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PowerPoint seems to be everywhere. It's often the first thing that people think about when they have to create a presentation, which is great from our perspective - but is it for you?
Do you know how to quickly create a solid, engaging presentation with PowerPoint?
Do you know how to unlock PowerPoint's more advanced features?
Do you know how to use PowerPoint to leave your audience inspired and impressed?
If your answer to any of these questions is "no", the PowerPoint blog can help. We'll serve up how-to's and tips for experienced presenters and novice presenters alike.
You'll meet some of our engineers, writers, and other Microsoft people directly responsible for creating PowerPoint and for teaching people how to use it. We'll also include blog posts from Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and other experts and customers outside of Microsoft for their perspective.
We'll cover not only PowerPoint 2010 to show you its new and improved capabilities, but also topics that apply to PowerPoint 2007 and 2003, because many of you are still using previous versions and we want this blog to be worth your while, too.
For starters, here are 5 of our most popular Office Blog posts about PowerPoint. Their popularity is one of the reasons we decided to fire up a blog entirely devoted to PowerPoint.
Finally, for this to work, we need to hear from you. Like what we're doing? Don't? Have a question? Use the comments section after each post to let us know.
-- Erik Jensen, for the PowerPoint blog team
None of the links work.
sorry about that, Richard. the links should work now.
Yes, sorry, Richard. My fault. Rookie mistake, hopefully not to be repeated.
Congrats on the new blog. Looking forward to it!
Where would I ask a question about PowerPoint 2003?
Hey Jane, this would be a fine place to ask a PowerPoint 2003 question.
A friend and I each just bought Powerpoint 10 because of the video editing. We are taking videos on our cameras (Sony DSC H50) which play back great on Windows Media Player. We want to put them on powerpoints. Before I could try it out, she emailed saying PP10 doesn't do what it says...she can't get the videos to open when prompted and when she does run them, they look all "Keystone Kops-ish"...all choppy and wierd. Ok...so before I send my unopended box back...what is she doing wrong, would you guess? What would make the video clips run choppy? And, what has she probably forgotten to do to make them start when the slide transitions?
I'm really looking forward to a blog on Powerpoint. Hope you can also post some advanced topics, e.g. about masters, picture placeholders, animation of graphs and tables etc. By the way, are you Scandinavian, Erik? (You have a very Scandinavian sounding name.)
Looking forward to the blog posts.
@Carol - Thanks for bringing this issue up. Let me contact a few folks here and see if we have more information. Check back here for an update.
@Kjell - Many thanks for the ideas about future posts. We will have a wide variety of topics, including advanced ones courtesy of the PowerPoint engineering team, as the weeks progress, so stay tuned. And yes, my name is very Scandinavian (Danish grandfather and Swedish grandmother), though I was born here in the U.S. I love to travel, and Scandinavia is high on my list of places to travel to someday. Thanks for writing in.
To make the videos play automatcially, insert the video, select it, and then click the "Playback" Tab that shows up on the ribbon. You'll see a drop-down that says "Start:" and it should be set to "On Click." Change this to "Automatically."
To address choppy playback, try clicking the "File" tab and then click the "Compress Media" button. Choose "Presentation Quality." Let us know if that helps.
Yes! Compressing the video did the trick on getting rid of the jitters. And, of course, setting the video to start automatically is a logical RTFM thing . I am more familiar with Power Point in general than my friend is, and figured there would be some way to do that. Guess we'll keep 'er! And it's nice to know I have a place to ask questions as they come up.
I have looked for over an hour clicking everything trying to find the "Video Tools" or "Playback" to try and test my wmv file and see if it plays without internet and I CANNOT get to it. Please, someone walk me through the steps to get to that little green "play" arrow! :-)
JF - In PowerPoint 2010, the Video Tools tab shows up (with sub tabs 'Format' and 'Playback' when you select the video on a slide. So you need to have inserted it and then select it. Let me know if you need further help.
Thx Joy. I did insert it. I inserted a wmv file so I could play w/o internet and I click on the video inside the slide frame but only "picture tools" comes up.
Picture Tools tab only comes up if you have inserted a picture or an animated gif... Any chance your 'video' is an animated gif?