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PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

This is a listing of content created about PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You will find detailed pages on features introduced, and also tutorials on other features.


OS: Mac OS X

New Features in PowerPoint 2011

Here's a listing of new features in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. If there's a link to a tutorial page available, click on it to read a detailed explanation of the feature:

1 Ribbon

Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011
The Ribbon along with its tabs makes its debut in Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Unlike the PowerPoint versions on Windows though, the Ribbon does not replace all the menus and toolbars that were found in PowerPoint 2008 and older Mac versions.

2 Presentation Gallery

PowerPoint Presentation Gallery
Whenever you launch PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, you are typically presented with the PowerPoint Presentation Gallery, that allows you to set all attributes of your new presentation, such as a preset Theme or template.

3 Media Browser

Media Browser
The Media Browser is new for PowerPoint 2011, and is a central repository of all sorts of media content that you can insert in your slides

4 Poster Frames for Videos

Current frame set as Poster Frame
The Poster Frame is a frame that appears first even before the video starts playing in the Slide Show view. This feature presents a good option for displaying a company logo or a picture of the speaker in the video.

5 Compress Pictures

Compress button
The Compress feature for pictures offers an image compression utility that reduces the size of all inserted pictures in the presentation in a single step.

6 Presenter View

Presenter View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Presenter View
has been completely overhauled for PowerPoint 2011, where it no longer requires two displays.

7 Dynamic Reordering

Layer containing the triangle selected in the Z-order
Dynamic Reordering
works by allowing you to drag slide objects to the required positions in a special reorder view.

8 Getting Started with Sections

Presentation with sections in Slide Sorter view
The Section option within PowerPoint 2011 enables you to divide your presentation slides into logical segments.

9 Compare and Merge Presentations

Compare Changes Task Pane
feature automatically compares the open presentation with the other presentation chosen by you, and then shows you the differences between them.

PowerPoint 2016 for Macintosh

  1. Installing Office 2016 for Mac Preview

Interface and Basics

Interface - Overview

  1. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac Interface
  2. Ribbon and Tabs
  3. PowerPoint Presentation Gallery
  4. Status Bar
  5. Slides and Outline Pane
  6. Slide Area
  7. Notes Pane
  8. Standard Toolbar
  9. Formatting Toolbar
  10. Toolbox
  11. Toolbox: Custom Animation Tab
  12. Toolbox: Scrapbook Tab
  13. Toolbox: Reference Tools Tab
  14. Toolbox: Compatibility Report Tab
  15. Customizing the Toolbox
  16. Media Browser
  17. Media Browser (Photos Tab)
  18. Media Browser (Audio Tab)
  19. Media Browser (Movies Tab)
  20. Media Browser (Clip Art Tab)
  21. Media Browser (Symbols Tab)
  22. Media Browser (Shapes Tab)
  23. Add Your Folder Within The Media Browser
  24. Customize Clip Art Categories within Media Browser
  25. Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations
  26. Using the Pen Tool in Slide Show View
  27. Locate
  28. Set Mac as the Default Version


  1. Views in PowerPoint 2011
  2. Normal View
  3. Notes Page View
  4. Slide Sorter View
  5. Slide Master View
  6. Slide Show View
  7. Presenter View
  8. Notes Master View
  9. Outline Pane
  10. Handout Master View

File Types

  1. File Formats
  2. File Types that can be Opened

Working with Slides

  1. Inserting a New Slide
  2. Change Slide Layout
  3. Reuse Slides
  4. Reuse Slides Through Drag and Drop
  5. Rulers
  6. Guides
  7. Adding More Guides
  8. Working with Guides
  9. Change the Unit of Measurement
  10. Compare Presentations
  11. Reset Slide
  12. Comparing and Merging Presentations


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

Headers and Footers in Slides

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

Text and Outlines

  1. Basic Outline Pane Options
  2. Advanced Outline Pane Options
  3. Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes
  4. Import Outlines

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 Collections
  4. Format Text Dialog Box -- Font Options

Bullets and Numbering

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

Indents and Markers

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

Text Formatting

  1. Selecting and Changing Text
  2. Move Text Boxes on a Slide
  3. Text Autofit Options
  4. Resize Text Boxes in PowerPoint
  5. Text Layout Options
  6. Internal Margin Options
  7. Columns within Text Containers
  8. Reposition Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide
  9. Resize Text Boxes Accurately
  10. Copying Text Attributes with Format Painter
  11. Character Spacing
  12. Set as Default Text Box
  13. Change Text Case

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

  1. WordArt Styles (Quick Styles)
  2. Text Fills
  3. Gradient Fill for Text
  4. Picture Fill for Text
  5. Text Characters with Picture Fills
  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. Create and Edit Custom Dictionaries
  9. Disable and Enable Custom Dictionaries
  10. Sharing Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2011 (and Office) for Mac
  11. Setting Spell Check Options
  12. Find and Replace Words
  13. Proofing Dictionaries for Foreign Languages
  14. Setting Proofing Language for Text
  15. Guidelines on Changing Proofing Language for an Entire Presentation

Text Advanced

  1. Fake Highlight Text


  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. Gradient Fills
  4. Gradient Stops
  5. Picture Fills
  6. Texture Fills
  7. Pattern Fills
  8. Slide Background Fill
  9. No Fill
  10. Transparency for Shape Fills

Outlines (Lines) for Shapes

  1. Outlines for Shapes
  2. Weight (Thickness) in Outlines
  3. Dashed 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. Shadow Effects
  3. Advanced Shadow Effect Options
  4. Reflection Effects
  5. Advanced Reflection Effect Options
  6. Glow Effects
  7. Advanced Glow Effect Options
  8. Bevel Effects
  9. Bevel (3-D Format) Options
  10. 3-D Rotation Effects
  11. 3-D Rotation Options
  12. Soft-Edges

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. Picture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  6. Adjust Picture used as Slide Background
  7. Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
  8. Using Custom Textures as Slide Backgrounds
  9. Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds

PowerPoint 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. Quick Layouts for Charts
  8. Animate Charts (links to Animations section)

Chart Area

  1. Chart Area
  2. Appearance Options
  3. Font Options
  4. More Options

Plot Area

  1. Plot Area
  2. Apply Fills
  3. Apply Solid Color Fills
  4. Apply Gradient Fills
  5. Apply Picture Fills
  6. Apply Texture Fills
  7. Apply Pattern Fills

Chart Gridlines

  1. Chart Gridlines
  2. More Chart Gridline Options

Chart Data

  1. Edit Chart Data
  2. Adding and Deleting Chart Series and Categories
  3. Hiding Chart Series and Categories
  4. Change Order of Chart Data Series
  5. Switch Series and Categories for Charts
  6. Creating Charts Using Excel Data
  7. Chart Data Table
  8. Data Table Options for Charts

Data Labels

  1. Chart Data Labels
  2. Format Labels Options
  3. Format Number Options in Excel
  4. Format Number Options
  5. Other Options

Chart Title

  1. Chart Title

Chart Axes

  1. Axis Titles
  2. Set Minimum and Maximum Values on Value Axis
  3. Tick Marks on Chart Axes
  4. Change Major and Minor Units of Value Axis
  5. Changing Axis Labels
  6. Reposition and Hide Axis Labels
  7. Add Secondary Value Axis
  8. Crossed Axes

3D Charts

  1. Z Axis: Pros and Cons
  2. Make 3D Columns Transparent for Charts
  3. Rotate 3D Charts
  4. Format Walls and Floor of 3D Charts

Advanced Chart Techniques

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

Chart Templates

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


Video (Movie Clips) -- Basics

  1. PowerPoint Friendly Video Formats
  2. Insert Video (Movie) Clips
  3. Insert Video from Media Browser
  4. Poster Frames for Video Clips
  5. Video Correction Adjustments
  6. Video Recolor Options
  7. Video Styles
  8. Video Borders
  9. Video Effects
  10. Video Shape
  11. Crop Video
  12. Resize, Rotate, and Flip Movies
  13. Reset Option for Movies

Audio (Sound Clips)

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

PowerPoint Mobile

PowerPoint for iOS

  1. Install Office Mobile on an iPhone (or iOS Device)
  2. Which iOS Models are Supported?
  3. Office Mobile: Apple App Store Does Not Let Me Install?
  4. Is Microsoft’s Office Mobile for iOS a Free App?
  5. Why do I need Office 365 to run Office Mobile?
  6. Will My Subscription Support Office Mobile?
  7. Office Mobile – Cost, Renewal, and Benefits
  8. Sign in to Office Mobile
  9. Getting Started with using Office Mobile
  10. Add SkyDrive Accounts to Office Mobile
  11. Open Files in Office Mobile
  12. How can I create a new PowerPoint presentation on Office Mobile?

Customize PowerPoint

Keyboard Shortcuts and Tips

  1. Keyboard Shortcuts
  2. Keyboard Sequences
  3. Troubleshooting Menu Activation

Customize Interface

  1. Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon
  2. Add and/or Remove Toolbars
  3. Add and/or Remove Toolbar Commands
  4. Add and/or Remove Menus
  5. Add and/or Remove Menu Commands
  6. Working with the Ribbon
  7. Ribbon Preferences
  8. Reset Toolbars and Menus


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. Change a Diagonal Line to a Horizontal / Vertical Line
  5. Finding Length of a Diagonal Line
  6. Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes
  7. Working with Pie Shapes
  8. Drawing Arcs

Selecting Shapes

  1. Select and Deselect Shapes

Duplicating Shapes, and Drawing Multiple Shapes

  1. Duplicate Shapes by Dragging
  2. Duplicate Shapes Using Command+D

Aligning and Distributing Shapes

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

Group, Nudge, and Reorder Shapes

  1. Group, Ungroup and Regroup Shapes
  2. Nudge and Move Shapes
  3. Reorder Slide Objects
  4. Dynamic Reordering of Shapes
  5. Dynamic Reorder of Overlapping Shapes

Circles and Squares

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

Text in Shapes

  1. Text Within Shapes
  2. Align Text Within Shapes / Text Boxes
  3. Rotate Text 180° within Shapes

Merge Shapes

  1. Combine Shapes Commands
  2. Shape Combine Command
  3. Shape Union Command
  4. Shape Intersect Command
  5. Shape Subtract Command


  1. Callout Shapes
  2. Attributing and Positioning Callouts
  3. Formatting Callouts
  4. Creating Diagonal Callouts

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 Lines
  4. Drawing Scribble Lines

Advanced Drawing Techniques

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


  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. Drawing Trees
  5. Drawing Shopping Bags
  6. Cookie Cutter Shapes
  7. Drawing a CD or a DVD
  8. Create Dashed Line Borders
  9. Drawing a Flag
  10. 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. Identify the Active Theme
  6. Which Themes are Installed within Office Versions?
  7. 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. Formatting Picture Placeholders
  9. Create Custom Shaped Picture Placeholders
  10. Add Your Logo or Graphic to the Slide Master
  11. Add and Rename Slide Masters
  12. Duplicate Slide Masters
  13. Applying Slide Masters to Individual Slides
  14. Changing Location of Slide Numbers
  15. Working With Picture Slide Layouts

Pictures and Visuals

Pictures - Basics and Adjustments

  1. Insert Picture
  2. Insert and/or Link Pictures
  3. Adjust Picture Options
  4. Picture Corrections
  5. Recolor Picture
  6. Recolor Picture Backgrounds
  7. Filters for Pictures
  8. Change Picture
  9. Reset Pictures

Pictures - Compression

  1. Compress Pictures

Pictures - Cropping

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

Pictures - Appearance

  1. Remove Background from Pictures
  2. Advanced Remove Background Options for Pictures
  3. Picture Styles
  4. Picture Borders
  5. Picture Effects

Pictures - Position and Order

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

Animation and Transitions

Basics of Animation

  1. Adding 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. Edit Points for Motion Paths
  7. Anchor and Unanchor Motion Paths

Animate Slide Objects

  1. Animate Charts
  2. Animate Text
  3. Animate SmartArt

Advanced Animation Concepts

  1. Animation Events
  2. Animation Speed
  3. Remove Animation
  4. Re-Order Animations
  5. Change Animations
  6. Animation Delay
  7. Build and Sequence Animations
  8. Add Sound to Animation
  9. Slice and Animate Pictures

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


  1. Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon

SmartArt Graphics (Diagrams)

  1. Inserting SmartArt
  2. Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt
  3. Text Pane for SmartArt
  4. Adding New Shapes to Existing SmartArt
  5. Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt
  6. Change between SmartArt Layouts (Types)
  7. Change Colors of SmartArt
  8. Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt
  9. Apply SmartArt Styles
  10. Change Shapes within SmartArt
  11. Resize Shapes Within SmartArt
  12. Move Shapes Within SmartArt
  13. Convert SmartArt to Text
  14. Convert SmartArt into Shapes
  15. Reset SmartArt
  16. Format SmartArt Text
  17. Animating SmartArt
  18. Get More SmartArt Graphics

Organization Charts

  1. Insert an Organization Chart
  2. Adding New Shapes to Existing Organization Charts
  3. Change Layout of Organization Chart


  1. PowerPoint for Macintosh Issues

Share and Prepare


  1. Add, Edit, or Delete Comments

Exporting Slides

  1. Exporting PNGs and other Graphic File Formats (JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP)
  2. Save as PDF

Slide Show

  1. Rehearse Slide Timings
  2. Record Slide Show

Custom Slide Show

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


  1. Slides for Color Blind Audiences



  1. Insert Tables
  2. Populate Tables with Content
  3. Table Styles
  4. Draw Tables
  5. Fills and Effects for Tables

Import Tables

  1. Use Excel Content as Tables
  2. Use Word Table Content within Tables

Table Rows, Columns, and Cells

  1. Select Table Cells, Rows, and Columns
  2. Add and Remove Table Rows/Columns
  3. Distribute Table Rows and Columns
  4. Merge and Split Table Cells
  5. Table Options
  6. Text Alignment within Table Cells

Table Borders

  1. Erase Table Borders
  2. Toggle Visibility of Table Borders
  3. Set Color for Table Borders
  4. Set Line Style for Table Borders
  5. Set Line Weight for Table Borders

Advanced Techniques

  1. Fake Animate Tables

Working with Colors


  1. Working with RGB Colors

Working with Other Programs

Microsoft Excel

  1. Guidelines: Using Excel and PowerPoint Together

Google Search

  1. Search Google for PowerPoint Files

Adobe Acrobat and PDFs

  1. Add Sound / Music to a PDF

PowerPoint Cool Stuff

  1. Puzzle Pictures
  2. Add Glossy Highlights for Shapes

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