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Use PowerPoint's push transition to connect related slides

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Combine a visual ribbon and PowerPoint's push transition to pull slides into view. This illustrated walk-through, with demo files, will show you how. Experts agree that transitions and animations should support your presentation's message or mood. Some of us are more creative than others, and I can't help you with the creative process—that's up to you. However, I can show you how to connect a theme to a transition. Specifically, I'll explain how to visually create a ribbon that, thanks to the push transition, appears to pull slides across the screen.
 

PowerPoint: introducing Designer and Morph

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This month, PowerPoint leads the way with game changing tools that make it simple to build designer grade layouts and transitions. With this month’s feature update, we’re also introducing Office Insider, an ongoing preview program available to Office 365 subscribers.
 

Background tips: How to customize the images, colors and borders

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PowerPoint has a great set of special effects, graphics, animations, and template themes. There’s just one problem: Everybody else has the same effects, animations, and template themes that you have. The last thing you want is to look unoriginal. Here’s how to make something unique that will help you stand out from the crowd.
 

How to Make Flowcharts

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PowerPoint is a powerful application that can be used for just about any type of presentation. One great example of using PowerPoint is to present processes and decisions using flow charts and diagrams. Just about every version of Office has the ability to add standard flow chart shapes like Process, Decision, Data, etc., but Office 2007 and later versions also have a new feature called SmartArt, which are templates for visually showing ideas, processes and flows.
 

Make your own custom shapes

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Shapes can be used to add interest to a presentation, to emphasize a point, or just to make your presentation look a bit more exciting. PowerPoint’s shapes are great because you can format them with colors, 3-D effects and shadows, and they always look perfect, even when you scale them really large or very small. With just a few simple tricks you can add a little variety and a unique feel to your shapes.
 

10 little-known keyboard shortcuts for editing

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If you use PowerPoint at work or at home, keyboard shortcuts can be a great time saver. Here are some little-known keyboard shortcuts I’ve discovered over the last few years while working on the PowerPoint team. These keyboard shortcuts are designed for PowerPoint for Windows. If you are using PowerPoint for Mac, you can still use them if you replace Ctrl with CMD (⌘) unless stated otherwise. I hope you find these keyboard shortcuts as useful as I have!
 

Turning Off Windows 10 Notifications During Presentations

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How many times have you attended an event and then watched the speaker apologetically turn red when a notification of a personal nature pop-ups on screen during the talk? I've seen it happen often. And, I've had this happen to me while speaking on more than a few occasions.
If you use PowerPoint for your presentations, you'll be happy to know that Windows 10 includes an option to turn off notifications during presentations. As long as Windows 10 senses that PowerPoint is running, notifications will be squelched.
 

How to use SmartArt to create interesting lists in a presentation

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You don't need specialized design skills to turn your boring lists into something interesting and fun. You only need SmartArt. PowerPoint's SmartArt feature offers great return for your time. For instance, you can turn a simple but boring bullet list into a visually pleasing slide in only a few minutes. You supply the text and pictures, choose a reasonable color theme, and let SmartArt do the rest.
 

Two ways to consolidate slides and save time

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Trying to create a presentation quickly is unpleasant, because they take time! If you're lucky, you can piece together parts of other presentations, add a few new slides, and save the day. In this article, I'll show you two ways to use what already exists to create new presentations. Even when you're not pressed for time, you'll want to use these time-saving features: Reuse Slides, Custom Slide Show...
 

How to Password Protect and Encrypt Office 2010 Documents

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Encryption Features are built into all the Microsoft Office 2010 suite of applications including Word 2010, Excel 2010 and Powerpoint 2010. This is a nice improvement over password protecting documents under Office 2007 however in a few ways in that it’s protected with a password. Because the new process for Office 2010 is consistent across the core Office suite (Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 etc.) I’ll demonstrate the process just once using Microsoft Word 2010.
 

How to Encrypt Files on Windows

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If you're looking for a simple way to keep files and folders private on your Windows computer, you have several options right in front of you. Thanks to the Microsoft Office Suite, you can use a built-in encryption feature to password-protect Office files, such as Word documents or PowerPoint presentations.
 

Link to Specific Slides in Other Presentations

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Have you ever needed to link your PowerPoint presentation to another one? What if you could link it to a specific slide in the other presentation? What if you could link it to a Word or Excel document as well (and specify exactly which part of the document you want to open)? Well, it can be done and I’ll show you how in this post.
 

How to Add Music to Presentations

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In this article, I’ll walk you through all the steps and different options for adding audio to your presentation. Depending on your version of Office, some menus may have different options and I will try to point those out as I go along. We’ll be talking about PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013.
 

Insert a PDF into PowerPoint

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In this article, I'll show you how to get your PDF document into a PowerPoint presentation and will also explain all the pitfalls associated with the process. Before we get started, let’s understand what is meant when we say "insert PDF into PowerPoint". Firstly, you can only insert the first page of any PDF document, so if you have more than one page, you have to split the file into multiple PDF files, which I explain below in the "Split PDF File" section.
 

How to Control Animation with the Animation Pane

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You already know how to add animations to objects in PowerPoint, but what if you want more control over the individual animation timing and arrangement? That's where the Animation Pane and Advanced Timeline in PowerPoint come in. These are especially useful tools when you have a lot of objects moving around and you want to sync their timing.
 

Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2013

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Learn about how the Text Pane can help you add text to your SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013. We explored how to convert your normal bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic with just a click or two -- however, you'll soon discover that it is neither easy nor intuitive to edit, add, or delete text within a shape inside a SmartArt graphic.
 

Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013

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Learn how to convert bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013. Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can enhance the look of some bulleted slides by converting them to a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013...
 

Display Data Labels in a Pie Chart

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When you insert a pie chart in an Office program, you may notice that the data labels are missing from the chart. The missing data makes it tricky to identify which slice of the chart has the biggest proportion. Luckily, it is possible to show the data labels on the chart. This will work in PowerPoint, Excel, or any other Office application that supports charts.
 

Four easy tips for PowerPoint users

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Everyone agrees that PowerPoint is a powerful presentation tool. Knowing your way around is the key to working efficiently and productively. Whether you use it all the time or infrequently, you can probably put a few of my favorite tips to work for you. These tips aren't related in nature, but you'll likely find them useful.
 

Create a callout in PowerPoint

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Publishers use callouts to give emphasis to an important quote or fact. Susan Harkins explains how you can use the same technique to distinguish important values from other details on a PowerPoint slide.