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Friday, September 15, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:32 pm

When you start creating a new presentation, many users just launch PowerPoint and start creating their slides. Actually, there are three common ways in which you can create slides. Yet, the best way to start creating presentation slides is not from within PowerPoint but by creating an outline in another program. Many purists say that you should not even launch PowerPoint until you have an outline in place.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:02 pm

Unlike slides which are primarily presented through a display device such as a monitor, TV screen or projector, the Notes and Handout pages in PowerPoint are essentially intended for printing. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can add Headers and Footers to make your printed Notes and Handout pages more professional-looking and useful.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 10:09 am

The terms Header and Footer typically come from word processing programs; these denote repeated elements that show at the top and bottom of every page. Headers and Footers work similarly on PowerPoint slides: the Footer is a line of text that usually appears at the bottom of a slide. Typically, the Footer area includes three placeholders: Date, Footer, and Slide number. By default, the footer with one or more of these three placeholders appear on every slide in a presentation, but you can change that as required.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:28 pm

If you have a presentation with a large Section, containing many slides, then you may find that this one Section makes it difficult to see all the other remaining Sections. This is because these many slides cover up so much screen real estate making it difficult for you to see other stuff, such as slides in other Sections. And if you want to drag a slide from one Section to another, you may be at a loss to comprehend what you will end up with. So to counter this problem, you can collapse and expand single and multiple Sections.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:06 pm

In PowerPoint, Sections are not just for effective and easy management of your slides, but they can also let you quickly reorder large blocks of adjacent slides. All you got to do is to place all slides you want to reorder within a single Section, and then move that Section.

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Friday, August 25, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:28 pm

To logically categorize your slides, so that they can be easily managed and grouped, you should use Sections option. You are not just limited to adding and renaming Sections. You can also move slides from one Section to another, change the order of Sections, or collapse/expand Sections etc. Of course, you can also remove a Section.

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Friday, August 25, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 9:54 am

Sections make your presentation slides easy to manage. Plus, adding and renaming Sections enables you to logically categorize your presentation slides. But what happens next in a logical workflow may get you some worries. Even after dividing your slides into Sections, you will want to move slides from one Section to another.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 4:57 pm

Dividing a large number of slides into Sections helps you to manage them better. And even for presentations that do not have a large number of slides, you can benefit from Sections. However, the mere act of dividing slides into Sections will not achieve much unless you create and name these Sections in a proper manner to represent what the slides within each Section contain. In this tutorial, let us learn how to add Sections, and also how to rename them.

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Friday, August 18, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:30 pm

When you click the File menu and access Backstage view in PowerPoint, several options appear. On this page, we explore two of those options: Open and Close.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:35 pm

You have a 5-minute video or audio clip playing on your slide. And exactly after the clip has played for 30 seconds, you want some text to appear superimposed over the video clip. Alternatively, you may want to show other objects on the slide while your audio clip is playing. All this while, the original audio or video clip should continue playing. How do you achieve this result?

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