Do you like using MS PowerPoint 2007’s Quick Styles when using shapes?
I just love them… they are an easy way to dress my presentation up. (Not that I don’t branch out on my own to do custom work but let’s face it, we don’t always have the time or energy for custom stuff in each and every presentation.)
Now, when I’m working on the slide content I’m very focused on just that, getting the content in.
Then I worry about the “pretty stuff” and as I’m working on shapes, pictures, design theme and whatever else I decide to format… by this time, beyond formatting the font, I’ve all but dismissed those text boxes with the information.
But wait, maybe I shouldn’t dismiss them during the “pretty” phase.
The thing that I never noticed before was that because text boxes are in the shape category they too can have the Quick Styles applied to them. The Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon is available while the text box is selected and, in case you never noticed, you can access the Quick Styles from the Home tab too! (Far right side of the Home tab in the Drawing section.)
On how many occasions have I wasted time trying to make a title stand out from the rest of the background and still work with the theme colors? What do I think to change? The text color of course… but the Quick Styles can give the titles much more style than a simple text color change. (You can do that too but maybe it won’t be needed as often.)
Well, I can tell you that it’s been way too many times to remember; especially considering that I could have easily chosen a Quick Style and everything would have looked professional and coordinated.
So… next time you’re trying to make a title or other text box stand out a bit either use a Quick Style from the Home tab of the Ribbon or go right to the Drawing Tools Formatting tab.
Either way, why not let PowerPoint make it “pretty”?
Nope – I can’t think of a reason why not either!