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More Gradients in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 31, 2019

More Gradients in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Add a gradient fill to your shape, and you may run into limitations! PowerPoint's default gradient options choose all the gradient colors for you, and all available gradients seem to be based on the same color family. While this sort of restraint does keep your slides looking consistent and aesthetic, they also prevent you from playing more with gradients. To explore more, you must choose the More Gradients option. This option leads you to a detailed gradient editor that's capable of making changes to the gradient type, direction, angle, color, etc. In this tutorial, we explain these extra gradient options available within PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

Explore the More Gradients option for shape fills in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Outline Pane Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

January 30, 2019

Outline Pane Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Outline view in PowerPoint 2016 essentially brings up the Outline pane on the left side of PowerPoint 2016 interface. Note that this now replaces the Slides Pane that shows up in Normal view. Also, any changes you want to make to your outline can be made through right-click options, and we'll show you how you can do so.

Explore Outline pane options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Add Gradient Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 29, 2019

Add Gradient Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Gradient fills are typically blended fills between two or more colors that graduate from one color to another. Although shapes filled with gradients look so incredible, make sure you choose the colors that form the gradient very carefully. PowePoint's basic gradients are all very useable since they just blend a Theme color with white or black, making the resultant gradient lighter or darker.

Add gradient fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 29, 2019

January 28, 2019

Add Picture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

We first explore a checklist for digital signage presentations, created by Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint. We then look at the new Embedded 3D Animations in Office 365 versions of PowerPoint. Old time PowerPoint users will love the Alternatives for Office Clip Art Gallery article and all users can learn from our Getting Started with Morph feature.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can explore Getting Started with Sections and Setting Standard 4:3 Aspect Ratio as the Default. We also explore differences between Text Placeholders and Text Boxes. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can learn how to Add Picture Fills to Shapes and Advanced Picture Fill Options. 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.


Does PowerPoint Compress Images?

January 28, 2019

Does PowerPoint Compress Images?

Some people use PowerPoint for advertisements and information screens. Typically for those type of presentations, you need to create astonishing presentations with great visuals. For them, showing high-resolution quality images in PowerPoint are crucial! But, when you put your images into PowerPoint, do your images remain high resolution? Or does PowerPoint compress images?

Read more in this post by Kurt Dupont.


Tell Me in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

January 28, 2019

Tell Me in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Everyone who uses PowerPoint has faced this situation: you know what you want to do with a slide or a slide object, but you don't know where to find the related option in PowerPoint! PowerPoint 2016 for Windows has a feature called Tell Me that will tell you what you need to do! Tell Me is a text field that you can see in PowerPoint after the last Tab of the Ribbon.

Learn about the Tell Me feature in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Checklist for Using PowerPoint for Digital Signage Presentations

January 25, 2019

Checklist for Using PowerPoint for Digital Signage Presentations

Haven't you seen those signage boards everywhere, from restaurants to airports, and from conferences to corporate reception areas? Do you know what makes them run? What makes the screens change? What makes the information get updated? And by information, we mean everything from flight timings to menu prices, to video clips and weather conditions!

Read more in this post by Kurt Dupont.


Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

January 25, 2019

Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes in PowerPoint

PowerPoint has three types of text container: 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 different? Moreover, why should we bother even if they are different? All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the most important foundations in learning to create more structured presentations.

Learn about the differences between text placeholders and text boxes in PowerPoint 2016.


Set Standard 4:3 Aspect Ratio as Default in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

January 24, 2019

Set Standard 4:3 Aspect Ratio as Default in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We explored and complained about how PowerPoint 2016 has made widescreen (16:9) as the default aspect ratio for new presentations. Although you can change all these new presentations from Widescreen (16:9) to Standard (4:3) aspect ratio quite easily, it can be a pain to remember doing so each time you create a new presentation! Of course, if you are happy with 16:9 slides, then you need not read the rest of this tutorial — for everyone else, we’ll show how you can set your default aspect ratio to Standard (4:3).

Learn how to set the standard 4:3 aspect ratio as the default for new presentations in PowerPoint 2016.


Advanced Picture Fill Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 24, 2019

Advanced Picture Fill Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

After you apply a picture fill for a shape, you can explore options for transparency, tiling, etc. in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. These extra options can help if you want your picture fill to stand apart and look out of the ordinary.

Explore advanced picture fill options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Getting Started with Morph in PowerPoint

January 23, 2019

Getting Started with Morph in PowerPoint

Every new release of PowerPoint brings forth new features, but only a few of them have made people sit up and take notice. The most popular of these few changes has been the Morph transition effect. Now, the Morph transition effect is not available to everyone; at the time of writing, this new transition effect was only available to PowerPoint 2016 users on both Windows and Mac platforms who have a current Office 365 subscription. Additionally, some phone and tablet platforms, and also selected accounts of PowerPoint Online support the Morph transition.

Learn how you can get started with the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint.


Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

January 23, 2019

Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Sections in PowerPoint is a feature that lets you organize slides into segments or divisions for easier management. For instance, if you have many slides, you may find the content difficult to handle, edit, or even deliver. And if you have a few slides, even then you may have the need to organize them logically in Sections. The Section option within PowerPoint 2016 enables you to divide your presentation slides into logical parts.

Sections in PowerPoint 2016 can help organize your presentation in logical parts.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019

How to Make Long-Lasting Change

We all know that smiling is so good, but then, you must not smile too much. Yes, too much smiling is not good, at least while presenting as you will learn in our Thin Smiles, Thinner Audiences feature. We also bring you an exclusive post by Jean Gamester of Toastmasters, who explores making Long-Lasting change.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about Removing Customizations from PCB Files. PowerPoint 2013 for Windows users can Repair Office and PowerPoint, if they see frequent errors and crashes. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can learn about Fills for Shapes, and Adding Solid Fills 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.


Add Picture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

January 22, 2019

Add Picture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Picture fills may appear convincing or confusing depending upon the type of picture you use for the fill. Do remember that using a detailed or crowded picture as a fill for a small shape will get you no awards for slide design! It is best to use pictures that have one focused object or are subtle in nature for this purpose. Any shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac can be provided with a picture fill in the same way as you add or change solid fills or gradient fills.

Add picture fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


New Features in PowerPoint: Embedded 3D Animations

January 21, 2019

New Features in PowerPoint: Embedded 3D Animations

PowerPoint's 3D experiences get more enhanced all the time. To begin with, the only way you could animate 3D models was by using the Morph transition effect. Next, you could use the 3D animations. But now, with the new embedded 3D animations feature, you no longer even need to animate, because these new 3D models are already pre-animated!

Learn more here.


Alternatives for Office Clip Art Gallery

January 21, 2019

Alternatives for Office Clip Art Gallery

Microsoft's Office Clip Art Gallery, which was earlier known as Office Online is being shut down. This includes Microsoft's Office.com Clip Art and image search service, and also the Clip Art task panes in Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. The question then is, so what should you do when Office Clip Art goes offline? Here are some possible answers, alternatives, and workarounds.

Explore alternatives for Microsoft's discontinued Office Clip Art Gallery.


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The Star Wars Style Credits Animation presentation includes a sample slide in which the credits animate in the Star Wars style. You can download this presentation and change the text in the animated text boxes as required.

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