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PowerPoint 2010

This page contains a listing of all the content we have created for PowerPoint 2010. You will find detailed pages on each new feature introduced in this version, and also tutorials on all other features.

New Features in PowerPoint 2010

Here's a listing of new features in PowerPoint 2010 tutorials. If there's a link available, click it to get a more detailed explanation of the feature:

1. File Menu and Backstage View

In PowerPoint 2010, the Office Button is replaced by the File menu! However this File menu is completely different from what you might have used in older versions of PowerPoint.

2. Getting Started with Sections

The Section option is new within PowerPoint 2010, and enables you to divide your presentation slides into logical parts.

3. Dynamic Content Transitions

When Dynamic Content transitions are applied to your slide, the actual transition occurs on all areas of the slide except the backgrounds, making your content move independently on and off the screen.

4. Compare and Merge Presentations

This feature combines two presentations and then shows you the differences between them. You can then decide which changes to include and which ones to discard.

5. Trim Audio Clips

Trim your video Clips and audio clips to remove the portions that are not relevant to the message of your presentation, or just to make them short.

6. Bookmark your Audio and Video Clips

Add bookmarks to your audio and video clips to access a particular position quickly, without having to manually scrub within the Player Controls bar.

7. Artistic Effects for Pictures

Some Artistic Effects can make your pictures look like paintings or sketches, and others can change the texture of your pictures.

8. Remove Background from Pictures

This option can be used to remove a part of your picture to make a transparent background.

9. Crop Pictures with More Precision

The new Crop tool includes options to crop pictures to shapes and also to reposition picture fills with Fit and Fill options to achieve great results.

10. Animation Painter

Animation Painter copies animation attributes from one slide object to another just like Format Painter.

11. Screenshot Option

Screenshot option allows you to quickly and easily add a screenshot on your slide, being within PowerPoint.

12. Add SmartArt Graphics

All available SmartArt is available in different SmartArt categories. In addition to these categories, you can also add an additional SmartArt category that shows content from

13.Picture Layouts

Picutre Layout option converts selected picture(s) into SmartArt, in the same way as the Convert to SmartArt option convers text to SmartArt.

Interface & Basics

Interface - Overview

  1. Where is PowerPoint? -- Locate
  2. PowerPoint 2010 Interface
  3. Ribbon and Tabs
  4. Status Bar
  5. Notes Pane
  6. Slide Area
  7. Task Pane
  8. Mini Toolbar
  9. Slides and Outline Pane
  10. Quick Access Toolbar
  11. Live Preview
  12. Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations
  13. Using the Pen and Highlighter Tools in Slide Show View
  14. Ink Tools
  15. Slide Dimensions in PowerPoint - Size Differences
  16. Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs
  17. Set PowerPoint 2010 as the Default Version

Working with QAT and Ribbons

  1. Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs
  2. Customize Quick Access Toolbar
  3. Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs
  4. Adding Commands to Custom Groups


  1. PowerPoint 2010 Views
  2. Normal View
  3. Slide Sorter View
  4. Notes Page View
  5. Reading View
  6. Slide Master View
  7. Handout Master View
  8. Notes Master View
  9. Slide Show View
  10. Presenter View
  11. Outline View

File Types, File Menu, and Backstage View

  1. File Formats
  2. File Types That Can be Opened
  3. File Menu and Backstage View
  4. Backstage: Save and Save As Options
  5. Backstage: Open, Close, and Exit
  6. Backstage: Info
  7. Backstage: Recent Option
  8. Backstage: New Option
  9. Backstage View - Print Option
  10. Backstage View - Save and Send Options
  11. Backstage View - Help Options
  12. Backstage View – Program Options
  13. General Program Options
  14. Advanced Program Options
  15. Identify 32-Bit or 64-Bit

Working with Slides

  1. Inserting a New Slide
  2. Hide/Unhide Slides
  3. Duplicate Slides
  4. Change Slide Layout
  5. Reuse Slides
  6. Reuse Slides Through Drag and Drop
  7. Rulers
  8. Gridlines
  9. Guides
  10. Adding More Guides
  11. Snap to Grid Settings
  12. Working with Snap to Grid
  13. Working with Guides
  14. Smart Guides
  15. Compare Presentations
  16. Reset Slide
  17. Comparing and Merging Presentations

Headers and Footers in Slides

  1. Headers and Footers in Slides
  2. Headers and Footers in Notes and Handout Pages
  3. Working with Slide Numbers
  4. Slide Numbers within Slide Master

Slide Aspect Ratio

  1. Change Presentation Aspect Ratio from Standard to Widescreen


  1. Getting Started with Sections
  2. Adding and Renaming Sections
  3. Moving Slides Between Sections
  4. Removing Sections
  5. Reordering Sections
  6. Viewing Sections

Text and Outlines

  1. Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes
  2. Import Outlines
  3. Outline Pane Options: Part I
  4. Outline Pane Options: Part II
  5. Outline Pane Options: Part III

New Features

  1. SmartArt Graphics

Repair Office

  1. Repair PowerPoint and Office 2010

PowerPoint 2010 to EXE

  1. Package a Presentation to a CD or Folder

Pictures and Visuals

Pictures - Basics and Adjustments

  1. Insert Picture
  2. Insert and/or Link Pictures
  3. Inserting Screenshots
  4. Insert Pictures From the Clip Art Pane
  5. Understanding Clip Art Search Results
  6. Adding Clips to the Clip Organizer
  7. Adjust Picture Options
  8. Recolor Picture Backgrounds
  9. Picture Corrections
  10. Changing Color of Pictures
  11. Artistic Effects for Pictures
  12. Change Picture
  13. Reset Pictures

Pictures - Compression

  1. Compress Pictures
  2. Set Document Resolution

Pictures - Cropping

  1. Crop Pictures
  2. Crop Pictures (Crop to Shape)
  3. Reposition Picture Fills with Crop

Pictures - Appearance

  1. Remove Background from Pictures
  2. Picture Styles
  3. Picture Borders
  4. Picture Effects

Pictures - Position and Order

  1. Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures
  2. Align and Distribute Pictures
  3. Group Pictures
  4. Reorder Pictures

Photo Album

  1. Create Photo Album
  2. Editing Your Photo Album
  3. Reorder, Remove, and Edit Photos
  4. Photo Album Picture Layouts
  5. Using Captions
  6. Black and White Options
  7. Frame Shapes
  8. Apply Theme to Photo Album
  9. Photo Album Ideas and Samples

Clip Organizer

  1. Clip Organizer
  2. Adding Clip Media to the Clip Organizer
  3. Create and Organize Collections in Clip Organizer
  4. Edit Keywords in Clip Organizer
  5. Clip Media Properties in Clip Organizer


  1. Downloading Maps from the Site
  2. Ungrouping Maps


Basics About Shapes

  1. Types of Shapes
  2. Insert Shapes
  3. Resizing Shapes
  4. Rotate Shapes
  5. Flip Shapes
  6. Shift Key Fun
  7. Rotation Fun

Advanced Shape Techniques

  1. Change One Shape To Another
  2. Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Diamonds
  3. Format Painter
  4. Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes
  5. Working with Pie Shapes
  6. Drawing Arcs

Selecting Shapes

  1. Select, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection and Visibility Task Pane
  2. Select and Deselect Shapes

Duplicating Shapes, and Drawing Multiple Shapes

  1. Duplicate Shapes by Dragging
  2. Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D
  3. Drawing Multiple Shapes Quickly

Aligning and Distributing Shapes

  1. Align Shapes
  2. Align Shapes to Center of Slide
  3. Distribute Shapes

Group, Nudge, and Reorder Shapes

  1. Group, Ungroup and Regroup Shapes
  2. Nudge and Move Shapes
  3. Reorder Shapes

Circles and Squares

  1. Drawing a Perfect Circle
  2. Drawing a Perfect Square
  3. Creating Semi-Circles
  4. Creating Half Circle

Text in Shapes

  1. Text Within Shapes
  2. Align Text Within Shapes / Text Box

Merge Shapes

  1. Add Combine Shape Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Shape Combine Command
  3. Shape Intersect Command
  4. Shape Subtract Command
  5. Shape Union Command

Action Buttons

  1. Action Buttons
  2. Default Behaviors for Action Buttons
  3. Hyperlinks for Action Buttons

Drawing Lines

  1. Drawing Lines
  2. Drawing Curved Lines
  3. Drawing Freeform Line
  4. Drawing Scribble Lines

Advanced Drawing Techniques

  1. Edit Points for Shapes
  2. Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes
  3. Types of Points (Vertexes)
  4. Edit Points: Open and Close Paths
  5. Edit Points: Curved and Straight Segment


  1. Smart Connectors
  2. Types of Connectors
  3. Drawing Connectors
  4. Change Connector Type
  5. Formatting Connectors
  6. Change Connector Color
  7. Detach, Re-attach, and Delete Connectors
  8. Reroute Connectors
  9. Creating Anchor Points for Connectors

Exotic Shapes

  1. Drawing Target Diagram
  2. Drawing Parabola
  3. Drawing Hyperbola
  4. Creating Curved Shape
  5. Drawing Trees
  6. Drawing Shopping Bags
  7. Cookie Cutter Shapes
  8. Drawing a CD or DVD
  9. Create Dashed Line Borders
  10. Drawing a Flag
  11. Create Organic Boxes

Themes, Templates, Masters, and Layouts

Themes - Basics

  1. The Evolution of Themes
  2. Themes in Microsoft Office
  3. Applying Themes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  4. Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts
  5. Which Themes are Installed within Office Versions?
  6. Change the Default Theme

Theme Fonts

  1. Theme Fonts
  2. Sharing and Deleting Custom Theme Fonts
  3. Create Custom Theme Fonts Using XML

Saving Themes

  1. Saving Themes In PowerPoint, Word, and Excel

Slide Master and Slide Layouts

  1. Change Background Styles in the Slide Master
  2. Slide Layouts within Slide Master View
  3. Change Background Styles for Slide Layouts
  4. Custom Backgrounds for Slide Master and Layouts
  5. Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts
  6. Add a New Slide Layout
  7. Insert New Placeholders within Slide Layouts
  8. Working With Picture Slide Layouts
  9. Formatting Picture Placeholders
  10. Create Custom Shaped Picture Placeholders
  11. Add Your Logo or Graphic to the Slide Master
  12. Add and Rename Slide Masters
  13. Duplicate Slide Masters
  14. Applying Slide Masters to Individual Slides
  15. Changing Location of Slide Numbers

Charts and Graphs


  1. Inserting Charts
  2. Chart Styles
  3. Chart Elements
  4. Format Chart Legend
  5. Changing Chart Types
  6. Changing Fill and Border of Charts
  7. Animate Charts (links to Animations section)

Chart Axes

  1. Axis Titles
  2. Set Minimum and Maximum Values on Value Axis
  3. Tick Marks
  4. Change Major and Minor Units of Value Axis
  5. Changing Axis Labels

3D Charts

  1. Z Axis: Pros and Cons

Advanced Chart Techniques

  1. Using the Invert if Negative Option
  2. Changing Color for Negative Data Series Charts
  3. Vary Colors by Point Option
  4. Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts
  5. Picture Fills for Chart Series
  6. Column Charts with Background Fill
  7. Longer Axis Labels: Why Bar Charts Are Better Than Column Charts?
  8. Column or Bar Chart?

Chart Templates

  1. Saving Chart Templates
  2. Where are Chart Templates Saved?


  1. Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon
  2. View Add-ins
  3. Manage and Load Add-ins
  4. Trust Center
  5. Trust Center Settings


Keyboard Shortcuts and Tips

  1. Keyboard Shortcuts
  2. Keyboard Sequences

Customize Interface

  1. Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon
  2. Removing Customizations from PCB Files

Text and Fonts

Text Basics

  1. Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes (Links to Interface and Basics section)
  2. Inserting a Text Box
  3. Insert Dummy Text
  4. Selecting Text
  5. Stop Underlining Your Descenders!


  1. Font Types and Sizes
  2. Format Font Styles
  3. Font Dialog Box
  4. Embed Fonts

Bullets and Numbering

  1. Change Bullet Styles
  2. Customize the Bullet Size and Color
  3. Picture Bullets
  4. Use Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets
  5. Import Pictures for Bullets
  6. Create Your Own Picture Bullets
  7. Change Bulleted List to Numbered List
  8. Change Numbered List Style
  9. Start or Restart Numbering for Numbered Lists

Indents and Markers

  1. Indent Markers (Carets) for Bulleted and Numbered Lists
  2. Tweak Bullets with First Line Indent Marker
  3. Tweak Bulleted Lists with Hanging Indent Marker
  4. Tweak Bulleted Paragraphs with Left Indent Marker
  5. Set Text Indentation using Numerical Values

Text Formatting

  1. Selecting and Changing Text
  2. Format Text Attributes within the Mini Toolbar
  3. Move Text Boxes on a Slide
  4. Text Box Autofit Options
  5. Resize Text Boxes on a Slide
  6. Text Layout Options
  7. Internal Margin Options
  8. Columns within Text Boxes
  9. Reposition Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide
  10. Resize Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide
  11. Set as Default Text Box
  12. Copying Text Attributes with Format Painter
  13. Character Spacing
  14. Change Text Case
  15. Translation
  16. Translation Options
  17. Thesaurus
  18. Research Options
  19. Replace Fonts

WordArt (incl. Text Fills, Lines, and Effects)

  1. WordArt Styles
  2. Text Fills
  3. Picture Fill for Text
  4. Text Characters with Picture Fills
  5. Gradient Fill for Text
  6. Texture Fill for Text
  7. Using Custom Textures as Fill for Text
  8. Pattern Fill for Text
  9. Text Outline
  10. Gradient Outline for Text
  11. Text Effects
  12. Text Transforms
  13. Advanced Text Transforms

Spelling, AutoCorrect, and Reference Tools

  1. Spell Check
  2. More Spelling Options
  3. What is AutoCorrect?
  4. AutoCorrect Options
  5. Creating and Editing AutoCorrect Entries
  6. Edit Custom Dictionaries
  7. Loading and Using Custom Dictionaries
  8. Creating and Editing Custom Dictionaries
  9. Disable, Enable, and Set the Default Custom Dictionary
  10. Sharing Custom Dictionaries
  11. Setting Spell Check Options
  12. Find and Replace Words
  13. Add and Remove Proofing Dictionaries for Foreign Languages
  14. Language Options on the Status Bar
  15. Setting Proofing Language for Text
  16. Guidelines on Changing Proofing Language for an Entire Presentation
  17. Research Tools

Text Advanced

  1. Highlight Text
  2. Copy and Remove Highlighting for Text

Animation and Transitions

Basics of Animation

  1. Adding an Animation
  2. Types of Animation
  3. Entrance Animations
  4. Emphasis Animations
  5. Exit Animations

Motion Path Animations

  1. Motion Path Animations
  2. Getting Started
  3. Drawing Custom Paths
  4. Reversing Motion Paths
  5. Open and Closed Motion Paths
  6. Lock and Unlock Motion Paths
  7. Edit Points for Motion Paths
  8. Lock and Unlock Motion Paths

Animate Slide Objects

  1. Animate Charts
  2. Animate Text
  3. Animate SmartArt (links to SmartArt section)

Advanced Animation Concepts

  1. Animation Events
  2. Animation Speed
  3. Remove Animation
  4. Re-Order Animations
  5. Change Animations
  6. Show/Hide the Animation Advanced Timeline
  7. Control Animation Timings with Advanced Timeline
  8. Animation Delay
  9. Build and Sequence Animations
  10. Animation Painter
  11. Add Sound to Animation
  12. Slice and Animate Pictures

Triggers and Animation Actions

  1. Trigger Animations
  2. Media Actions for Audio
  3. Media Actions for Video
  4. Add Trigger for Sound and Movie Actions
  5. Twin Trigger Animation

Animation Effects and Examples

  1. Star Wars Style Credits Animation

Slide Transitions

  1. Slide Transitions
  2. Slide Transition Duration
  3. Slide Transition Time
  4. Slide Transition Sounds
  5. Slide Transition Effect Options
  6. Dynamic Content Transitions


Video (Movie Clips) - Basics

  1. Insert Video (Movie) Clips
  2. PowerPoint Friendly Video Formats
  3. Missing “Video from Web Site” Option
  4. Support for YouTube Videos
  5. Insert Video from the Clip Art Pane
  6. Poster Frames for Video Clips
  7. Video Correction Adjustments
  8. Video Recolor Options
  9. Video Styles
  10. Video Borders
  11. Video Effects
  12. Video Shape
  13. Crop Video
  14. Resize, Rotate, and Flip Videos
  15. Reset Options for Videos

Bookmarks in Video Clips

  1. Add Bookmarks for Video Clips
  2. Remove Bookmarks from Video Clips

Video (Movie Clips) - Advanced

  1. Trim Video Clips
  2. Video Compression Options
  3. Fade Effect for Video Clips
  4. Advanced Video Options
  5. Playing Video Across Slides

Flash Movie Clips

  1. Insert Flash Movies - Insert Tab
  2. Insert Flash Movies - Developer Tab
  3. Insert Online Videos (Movie Clips)

Audio (Sound Clips)

  1. PowerPoint Friendly Audio Formats
  2. Insert Audio (Sound)
  3. Sound Across Slides
  4. Sound Across Specific Slides

Bookmarks in Audio Clips

  1. Add Bookmarks for Audio Clips
  2. Remove Bookmarks from Audio Clips

Audio (Sound Clips) - Advanced

  1. Fade Effect for Audio Clips
  2. Trim Audio Clips
  3. Advanced Audio Options
  4. Format Tab for Audio Clips

Media - Advanced

  1. Animating Slide Objects While Media is Playing


  1. Getting Started with Flowcharts
  2. Basic Flowcharts
  3. Flowchart Symbols: What They Represent?
  4. Using Flowchart and Connector Shapes Together
  5. Formatting Connectors within Flowcharts
  6. Using SmartArt for Simple Flowcharts

Fills, Lines, and Effects

Fills for Shapes

  1. Fills for Shapes
  2. Solid Fills
  3. Picture Fills
  4. Advanced Picture Fill Options
  5. Gradient Fills
  6. More Gradients
  7. Gradient Stops
  8. Texture Fills
  9. Tiling Options
  10. Pattern Fills
  11. Slide Background Fill
  12. No Fill
  13. Transparency for Shape Fills

Outlines (Lines) for Shapes

  1. Outlines for Shapes
  2. Weight (Thickness) in Outlines
  3. Dash Styles in Outlines
  4. Arrows (Arrowheads) in Outlines
  5. Gradient Outlines
  6. No Outline
  7. Transparency for Shape Outlines

Shape Effects

  1. Shape Effects
  2. Preset Effects
  3. Shadow Effects
  4. Advanced Shadow Effect Options
  5. Reflection Effects
  6. Advanced Reflection Options
  7. Glow Effects
  8. More Glow Colors
  9. Advanced Glow Options
  10. Soft Edges
  11. Advanced Soft-Edges Options
  12. Bevel Effects
  13. 3-D Format Options
  14. 3-D Rotation Effects
  15. 3-D Rotation Options

Shape Styles

  1. Shape Styles

Default Attributes

  1. Change the Default Shape Attributes

Fills for Slide Background

  1. Slide Background Styles
  2. Format Slide Background
  3. Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  4. Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  5. Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  6. Picture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  7. Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds


  1. Working with RGB Colors
  2. Working with HSL Colors

Share and Prepare

Mark as Final and Password Protection

  1. Mark as Final
  2. Remove Mark as Final
  3. Encrypt with Password
  4. Remove and Change Passwords

Windows Rights Management

  1. Sign Up for Windows Rights Management
  2. Using Windows Rights Management
  3. Advanced WRM Permissions
  4. Opening WRM Protected Files

Digital Signatures

  1. Get Started with a Digital Signature
  2. Acquire or Create a Digital Signature
  3. Creating Digital Certificates Outside PowerPoint 2010
  4. Enable Trusted Certificates
  5. Removing Certificates in Internet Explorer
  6. Remove Digital Signatures

Prepare for Sharing

  1. Inspect Document
  2. Check Accessibility
  3. Check Compatibility
  4. Create PowerPoint Handouts in Word

Manage Versions

  1. AutoRecover and AutoSave Options
  2. Recovering Presentations Automatically
  3. Recovering Presentations Manually
  4. Restoring Earlier Versions


  1. Properties of a Presentation
  2. Advanced Presentation Properties


  1. Add, Edit, or Delete Comments

Exporting Slides

  1. Exporting PNGs and other Graphic File Formats (JPG, TIFF, WMF, EMF)
  2. Export a Presentation to a Video Clip
  3. Save as PDF

Slide Show

  1. Rehearse Slide Timings
  2. Record Slide Shows

Custom Slide Show

  1. Creating Custom Slide Shows
  2. Playing Custom Shows
  3. Tips for Custom Shows

Delivering your Slides

  1. Kiosk Mode and Kiosk Assistant

PowerPoint Cool Stuff

  1. Puzzle Pictures
  2. Slides With Countdown Timers
  3. Add Glossy Highlights for Shapes