Category: PowerPoint

New Text Box Shortcut works in PowerPoint, Word and Excel

Many users feel condemned to using the mouse to hunt and peck through the Microsoft Ribbon. They just don’t know a better way! Today’s tip is going to drill down on one shortcut, how to add a new text box in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word or Excel using the keyboard. Once you have the program open and are ready to perform this technique, just press the Alt key and the letter N at the same time, then let go of those …

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More free images for your pleasure

Just because an image is available on Google Images or Bing Images, does not mean you have permission to use it. Not only is it a violation of copyright and trademark laws, it is also morally wrong. Luckily, there are dozens, if not hundreds of sites that offer free, high-quality images for you to download. I got a little flack from a student recently, who thought my previous post focused too much on free multi-media resources. Today I want to …

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The More Button in Microsoft Office

There are a lot of “hidden secrets” in Microsoft Office that are actually sitting there right out in the open. A little bit of curiosity will go a long way toward making you into a Microsoft Power User. One of my favorites is the More button. The More button is ubiquitous throughout Microsoft Office, and appears often in the Ribbon when there is more information to be shared than will fit on your display. The More button is best described …

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Creating your first macro using visual basic

The computer is first and foremost a time-saving device. My husband was just telling me about how the railroads used armies of clerks to keep track of each box car and it’s contents “back in the day,” and how all of that labor was now being handled by a few desktop computers. Imagine Mr. Scrooge meets the Nutty Professor to get a visual. Advanced users of Microsoft Office products like Excel, PowerPoint and Word know that the easiest way to get …

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How to Add Sound to a PowerPoint Slideshow

PowerPoint has plenty of built-in sound effects that people use when they are creating presentations. It’s a shame, but many people think that those burps, bleeps, drumrolls and thunderclaps are all they can use. A high-quality presentation, however, will often have background music playing on an opening slide while the audience comes in and chooses a seat. The good news is that it’s easier to create this effect than you might think! If you need a source for free audio …

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Where to get free images, videos and sounds for your PowerPoint presentation

I’m going to start this blog post with a pretty strong statement: stop stealing other people’s work for your PowerPoint presentation! There, I got that off my chest. All work you can find on the internet is copyrighted to some degree or other. So that means that cool picture you found on someone’s website actually belongs to them, and you can’t just use it. It also means that songs you downloaded from iTunes can’t be used for your professional presentation. …

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Tell Me: Office 2016 New Feature Preview

I have often lamented when teaching classes that Microsoft’s Help features are so… yucky. In fact, I have a running gag: I offer people a secret website address where they can find all of the latest help information. It is spelled g-o-o-g-l-e-dot-c-o-m. The new Office 2016 Tell Me feature is trying to put my career as a comedian on hold, however, and I have to say I’m grateful to be looking for new material. The Tell Me feature is a …

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Microsoft Office 2016 Coming Soon…

In fact, it is coming sooner than many people expected. Even though Microsoft had already launched Office 2016 for Macintosh earlier this year, some people were expecting the launch of the Windows version to be delayed. Microsoft seems to be having a lot more success with their Windows 10 rollout, however, and is looking more like Apple as they push out new product after new product. In a leaked memo to employees, however, the website Neowin reports that Microsoft has …

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Animating a bullet list in PowerPoint

It’s likely that you’ve had to sit through a boring presentation that was just one bullet list after another, unless you’re (1) very young, (2) very old, or (3) very, very lucky. Count your lucky stars if you’re one of the fortunate three. Now that it’s your turn in the spotlight, how do you keep from boring your audience to tears? We can start off by recognizing one important fact: if you put all of your bullet points on screen …

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Password encryption for Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word) documents

We hear about security breaches and data hacks all of the time. Isn’t it nice to know that you’ve got a very secure way to protect your files built right into Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word? One caution needs to be stated up front: there is no Lost Password feature for encrypted documents in Office programs. If you encrypt a document with a password and then forget the password, you won’t have any choice but to recreate the entire document. …

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