PowerPoint

Use PowerPoint slide layouts to make presentations memorable

When all your slides look alike, your entire message can be blurred. At the end of your presentation, you want your audience to remember your main points most, and if they remember some of the details, that’s a plus. By making key slides distinctive, you can help people follow and retain the content in your presentation.  PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein shares her PowerPoint layout tips.

Outlook

Share your Outlook calendar: Your time is my time

There are three different ways in which you can share your Outlook 2010 calendar: By email, where your calendars can arrive in your recipient’s inbox as an attachment, and with a “Calendar Snapshot” in the body of the message, With Exchange Server, where you and others using Exchange and can share calendars and manage permissions, too. By sharing your online, Outlook Hotmail Connector-synchronized calendar with whomever you want. It just depends on what…

Outlook

Outlook and Office 365

The recent release of Microsoft Office 365 is a great opportunity for small and medium businesses to get the power of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server together, for a lower cost than ever. If you’ve been using a POP3 or IMAP email account from your Internet service provider (ISP) or an email hosting service here are some reasons to try Microsoft Exchange Online with Office 365. The Microsoft Office…

Outlook

New Outlook Hotmail Connector released

We’ve got good news for those of you who read your Windows Live Hotmail accounts in Outlook. We have released an update to the Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector. This update brings a number of fixes and is required to continue using Hotmail accounts in Outlook. The version number for the updated Hotmail Connector is 14.0.5139.5001. To determine which version is installed on your computer, see the end of this article.…

PowerPoint

Create a table with nifty rounded corners (video)

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

PowerPoint

Wrap text around pictures and shapes in PowerPoint? Avoid it!

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…

PowerPoint

Fabulous free templates await: The PPT165 project is complete

Happy to announce that all 165 templates created by PowerPoint MVP Julie Terberg are now available as free downloads at Office.com. You can use these templates as-is, or unlock your inner designer (reproduction steps appear in each template’s Notes pane in PowerPoint). This is a sequel of sorts; we created PPT157 on the first set of Terberg’s templates and, well, you don’t mess with success. See more about the project including…

Outlook

Issues with the recent update for Outlook 2007

On Tuesday, December 14, we released an update (KB2412171) for Microsoft Outlook 2007. We have discovered several issues with the update and want to inform you about problems you might encounter and what corrective steps we recommend. As of December 16, this Outlook 2007 update has been removed from Microsoft Update. This Outlook 2007 update was distributed via Microsoft Update. Many of you receive updates automatically and if you installed…

PowerPoint

A good old-fashioned workaround: Using portrait and landscape orientation in the same presentation

We listen to what you have to say, so we know that many of you want to use both portrait (shown here as image 1) and landscape slide orientation (image 2) in the same presentation. It makes sense, and presentations with both orientations look great. And while we don’t like to deliver news that you might not want to hear, a single PowerPoint presentation can’t contain both. It has to be…