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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 12:25 PM IST

After inserting a video clip into PowerPoint, you can play the clip with minute control over its volume, looping, rewinding, etc. Rather than create smaller tutorials that explore these options, we are exploring them all together. Before we do so, it’s important to understand that these abilities only exist so that you can use them when they are required, rather than using them just because they exist!

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Monday, July 24, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 14:57 PM IST

You have already explored what a digital signature is, and how a digital signature can be important for use in PowerPoint presentations. To digitally sign a presentation, you need a digital certificate. In these tutorials, we will explore how you can both acquire or create a digital signature using PowerPoint.

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Friday, July 21, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 12:01 PM IST

When you insert a video clip in PowerPoint, you may find that the inserted video starts playing abruptly when started within the Slide Show view, causing a jarring interruption to the flow of your slides. Fortunately, this is avoidable if you opt to add Fade In and Fade Out effects to the beginning and end of your video clip.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 12:29 PM IST

After adding Bookmarks to video clips, you may want to know how you can edit and remove those Bookmarks. PowerPoint does not let you edit inserted Bookmarks. For instance, you cannot change the time of the Bookmark from 25 seconds to 28 seconds. You will have to remove the Bookmark you wanted to edit and add a new Bookmark all over again! On the other hand, removing a Bookmark is easy!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 11:23 AM IST

When you insert a video clip within a PowerPoint slide, you’ll find it placed as a traditional rectangular shape. And that’s what most users expect, as it seems safe and conventional. However, PowerPoint allows you to have your video playing in different shapes such as a circle or oval, or a wave, a triangle, or any of the shapes that PowerPoint’s Shapes gallery includes. However, just the fact that a video can be placed within a shape is no reason to forego the conventional rectangle. Do remember that most other shapes may crop out important parts of your video clips.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 14:54 PM IST

When you launch PowerPoint, it always provides you with an option to open a new blank presentation. Further, if you are already working on an open presentation, and want to create a new presentation at that point, you can do so using the New tab within the Backstage View.

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Monday, July 17, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 14:41 PM IST

Here’s the most comprehensive list of PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts that we know. How many of these do you presently use? Speed up your PowerPoint usage with these shortcuts, and enjoy some free time!

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Monday, July 17, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 13:25 PM IST

If you need to share a PowerPoint presentation with colleagues, or even publish it online, remember that your slides may include hidden data or information that you or your company may not want to share. The Inspect Document option enables you to check your presentation for such hidden properties and personal information, and clean whatever information or data you want to be removed.

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Friday, July 14, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 10:26 AM IST

Once you insert a video in your slide, you can crop it in almost the same way you crop a picture. The Crop option allows you to remove non-required areas of a video. For example, if the subject of your video is a speaker surrounded by a large, distracting background of other people or moving objects, you may want to crop the video so that the cropped video now focuses more on the speaker, and gets rid of all the extra distractions.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 14:41 PM IST

After inserting a video within your presentation, you may see a blank/black rectangle instead—caused by the file format of the video clip inserted on the slide. Not all the formats show these blank/black rectangles. In fact, you may also see the first frame of the video clip in some cases. However, if you do see this blank/black rectangle, do note that it may look professional. With PowerPoint’s Poster Frame option, you can easily overcome this limitation, and change the black rectangle to a picture of your choice by selecting a frame from the video itself, or even a picture from a different source.

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