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Page 310 of PowerPoint tutorials, presentation essentials, personality interviews, and PowerPoint news.


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How to Make Long-Lasting Change

January 18, 2019

How to Make Long-Lasting Change

When I took the decision to join a speakers club 12 years ago I didn’t realize the positive changes that would follow. I had no idea that it would lead me to doing a doctorate and that this in turn would lead to me making lasting changes in my life. I became of member of a Toastmasters speakers club to get over my fear of giving presentations to the project teams I was leading. It worked!

Learn more with Jean Gamester.


Repair Office and PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

January 18, 2019

Repair Office and PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows was released on October 11, 2012. It is the successor of the previous version, Office 2010, and among the most used programs across the globe. However, after using the Office 2013 programs such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel repeatedly, there may be times when these applications face some serious issues such as crashes, corrupted files, etc. And in some scenarios, you may not be able to run any Office 2013 application. At this point in time, you may wish to perform some magical process that will resolve the issue.

Learn how to repair Office and PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 17, 2019

Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Whenever a new shape is inserted on a slide in PowerPoint, it is filled by default with a solid color (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). Other than a solid fill type, PowerPoint provides several more options that let you fill a shape with a picture, a gradient, a pattern, or a texture, and we have explored these other fill options in our Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can work with solid color fills.

Add solid fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Thin Smiles, Thinner Audiences!

January 16, 2019

Thin Smiles, Thinner Audiences!

Yesterday evening, our bank invited us to a presentation by one of their insurance consultants–and that caused me to run into something I have never experienced before in more than a decade of presenting and teaching people how to present! What I encountered was a thin smile. The presenter had this thin smile plastered on his face right from the start to the end of his presentation, and that lasted for a good hour and half. Fortunately, I had my iPad with me–so I used it to good advantage to pencil all my thoughts immediately!

Read more here.


Removing Customizations from PCB Files in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

January 16, 2019

Removing Customizations from PCB Files in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint add-ins help in adding new capabilities that can polish your presentation in many ways. But when the time comes to uninstall these add-ins for whatsoever reason, you might be surprised to find their menu customizations, such as buttons that represent add-in features still exist! Click those menu extensions and nothing may happen, but these menu options are still there! In another scenario, you may have customized your PowerPoint menus and toolbars to a large extent. Now, you want to restore everything to a pristine state, almost like how the interface looked when you first installed PowerPoint. In either case, it is possible to lose all these customizations. The key to this solution lies in PCB files.

Learn how to remove customizations from PowerPoint’s PCB files in PowerPoint 2016.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 15, 2019

January 15, 2019

Photoshop Tutorials

We first explore the topic of font sizes in a slide, and how much smaller you can go with font sizes to ensure that the last person in the room can read your slide content. We also invite you to Taylor Croonquist's PowerPoint Shortcut Secrets webinar for 2019. We then explore some Photoshop tutorials that will benefit PowerPoint users. We also look at using Photos in Presentations.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn how to Repair Office and PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can explore Gradient Fills for Text. PowerPoint 2010 for Windows will learn about Creating Anchor Points for Connectors, and PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can explore Gradient Outlines, and the Account Tab in Backstage View. 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.


Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 15, 2019

Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

When you insert shapes on a PowerPoint slide, you will notice that all shapes you insert contain the same fill. Most of the time, the shapes may contain a solid color fill. Similarly, you may insert hundreds of shapes and they all have this same default fill. Have you ever wanted to change this fill to something else? You can change the fill of any shape to a solid color fill, or even change the fill type altogether to a pattern, texture, or picture.

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


Repair Office and PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

January 11, 2019

Repair Office and PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows was released on September 22, 2015. It is the successor of the previous version, Office 2013, and among the most used programs across the globe. However, after using the Office 2016 programs such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel repeatedly, there may be times when these applications face some serious issues such as crashes, corrupted files, etc. And in some scenarios, you may not be able to run any Office 2016 application. At this point in time, you may wish to perform some magical process that will resolve the issue.

Learn how to repair Office and PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Account Tab in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 10, 2019

Account Tab in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

In PowerPoint, and in other Office 2016 programs on the Mac, you typically need to sign in to a Microsoft Account so that you can access saved settings, customizations, and even some files off the cloud. You typically do this by managing your Account, right inside PowerPoint or another Office 2016 program such as Word and Excel. The Account tab in Backstage view is not as full-featured as what you see within PowerPoint 2016 for Windows, but most options can be found elsewhere, as we will explore within this tutorial.

Learn about options within the Account tab of Backstage view in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Gradient Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

January 09, 2019

Gradient Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

By default, all text that you add within PowerPoint may be filled up with a solid color. And while that’s predictable and good, there are some other options that you may want to explore, especially for title text or anything that uses text in a larger point size. One alternative is text filled with a gradient — this can look contemporary and classic, or even ghastly and gaudy! It all depends on the type of gradients you use to fill your text!

Learn how to add gradient fills to selected text in PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 8, 2019

January 08, 2019

Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

We look at how you can Apply Two or More Animations to One Object at the Same Time in PowerPoint. We also invite you to a PowerPoint Shortcut Secrets for 2019 webinar by Taylor Croonquist. We also explore the different Flowchart symbols, and what they mean.

PowerPoint users of all versions can learn about Drawing Arcs. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can explore Creating Semi-Circles and Character Spacing. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can learn about Adding Slide Background Fill to 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.


Gradient Outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 08, 2019

Gradient Outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint provides plenty of options to format Shape Outlines, and this tutorial explores an attribute that's rarely associated with shape outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to lines that are thicker in weight. This attribute, Gradient Outlines is not accessible from the Shape Outline gallery in the Ribbon but directly from the Format Shape Task Pane.

Apply gradients to outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Creating Anchor Points for Connectors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

January 07, 2019

Creating Anchor Points for Connectors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

While PowerPoint lets you attach a connector to any slide object, these connectors can only be attached to wherever you see an anchor point on the slide object. Most of the time, the location of these anchor points may work well for you — however, in certain scenarios, you may want additional anchor points at a particular location. The good news is that you can add new anchor points for shapes and text boxes using the technique explained on this page. For text placeholders though, you cannot add new anchor points. If you need more anchor points for pictures, it is suggested that you use any shape as a container for a picture fill, and add anchor points as required for the container shape.

Learn how to create Anchor Points for connectors in PowerPoint 2010.


Photoshop Tutorials

January 07, 2019

Photoshop Tutorials

We have a bunch of Photoshop tutorials that are geared towards PowerPoint users, but even otherwise, these can be very helpful to many other users. We look at PNG cutouts, creating gradients in Difference mode, TIFF and Alpha channel export, Reticulation and Gaussian Blur effects, plus using shapes from Illustrator.

Explore Photoshop tutorials, including information on how to use Photoshop effectively for PowerPoint users.


Drawing Arcs in PowerPoint

January 04, 2019

Drawing Arcs in PowerPoint

There are so many shapes in PowerPoint — from the basic Rectangle and Oval to the fancy Pie and Smiley Face! You can use these shapes as they are, or you can use the Merge Shape commands to create your own unique shapes. However, even if you do not create new shapes, there are some existing shapes that can be used in myriad ways — one of these is the Arc shape, that we will explore today. The Arc shape is quite easy to use — and in fact, you’ll find so much similarity between how the Arc and the Pie shapes appear and work — and some differences too.

Explore how you can draw an Arc shape in PowerPoint.


Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 03, 2019

Add Slide Background Fill to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

You have already learned how to add different fills for shapes. Just like the Pattern fill option, there is one more hidden shape fill option which you can't access from the Shape fill gallery, yet this is one of those fantastic PowerPoint features that you have to use to believe! The Slide Background fill option is different from other shape fill options because instead of filling something into the selected shape, it makes the slide background area behind the shape visible into the selected shape.

Apply slide background fill to shapes PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

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Polygon Center Circles for PowerPoint

These special circles have polygon centers: the centers are made of triangles, squares, pentagons, and hexagons! And based on the sides of the polygon, the rest of the circle has that many segments.

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


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