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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 7, 2017

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Sendsteps: Conversation with Steven Blom

Steven Blom

Steven Blom is a serial entrepreneur and co-founded Sendsteps, a PowerPoint add-in that allows the audience to ask questions with their mobile phone to the speaker on stage. He received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering of the Delft University of Technology and graduated Cum Laude. In this conversation, Steven discusses Sendsteps.

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What’s Your Presentation Persona: Conversation with Scott Schwertly

Scott Schwertly

Scott Schwertly is the Founder and CEO of Ethos3 and the creator of Badge, a proprietary presentation assessment tool which helps presenters discover and maximize their presentation style. He is also the author of two books, What's Your Presentation Persona? McGraw-Hill, 2017) and How to be a Presentation God (Wiley, 2011). In this conversation, Scott discusses his new book, What's Your Presentation Persona? that he co-authored with Sunday Mancini.

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INSCALE and PowerPoint's Morph Transition

Dominic Späth

PowerPoint's Morph transition effect continues to impress, and among my favorite users of this transition effect is INSCALE, a design agency based in Germany. We will talk more about Morph and INSCALE soon, but first do look at their Morph showcase presentation. Do notice that the folks at INSCALE have really pushed Morph to the limits, and they have many more presentations that we will explore in upcoming posts.

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Gear Graphics for PowerPoint

Gear Graphics for PowerPoint

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Picture Layouts

Picture Layouts

Pictures have an important role in presentation slides since they add imagination and visualization to your slides. To make pictures more impactful, you can even apply borders and effects to them, and also try some Picture Styles that PowerPoint offers. Other than these options, there is one more option that works in the same way as how you convert text to SmartArt. This is the Picture Layout option that similarly converts selected pictures into SmartArt.

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text

Convert SmartArt Graphic to Text

One of PowerPoint’s amazing options is the feature that lets you convert your existing bulleted text to a SmartArt graphic. Many times, though, you might want to do the reverse; that is converting SmartArt back to bulleted text. When Microsoft introduced SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007, this reverse conversion was not possible but in later versions, Microsoft added this ability. Follow these steps to do the conversion of SmartArt to bulleted text in PowerPoint 2016. Do note though that you will be left with just plain text rather than any shapes or visuals.

Insert Picture from OneDrive

Insert Picture from OneDrive

Our next option within the Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 series of tutorials is exploring how you can insert pictures from your OneDrive account. Note that you must have some pictures already uploaded to your OneDrive folders for working with this tutorial. Luckily with OneDrive's camera upload options for all phone platforms, most of us possibly already have tons of pictures in our OneDrive folders.

Insert Pictures from Facebook

Insert Pictures from Facebook

PowerPoint enables you to insert online pictures in more than one way, and explored these various options in our Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial. This is the last tutorial of this series, and you will learn how you can use the Facebook option to insert pictures which are uploaded within your Facebook account, straight into PowerPoint 2016.

Add Services

Add Services

Microsoft Office 2016 applications work well with cloud platforms such as OneDrive. Roaming capabilities enable when you log into your Microsoft account within Office applications such as PowerPoint. Once logged in, all your settings, including your recent files or templates, will be synced across all your devices, including laptops, tablets, and even smartphones.

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