Your top 10 favorite PowerPoint posts of 2012

PowerPoint Best of 2012In 2012, you were doing more than adding data to slides–you really put PowerPoint to work to create visual representations of your hard work, bright ideas, and personal style.  Charts, themes, animations, color-matching, and tips for presenters were just some of your favorite topics for polishing your PowerPoint presentations. 

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Greatest hits for making presentations shine

  1. Tips for turning your Excel data into PowerPoint charts 
    Ever wish you could get the critical data from your Excel charts into a PowerPoint slide without having to manually add it again? PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein provides a step-by-step guide to make adding an Excel chart to PowerPoint work like magic.

  2. PowerPoint 2013: Presentation is Everything 
    The themes in the new PowerPoint give you a fast way to have a professional presentation that also expresses your individual style.

  3. Use PowerPoint slide layouts to make presentations memorable
    Help your audience to follow your presentation and remember your main points by making key slides distinctive.

  4. Free training: Learn to create PowerPoint animations
    Add some visual pizzazz to your presentation by reading these tutorials on how to animate text, charts, shapes, and more.

  5. Make an image within an image stand out 
    Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint, gives a video demonstration of PowerPoint transitions and artistic effects to make part of an image focus while making another part fade into the background.

  6. Crop around irregular images 
    Part 2 of Bruce Gabrielle’s video demo of making an image within an image stand out.

  7. PowerPoint 2013: Eyedropper 
    One of the coolest new features in PowerPoint–now you can color-match between presentations and across formats, such as a website or picture.  

  8. Guy Kawasaki’s guide on pitching to venture capitalists 
    Popular guest blogger Guy Kawasaki teams up with the Office Web Apps team to give you a step-by-step guide to building a business case and a flawless PowerPoint pitch.

  9. Webinar: Better PowerPoint Presentations 
    How-tos for presenting in PowerPoint, including using the Notes section, using Presenter’s View, tips for presenting in a conference room, and more.

  10. Webinar: PowerPoint tips 
    Learn how to start PowerPoint quickly, organize slides at a glance, work with the outline tab, and more.