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PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: How to Turn an Image Into An Animated Puzzle

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by AJ George  A recent  question in the Microsoft Office forums  inquired about the process of animating a picture in PowerPoint so that it came onto the slide piece by piece--like a puzzle. The original answer referenced this tutorial:  Puzzle Pictures in PowerPoint. Start PowerPoint. PowerPointThat is what I will cover today.

PowerPoint 2007: Converting Presentations to Movies

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by AJ George. I am frequently asked if it is possible to convert PowerPoint presentations into movies that can be shared on websites such as YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. Sadly, the answer is no, at least not from within PowerPoint. You can add transitions between slides in Windows Movie Maker, but I would suggest reworking any slides in PowerPoint that were dependent upon animations.

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007: Troubleshooting Pasted Slides

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by AJ George  Here's the scenario: You are an eLearning developer and receive a PowerPoint presentation from another party (a client, colleague, SME, etc). You've decided to paste some of the slides into another PowerPoint presentation following your own finely crafted master layouts. Having a problem getting PowerPoint to behave?  PowerPointAfter you do this, you notice the formatting didn't quite take. Perhaps the bullets are positioned incorrectly. Maybe the title is incorrectly formatted. The whole thing is a big ol' mess.

PowerPoint 2007: Adding Voiceover Narration to Presentations Converted to Movies

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Last week I detailed how to turn a PowerPoint 2007 presentation into a movie that could be uploaded to popular video sharing sites like YouTube.  Follow the instructions from last week to create a movie from your PowerPoint presentation with audio and save your movie as a.wmv file. " PowerPointby AJ George. Note (And this is important!):

PowerPoint: My New Favorite (Free!) Video Converter

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  I have written a few articles on how to get online videos (like YouTube) into PowerPoint presentations (links below).   PowerPoint 2007 (with internet).    PowerPoint 2007 (without internet).   PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac.   PowerPoint 2010. " PowerPointby AJ George.

PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: How to Turn an Image Into An Animated Puzzle, Part II

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by AJ George  Last week  I showed you how to animate a picture in PowerPoint so that it came in as a puzzle, piece by piece.   AJ will be teaching a live, 3-hour class that offers tips/tricks for improving the look and feel of your PowerPoint presentations:  Slide Sprucing: Remodeling Lackluster PowerPoint Slides for eLearning and Presentations.

PowerPoint 2010: Paste Linking

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Recently I was asked if it was possible to paste link an image into PowerPoint so that if the original image is ever updated, the image in PowerPoint would automatically reflect the change. Sadly, PowerPoint cannot do this, but there are some types of source files that can be Paste linked. In that case, the content in the PowerPoint slide will automatically update.

PowerPoint 2010: Animating a Venn Diagram

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  If you find yourself in need of a Venn diagram, there are a few basic Venn diagrams available via PowerPoint's SmartArt. About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Communicator and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." " PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2010: Animation Painter

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Have you ever used PowerPoint's Animation Painter? About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Communicator and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." " PowerPointby AJ George. If not, you aren't alone. it's one of those useful tools that often goes overlooked. Say you want to add three animation effects to one object on your slide. Heck, maybe you want to add the sequence to every object on every slide.

PowerPoint 2010: Perfecting the Motion Path

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Using motion paths in PowerPoint is fun, but also kind of complicated. The problem is PowerPoint only shows you where the image begins in the motion path. If you would like to learn how to do this in PowerPoint, click here. " PowerPointby AJ George. Probably the most complicated aspect of using motion paths is continuing the motion from slide-to-slide.

PowerPoint 2010: Changing the Default Theme

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Here's how: Open a new PowerPoint presentation. Your current theme will be stated at the bottom of your PowerPoint window. Every time you open PowerPoint, you will now be using your custom theme by default. " PowerPointby AJ George. Well, I nerded out a bit and realized that there actually is a way to do this. Select Save Current Theme.

PowerPoint: Playing Audio Sequentially. and Automatically

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If you are using a PC with PowerPoint, there is a good chance your system came pre-loaded with the WMM software. Then just insert the audio into the PowerPoint presentation as one file.  " PowerPointby AJ George.   Last week I covered how to play multiple audio tracks at the same time. There are two ways to do this. Select the Audio Tools Playback tab. 

PowerPoint: Changing Slide Sizes for Importing into Captivate

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  If you plan to import a PowerPoint presentation into Adobe Captivate, it's a good idea to first resize the PowerPoint presentation from within PowerPoint. If you resize the PowerPoint presentation, the size of the imported slides you see in Captivate will match the width and height of your Captivate project.  " Captivate PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2010: A RANDom Fact

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  About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." " PowerPointby AJ George. Here's a trick: Type =RAND() into the text box and press [ Enter ]. Voila!

PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos, Part 2

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by AJ George Last week I showed you how to insert YouTube videos into a PowerPoint 2007 presentation, but in order for it to work you would need to be presenting on a computer with an internet connection. Find the YouTube video you would like to insert into your PowerPoint presentation. In PowerPoint, select the slide on which you would like to insert the video.

Editing Images with PowerPoint

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Many people don’t consider PowerPoint as a capable graphics editor since its main function is to create presentation aids. Perhaps this is because older versions of PowerPoint (2003 or below) didn’t have as many graphic editing options as never versions (2007 or higher). As you can see in the image below, PowerPoint 2010 has an entire row of options just for editing images.

PowerPoint: Chart Templates

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This PowerPoint user wanted to be able to create multiple charts with the same formatting (ie bars on a graph with a gradient effect) without having to individually format each separate piece of every new chart. In PowerPoint (2007 or 2010), choose  Insert > Illustrations > Chart  (to open the Insert Chart dialog box.). PowerPointNo worries!

eLearning and PowerPoint: Usage Survey

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by AJ George  I've heard from several eLearning developers expressing their frustration over being given lackluster PowerPoint presentations and asked to magically transform them into effective and engaging eLearning lessons and courses. Are Perhaps you are creating the PowerPoint presentations as well? Are layout and design concerns really that different when a PowerPoint presentation supports a public speaker, an online meeting/class or webinar, or is used for eLearning? " eLearning PowerPoint Are you in the same boat?

PowerPoint 2010: Working With Guides

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For some PowerPoint projects you may find that you would like to line up elements in a certain way and that having guides on the slide would be useful.   About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." position.

PowerPoint 2010: Adding Animation to SmartArt

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PowerPoint's SmartArt allows you to visually communicate information. About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Communicator and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." "   PowerPointby AJ George. Adding SmartArt is simple.

PowerPoint 2010: Converting Presentations to Movies

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In previous versions of PowerPoint, converting presentations to movies  could be a bit of a laborious task. PowerPoint 2010 has a new feature allowing presentations to quickly and easily be saved directly to.wmv (Windows Media Video) format. Open the presentation within PowerPoint 2010.   The good news: In PowerPoint 2007, not only did you need to go in to Windows Movie Maker to convert your presentations to movies, but in doing so you lost any transitions or animation effects you may have added. " PowerPointby AJ George.

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PowerPoint 2010: Working with Audio

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  Adding audio to a PowerPoint 2010 slide is simple.   About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." " PowerPointby AJ George. All you need to do is choose Insert > Audio and then open the audio clip. However,  However, when it comes to adjusting the audio, the option you might be looking for can be difficult to find.  And for some things, these techniques work.

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PowerPoint: Measurement Conversion

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  I was recently asked if it was possible to change the measurement system in PowerPoint from inches to pixels. at least not from within PowerPoint. Simply put, you are stuck with PowerPoint's default measurement system, which is inches.      I started to think about why someone would want to change PowerPoint's measurement system. As I said, PowerPoint's default system is inches, which makes sense. PowerPoint is designed to build presentations that will be shown on myriad display types and sizes. Since

PowerPoint 2010: Drawing No-Fill Shapes By Default

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Related to last week's article on changing PowerPoint's default color palette , I was asked by a reader if it was possible to set up PowerPoint so that, by default, shapes were drawn without a fill color. PowerPoint will always default to drawing with a fill color. " PowerPointby AJ George. You can, however, set up each individual presentation to do this.

PowerPoint 2010: Audio Won't Trim? Compress It!

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  Have you ever been frustrated by an inability to trim audio in PowerPoint? Let's say you followed my instructions on how to play two songs sequentially in your PowerPoint presentation. All you have to do is this: In PowerPoint 2010, select File > Info. Unfortunately, I have not found a suitable explanation as to why the trim function in PowerPoint doesn't always work, or why compressing the media helps, but it is nice to know that it is easily remedied.  " PowerPointby AJ George. What gives?!

PowerPoint: Playing Multiple Audio Files

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  A couple of weeks ago I discussed some points for working with Audio in PowerPoint ; today, a bit of elaboration.     About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." " PowerPointby AJ George. What if you want to play two audio files automatically at the same time (say, for example, you want a song to play but you also want a recorded narration to play simultaneously)?

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PowerPoint 2010: Using the Selection Pane

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From the PowerPoint ribbon, choose Home > Arrange > Selection Pane. About the author:  AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Communicator and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." " PowerPointand then "lost" something? Much faster!

PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Spinning Animation

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Have you ever tried to use PowerPoint to create a spinning animation (such as the ticking hands of a clock)? About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Communicator and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." by AJ George. Copy the graphic ([ Ctrl ] [ C ]).

PowerPoint 2008: Change the Theme for a Single Slide

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Have you tried to change the theme for just one slide in your PowerPoint 2008 presentation? Are you frustrated because there is no "Apply to Selected Slides" option like there is PowerPoint's Windows counterparts?   In PowerPoint 2008, right-click (or [Command]-click if you do not have a right-clicker) a slide and choose  Duplicate Slide.     About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials."

PowerPoint 2010: Note Handouts with Multiple Slides Per Page

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If you have tried to print handouts in PowerPoint 2010 that include the slide notes, you may have noticed a bit of a shortcoming. While it's not possible to do it within PowerPoint, you can enlist MS Word to quickly get the job done.   Open a PowerPoint presentation that includes slide notes. Still using PowerPoint 2007? " Tags: PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2010: Animating the Pieces of a Grouped Object as a Whole

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Last week I was revamping the presentation accompanying our Online Trainer Training: Engaging the Virtual Learner class when I ran into a bit of an animation shortcoming in PowerPoint. Note: If the notion of keeping the pieces of the copy separate from the original sounds daunting to you, check out this article on using PowerPoint's selection pane. " PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac: Inserting YouTube Videos

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by AJ George Over the last two weeks I've shown you how to insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint 2007 when presenting both with  and without  an internet connection. This week I'm going to show you how to do the same thing, but in PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac. Find the YouTube video you would like to insert into your PowerPoint presentation.

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PowerPoint 2010: Using the Shape Union Tool

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Two of the coolest new tools in PowerPoint 2010 (especially if you like to make your own graphics) are the Shape Union and Shape Subtract tools. Previously in PowerPoint, if you wanted to join two shapes you would use the Group tool. If you've been playing around with PowerPoint 2010 but have no idea what I'm talking about, this is by no fault of your own. by AJ George.

PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Spinning Animation, Version 2.0

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After posting the first article, PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Spinning Animation , I got a tip from one of our readers, Konrad Schroth , for an alternate way to create a spinning animation. About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Communicator and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials."

PowerPoint 2010: Inserting YouTubeVideos

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With all that content, there's a good chance you might find some videos on YouTube that you'd like to put in your PowerPoint presentation. I've previously written about how to go about doing this in PowerPoint 2007 with an internet connection and without an internet connection as well as how to do this in PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac. " Tags: PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2010: Create a New Color Palette

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You can edit your custom color palette at any time by right-clicking it in the Colors drop-down menu and choosing Edit. I've been asked if there is a way to set your custom color palette as the default color palette when you start PowerPoint. " PowerPointby AJ George. Do you create a lot of presentations that use the same colors? As far as I can tell, you cannot.

PowerPoint 2010: I Installed Lion and Now My Shortcuts Don't Work!

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Recently I updated my iMac to OS X Lion. I do a lot of work in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 on the Mac by using Parallels. In a previous article I covered how to move objects in PowerPoint less than the standard 6 points using the arrow keys. If you, like me, recently upgraded to Lion you may have noticed that this shortcut will no longer work in PowerPoint. " PowerPoint

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