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Friday, December 8, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 2:15 pm

All Ribbon tabs in PowerPoint may have any number of buttons that represent commands but they are not scattered all over the tab area. In fact, they are all neatly arranged together in Groups. Each of these Groups has a name that describes what the commands within that Group do. For example, the Slide Show tab in the Ribbon has a group named Set Up, which contains all commands that help you set up your slideshow, such as changing show settings, hiding slides, rehearsing and recording slideshows, etc.

It is only sensible to imagine that you should use this Group concept while creating your own custom Ribbon tabs. In fact, PowerPoint will not let you add any command anywhere else other than within a custom Group.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:40 pm

Look closely at the interface within PowerPoint, particularly the Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu, and you’ll find the Touch/Mouse Mode command. This essentially is a toggle button that alternates between touch and mouse modes. Touch mode is the default mode when using PowerPoint on a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface or other tablets, and lets you use the program even without a mouse. And Mouse mode is the default mode for PowerPoint when working on a non-touch enabled desktop or laptop. The larger question though is why you can toggle to the Touch mode in a non-touch device. If you are using PowerPoint on a desktop, why you need the Touch mode?

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Thursday, December 7, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:13 pm

While presenting and interacting with your audience, annotation on a slide can play an important role, and PowerPoint provides you with useful Pen and Highlighter tools that can change your static slide into a whiteboard upon which you can doodle and write! In this tutorial, we will learn how these tools can be helpful.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:03 pm

Your slides remain the same, yet the various views in PowerPoint make exploring those same slides a little different. This approach makes sense because viewing slides in Slide Show view gives an entirely different perspective than editing them in Normal view. Further, it’s easier to reorder and work with multiple slides in Slide Sorter view and make changes to individual slides in Normal view. All put together, PowerPoint provides you with several different views. Many of these views can be accessed from the View tab of the Ribbon.

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Monday, December 4, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 11:59 am

The PowerPoint interface sports the Ribbon, which is tabbed. Each of these tabs contains a set of commands. By default, PowerPoint contains several such tabs. These Ribbon tabs can be customized, and you can indeed add a new Ribbon tab as well.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 3:23 pm

John Wilson

John Wilson is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP who creates some cool add-ins for PowerPoint.

He participates in the PowerPoint newsgroups and runs the PowerPoint Alchemy site. John is based out of UK, and loves to hear from PowerPoint users about concepts and ideas to create even more PowerPoint add-ins!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 11:18 am

Editing any slide object works the same way, irrespective of whether you are editing a picture, a chart, some SmartArt, or even text. You select the object you want to edit and change some attributes. You then get to see your changes, and then you either undo your changes if you are not too happy with them or just accept them. You can then start working on another object! What if you could see/preview how an actual change will look on the slide object before you decide to accept or decline that change? PowerPoint Live Preview allows you to do just that.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:04 pm

The Outline view is new for PowerPoint — wait, that’s not absolutely true since you always had access to your presentation’s text outline through the Slides/Outline pane on the left side of the PowerPoint interface. What’s changed though is that you no longer need to switch tabs within the pane — now you just access the outline within a new view! The Outline view displays all the text contained within the title and text placeholders of your slides and is one of the ten views in PowerPoint.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 3:09 pm

Soon after a power user installs a new application, he or she wants to customize their menus and toolbars so that their most often used features are accessible with fewer clicks — or even custom keyboard shortcuts. And even if you are not a power user, you should explore a very useful option that we explain in this tutorial — this will make your tasks easier, and quicker. While PowerPoint’s recent versions on Windows have almost no menus and toolbars, they do have a single toolbar called the Quick Access Toolbar. Almost everyone who uses this toolbar just calls it the QAT, and that’s the name we will use for the rest of this tutorial.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 10:27 am

PowerPoint work area below the Ribbon continues to be tri-paned. These three panes comprise the Slides Pane, the Slide Area, and the Notes Pane. The Slides Pane is the thin strip on the left side of the PowerPoint interface that contains thumbnails of all your slides. Within Normal view, the Slide Pane allows you to move slides easily from one position to the other just by dragging and dropping.
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