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PowerPoint Tricks

Use our PowerPoint presentation templates to make every PowerPoint presentation compelling, effective and memorable.

Need PowerPoint help? With our PowerPoint tips, every presentation will shine. Business Management Daily’s Microsoft PowerPoint training is designed specifically to help you succeed.

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First, stop dragging and nudging! Next, locate the Align button ...

Q. Is it better to use a dark or a light background in PowerPoint?

PowerPoint 2010 provides a multitude of options when including photographs in your presentations. Begin experimenting by going to the Insert tab, Images group, and click the picture icon. A good example to practice on is one from the Sample Pictures called Tulips.

In a Title and Content slide, type a question in the Title area and answers in the Content placeholder. On the Devel­­oper tab, click Visual Basic (VB) ...
Press A to make a pointer disappear and bring it back again ... Press H to display a hidden slide ... Type E to erase pen or highlighter ink.

Q. What is the best way to paste an Excel chart into PowerPoint 2010?

Office 2010 has a great new feature that is especially useful in PowerPoint. Click on the Remove Background button on the Picture Tools Format contextual tab ...

Creating a good company PowerPoint template removes tedious and inconsistent manual formatting of text, placeholders and backgrounds from the end user’s hands. Most of the work is done in the Slide Master. Follow these steps:

Let’s say you have a diagram that you created with SmartArt, like an organizational chart. With the diagram selected, right-click and choose Save as Picture …

Q. Why can’t I “script” animation in PowerPoint 2010? All I can do is add animation?

You’ve created something amazing with multiple-layered objects and animation. And now, you have to make a change ...

When we think about PowerPoint presentations, we usually imagine a speaker in front of the room with a projector and a screen. But many presentations are delivered by alternative methods. One common method is self-directed at a kiosk or at someone’s computer. Creating this type of presentation is easier than you think.

Create an instant diagram by right-clicking on a set of bullet points. On the right-click menu, you’ll find Convert to SmartArt ...

Q. I need several versions of a PowerPoint presentation. For some audiences, I’ll need to show all the slides, for others just the topic summaries and some of the detail. Another audience needs just a section or two of the whole thing. Do I have to make multiple copies?

PowerPoint Slide Masters are the best way to change the general ap­­pearance of your presentations without changing each slide. But what if you’re always tweaking a particular slide to fit your contents? In­­stead of doing this each time, create a custom layout.

Q. Can you animate SmartArt in PowerPoint?
Q. During a presentation (from my laptop), how do I keep the notes section visible to me but not the audience?
A PowerPoint photo album is an easy solution when creating a personal scrapbook or presenting images to a ­client for approval.
Use the Action button to create interactivity in presentations. You’ll find the Action button in the Links group on the Insert tab.
Are your PowerPoint presentations essentially a script, chock full of every single detail you intend to present? Or, at the other end of the spectrum, is your “deck” just a set of discussion prompts meant to guide the session, not inform it? Before creating a PowerPoint presentation you need to make two decisions:
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