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Shapes in PowerPoint 2010: The Line

When you work with the program long enough, you forget that a lot of people don’t know everything you know about what’s going on with certain things. So I wanted to look at some of the basics, or at least to me, the basics of drawing shapes in Microsoft PowerPoint (this is also true in any of the Microsoft Office applications you want to draw in). Continue Reading »


Selecting Objects in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

If you’ve ever worked with a lot of objects on a PowerPoint slide, you know that selecting individual objects can sometimes be quite a challenge. Starting with PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft introduced a tool that can make your life a lot easier. It’s called the Selection and Visibility pane. Continue Reading »


Using Themes in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 is a great program for developing presentations, but staring at that first big blank title slide might not be very conducive to being creative (kind of like looking at that blank Word document when you’re trying to start writing a blog post).

Fortunately, PowerPoint has a speedy way of getting you past the “Big Blank”. You can use themes to quickly change the layout of your PowerPoint presentation. Continue Reading »


Making Your Slide a Return Button in PowerPoint 2010

During a recent Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 training session, I was demonstrating a feature. It was how to add an action to text in order to link to a different slide in the presentation, and then adding a button to return to the original slide. One of my participants noted that his slides already had a lot of content, so he didn’t want to add another graphic. Was there a way to click anywhere on the slide to return to the original slide? Turns out, there is and it’s not that difficult! Let’s take a look. Continue Reading »


Table Row Breaks in Word 2010

I really like using tables in Microsoft Word. You can use tables to create some pretty nifty layouts that would otherwise be difficult in Word. In a recent training session, I was asked about a table behavior that I don’t particularly like. By default, if your table breaks across pages, Word allows the table row to also break. So if you’re creating something like a glossary, it’s quite possible for a row’s content to be split across two pages. Let’s look at how to prevent that in Word 2007 and 2010. Continue Reading »


Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Shape Tools

The good news: Microsoft has added some nifty shape tools to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. The not so good news: unless you know where to look, they’re not so obvious (they don’t appear in the Ribbons anywhere). If you use shapes a lot in PowerPoint, you’re probably going to want to add these tools to a ribbon or the Quick Access Toolbar. Continue Reading »