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 »
I have to admit, I am very impressed with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010! There are a lot of very cool features that will help you both personally and professionally to deliver great presentations! I’m going to give you a brief glimpse into one new feature: delivering a PowerPoint 2010 presentation on the Internet.
Here’s a tad more background information:
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 has the ability to broadcast your presentation over the Internet for remote viewing or distribution over a network. This allows you to show presentations even if there is no projector available. You will need a Windows Live ID to use this facility.
Ready? Open up one of your PowerPoint 2010 presentations and follow along… Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 has an awesome new way of displaying your pictures for any type of sales presentation. Everyone is aware of how images add to the presentation; as text alone won’t keep the audience’s attention anymore. We live in a very visual world. A picture is definitely worth a thousand words. But now, we have become complacent about the images that are in the presentations. They just seem to be the all the same. The image may change but it is still usually in the shape of a rectangle, the most common shape for jpegs. Is there something new we can do to improve our presentations and make them pop? Absolutely! In PowerPoint 2010, we can take an ordinary picture such as the one shown below and really make unique and interesting graphics. Let me show you how! Continue Reading »
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 »
A very cool addition to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to create sections in your presentations. This is a great way to divvy up presentations into manageable chunks. Let’s take a peek. Continue Reading »
While conducting an Advanced PowerPoint 2007 training session, I was asked if it was possible to animate individual SmartArt elements. My initial response was that since SmartArt is a single object, you could only apply animation to the entire object. It turns out I was wrong. Here’s how you can animate parts of a SmartArt diagram in PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2007. Continue Reading »
How many times have you sat in meetings looking at a series of boring bulleted slides like the one below? After a while they all start to look the same. Isn’t there a way to make your bulleted slides more interesting, so that they help hold people’s interest for a little longer? Absolutely! In PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010 there is a feature called SmartArt. It helps jazz up your PowerPoint presentation and can actually convey more information than you can get from a simple bulleted list. Continue Reading »