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Thursday, August 3, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:54 pm

PowerPoint’s fill, line, and effect attributes enable you to customize the look of shapes and other slide objects in your presentation. However, it may take ages to get that perfect color coordination and even after spending time the final look may not match the Theme of the presentation. So as an awesome alternative to end up with a coordinated color combination for the slide objects in your presentation, you can use Shape Styles.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:44 pm

Sounds come in so many file types: MP3, WMA, or WAV files are just the common types that you can insert in PowerPoint slides. These sound files automatically embed into your presentation; this means that you no longer have to worry about linked files getting misplaced or lost like you had to in previous versions of PowerPoint. Even then, it is a good practice to keep your sound files in the same folder in which you save your PowerPoint presentation even before you insert them, as we show you in the following tutorials.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:32 pm

When your PowerPoint presentation is digitally signed and shared, it helps to validate your identity. At times, you may want to remove a digital signature attached to your PowerPoint presentation. Why? Maybe you want it signed by someone else, you may want to use another signature, or maybe there’s no need for a particular presentation to be signed anymore. Follow these steps to remove the digital signature from a PowerPoint presentation in PowerPoint.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 11:49 am

Once you add a sound track, such as a music clip, to your PowerPoint presentation, you can let the inserted audio span across all your slides from the first one to the last by selecting the Play Across Slides option. That’s great if you need the same music playing on all your slides. But what if you want the music to play only across some successive slides? What if you want the music to play from slide 1 to 12, and let all subsequent slides play without any music? Or you may want to add another audio clip for the next set of slides? Either way, it is possible to limit the number of slides that your music will play across.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:40 pm

After inserting an audio file, such as a background music file within your PowerPoint presentation, do you want to play this sound track across slides without any interruption when you move from one slide to another? Firstly, if a live speaker is spearheading the presentation, then you don’t want to add a sound that spans across slides. Why? Because then the sound will distract the audience, and also the speaker. However, if you are showing a sequence of slides that includes pictures and no live presenter is required to speak to the audience, then adding a sound across slides may be a great idea. Even then, a soothing background music score playing across your presentation slides can be a good fit. Stay away from loud or jarring tracks.

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Monday, July 31, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 2:34 pm

PowerPoint allows you to insert video and also online videos files within your presentation. One of the file formats that you can use for these video options is Flash SWF. However, these SWF clips may not play because of security settings. Fortunately, you can use the Developer tab of the Ribbon to insert Flash SWF movies.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:08 pm

Do you want to add a video clip to your PowerPoint slide so that it continues to play across subsequent slides? This means that when you move from one slide to another, the video continues playing without any interruption. In PowerPoint 2007, the Play Across Slides option was available within the interface. But in PowerPoint 2010 and later versions, this option is no longer available. However, there is a workaround to make a video play across slides.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:25 pm

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 2:57 pm

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

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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