Definitions and resources for terms and techniques used in the world of presentations
The Subtract option removes overlapping areas of other shapes from first selected shape. If there is no overlap, the first selected shape is retained and everything else is removed. Learn more about the Subtract option for merging shapes in the following tutorials. Select the tutorial for your PowerPoint version:
Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can enhance the look of some bulleted slides by converting them to a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint, as explained in the following tutorials. Select the tutorial of your PowerPoint version:
The Intersect option among the Merge Shape options in PowerPoint is little different when compared to other options. This option retains only the area where all of the selected shapes overlap. So, among the selected shapes, even if there is a single shape that doesn’t overlap all other shapes, the result of applying Intersect option to those shapes will be a shape that has no existence! The following tutorials show you how Intersect option works; please choose your version of PowerPoint:
One of the amazing options within Merge Shapes in PowerPoint is Combine. This retains areas where the shapes do not overlap while removing the overlapping areas. Think of Combine as an amazing cutout option! Following tutorials show you how to use Combine option; choose your version of PowerPoint:
Union is part of the Merge Shapes commands in PowerPoint that lets you unite two or more shapes with each other. The Union command combines all overlapping and non-overlapping areas of shapes, subtracts nothing, and retains formatting of first selected shape.
Learn more in the following tutorials; choose your version of PowerPoint:
The newest versions of PowerPoint provide five options within the Merge Shapes gallery. While four of the five options either remove or retain something, the fifth option known as Fragment finds common ground by keeping everything. Yes, it discards nothing at all. In fact, it “fragments” each possible division caused by overlapping shapes and turns them into many small shapes.
Learn more about the Fragment command in the following tutorials; choose your version of PowerPoint:
Beyond being just a program to create slides, PowerPoint is also a great illustration program with tools and options that rival top end graphic programs. There has always been the ability to create shapes from scratch such as circles, rectangles, triangles, hearts, smileys, etc. Additionally, you can find Line options within the Shapes gallery. The following introductory tutorials show you how to draw a simple line; please choose a version from the listing below:
See Also: Drawing Perfect Circles
It’s been observed that most of the time, users may remove an animation and apply another one rather than changing one animation into another. This may be because in PowerPoint there is no particular option within the interface that changes the animation. But there is still a very easy one-click operation to change an existing animation to another one, as you will learn in the following tutorials.
Removing an animation in PowerPoint is a simple select-and-click option, but even before you remove any animations, do ascertain why you want to remove them. If the animation is there for a particular reason, you may want to look at other options first, as explained below.
If we do not have a tutorial for your version of PowerPoint, explore the version closest to the one you use:
Tip: Do you want to remove all animations from your slides? Is there a magic button somewhere in PowerPoint that can get rid of all animations all together? Yes, you can do this easily in PowerPoint using some simple VBA code, says John Wilson — read more.
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