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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...

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....

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...

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...

SIZE MATTERS

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about these new slide sizes folks are starting to see. PowerPoint 2013 uses a 16x9 dimension as its default, but it's not the old 10" x 5.63" size we're used to. Why does PowerPoint 2013 use 13.33" x 7.5" as its default...

A NEW BOOK! (and an update on XML editors)

My latest book, Building PowerPoint Templates: Step by Step with the Experts, was released last October. (Get it here or here.) Co-author Julie Terberg and I spent the better part of a year working on it, and it's exciting to see all our hard work finally come to...

Big List of New Features in PowerPoint 2013

Well, now that PowerPoint 2013 has released to manufacturing, it's time to publish my big list of new features. This is my list of new stuff in PowerPoint 2013, definitely not the same list Microsoft marketing publishes. So here we go... Start UI. PowerPoint 2013...

office 2013 preview is released!

Microsoft released a preview version of Office 2013 last week. In addition to the interface Metro-ization and Cloud cover that all the applications got, PowerPoint also has some very cool new PowerPoint-only features. Here are some of my favorites: Page turn...

PPT 2010 where to save themes

Where to Save Your Office 2007 and 2010 Themes Installed themes When you install Office 2007, a set of default themes is installed to this folder on both Windows Vista and Windows XP: C:\\Program Files\Microsoft \OfficeDocument\ Themes 12. The installed themes show up...

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