Presentations Glossary

Definitions and resources for terms and techniques used in the world of presentations

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Monday, February 11, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 9:01 pm

The Outline view in PowerPoint 2016 essentially brings up the Outline pane on the left side of PowerPoint 2016 interface. Note that this now replaces the Slides Pane that shows up in Normal view.

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Monday, February 11, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 5:24 pm

Add a gradient fill to your shape, and you may run into limitations! For one, PowerPoint’s default gradient options choose all the gradient colors for you, and all available gradients seems to be based on the same color family. While this sort of restraint does keep your slides looking consistent and aesthetic, they also prevent you from playing more with gradients. To play more, you must choose the More Gradients option, this option leads you to a detailed gradient editor that’s capable of making changes to the gradient type, direction, angle, color, etc.

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Monday, February 11, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 5:03 pm

Microsoft Office 2016 applications work well with cloud platforms such as OneDrive. Roaming capabilities enable when you log into your Microsoft account within Office applications such as PowerPoint. Once logged in, all your settings, including your recent files or templates, will be synced across all your devices, including laptops, tablets, and even smartphones.

Additionally, you can link your Microsoft accounts to various services (third party sites) to get pictures, videos, or documents immediately. Services available now include Flickr (access pictures), YouTube (online video clips), Facebook (social integration), etc. These services can be easily added to any Office application, and are available in all Office programs you work within.

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Friday, February 8, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 2:24 pm

PowerPoint Online may have fewer options than desktop versions of PowerPoint. Yet, this version does have one option that makes it so easy to share your PowerPoint presentations on your web site or blog post. Here, we explore the Embed option, that generates embed code for your presentation.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 9:19 pm

Among the tabs within Backstage View, we have already explored options such as NewRecentPrint, etc. Here, we will explore the Help option that provides you assistance and documentation.

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Monday, January 28, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 8:29 pm

Everyone who uses PowerPoint has faced this situation: you know what you want to do with a slide or a slide object, but you don’t know where to find the related option in PowerPoint! PowerPoint has a feature called Tell Me that will tell you what you need to do! Tell Me is a text field that you can see in PowerPoint after the last Tab of the Ribbon.

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Friday, January 25, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 1:30 pm

The Recent option within the Backstage View provides you with a list of recently opened presentations so that you can quickly select the one that you want to work upon. Further, the Recent option provides you with a couple of other tricks.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 5:00 pm

PowerPoint provides many types of fills for shapes, slide backgrounds, and even charts and tables. A picture fill is an attribute for shapes and other slide objects in PowerPoint that lets the object be filled up entirely with a picture you choose. Typically our tutorials address shapes but the techniques remain similar for almost all slide objects.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 5:04 pm

Every new release of PowerPoint brings forth new features, but only a few of them have made people sit up and take notice. The most popular of these features has been the Morph transition effect. This new transition effect was only available to PowerPoint 2016 and 2019 users on both Windows and Mac platforms who have a current Office 365 subscription. Additionally, some phone and tablet platforms, and also selected accounts of PowerPoint Online support the Morph transition. Plus, some older versions of PowerPoint allow playback of Morph transitions, but do not provide editing options.

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Monday, January 21, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 12:11 pm

Microsoft’s Office Clip Art Gallery, which was earlier known as Office Online has been shut down. This includes Microsoft’s Office.com Clip Art and image search service, and also the Clip Art task panes in Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Microsoft explains that the option to insert images within Office applications is still accessible through Bing Image Search. And to be fair, Bing Image Search inside Office does allow you to search pictures that have Creative Commons license applied. This means that when you insert any picture using Bing, an attribution to the image is automatically added.

However, Microsoft’s explanation is too simplistic. The content available on Office.com cannot be compared at all with what you can find using Bing Image Search. The question then is, so what should you do when Office Clip Art goes offline?

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