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PowerPoint 2013

This page contains a listing of all the content we have created for PowerPoint 2013. You will find detailed pages on each new feature introduced in this version, and also tutorials on all other features.


Product/Version: PowerPoint

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

PowerPoint 2013 New Features

Here's a listing of new features in PowerPoint 2013 (scroll down to see an online presentation) -- if there's a link available, click it to get a more detailed explanation of the feature:

1 PowerPoint 2013 Interface

Interface in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

A walkthough of the PowerPoint 2013 interface reveals some new features as well as some features that remain unchanged since the last version. Don't like the new orange interface? Easy -- you can change it back to grey! You also get tattooed interfaces -- learn more in Office Backgrounds.

2 Presentation Gallery

Presentation Gallery in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Similar to the Presentation Gallery found in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, the latest Windows version of PowerPoint lets you choose a look and customize it even before you create your first slide.

4 Super Themes with Variations

Editing Super Themes with XML

Most Themes included within PowerPoint 2013 are now essentially "Super Themes" -- these are Themes that have nested Themes built inside them -- you can peek into these nested Themes if you are comfortable with looking at the code.

5 Enhanced Presenter View

Presenter View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

PowerPoint 2013's Presenter View is one of its most revamped features -- PowerPoint automatically detects if you have two displays and turns on Presenter view.

6 Add Services

Add Services in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

You can link your Microsoft accounts to various services (third party sites) to get pictures, videos, or documents within PowerPoint. Services available now include Flickr (access pictures), YouTube (online video clips), Facebook (social integration), etc. You can also explore and remove services thereafter.

7 Account Management

Account Tab in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Many options within PowerPoint show up or change depending upon which Account you are signed into -- these include your Recent Files list, your connected services, and even the interface color for your program. Accounts work a little different depending upon whether you are using Windows 8 or Windows 7.

8 Resume Reading

Resume Reading in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Resume Reading, a new feature in PowerPoint 2013, makes PowerPoint to remember the slide number you worked on last and enables you to resume your work from that particular slide. You will be prompted with a callout that appears on the right edge of your presentation.

9 New Guide Options

Guide Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

There are new Guide Options – you can now change the color of Guides, and also Guides are now hierarchial -- you can add Guides in Slide Masters, Slide Layouts, and Slides -- they all work independent of each other.

10 Eyedropper Option

Eyedropper Option in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

PowerPoint 2013's new Eyedropper option enables you to pick an exact color from anywhere and apply the color as a fill our outline to your shapes and text. You also get advanced options for the Eyedropper tool that let you pick an exact color from somewhere outside PowerPoint.

11 Format Task Panes

Format Task Panes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

You no longer see the large dialog boxes that sometimes completely covered the slide area. Instead you get these docked Format Task Panes.

12 Smarter Guides

Smart Dynamic Guides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Now in PowerPoint 2013, they Smart Guides are a whole lot smarter and even let you see how much further you need to drag so that one object on the slide is as wide as another.

13 Space Objects Equally
14 Merge Shapes

Merge Shape Commands in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

The Combine Shapes feature is now called Merge Shapes. There's a new Fragment option now in addition to the Union, Combine, Intersect, and Subtract. Also these commands now work with shapes, text, and pictures.

15 Convert Text to Shapes
16 Motion Path Position Previews

Motion Path Animations Position Previews in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Explore the new faded position previews for Motion Path animations in PowerPoint.

17 Screen Recording

Screen Recording in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

You can use the new Screen Recording option in PowerPoint 2013 to quickly record a video clip of your onscreen activity, from within the program. Do note though that you will only find this option in PowerPoint 2013 if you have installed all recent updates.

  1. Share Documents To View & Edit In The Browser
  2. New Page Curl Transition
  3. New Chart Styles
  4. Improved Motion Paths
  5. Better Shape Tools
  6. Auto-Text Wrapping
  7. Insert Online Video, Image, and Audio
  8. Export Presentation As WMV & MPEG-4 Video

Interface & Basics

Getting Started

  1. Locate Your Version
  2. Set as Default Version

Interface Overview

  1. Interface
  2. Presentation Gallery
  3. Ribbon and Tabs
  4. Status Bar
  5. Notes Pane
  6. Slide Area
  7. Task Pane
  8. Format Task Panes
  9. Mini Toolbar
  10. Slides Pane
  11. Quick Access Toolbar
  12. Live Preview
  13. Changing Interface Color
  14. Office Background

Working with QAT and Ribbons

  1. Customize Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs
  3. Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs
  4. Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs
  5. Adding Commands to Custom Groups
  6. Change Ribbon Labels from CAPs to Title Case
  7. Reset, Export, and Import Ribbon Customizations
  8. Reset, Export, and Import QAT Customizations


  2. Normal View (Editing View)
  3. Slide Sorter View
  4. Outline View
  5. Notes Page View
  6. Reading View
  7. Slide Master View
  8. Handout Master View
  9. Notes Master View
  10. Slide Show View
  11. Presenter 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. Info Tab in Backstage View
  5. New Tab in Backstage View
  6. Open and Close Tabs in Backstage View
  7. Save and Save As Tabs in Backstage View
  8. Print Tab in Backstage View
  9. Share Tab in Backstage View
  10. Account Tab in Backstage View
  11. Options Tab in Backstage View
  12. General Program Options
  13. Advanced Program Options
  14. Add Services
  15. Manage and Remove Connected Services
  16. Add Places
  17. Export Tab in Backstage View
  18. Sign and Switch Accounts on Windows 7
  19. Sign and Switch Accounts on Windows 10 and 8

Working with Slides

  1. Inserting a New Slide
  2. Change Slide Layout
  3. Reset Slides
  4. Duplicate Slides
  5. Hide/Unhide Slides
  6. Reuse Slides
  7. Reuse Slides Through Drag and Drop
  8. Rulers
  9. Gridlines
  10. Snap to Grid Settings
  11. Working with Snap to Grid
  12. Guides
  13. Smart Dynamic Guides
  14. Adding More Guides
  15. Guide Options
  16. Hierarchical Guide Options
  17. Working with Guides
  18. Compare Presentations Manually
  19. Comparing and Merging Presentations
  20. Switch Views Between Multiple Presentations
  21. Using the Pen and Highlighter Tools in Slide Show View
  22. Edit Annotations with Ink Tools

Headers and Footers

  1. Add Headers and Footers to Slides
  2. Add Headers and Footers to Notes and Handout Pages
  3. Working With Slide Numbers

Slide Aspect Ratio

  1. Widescreen Defaults
  2. Set Standard 4:3 Aspect Ratio as Default
  3. Change Presentation Aspect Ratio from Widescreen to Standard (and Vice Versa)


  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

Repair, Install, and Update PowerPoint and Office

  1. Repair Office and PowerPoint
  2. Update Office 2013 to Service Pack 1
  3. Determine if SP1 is Installed

Help and Online Services

  1. Identify 32-Bit or 64-Bit in Office and PowerPoint

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!
  6. Text Alignment


  1. Font Types and Sizes
  2. Format Font Styles
  3. Font Dialog Box
  4. Embed Fonts
  5. Replace 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 the Numbered List Style
  9. Start or Restart Numbering for 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

Spelling, AutoCorrect, and Reference Tools

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


  1. Insert Symbol

Text Formatting

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

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

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

Text Advanced

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


  1. Properties of a Presentation
  2. Advanced Presentation Properties


Basics About Shapes

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

Advanced Shape Techniques

  1. Change One Shape to Another
  2. Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Squares
  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, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection 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 Boxes
  3. Rotate Text 180° within Shapes

Merge Shapes

  1. Merge Shapes
  2. Union Command
  3. Combine Command
  4. Fragment Command
  5. Intersect Command
  6. Subtract Command
  7. Merge Shapes with Pictures
  8. Create Jigsaw Shapes with Merge Shapes Commands


  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
  4. Adding Iconography to 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) for 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 Diagrams
  2. Drawing Parabolas
  3. Drawing Hyperbolas
  4. Creating Curved Shapes
  5. Drawing Trees
  6. Drawing Shopping Bags
  7. Cookie Cutter Shapes
  8. Drawing a CD or DVD


  1. Touch / Mouse Mode

Charts and Graphs

  1. Inserting Charts
  2. Chart Styles
  3. Chart Elements
  4. Chart Legend
  5. Changing Chart Types
  6. Changing Fill and Border for Chart Elements
  7. Quick Layouts for Charts

Chart Area

  1. Chart Area
  2. Fill and Line Options for the Chart Area
  3. Effect Options for the Chart Area
  4. Size & Properties Options for Chart Area
  5. Text Fill & Outline Options for Chart Area
  6. Text Effects for Chart Area

Plot Area

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

Chart Gridlines

  1. Chart Gridlines
  2. More Gridline Options

Chart Data

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

Chart Data Labels

  1. Chart Data Labels
  2. Format Data Label Options
  3. Chart Data Callouts
  4. Change Callout Shapes
  5. Label Options

Chart Title

  1. Chart Title

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
  6. Reposition and Hide Axis Labels
  7. Add Secondary Value Axis to Charts
  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
  4. Vary Colors by Point Option
  5. Adjust the Chart Series Overlap
  6. Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts
  7. Column Charts with Background Fill
  8. Longer Axis Labels: Why Bar Charts Are Better Than Column Charts?
  9. Column or Bar Chart?

Chart Templates

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


Text and Fonts

  1. Missing Mini Toolbar

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Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint (Full Slide Jigsaws)

This entire kit contains 5 different styles of jigsaw pieces: typical jigsaws, arrows, hearts, ovals, and rounded squares. Each jigsaw shape is available in three counts: small, medium, and large. We made these available in two slide sizes for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions.

You can get this kit for only $9.99.

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