Definitions and resources for terms and techniques used in the world of presentations
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.
Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After three years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport – this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998.
Here’s a list of links on Indezine.com where he has been featured:
Often, you might want to convert your PowerPoint slides, handouts, or notes to a PDF that can be distributed. The biggest advantage of creating a PDF is that it can be viewed on any platform: Windows, Mac, or Linux — and it can also be password protected. Additionally, fonts can be embedded too. There are some disadvantages too because animations and transitions are not normally supported.
Most versions of PowerPoint now include built-in conversion to Adobe’s Portable Document Format. Explore more in the following tutorials:
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Once you place a Shape on a PowerPoint slide, you may format it by changing its fill or outline — or you may add animation to it. Later if you realize that you used a wrong form — maybe you used a Star in place of a Triangle, you may be tempted to delete the original Shape altogether and start from scratch by adding a new one, and change its fill and add animation to it. Fortunately, you can replace shapes in PowerPoint. Explore more in the following tutorials.
Do you have a fancy font used in your slides that won’t show up on other computers? You can convert any such PowerPoint text to shapes!
There are two methods of converting textual content into forms in PowerPoint. One is the Intersect method, in which the entire text is converted into a single shape — think of each paragraph or multiple paragraphs as a separate shape. And the other method is Fragment which results into converting the textual content to multiple individual shapes — think of each alphabet as a separate shape. Explore more in the following tutorials.
Did you know that PowerPoint allows you to embed fonts in your presentations? OK, this actually may not work most of the time because of some limitations–and you must be aware of these limitations. On the other hand, when this option does work, it can be very beneficial.
Here are some tutorials and other content on Indezine related to embedding fonts:
Sunni Brown is Founder and Chief Human Potentialist of Sunni Brown Ink, an international consultancy supporting organizational problem-solving around communication, creativity and culture. She was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. She is a global public speaker and the best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views and her work has been featured in such major U.S. publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, WIRED and Entrepreneur.
Here is a list of her features on Indezine:
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