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Build-a-Graphic: Conversation with Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson is one of 34 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world. He is an internationally recognized visual communication expert, professional speaker, and a #1 bestselling Amazon author. He regularly conducts workshops and creates graphics, presentations, proposals, and learning materials for companies like Microsoft, FedEx, Xerox, Dell, Pfizer, and Boeing as well as at learning institutions and organizations around the world. In this conversation, Mike talks about Build-a-Graphic.

Read the conversation here.

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Concept Slides: Organic Shapes with Brush Edges

Concept Slides: Organic Shapes with Brush Edges

You get 8 shape types plus lines as part of this Organic Shapes collection. Each of these 8 shape types have 10 variants. So you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options! Again each of these 80 shapes have 12 brush stroke styles! Plus you get the lines and arrows in 12 brush stroke styles too. Combine all variations to end up with more than 3000 possibilities.

Download and use now.

Formatting Outlines for Shapes (Dashes) in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Formatting Outlines for Shapes (Dashes) in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

In previous tutorials, we have explained the formatting of shape outlines in PowerPoint 2007 and changing the weight of shape outlines. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can apply a dash style to the shape outline. A dashed line in PowerPoint 2007 can have plenty of variations: from a line with fewer dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes.

Apply the dash attribute to shape outlines in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.




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Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

October 19, 2018

Customize Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

The Quick Access Toolbar or QAT is the only toolbar available in PowerPoint. This toolbar can be customized and can contain your most-used commands so that they are accessible to you with just a single click. Follow these steps to customize the QAT in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac by adding your frequently used commands.

Learn how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

October 17, 2018

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Further, the Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed.

Learn how to convert PowerPoint text into individual, editable shapes using the Fragment command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

Animate 3D Models in PowerPoint Without Morph

We begin by exploring how you can animate 3D models in PowerPoint without using the Morph transition effect. This can be done via the new 3D animations. We also explore the topic of finding fonts that PowerPoint substituted without asking you. And if you changed your slide size to end up with a deck that loses fonts, backgrounds, and colors, you'll want to read how you can avoid this problem.

We look at creating PowerPoint Outlines in Notepad for Windows, and using Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac users can explore Smart Dynamic Guides and Inserting a Text Box. PowerPoint Online users can find out the differences between Text Placeholders and Text Boxes. And if that wasn’t enough for this week, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates released in the last week.

Stay informed about updated tutorials and happenings related to PowerPoint and presenting.

Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Word Online

October 16, 2018

Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Word Online

The outline encompasses the text content within your presentation slides. In many ways, this text is the story or the structure of your presentation and forms an ideal starting point for a bunch of slides. PowerPoint can import outlines created in many applications, and we have already shown you how you can create outlines for PowerPoint presentations in various versions of Microsoft Word. In this tutorial, we will create the outline using Word Online, the browser-based version of Microsoft Word.

Learn how to create outlines for presentations in Microsoft Word Online, formatted for failsafe import into Microsoft PowerPoint.

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