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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 12:18 PM IST

The General tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box contains basic, yet some very important options related to the appearance and working of the PowerPoint interface. Changes to these options can result in a very different and more efficient workflow. The PowerPoint Options dialog box can be accessed using Backstage View.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows:

General Program Options in PowerPoint 2016

General Program Options in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Options

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 12:14 PM IST

One of PowerPoint’s amazing options is the feature that lets you convert your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times, though, you might want to do the reverse; that is converting SmartArt back to bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in later versions, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps to do the conversion of SmartArt to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2016. Do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows:

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text in PowerPoint

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Monday, February 27, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 19:27 PM IST

Pictures have an important role in presentation slides since they add imagination and visualization to your slides. To make pictures more impactful, you can even apply borders and effects to them, and also try some Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is one more option that works in the same way as how you convert text to SmartArt. This is the Picture Layout option that similarly converts selected pictures into SmartArt.

For more details, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows

Picture Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Change Picture Layout in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Change Picture Layout in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

SmartArt Picture Layouts

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Monday, February 20, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 17:45 PM IST

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:

Microsoft Windows:

Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Subtract Shapes in PowerPoint

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Monday, February 20, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 17:35 PM IST

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:

Microsoft Windows:

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt

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Monday, February 20, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 14:11 PM IST

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:

Microsoft Windows:

Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Intersect Shapes in PowerPoint

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Monday, February 20, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 10:17 AM IST

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:

Microsoft Windows:

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Combine Shapes in PowerPoint

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Friday, February 17, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 12:13 PM IST

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:

Microsoft Windows:

Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apple Mac:

Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Shape Union in PowerPoint

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Friday, February 17, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 12:04 PM IST

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:

Microsoft Windows:

Shape Fragment Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shape Fragment Command in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Fragment Shapes in PowerPoint

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
posted by Geetesh at 11:14 AM IST

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:

Windows:

Drawing Lines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Drawing Lines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Drawing Line in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Mac:

Drawing Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Drawing Lines in PowerPoint

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