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One Click Insert

Friday, June 30th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS PowerPoint

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 the Insert menu. I mean, they want to insert clip art on half of their slides, so they go to the Insert menu, Picture submenu, Clip Art choice, etc. (You know the drill!)

Now, it seems to me that if you are using layouts (as discussed earlier in the week), you’ve probably bumped into my friend shown at the top a time or two. So, if you’re still using the Insert menu, I’ve got a way to speed up your work a bit.

This icon, included on many of the layouts, allows you to pick what type of object to insert right from the slide with no Insert menu needed.

This handy little gadget is actually a collection of six individual icons. (Look closely, they’re the same icons you’ll find on the Insert menu with the commands you usually use).

Roll your mouse pointer slowly over it and you’ll find that the pointer highlights each one as a separate button.

All you have to do is click on the individual icon representing the type of item you need and you’re whisked away to complete the insert as usual!

~ April

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