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set up your theme fonts!

March 1, 2024 Setting up the theme fonts in PowerPoint is probably the most important thing you can do when creating a PowerPoint template. It is the number one most important thing. I cannot stress this enough. Why? Because EVERYTHING in PowerPoint is based on the...

send feedback to Microsoft

Updated info, March 26, 2022 Microsoft has introduced a new feedback portal to suggest features. To add a feature request or vote on current ones, head to feedbackportal.microsoft.com and scroll down to PowerPoint. The old UserVoice feedback site no longer collects...

Creating Google Slides Templates

I've been building Google Slides templates for clients for quite a few years, but I seem to be getting more requests for them lately. There are differences between PowerPoint and Google Slides that affect certain graphics and features. I think that a lot of this...

add your uservoice

Update, March 26, 2022 Microsoft has introduced a new feedback portal to suggest features. To add a feature request or vote on current ones, head to feedbackportal.microsoft.com and scroll down to PowerPoint. The old UserVoice feedback site no longer collects feedback...

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...