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This is the fifth in a series of quick video tips for business managers using PowerPoint by guest blogger Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint.
Tables with rounded corners are friendlier, more contemporary, more web 2.0. But you can't create them automatically. Here's how you can achieve this effect using a handful of workarounds that include shapes, gradient colors, and background fills.
-- Bruce Gabrielle
Here at the PowerPoint blog, we want to help you make your presentations visual, engaging, and memorable. Not text-heavy and boring. To help you, in essence, become a great storyteller. Even (especially?) if your story is about bacon.
We also want to give you a chance to win a trip to TEDActive or a copy of Office 2010 for PC/Mac and a Kinect.
To help you create memorable, dynamic presentations, and to show you what other people are doing in their quest to design interesting content for their audiences, we're introducing SlideFest.
Here's a fun slide deck, especially since Major League Baseball is once again upon us, on whether baseball is still America's favorite pastime. What do you think? Share your $.02 on the Office Facebook page, or on the PowerPoint Facebook page.
The deck is posted on docs.com, a place where you can create and share PowerPoint, Word, and Excel documents with your friends on Facebook and elsewhere. This deck relies on hyperlinking in PowerPoint. Here's how to do that yourself.
We see a lot of questions about how to wrap text around a picture or a shape in PowerPoint. And it isn't easy (though we do have articles for PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2007 that discuss admittedly complicated workarounds to achieve the wrapping effect).
Since it's hard and awkward to do, we see more comments from people who are unhappy about it than from people who say they find it helpful.
But PowerPoint works best when it has less text. A few keywords. Not enough to wrap. This is an issue that we here at the PowerPoint Blog feel passionately about.
Last week, we looked at project plans, and before that class presentations. This week, we're taking a look at marketing plans as the last in our 3-part 5-minute makeover series for PowerPoint 2010.
Easily add themes, masters, and SmartArt graphics to make your presentation really pop. It's pretty cool to see just how much more professional, colorful, and interesting you can make a standard text-heavy presentation. And the best part? Your audience will love it -- they'll be more engaged with what you're saying, and will be much more likely to remember what you talked about and how you presented it.
Watch the video below, and then get the template used in the makeover.
-- Erik Jensen
This is the fourth in a series of quick video tips for business managers using PowerPoint by guest blogger, Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint.
Today Bruce shows how you can get exact color matches using this neat (and free!) software to pick the perfect color for any slide.
You can download Color Cop for free at http://colorcop.net.
Last week, we looked at class presentations, and this week we're taking a look at project plans as part of our 3-part 5-minute makeover series for PowerPoint 2010.
Once again, the idea is to rid your presentation of too much text in favor of graphic elements (including converting text to a SmartArt graphic) that will better convey your message and keep your audience focused on key elements -- rather than having to read lots of text while simultaneously trying to concentrate on what you're saying. Pretty tough, if not impossible, to do both. This makeover is designed to help fix that situation, and quickly, without you having to start from scratch or take a lot of time to do so.
STAMP is a free public beta that increases the accessibility of your presentations. With it, you can easily add closed captions to video and audio files, which boosts their impact for those with hearing disabilities. STAMP lets you create captions within PowerPoint or import existing industry standard Timed Text Mark-up Language (TTML) files. Head over to Holly Thomas' new post for details about STAMP and another accessibility-oriented beta add-in for Word called Save as DAISY.
STAMP is available for download starting today and works in all the languages Office currently supports around the world.
In this post, we'll take a look at how to install it and how to use it. You can find full details in the article Sub-titling text add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP), and also find download files and documentation at SourceForge.
Often when it's time to present to your class, other people are slated to present before and after you do. With so many presentations to pay attention to, your audience might be tempted to snooze when you want them to watch.
Here's a fix--keep your audience engaged by making over your presentation in under 5 minutes, using PowerPoint. Use video and images instead of blocks of text to make your message visually interesting. The video below, part of the 5-minute makeover series, shows you how. And don't forget to download the free template while you're at it.
If you’re a student or involved in education, check out the Office in Education blog for more news and tips.
This is the third in a series of quick video tips for business managers using PowerPoint by guest blogger Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint. Bruce's second tip showed how to quickly create custom silhouettes using free pictures, and his first was about turning clip art into custom icons.
You've got a great picture for a slide, but your slide title can't be seen against its cluttered background. Here's a great trick for quieting noisy backgrounds using shapes and gradients so your slide title stands out.