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Here’s a cool trick for custom presentation backgrounds that really has a ton of possibilities… basically, there’s a setting that allows you to take whatever is on the clipboard at the moment and turn it into a slide background.

Which means you can use any Clip Art, SmartArt, graphic or screen shot. If you can select and copy it then we can paste it from the clipboard… Continue reading

OK – so I’m not able to give you PowerPoint for free but I can direct you into a few sites for free presentation templates…

I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for something “new” to use – I’m a teacher and I have the same audience day after day (for at least 180 days of the year!) and rotating through the same old set… Continue reading

Here’s yet another great one for my PowerPoint 2007 users.

Ever have a bulleted or numbered list and wish that you’d thought to put it into SmartArt from the beginning?

Well don’t start kicking yourself for not thinking of it earlier and don’t retype it all into a diagram. In fact, don’t even start with the copy / paste thing… you really don’t need… Continue reading

Many of us know that when you run a slide show with timings (meant to progress automatically based on the timings) you can exit the presentation using the Esc key.

This works great if you’re ready to close it up for the day but not so great if you simply needed to stop it or maybe you need to move back or forward in the presentation…… Continue reading

Scroll Between Slides in Powerpoint

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Give a lot of PowerPoint presentations?

Tired of all the click, click, click required to give your presentation?

What about the hassle to move back a step, once you’ve made that extra click?

Do you have a scroll wheel on your mouse?

Yes? Well, good, because I just might have a suggestion you may take a liking to.

While giving a presentation, try scrolling the mouse wheel down.

Scroll… Continue reading

Reset PowerPoint Slides

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I know that my PowerPoint users can identify with this one… You’ve spent a lot of time putting together the perfect presentation and now it’s time to do a quick run through to see how it looks.

Well – you thought that it was “perfect” but now you see that content holders (such as the title, main text, etc…) are all slightly different. Some titles ended up… Continue reading

When you’re editing a complicated slide in PowerPoint and you’ve got a lot of animations to set it’s sometimes difficult to know that it’s all going together as you have it pictured in your mind.

To be sure that it’s coming along as you hoped you’ll want to preview it… so what do you do?

Most people leave the Normal view and actually begin… Continue reading

Metallic Fonts in PowerPoint

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

When you’re working in PowerPoint there’s a whole lot you can do with font… a lot of color choices, shadowing, rotation… basically the works.

But, if you look through all those easy settings you won’t really see anything metallic…do you?

No, me either but fortunately I did run across a blog that contains a download of a PowerPoint slide that contains text with effects… Continue reading

I don’t know about you buy when I’m working with a presentation in MS PowerPoint I often find myself duplicating slides so that I can easily keep formatting consistent throughout. Content replacement and minor changes from slide to slide is then easily accomplished.

I’m sure that many of you have found the Duplicate Slide command in some menu or tab of the Ribbon but I have two… Continue reading

Hide Menus in Powerpoint

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Show Them No Menus

How many times have you found yourself using a PowerPoint presentation and in the middle you accidentally hit the right mouse button?

I don’t know about you but the resulting menu does not exactly make my day nor does it give the smooth impression of a well-put together presentation.

In my opinion, and I know there are lots out there who do not agree, but the… Continue reading

Select One at a Time in PowerPoint

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

If you’re anything like me then you’re PowerPoint presentation slides may contain a lot of elements. Whether they’re stacked to use with animations or just lots of little parts to make the whole thing work, there’s a lot of objects and selecting just the right one can be a bit of a pain.

You’ve got to be wondering if there’s a better way to select… Continue reading

Clear WordArt in PowerPoint

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We all know that when it comes to PowerPoint presentations we tend to use a lot of styling aspects such as text color, shadows, glow, etc… basically all the things that appear in the WordArt Styles section of the Drawing Tools, Format tab that appears on the Ribbon when we’re working in text boxes.

You may not have noticed it but any time… Continue reading

Random Text in PowerPoint

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Yep – it does!

If you’re looking to use just any text to try out a slide layout or content placement don’t go through the hassle of a copy and paste from some other source.

And… definitely don’t try the old random key trick (dkladf kfadslj fddl)… we all know that it’s a pain and really doesn’t form text that actually mimics… Continue reading

Change Default Theme in PowerPoint 2007

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

When you create a PowerPoint presentation do you almost always use the same design theme? Maybe one with your company logo or one that simply has elements you use a lot?

If this is you then you’ve got to be tired of going to the Design tab the moment you start work on a new presentation only to choose the same theme every time.… Continue reading

Zoom Slide Thumbnails in PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

How often do you find yourself squinting while using MS PowerPoint’s slide sorter view? (I know that when I’ve got some major slide rearrangement to do it’s my view of choice.)

Those slides can be pretty tiny and if they resemble each other too much, it gets even harder to distinguish one from the other.

Looking for an easy way to make the thumbnails… Continue reading

Promotion/Demotion

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Do you use a lot of bulleted lists in MS PowerPoint? I bet if you’re a big PowerPoint user, they are a part of your daily life, right?

I’d even bet that somewhere along the way, you’ve had a list where individual items had sub-points below them.

For those sub-points, we need to indent them further than the main list and usually, the bullet… Continue reading

Shift Key Trick in PowerPoint

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Are you an MS PowerPoint user who frequently uses the Slide Master or Handout Master?

What about the Set Up Show dialog box?

Are you tired of all the menu searching you have to do to get where you need to be?

Some of you may have solved your problem by adding more buttons to your already crowded program window. This… Continue reading

Change PowerPoint’s Opening Display

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Ever open a PowerPoint presentation from someone else only to find yourself looking at way too much information?

You’ve got the thumbnails, the notes and the slide.

Or, maybe you’re looking at the slide and the outline… too bad you don’t like the outline and prefer the thumbnails. So, where are they?

Well, you could go through the hassle of resetting… Continue reading

Shapes Instead of Bullets in PowerPoint

Monday, January 18th, 2010

When you put together your PowerPoint presentations do you find that you’re bored with the same old bulleted list time after time?

Well, if you’re bored then you’ve got to wonder if the audience is tired of seeing information presented that way too…

So, even if it’s to battle our own lack of enthusiasm for the never ending bulleted lists of information… Continue reading

Format Painter Repeats Format

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Do you like the Format Painter in MS Word and MS PowerPoint?

Do you find it frustrating that when you forget to double click the button, it shuts off after just one paste?

Or, have you ever tried to interrupt the process of format painting by editing some text, only to find that the program has “forgotten” the formatting you intended to paint once… Continue reading

Create Crawler Text in PowerPoint

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Ever have a presentation to give and some information you’d like the participants to know as they are coming into the room and settling down? Information maybe along the lines of a welcome, your name, materials to pick up, whatever…

What did you do?

Did you create a slide with a list of information and just

Disable Animations in PowerPoint

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

So, you’ve got a great presentation that’s simply perfect. The right information, color scheme, design and animations… too bad you need to get rid of the animations for this go-around.

You’ve got a more limited presentation time so you need to keep things moving at a little faster pace then you would with the animations.

Or, maybe you’ve just got an audience… Continue reading

Holiday Templates for PowerPoint

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

OK – So I’m well aware that the stores have wanted us to be in the “spirit” since before Halloween… but now with the holidays actually upon us I thought you might like some of the spirit for an upcoming presentation.

You can get free holiday PowerPoint templates like these at Presentation Magazine.

You’ll even find templates… Continue reading

Nudge in MS PowerPoint

Friday, December 4th, 2009

We all know that with an object selected (such as a shape, picture, textbox, etc…) you can use the arrow keys in PowerPoint to nudge them around the slide.

Basically, the amount of movement you get depends upon the grid size setting. The larger the grid spacing is set to be the bigger the nudge the arrow keys will give your object.

But what… Continue reading

Animate Charts in PowerPoint

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Have you ever had a chart in a PowerPoint presentation and wondered if it could be animated?

I’m sure you have and if that’s what you needed you simply applied the animation of your choice, watched the whole chart enter at once and didn’t think about it again.

But, I must ask, did you ever wish that you could animate the chart elements (bars, lines, pie pieces, etc…) in a… Continue reading

PowerPoint Current Position

Friday, October 30th, 2009

If you’re a person who uses PowerPoint for presentations on a regular basis then I’m sure that at some time it’s been necessary to start a show (or restart a show) from a slide that isn’t the first one.

Whether it’s just where this particular discussion should start of it something happened to put you back into the program window instead of the slide show itself… the… Continue reading

First and Last PowerPoint Slides

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Editing a PowerPoint presentation? Need to move quickly from one end to the other? Maybe a way that doesn’t involve a bunch of scroll bar and mouse work?

No problem…

Provided you do not have the cursor actively in a text box, the Home key will move you to the first slide of the presentation.

As you can now guess, the End key will zip you off to the last… Continue reading

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