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Fun with animation in PowerPoint

May 9, 2014 Categorized in: PowerPoint

Q. There’s a cool “gears” Smart­­Art element. Can I animate it so the gears spin?
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Tame your large PowerPoint decks

September 5, 2013 Categorized in: PowerPoint

Are you terrorized by your monster PowerPoint deck? If you have a file with more than 30 slides, there are tools you can use to tame the beast. Two ways to make your decks easier to manage:

Ugly PowerPoint

July 5, 2013 Categorized in: PowerPoint

The answers to two questions offer tips on making sure your slides don’t become eyesores.
Q. My tables never look right when I paste them into Power­­Point. How should I paste Excel data into PowerPoint?

Backgrounds in PowerPoint

February 22, 2013 Categorized in: PowerPoint

Q. Is it better to use a dark or a light background in PowerPoint?
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Make any picture into a bullet point

January 7, 2013 Categorized in: PowerPointWord

Q: How can I create my own ­custom bullet points?
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New features in Office 2013

December 26, 2012 Categorized in: ExcelInternetPowerPointWord

Microsoft Office 2013 has arrived with some new features that could make your job easier.

Get that Excel chart onto a slide

December 13, 2012 Categorized in: ExcelPowerPoint

Q: What is the best way to paste an Excel chart into PowerPoint 2010?
I recently heard a train-the-trainer presenter refer to all animations and transitions as unnecessary fluff and distractions. While I agree that animation beyond basic slide transitions can be distracting, I do think there is a place for well-placed advanced features in your PowerPoint. Here are my basic guidelines:
If you design diagrams with layered objects, especially with animation, it can be a bit frustrating to keep things stacked the way you like as you make changes and add movement. Here are a couple of tips to keep your sanity with layered objects.