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I Didn’t Know It Would Look Like That!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

I Didn’t Know It Would Look Like That!

Ever print out your MS PowerPoint presentation handouts with a black and white printer?

If so, did you find yourself standing at the printer, completely disappointed with the way the beautiful color slides you’ve created turned out, when converted to the printer’s grayscale capabilities?

So, how are we supposed to know what it will look like before we print? You know, maybe… Continue reading

First, Last, First, Last

Friday, July 20th, 2007

First, Last, First, Last

There are many ways to navigate through an MS PowerPoint presentation, but here are a few quick key strokes that can save you some wasted mouse to keyboard time.

In the Normal View:

  • To move up one slide, use the Page Up key.
  • To move down one slide, try the Page Down key.
  • To move to the first slide in the presentation, use the Home

See Them Clearly

Friday, July 13th, 2007

See Them Clearly

How often do you find yourself squinting while using MS PowerPoint’s slide sorter view?

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 in the slide sorter a little larger? Or maybe a lot larger!

Well, today, I’ve got a couple of suggestions… Continue reading

Promotion / Demotion

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Promotion / Demotion

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 style changes as… Continue reading

Shifty Business in PowerPoint

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Shifty Business in PowerPoint

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

What about the Set Up Show window? Now, I know you’ve got to be using that one!

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… Continue reading

Current Date and Time

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Current Date and Time

Not too long ago, I got an e-mail from a reader who needed to know the keyboard shortcuts for the current date and time in MS Word.

Since these are always handy tidbits to know, I thought it would make a quick and useful wrap-up to the week!

In MS Word:

  • Alt + Shift + D will insert the current date into your document.
  • Alt

Format Copy and Paste

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Format Copy and Paste

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 you were… Continue reading

Emphasize It!

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Emphasize It!

Have you ever given an MS PowerPoint presentation and found yourself wishing that you had a way to really emphasize a picture, chart, text or whatever? You know, really make it jump off the screen.

What if you could find a way to have the object grow before the audience’s eyes?

That would certainly direct their attention to your intended subject rather quickly, wouldn’t you say?

Well, if… Continue reading

Oh, No You Don’t!

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Oh, No You Don’t!

Okay, so you used yesterday’s PowerPoint Slide Master tip and put a background graphic in your presentation.

Are you sorry you did that now?

I hope not!

But, do you wish you could have that graphic removed from just a slide or two?

Alright, that’s no problem. You just have to know where to look.

First, go to the slide that needs the graphic from the… Continue reading

The PowerPoint Master

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Do you frequently use MS PowerPoint?

Ever wonder what that Slide Master thing is all about?

Well, to put it as simply as I can, the Slide Master is a part of your design template and it’s meant to store information about font, background colors, graphics, etc. If you set one of these elements in your Slide Master, it

From Beginning to End and Back Again

Friday, April 6th, 2007

From Beginning to End and Back Again

Working on a PowerPoint presentation? Need to move quickly from one end to the other?

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 slide of the presentation.

If you… Continue reading

Back to the Way it Was

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Back to the Way it Was

Do you use one of the newer versions of MS PowerPoint?

How do you like the new version of the Normal View?

I’m sure some people love all the little panes that automatically surround your slide. I mean, a place for notes right at the bottom and a visual of slides or an outline down the left side are just the things some people… Continue reading

Selecting Multiples

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Selecting Multiples

Have you ever been working in MS PowerPoint and wished you could select more than one of the slides at a time? Maybe you have several slides for which you’re going to set the slide transition the same. In that case, wouldn’t it be nice to set these things all at once, instead of over and over again, one slide at a time?

Of course it would! Who… Continue reading

More PowerPoint Undos

Friday, March 9th, 2007

More PowerPoint Undos

Do you “undo” a lot in MS PowerPoint?

Ever run out of undo steps and wish for more?

If your response was yes, here’s what you need to know about PowerPoint to get a few more undo steps added to your list.

To change the undo number, you first need to go to the Tools menu, Options choice, Edit tab.

On the Edit tab, you must… Continue reading

Forward and Back

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Forward and Back

Give a lot of MS PowerPoint presentations?

If you do, then I’m sure you know to click the left mouse button to advance your presentation, right?

You probably even know that you can spin the mouse wheel down to advance the show or up to retrace your steps.

But, did you know that there are a variety of keys that will advance your presentation or back it… Continue reading

A Little Rehearsal

Friday, January 26th, 2007

A Little Rehearsal

Do you use MS PowerPoint presentations that are set to advance automatically?

Ever find yourself frustrated as you try to guess just how many seconds to display each slide? I mean, if you are sitting there looking at this…

…and wondering how many seconds to enter into the field (found with Slide Transition information), then maybe, you simply need to consider rehearsing.

PowerPoint has a feature… Continue reading

Just Taking a Scroll

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Just Taking a Scroll

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… Continue reading

Quickly Display That Info

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Quickly Display That Info

Do you have MS PowerPoint set up to put the date, time, slide number or footer information on your presentation slides?

I’m sure you know how to access them through the Insert menu, but how about a quick key combination to get you to the same place?

Yes? I thought so.

Well, here it is: Alt + Shift + P. With that, the Header and Footer… Continue reading

A “Polished” Finish

Friday, December 1st, 2006

A “Polished” Finish

You’ve seen it hundreds of times. You’re in a workshop or meeting and the presenter, who’s using MS PowerPoint, gets to the end of their slide show.

What happens?

They click on the last slide and poof!

On the screen is the PowerPoint program window, the file menu, the standard toolbar and all. Does something like this ring any bells? (Okay, so their screen had content on… Continue reading

Give It a Break

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Give It a Break

You’re in the middle of a PowerPoint presentation and you need a break in the show. Maybe you’ve got this great discussion breaking out and it’s time to wander from the presentation to explore new ideas or maybe it’s just plain old coffee break time.

Whatever your reason, if you need a break in your presentation, what do you do?

(If you’d known that you needed… Continue reading

A New Order

Friday, November 10th, 2006

A New Order

Do you use MS PowerPoint’s Slide Sorter view to rearrange your presentations?

Ever find yourself wishing that you didn’t have to switch from the Normal view to accomplish this task?

Do you have PowerPoint XP or 2003?

If you answered yes to all three questions, then I have some good news for you. In the newer versions of PowerPoint, you can rearrange slides while still in the… Continue reading

The Simultaneous Edit and Preview

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

The Simultaneous Edit and Preview

I don’t know about you, but I find that sometimes I need to see exactly how a slide will appear while I’m still working on a PowerPoint presentation. It sure would be nice to see how the finished product will appear right next to my editing screen. (I get so tired of starting and stopping slide shows just to see how they look).

Well, believe… Continue reading

Many Slide Designs, One Presentation

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Many Slide Designs, One Presentation

Did you know that you can choose to use multiple slide design templates within the same PowerPoint presentation?

As I’ve observed people using PowerPoint, I’ve noticed they always seem to apply a slide design template to the master with the assumption that it’s their one and only chance to make this decision.

But, what if you’ve got a long presentation with some very definite sections… Continue reading

Partial Word Selections

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Partial Word Selections

While highlighting parts of more than one word in either MS Word or PowerPoint, have you ever noticed that the program will automatically highlight all affected words completely?

I mean, it’s a good thing if you actually want complete words highlighted, but what if you don’t? What if you truly wanted to highlight a strange segment? Now what?

Well, I can think of several options, but the… Continue reading

More Emphasis in PowerPoint

Friday, July 21st, 2006

More Emphasis in PowerPoint

When giving an MS PowerPoint presentation, do you find yourself looking for a “big splash” to get the audience focused? I mean, something that stands out a bit more than a simple mouse pointer?

If you are, then this tip’s for you!

Instead of a simple mouse pointer, let’s get the pen cursor into the show. Basically, the pen will allow you to “write” freehand on… Continue reading

The Case of the Missing Pointer

Friday, July 7th, 2006

The Case of the Missing Pointer

Have you ever found yourself giving a presentation using MS PowerPoint and wishing for a mouse pointer?

We all know that a click of the mouse will advance the action on a slide or move to the next slide, but where does that pointer go?

It sure would be nice at times to have it to really focus the audience’s attention somewhere on the… Continue reading

One Click Insert

Friday, June 30th, 2006

One Click Insert

Have you ever seen this?

Well, you probably have if you’re using a newer version of MS PowerPoint. The question is, do you know what to do with it?

If you fall into the “I don’t have a clue category,” then it’s you that I’d like to address today.

The most common thing I see when working with people is the instinct that drives them to… Continue reading

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