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Download the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer

(This post, originally published in 2010, announced the availability of the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer. This post remains incredibly popular because so people find the Viewer to be a useful tool. We’re republishing it so readers of our blog can find and use it, too.) I’m excited to announce that our new PowerPoint Viewer is now available here for free download . By installing the PowerPoint Viewer, you can open and watch…

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Creating custom shapes in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint has a lot of great pre-set shapes, but sometimes what you really need is a tailor-made shape for your presentation. If you’re looking to go beyond the Freeform Tool and create more complex custom shapes, there’s a feature called Combine Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 that helps you do just that!  It uses the principles of Boolean Geometry, to help you create new shapes by combining multiple shapes in one of…

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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.

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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OneNote 2010 and PowerPoint 2010: Easy note-taking while reading presentations

Today’s post is a guest post from Alex Simmons, a Program Manager on the OneNote team. OneNote 2010 is included in every edition of Office 2010, so make sure to try it out! Hi everyone,  we’ve built a new feature in OneNote 2010 that allows you to take more meaningful notes while reading in other applications.  We call the feature Linked Note Taking, an automatic feature when OneNote is docked…