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Thursday, September 20, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 3:46 pm

Do you have a secret slide with useful information that you would rather not delete? But what if you show this slide to your audience inadvertently? How do you cope with this problem? The solution is easy: you just hide the slide. Hidden slides don’t show up in Slide Show view, but they are still available to edit and to possibly unhide when you are ready to show that slide to the world.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:44 pm

Sonia ColemanSonia Coleman is the owner of SoniaColeman.com, an amazing site that’s got tons of PowerPoint content. Sonia is among the most active PowerPoint MVPs (Most Valuable Professional) – you can often find her in the PowerPoint newsgroups answering questions and resolving problems. Sonia also creates PowerPoint add-ins that simplify the task of creating autorun CDs. In addition, she is an artist who does photography, sewing and needlearts, collage and stamping, a bit of painting, etc. She also works onfreelance projects for clients.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:12 am

PowerPoint’s implementation of the Widescreen aspect ratio has changed somewhat over the last few versions. Although this is a small change, it is important to understand what is happening behind the scenes.

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Monday, September 17, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:58 am

PowerPoint works with the concept of selection, and then action. And the action typically is to edit whatever you may have selected! For such editing. The Format Task pane aligns neatly with the right or left side of the PowerPoint interface, and you can now immediately see how your choices affect the selected slide objects. The Format Task pane is often tabbed. This means that you can jump quickly between different elements of your slide object! In many ways thus, the Format Task pane is the single source where different style formatting options are consolidated in one place.

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Friday, September 14, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 9:59 am

The Task Pane is a docked area within the PowerPoint 2016 interface that provides more options than dialog boxes. Also, unlike most dialog boxes which cover the Slide Area, you can view both the active slide(s) and the Task Pane at the same time. The Task Pane, therefore, provides a more streamlined experience.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:19 pm

For more than a decade, the online source of pictures for PowerPoint has been the pictures available online at Office.com. Now this option is no longer available in PowerPoint. Instead, you can use the Online Pictures option. This feature is very helpful as you are not limited to just the pictures available on your system. You get other picture sources, some of which also include Creative Commons pictures. And all this happens within PowerPoint.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:58 pm

Although it’s not too common to have bright and vivid picture backgrounds for your slides, it is not unheard of. You will often see slides that are saturated with bright, sparkling colors that make anything placed on the slide almost impossible to stand apart. So, do you really want your slide background “to not be in the background?” If not, then the techniques explained on this page will help.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:26 pm

When you insert a new shape on a slide in PowerPoint, by default it is filled with a solid color and an outline (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). These default shape attributes can be changed very easily in PowerPoint. But do remember that these changes are only limited to the presentation you are working on. If the presentation is not saved, you’ll lose the changes.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 10:22 am

Default slide background options are limited to solid or gradient fills, and yes, you can even apply a picture as a slide background. However, picture backgrounds do pose some issues, especially since a busy picture may hamper the visibility of other slide objects such as text or charts. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides options to reduce the intensity of a picture background so that any foreground elements such as text can stand apart.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:53 pm

We have explained the basics of formatting shape outlines in PowerPoint. Now we take you further ahead to explore how you can change line weight to make the outlines thinner and thicker. So, why would you want to alter the weight of an outline? There are many reasons: more often than not, you may want a line that’s almost invisible or very thin, this lets your audience focus on other areas. At other times when you want the attention of your audience to focus on a particular line, then you can do so by thickening its weight. In these tutorials, we will also cover compound lines such as those that encompass double or triple lines. Weight is the thickness attribute of the shape outline. You can change the weight all the way from a hairline thin line to a chunky thick line.

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