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Differences between PowerPoint and Microsoft Sway

February 13, 2019

Differences between PowerPoint and Microsoft Sway

If the question is about differences between PowerPoint and Sway, then there are certainly more differences than similarities. Both are different products, intended for different audiences, and even the way in which you create and save files is not so similar for both programs. Yes, there are similarities—and that may be because both create presentations, and can include text, pictures, multimedia, and more.

Explore the differences between PowerPoint and Microsoft Sway.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 12, 2019

We first look at getting started with Microsoft Sway and creating online presentations. We then feature Claudyne Wilder who provides tips so that you are better prepared for your next presentation. We also bring back an older feature in which Hermann Narez explains how you can choose pictures effectively for slides.

PowerPoint users of all versions will learn about creating outlines in Excel. PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can explore how to Import Outlines. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac will learn about Gradient Stops for gradient fills, and how to Add Texture 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.


Tiling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

February 12, 2019

Tiling Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Tiling options are available when you add texture fills to shapes or even use a picture as a fill for a shape. Tiling can really make a difference to your shape fill. Just play around with the tiling options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, explained in this tutorial.

Explore tiling options for textures in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Return to First Slide and Audio No Longer Plays in PowerPoint

February 11, 2019

Return to First Slide and Audio No Longer Plays in PowerPoint

We hear this question so often! You set an audio clip to play across slides, and then you return to the first slide by pressing the Home button, or any other way. Now the audio no longer plays automatically. Why? The solution to this problem is essentially a workaround.

Read more here.


Sign into Microsoft Sway

February 11, 2019

Sign into Microsoft Sway

Before you start working with Sway to create your own digital presentations, reports, or documents, you must first sign in using your Microsoft account. A Microsoft account contains credentials you use to sign into any of Microsoft’s services such as Hotmail, Outlook, XBox, Live, Zune, etc. In this tutorial, we explain how you can sign into Sway.

Learn how to sign into Microsoft Sway.


Getting Started with Microsoft Sway

February 08, 2019

Getting Started with Microsoft Sway

Office Sway is a digital storytelling presentation program from Microsoft that’s now part of the Microsoft Office family. With Sway, you can create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more by combining text and media to create an online presentation. Now the term "online presentation" may lead you to believe that Sway is an alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint, but really speaking that's just not the case! You will learn more about Sway in this series of tutorials we are creating, and you will find Sway is an online program or app that sources content locally from the device in use, or from internet sources such as Bing, OneDrive, YouTube, and Facebook. It then mashes all this content to create a Sway.

Learn how to get started with Sway.


Are You Prepared?

February 07, 2019

Claudyne Wilder

You tell a colleague that you are nervous about the presentation you are giving tomorrow and she responds, "Don't worry — you'll do fine." What I would tell you is that you can feel prepared and (somewhat) relaxed if you have…

Read more with Claudyne Wilder.


Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

February 07, 2019

Add Texture Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint's fill options for shapes are extensive. The texture fills incidentally are not too different from picture fills, other than the fact that they can be tiled. PowerPoint includes a built-in library of textures, and you can also import any picture, to be used as a texture.

Add texture fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Pictures in Slides: Conversation with Hermann Narez

February 06, 2019

Hermann Narez

Hermann Narez is a graphic designer for PhotoSpin, Inc., a royalty-free stock photo company. He currently heads up the Design Services department, develops and designs print, web, and e-marketing campaigns, and maintains brand consistency across multiple print, web, and e-marketing channels. In this conversation, Hermann discusses the importance of using pictures in slides.

Read the conversation here.


Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Microsoft Excel

February 06, 2019

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.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 5, 2019

February 05, 2019

Callout Sample 04: Hand Drawn Appearance

We first bring you a post by Kurt Dupont who wonders, "But, when you put your images into PowerPoint, do your images remain high resolution? Or does PowerPoint compress images?" We also feature Jeremey Donovan who speaks about his book, Speaker, Leader, Champion. We then look at a callout example that will help you be inspired for design ideas in your next PowerPoint slide. We then look at how you can change the unit of measurement in Windows 10.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about the Tell Me feature, and explore Outline Pane Options. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac can explore tutorials on Adding Gradient Fills to Shapes and More Gradients. 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 Stops in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

February 05, 2019

Gradient Stops in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Once you add gradient fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, you may want to make the gradient fill look a little or a whole lot different. Yes, you can use the More Gradients option to add different types of gradients as fills to the shapes, but that only provides more gradient fill types, and does not let you customize the colors within the gradient.

Work with gradient stops and create new gradients in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


Import Outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

February 04, 2019

Import Outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land and concentrate on the structure of your slides rather than their appearance. Once you have the outline created, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

Learn how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2016.


Speaker, Leader, Champion: Conversation with Jeremey Donovan

February 01, 2019

Jeremey Donovan

Jeremey Donovan is Group Vice President of Marketing at Gartner Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.6 billion in annual revenue. During his career, Jeremey has led successful teams focused on market research, new product development, marketing, acquisitions, and product management. He is a three-time TEDx organizer, a TEDx speaker, a coach for many TED and TEDx speakers, and long-time member of Toastmasters International. His other books include What Great Looks Like, How To Win the Toastmasters World Championship, and How To Deliver A TED Talk: Secrets Of The World's Most Inspiring Presentations. In this conversation, Jeremey discusses his new book, Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking.

Read the conversation here.


Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows 10

February 01, 2019

Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows 10

Essentially, the unit of measurement used by Microsoft Windows 10 is determined by settings in place within the Regional Settings applet within the Control Panel. Choices available are U.S. and Metric. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can change the units from U.S. to Metric, or vice versa in Windows 10.

Learn how to change the unit of measurement from US to Metric, and vice versa in Windows 10.


Callout Sample 04: Hand Drawn Appearance

January 31, 2019

Callout Sample 04: Hand Drawn Appearance

This is part of our "sometimes" series on how you can explore design treatments for callouts within your slides. And here's another very interesting and organic sample to share. The fact that this sample does not just try to appear hand drawn, but that it actually travels all the way on the hand drawn path is what makes this stand apart.

Read more here.


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