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Indezine Halloween PowerPoint Kit

October 25, 2018

Indezine Halloween PowerPoint Kit

The Indezine Halloween PowerPoint Kit is a self-contained set of content that provides everything you need to create picture slides for PowerPoint. This kit contains a Halloween PowerPoint Theme, a scary font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some pictures, and even a few sample slides. Use this kit as a starting point to create your own picture slides! Then you can email your creations, or share them as a movie clip using PowerPoint’s Create a Video option. You can also upload the presentation to online sharing sites.

Download and use this Halloween PowerPoint Kit.


Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

October 25, 2018

Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Fonts are more than just pretty characters, and your choice of fonts can have a profound effect on how readable your text is to the audience. We have already explored how you can format font styles to make your text bold, italicized, underlined, etc. Beyond these basic offerings, PowerPoint 2016's Font dialog box offers some advanced format options for selected text. You can still change the font type, set the font size, color, and other font attributes in this dialog box, and you can also do more. In this tutorial, we'll explore font format options within the Font dialog box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

Explore options within the Font dialog box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

October 24, 2018

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.


Do You Get in Your Own Way?

October 23, 2018

Do You Get in Your Own Way?

Can I walk around when I talk? What’s wrong with standing on the right side of the screen? Why can’t I use the arrow keys to move my slides forward, or get someone else to do it for me? What happens when you get in your own way as you present? You dilute the message, distracting both the audience and yourself. You lose the intent and focus of the talk. Here are some ideas on how not to get in your own way.

Read more with Claudyne Wilder.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018

Build-a-Graphic: Conversation with Mike Parkinson

We first bring you an interview with Mike Parkinson, who talks about Build-a-Graphic, a collection of graphics that "helps every PowerPoint user—non-designers and designers alike—make better content and graphics while saving money and time." We also feature Ken Hilliard, who talks about his PowerPlayer device to display presentations that "includes hardware, software and a cloud-based content management service (CMS). All a customer needs are a TV display with HDMI and Wifi Internet at the TV point’s location."

For all presenters, we look at how you can create PowerPoint Outlines in Microsoft Excel, and in Word Online. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can explore how to Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting and Customize Quick Access Toolbar. 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.


Font Types and Sizes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

October 23, 2018

Font Types and Sizes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Type text within PowerPoint, and the font type and size are decided for you, based on the Theme applied to your presentation. For example, if you use PowerPoint's default Office Theme, then all your typed text will sport the Calibri typeface. You can quickly change the Theme Fonts set altogether for your presentation, and all text instances will switch to the default typefaces of the new Theme or Theme Fonts set. However, there may be times when you want to override these defaults and choose a typeface that is different, or even a different font size. Let us now explore how you can choose different font types and change the font size of the selected text on the slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

Explore how you can change font types and sizes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

October 22, 2018

Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Quick Access Toolbar or QAT is the only toolbar available in PowerPoint. This toolbar can be customized and can contain your most-used commands so that they are accessible to you with just a single click. There are two ways in which you can add your favorite commands to the QAT. The easier way is to right-click any button on the Ribbon tabs and choose the Add to Quick Access Toolbar option.

Learn how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

October 19, 2018

Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

The Quick Access Toolbar or QAT is the only toolbar available in PowerPoint. This toolbar can be customized and can contain your most-used commands so that they are accessible to you with just a single click. Follow these steps to customize the QAT in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac by adding your frequently used commands.

Learn how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Build-a-Graphic: Conversation with Mike Parkinson

October 17, 2018

Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson is one of 34 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world. He is an internationally recognized visual communication expert, professional speaker, and a #1 bestselling Amazon author. He regularly conducts workshops and creates graphics, presentations, proposals, and learning materials for companies like Microsoft, FedEx, Xerox, Dell, Pfizer, and Boeing as well as at learning institutions and organizations around the world. In this conversation, Mike talks about Build-a-Graphic.

Read the conversation here.


Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

October 17, 2018

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Further, the Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed.

Learn how to convert PowerPoint text into individual, editable shapes using the Fragment command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

Animate 3D Models in PowerPoint Without Morph

We begin by exploring how you can animate 3D models in PowerPoint without using the Morph transition effect. This can be done via the new 3D animations. We also explore the topic of finding fonts that PowerPoint substituted without asking you. And if you changed your slide size to end up with a deck that loses fonts, backgrounds, and colors, you'll want to read how you can avoid this problem.

We look at creating PowerPoint Outlines in Notepad for Windows, and using Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can explore Smart Dynamic Guides and Inserting a Text Box. PowerPoint Online users can find out the differences between Text Placeholders and Text Boxes. 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.


Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Word Online

October 16, 2018

Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Word Online

The outline encompasses the text content within your presentation slides. In many ways, this text is the story or the structure of your presentation and forms an ideal starting point for a bunch of slides. PowerPoint can import outlines created in many applications, and we have already shown you how you can create outlines for PowerPoint presentations in various versions of Microsoft Word. In this tutorial, we will create the outline using Word Online, the browser-based version of Microsoft Word.

Learn how to create outlines for presentations in Microsoft Word Online, formatted for failsafe import into Microsoft PowerPoint.


PowerPlayer: Conversation with Ken Hilliard

October 15, 2018

Ken Hilliard

Ken Hilliard, is CEO of Power Digital Signage, and has over 35 years’ experience in the design and development of networked systems with an emphasis on distributed architecture. He worked as a software developer and consultant for companies as diverse as Microsoft, IBM, NSA and General Electric. He holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science. In this conversation, Ken talks about PowerPlayer.

Read the conversation here.


Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Microsoft Excel

October 15, 2018

Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Excel

Typically, the last thing I would want to do is create my presentation outline in a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel. In one of my training sessions, I was showing participants how they could create presentation outlines for PowerPoint in Notepad or Microsoft Word, and one of the attendees wanted to know how he could create an outline in Excel! To understand why anyone would want to create an outline in Excel, you probably need to be an Excel junkie. Rather than go and discuss what an Excel junkie means, I’ll show you how an outline can indeed be created in Excel. This technique works on all versions of Excel for Windows and Mac OS X.

Learn to create a PowerPoint outline in Excel.


Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

October 12, 2018

Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

In PowerPoint, there are some differences between text placeholders and text boxes. As far as formatting for text placeholders and text boxes is concerned, almost everything else does work in the same way. However, there is one more vital difference between a text placeholder and a text box. You cannot insert text placeholders on a slide since they are part of the layout for your slide and already exist when you insert a new slide. Text boxes on the other hand need to be inserted manually.

Learn how to insert a text box on a slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes in PowerPoint Online

October 11, 2018

Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes in PowerPoint

PowerPoint has three types of text containers: Text Placeholders, Text Boxes, and Shapes. We explain Shapes in our comprehensive section on Shape tutorials. Let us now look at the other two text container types. Aren't Text Placeholders and Text Boxes the same? Are they really different? And why should we bother even if they are different?

Learn about the differences between text placeholders and Text Boxes in PowerPoint Online.

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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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