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Save time and energy with custom layouts

Save time and energy with custom layouts

PowerPoint templates get a bad rap. That’s because most PowerPoint templates are pretty bad. They’re often ugly and they’re rarely built right. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way. A professionally designed and expertly crafted PowerPoint template can save users time and effort and help them create better presentations more quickly. One feature that can contribute to creating beautiful slides with minimum effort is custom layouts. Here’s a Read More

No, PowerPoint didn’t ruin GM

No, PowerPoint didn’t ruin GM

I'm already tired of hearing how PowerPoint is at fault in GM's failure to act on defects in its cars. This is a slide. Conclusion: Don't blame the tools. It's not PowerPoint's fault. (thanks for the inspiration, Ellen!) Edited to add a link to her post.

4 best practices for powerpoint handouts with send to word

4 best practices for powerpoint handouts with send to word

PowerPoint handouts leave a lot to be desired. You can print slide thumbnails 3 per page. You can even print notes pages – which have one slide per page plus its notes. But if you want to print multiple slide thumbnails per page and include the speaker notes, you’re outta luck. Or are you? This is Read More

Dock windows to speed your workflow

Dock windows to speed your workflow

Turns out a lot of PowerPoint folks don't know this -- which has become one of my favorite Windows 7 tricks! Try this: Open two PowerPoint presentations. Press the Windows key and the left arrow key on your keyboard. The active window will resize itself to take up the left half of your monitor. Select the other presentation. Press the Windows Read More

You need this hotfix if you’re working in PowerPoint 2010

You need this hotfix if you’re working in PowerPoint 2010

Last night I was working on a client-provided file. I saved it from Outlook to my hard drive (not SkyDrive/OneDrive, not Dropbox, not a server drive -- this was actually on my computer). Then I opened it, deleted most of the slides, and did a Save As to rename the file. Made changes, saved periodically Read More

Extract Pictures, Video and Audio from Your Presentations in 3 Easy Steps

Extract Pictures, Video and Audio from Your Presentations in 3 Easy Steps

Every year at the Presentation Summit, it seems that all of us speakers randomly end up on a similar theme. It must be something in the air or water – or maybe it’s a vibe the Help Center puts off – because it’s completely unplanned. For example, one year we were all on the “less Read More

Picky, picky, picky about colors

Picky, picky, picky about colors

PowerPoint 2013 introduced a color picker to the interface (finally!), but I keep reading and hearing that you can’t choose colors outside your current slide – for example, that you can’t choose a color from a website. This is absolutely. not. true. You can use PowerPoint’s color picker to choose colors anywhere on your screen. To use the Read More

Crop Circles in PowerPoint

Crop Circles in PowerPoint

The most common way to turn your rectangular picture into a perfect circle is to create a circle shape and fill it with an image. I came up with a quicker method earlier this week. How did I not discover this before?! This method works in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013. Insert your picture onto your slide. (Insert Read More

My SkyDrive Leap of Faith

My SkyDrive Leap of Faith

I spent part of last week onsite at a client’s office helping the in-house presentation specialist (let’s call her Rhonda) with a huge pitch deck. As so often happens, the content wasn’t quite finished, so the slides were still in flux and a 4:00 am print deadline loomed. (Yes, I said AM.) Slide review was slated to Read More

How to Set a Default Template in PowerPoint 2013

How to Set a Default Template in PowerPoint 2013

In previous versions of PowerPoint, you could save a default template so that when you started PowerPoint or a new, blank presentation, you’d get the template of your choice rather than the default (blank white) Office template. This can be very helpful if you are required to use a corporate template, for example. (Here are Read More