Use Photos with Vignette Effect

Using photos in presentations is effective when done right. More so if the picture has a certain effect that is pleasing to the eyes. Isn’t it nice to use an image with a vignette effect?


It is very easy to do this in PowerPoint. Here are the first few steps:

  1. Insert a rectangle over the image.

  2. Right-click and choose Format Shape

  3. In the dialog box or task pane (depending on your version of PowerPoint), in the Line section, choose No Line.

  4. In the Fill section, change the color to black or dark gray. I used a very dark gray.

To learn about the next steps, please head to this link: Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

Things to Remember When Creating a Table from Excel to PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-excel-table-on-slide-1There are several things you must take note of if you want to create a table from Excel to PowerPoint. These are:

1. Make sure the table is readable. If there is too much data, divide them into several slides or just give them out as handouts.

2. Use the Title and Content layout for polished look.

3. If it’s a simple look you want or you’re in a hurry, use the Title Only layout and simply copy and paste the excel table in there.

For more details on how to create table from excel to PowerPoint, please head to this link: Create a table from Excel data in PowerPoint

Five PowerPoint Tips For You

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  1. Make sure that the images you use stand out. They should be relevant which means they support your goal and the message your conveying to your audience. This way, they can easily remember the lesson you’re teaching even long after your presentation is done.
  2. Go for simplicity. The more simple the slides, the better. Avoid using complicated graphs and charts as well as long texts.
  3. Make sure that your audience knows the meaning of the acronyms and difficult terms you use.
  4. Make sure your audience can resonate and relate well with your audience. Don’t just use general photos. If you are talking to a group of teachers, use photos of different schools they know or pictures of the campus where they teach.
  5. Use high resolution for your photos.

These are just five PowerPoint tips. There are more where these came from. Please head to this link to find out more! 30 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint


Use PowerPoint in Creating Quizzes

quiz-word-red-d-letters-to-illustrate-exam-evaluation-assessment-to-measure-your-knowledge-expertise-44060147One way to create quizzes is to use PowerPoint. This is done with the use of hyperlinks. It’s pretty simple and easy. You don’t need any programming and you also can’t grade it. What happens is that the quiz taker will take it in Slide Show view and when the wrong answer is chosen, the taker will just go back to the question. But when the right answer is chosen, the taker hen goes to the next question.

Here are the basic steps that you’d need to take:

  1. Create the slides.
  2. Create the hyperlinks.
  3. Disallow clicking to the next slide. 

To find out the details on how to do this, please head to this link: Create a quiz in PowerPoint


A Different Way of Creating Menu in Your Slides

For your first two slides, it is useful to create menus. This time though, we can do it differently and pattern it to Windows 8 for instance. You can do this using PowerPoint.

Here are the basic steps:

1. Create the shapes

2. Format the shapes

3. Hyperlink the tiles

Following these basic steps, you can come up with something like this:


To know the complete instructions on how to create a different kind of menu for your PowerPoint slides, please check this post: Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides

Wanna Make Interactive Online Lessons? Try PowerPoint Mix!

yes-i-interactive-badge-name-tag-group-participation-words-to-illustrate-someone-who-works-together-participates-39347022Microsoft PowerPoint has a new add-on that is still in beta called PowerPoint Mix. It is a tool used to create interactive online lessons and below are the basic processes which are simple to follow:

  1. Use PowerPoint Mix for creating slides and recording video and audio.
  2. Use PowerPoint Mix for adding quizzes.
  3. Use PowerPoint Mix for uploading the final result to the Mix website and for sharing it with anyone (e.g. your students).
  4. Use PowerPoint Mix for getting statistics about the quiz scores and who viewed the Mix.

To find out how to do all this, please head to: Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

How to Create Handouts from PowerPoint to Word

microsoft-office-name-logo-computer-screen-windows-44549021 (1)For heavy-duty meetings and presentations that require a lot of data to help the participants come up with a decision (e.g. market research meeting), they usually require handouts to be given out so participants of the meeting can further refer to the important additional data pertaining to the object of their meeting. Since most presentations are done using PowerPoint, and most handouts are printed from Word, here’s what you can do…

Below are the steps you can follow to create these much needed handouts from PowerPoint to Word: export your slides to Word.

  1. Create the slides. You can have text in the Notes pane, but that isn’t necessary.

    In PowerPoint 2013, choose File, Export, Create Handouts and then click Create Handouts. In 2010, choose File, Save & Send, Create Handouts. In 2007, choose Office button, Publish, Create Handouts in Microsoft Office Word.(Maybe you’re noticing that Microsoft changes its interface a lot!)

  2. In the Send to Microsoft Word dialog box, choose the Notes Below Slides option.

  3. Note that you have a choice to choose Paste or Paste Link. If you choose Paste, Microsoft embeds the entire presentation and the file can become quite large. If you have a lot of slides, choose Paste Link and be sure to keep the PowerPoint and Microsoft files in the same folder — you’ll also need both files if you need to move it to another computer.

  4. Click OK. Word opens. Wait until it brings in all of the slides — and notes, if any

To get more information about this, please head to this link: Create handouts for data-heavy decision meetings