Free Articles and Tutorials: Microsoft PowerPoint
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Microsoft PowerPoint: Tips and Tricks
Here we provide a list of free articles and tutorials of tips and tricks that will make you more effective with Microsoft PowerPoint.
How to Add a Footer to a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
Add a footer to your PowerPoint slides to show date/time, slide number, and custom text.
How to Add an Action Button in Microsoft PowerPoint
An action button works similarly to a hyperlink; when you click or mouse over it, it will perform an action such as linking to a web page, playing a sound, or launching a program. To add an action button to your PowerPoint presentation, follow the steps below.
How to Add a Shape to a SmartArt Object in Microsoft PowerPoint
It's easy to add shapes to SmartArt objects and use them to add more information to your PowerPoint presentations.
How to Add Slide Numbers Using the Slide Master in Microsoft PowerPoint
Using the Slide Number feature in conjunction with the slide master to control which slides show slide numbers is beneficial if your presentation has multiple slide layouts. To enable slide numbers in your PowerPoint presentation using the slide master follow these five steps.
How to Add Text to a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide
Follow the steps below to add text to a PowerPoint slide.
How to Add Your Name to Microsoft PowerPoint
When you add your name and initials to Microsoft PowerPoint, the information is used throughout your Microsoft Office products. PowerPoint uses this information for assigning comments and for pre-filling data used by some built-in templates. To add your name and initials, just follow these two steps.
How to Adjust Media Window Size in Microsoft PowerPoint
After you have inserted audio or video into your PowerPoint presentation, it's easy to adjust the media window size in a few quick steps.
How to Apply a Theme to a Photo Album in Microsoft PowerPoint
Just as you can add a theme to your overall presentation, you can also add a theme to a PowerPoint album. To add a theme to your photo album follow the four steps below.
How to Capture and Insert a Screenshot on a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide
You can capture a screenshot of any application window that is not minimized to your task bar and insert it in a PowerPoint slide in a few easy steps.
How to Change the View to Grayscale in Microsoft PowerPoint
Changing your presentation view from color to grayscale is useful if you are going to print black-and-white printouts or if your audience might do so. It only takes a few clicks to view your PowerPoint presentation in grayscale.
How to Close a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
We'll show you the two most common ways to close a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.
How to Create a New Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation from the Backstage view
When creating a new Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, you can choose between creating a blank presentation and creating a presentation from an existing template. A template is a predesigned PowerPoint presentation that you can change to suit your needs. We've outlined the steps for each process below.
How to Edit Text on a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide
It's easy to edit text on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.
How to Export Notes and Handouts to Word from Microsoft PowerPoint
You can export notes or handouts in your PowerPoint presentation to Word documents for your own use or for distribution to your audience. Just follow these steps.
How to Format Text into Columns in Microsoft PowerPoint
Take text that is in a text box and convert it into columns by following these three steps.
How to Import Text Into a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
Do you want to use a text file or Word document in your PowerPoint presentation? It's easy to import them by following these four steps.
How to Insert a Photo Album in a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
The following steps will show you how to insert a series of photos into a PowerPoint presentation as an album.
How to Insert a Picture on a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide
Images can enhance the visual appeal and effectiveness of your presentations. Learn how to insert and remove pictures from a PowerPoint presentation in the steps below.
How to Insert Clip Art on a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide
Clip Art is a collection of media files (images, videos, audio, and animation files) that Microsoft includes with the PowerPoint application. If your computer has an Internet connection, then you can also access Bing.com to search for images. To insert clip art on a PowerPoint slide, follow the steps below.
How to Jump from One Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation to Another
You can use a hyperlink or button to link to another presentation so you can quickly access it while you are presenting. To jump to another PowerPoint presentation, just follow these five steps.
How to Link to External Media in Microsoft PowerPoint
Instead of embedding an audio or video clip in your presentation, you may instead want to link to it. Linking to the file will allow you to edit it independent of PowerPoint, and it can also help keep your presentation's file size down. Follow these simple steps to link to a media clip.
How to Narrate a Presentation in PowerPoint 2016
Follow these instructions to create a narrated PowerPoint presentation.
How to Narrate a Presentation in PowerPoint on a Mac
Follow these instructions to create a narrated PowerPoint presentation on a Mac.
How to Navigate Within a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show
Learn the different ways to navigate your PowerPoint slides in a presentation.
How to Preserve a Slide Master in Microsoft PowerPoint
PowerPoint may delete slide masters that are not in use. Preserving a slide master ensures that PowerPoint will not delete it. You can preserve a slide master in just a few easy steps.
How to Print Speaker Notes from a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
After creating your speaker notes, you can print them in just four steps.
How to Remove Metadata from a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
Check your PowerPoint presentation for hidden information, known as metadata, and remove it in just a few simple steps.
How to Rename a Section in Microsoft PowerPoint
You can rename a section in your PowerPoint presentation in just a few easy steps.
How to Save a Custom Theme in Microsoft PowerPoint
You can save custom themes to apply to future PowerPoint presentations. This makes it easy to give your presentations a consistent look and feel.
How to Save a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation as an Outline
Saving your PowerPoint presentation as an outline is a good way to condense it for distributing to your audience members or for your own use as you prepare to present. To save a presentation as an outline, follow these four steps.
How to Save a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Outline in Word
Using a printed outline can help you stay oriented to your material as you make your presentation. To export an outline from PowerPoint to Word, follow these five steps.
How to Save a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide as a Graphic
It's easy to save slides from a PowerPoint presentation as graphic files by following the steps below.
How to Set a Default Theme in Microsoft PowerPoint
If you want to apply a particular theme to all of your future PowerPoint presentations, you can make it your default theme. Creating a default theme saves time when creating future presentations.
How to Set Up a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show to Repeat Automatically
Setting up a slide show to repeat automatically is useful in situations where the audience may view it at different times. You can set up a slide show to repeat automatically in PowerPoint in just five easy steps.
How to Specify Monitor Resolution for a Slide Show in Microsoft PowerPoint
You can specify the resolution of the monitor you are presenting your slide show on based on the configuration you are working with. To configure slide show resolution, follow these four steps.
How to Spell-Check in Microsoft PowerPoint
As in other Microsoft Office applications, PowerPoint includes a spelling checker. Follow these simple steps to check spelling in your PowerPoint presentation.
How to Start Microsoft PowerPoint
You can start Microsoft PowerPoint in just a few simple steps.
How to Track Changes in Microsoft PowerPoint
Unlike Word, PowerPoint does not provide a Track Changes reviewing option. If you would like to track changes in a presentation, you should have the reviewer review a working copy of the presentation and then compare the two presentations.
How to Use Ink Equations in Microsoft PowerPoint
Ink Equations allows you to "write" equations on a tablet device using a stylus or your finger and then converts them to text. If you are not using a touchscreen device, you can do the same using a mouse. To employ Ink Equations just follow these few steps.
How to Use Rehearse Timings in Microsoft PowerPoint
If you want to rehearse presenting your slideshow to make sure the timing is correct, you can use the Rehearse Timings feature.
How to Use the Microsoft PowerPoint Tell Me Tab
The Tell Me tab on the Ribbon is a shortcut to actions in PowerPoint 2016. To use the PowerPoint Tell Me tab, follow these instructions.