? Then you must add a text box. Want a picture? Just insert a picture and place it anywhere on your slide! Wait, this is not really the proper way to work in PowerPoint! Unlike a new canvas or a blank sheet of paper, PowerPoint does not like to provide you so unstructured freedom, and this can be good in many ways. Primarily, PowerPoint structures each slide you create into one of its prescribed layouts.

Learn how to change slide layouts in PowerPoint Online.


Animated Slide: Rotated Circles with Background Fill

September 13, 2018

Animated Slide: Rotated Circles with Background Fill

Here’s a picture that has six friends celebrating. And we used six circles to highlight faces of friends to create a rotated circle animation. To make this work, all six circles contain a slide background fill, so as to grab the content off the slide background. Simultaneously, the rest of the background fades out so that the area within the circles is highlighted.

Download and use this presentation.


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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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