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Tuesday, November 27, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:55 am

If you want to create movie-credits style animations in PowerPoint, you will miss the Crawl Entrance animation option that was available in older versions of PowerPoint. You can substitute Crawl with Fly In, and change the animation speed to something slower such as 15 seconds, and also set the direction of the Fly In animation to From Bottom.

The Star Wars credits style is a variant of the Crawl animation. In this style, the text crawls from bottom to the top, as it also does with Crawl. Additionally, the text diminishes in size all the time until it fades into oblivion.

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Monday, November 26, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 3:34 pm

The first tab within the Toolbox in PowerPoint is the Custom Animation tab. This tab provides options to reorder, change, and remove existing animations on your slides. To use any of the options in this tab, you must have a slide object that has animation added to it.

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Friday, November 23, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 2:17 pm

You may want to quickly add an em dash within your text container—be it a placeholder, text box, shape, or even a table. It’s very easy to add an em dash, and there is more than one way to achieve this task, although there may be some differences, and all ways may not work in the version of PowerPoint you are using. But certainly, using one of these options, you will be able to add an em dash in PowerPoint.

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Friday, November 23, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 1:55 pm

Other than the menus, the toolbars, and the Ribbon, PowerPoint 2011’s interface contains a floating set of tabs called the Toolbox. The Toolbox has four tabs: Custom Animation, Scrapbook, Reference Tools, and Compatibility Report. Each of these tabs is filled with options that let you perform important tasks within PowerPoint.
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Thursday, November 22, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 10:18 am

Like the Standard Toolbar, the Formatting Toolbar continues to exist in PowerPoint on some versions, even though these new versions have the Ribbon. You can see the Formatting Toolbar right below the Standard Toolbar.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:34 am

PowerPoint sports the Ribbon interface but some versions continue having menus and toolbars. Among the most important of the toolbars is the Standard Toolbar that is located beneath the menu bar.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 3:26 pm

PowerPoint provides many toolbars, and these can be handy for one-click operations. But since there are so many toolbars, you might not have all of them visible, or maybe you have also created a customized toolbar. The Outlining toolbar helps organize the title and text content of the slides, in other words, it just works with the outline of the presentation. This can be a good thing, since this makes it easier to organize your outline, in the process, you can add or merge slides, and do much more.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:03 pm

PowerPoint takes the Merge Shapes command to a whole new level where you can merge shapes with other shapes and text, and you can also merge shapes with pictures! First you may wonder what’s so awesome about merging shapes with pictures? But play a bit and you’ll realize that this opens up huge possibilities. We will start simple and explore how you can create cookie cutter shapes with this option.

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Monday, November 19, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 1:39 pm

In PowerPoint 2007 interface, the old File menu is replaced by the new Office Button. It’s a round button placed on the top left of the interface that works in almost the same way as the File menu. When the Office Button is clicked, you’ll get a list of menu options. These options are New, Open, Save, Save As, Print, Send, and Close.

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Friday, November 16, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:56 am

By default, the PowerPoint interface Ribbon area is placed against an orange backdrop. This orange color shows up because the default Office Theme named Colorful is applied to the interface. So why is the Theme named Colorful, when it is just a plain orange backdrop? That’s because any Theme you apply to an interface of an Office program influences all other programs.

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