How to Customize Colors in PowerPoint

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In order to come up with better presentations, it is important to make sure that the colors you choose for your layout are not messy and you work on this on the slide master of your PowerPoint.

It is actually very easy to fix the colors and it can save you more time when you do the rest of your presentation. However, typically, default colors are used on the slide masters which are more often than not, not the colors the presentation is actually using so what you do is you change the colors manually and that takes up so much time.

So here is what you do:

In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, click the Design tab and choose Colors. In PowerPoint 2013, click the View tab, then click Slide Master and then choose Colors.

At the bottom of the list, choose Customize Colors. If you aren’t particular about your colors — you don’t have exact specifications, you can choose one of the options on the list that is similar to what you want and then choose Customize Colors.

For the complete instructions on this, please head to:   Customize the colors in your slide master

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PowerPoint 2013 Tip – Zoom into a slide and choose another slide in Slide Show view

microsoft-office-name-logo-computer-screen-windows-44549021Do you know how to zoom into a slide and choose another slide in Slide Show view–PowerPoint 2013? With the new features of PowerPoint 2013, you can do the following:

  • To see an area of the slide close up, Zoom into a slide.
  • In that magnified view, pan around the slide.
  • After looking at all of the slides, choose a slide to display.

Head to Ellen’s post to watch the video on how to do this.

How to Customize the Ribbon in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-customize-powerpoint-interface-1-300x96In PowerPoint, do you find yourself using the same commands over and over? You can be more efficient in your work if you customize the interface in PowerPoint. So instead of finding commands that you use often and clicking them so many times, you can actually customize not only the Quick Access Toolbar (usually at the top left of your screen) but the entire ribbon as well.

Ellen Finkelstein describes how to do this in her blog post Customize the PowerPoint interface.

In her blog post, she details on how you ca customize the ribbon and use multiple configurations as well.

Head to her blog post now to find out more.

Make Open Shapes in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-open-shapes-1Would you like to use open shapes in your presentations? They look hand drawn, look interesting and could add spice to your PowerPoint presentations. However, they don’t come with PowerPoint, but with the use of Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature, you can make this possible. It is not that well-known a feature because it’s not on the ribbon but you can do everything using the right-click menu.

Ellen Finkelstein actually shared a video on how this can be done.

She also enumerated a step-by-step process on how to create open shapes.

Please head to this link and find out how: Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

 

Collaborate Using Office Online

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Last week, I’ve shared with you how to collaborate in PowerPoint presentations. This is part II – another way that you can make your collaboration. You can actually post your presentation on Office Online (which was previously called Office Web Apps). Though the online version of PowerPoint is lacking several features present in the desktop version, simple editing can still be done.

How do you use Office Online?

You just have to start your computer by first using the desktop version of PowerPoint and then you go to the online version.

Office Online will let editors do their edits simultaneously. This way, all concerned can work on the presentation all at the same time. You can see all the changes being made which will make presentation collaboration easier.

For more information about this, please head to: 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part II

Collaboration in PowerPoint Presentations

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Do you know that there are two ways to collaborate with others on your presentation using PowerPoint? Emailing each other about updates and edits on your presentation can get pretty confusing fast because it’s hard to keep track of the latest changes. So what can you do instead? Below are two things you can do to make collaboration a lot easier when it comes to presentations.

1. Add comments to  presentation – By adding comments to a presentation, all parties involved can have a chance to write their opinions on how to make the presentation better. They can suggest changes and edits that need to be made.

2. Compare two presentations – Once you have two similar presentations that went through suggests, edits and changes, the Compare feature will show you the differences between the 2 presentations.

To find out more about the step-by-step process on how to add comments and compare two presentations, please head to this link: 2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part I

 

Use PowerPoint for Music Video Presentation with Lyrics

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you ever done a music video for a presentation but you wanted to sync lyrics with the music? Have you done something like this?  Did you know that you can do this in PowerPoint?

You can actually sync lyrics in a music video using PowerPoint by following four simple steps below:

1. Insert the video.

2. Choose where you want to display the lyrics.

3. Set the video play options to continue throughout your slides.

4. Set slide timing.

For a detailed discussion on how this can be done, please head to this link: Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint