Definitions and resources for terms and techniques used in the world of presentations
Once you add Bookmarks to an audio clip, you may want to edit or remove one or more Bookmarks altogether. In PowerPoint, you can’t edit a Bookmark. For example, you cannot change the time position of your Bookmark from 30 seconds to 28 seconds. To achieve this change, you have to delete the earlier Bookmark, and then add a new Bookmark on the time position that you want.
PowerPoint lets you play your audio files from a certain point within the clip using the Bookmarks option. Bookmarks in PowerPoint are similar to the conventional bookmarks you place within the pages of a book you read. In the same way that you can easily access a particular page with the help of a bookmark, the Bookmark option within an audio clip becomes an indicator of the position you want to play the clip from.
When you select an audio clip in PowerPoint, you will see two extra contextual tabs on the Ribbon. One of these tabs is the Audio Tool Playback tab that provides options to configure properties that define how your inserted audio will play: whether it will play automatically, or will it play audio across slides? Let’s assume that you want your audio to play as a background score across multiple slides. Typically you would have to make four separate choices, but PowerPoint Audio Styles feature lets you automatically apply these four settings at once!
We have already explored the Eyedropper tool in PowerPoint that lets you sample colors from any object within your PowerPoint slide and use that same color as a fill or outline for a shape. But what do you do if the color you want to use exists on a web page, your desktop wallpaper, or anywhere else? The technique to capture a color from outside PowerPoint is little different. In this article, we will explore how you can copy a color from somewhere outside PowerPoint and use it as the fill and outline color of a text.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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