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Ever wanted to suggest a feature to the PowerPoint team? Well, here’s your chance! The Office folks have started using uservoice.com so the user community can suggest and vote on features. To add a feature request or vote on current ones, head to...

More About Picture Placeholders

My last blog post discussed the difference in behavior between the picture icon in the Content placeholder and the actual Picture placeholder. To recap, the picture icon in the Content placeholder (used on the left in the image below) inserts the entire picture, while...

picture placeholders vs content placeholders

I recently saw one of the most poorly built templates I’ve ever run across. It was created for a company in an industry where photographs of products and services are extremely important. The template had a lot of problems, but probably the worst was the builder...

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...

No, PowerPoint did not 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 Finkelstein! "If you prefer stupidity, lies and...

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...

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...

You need this hotfix if you are 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...

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