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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. Start PowerPoint. PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2007 & 2010: Save a Presentation with Embedded Fonts

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by AJ George    When creating PowerPoint presentations and moving them from one computer to another, one area of concern is fonts. the Mac versions of PowerPoint can't embed fonts, nor can they use fonts embedded in a PC-born presentation. In PowerPoint, you'll notice all fonts have either a TT (TrueType)  or an  O (OpenType)  next to them in the font list. Open your presentation in PowerPoint.   PowerPoint

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?  PowerPoint

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.  " 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. PowerPointThat was cool.

Best PowerPoint Tutorials for E-learning

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When we started this blog in 2007, PowerPoint-based elearning was all the rage, and for good reason. Today, the elearning market is different and PowerPoint elearning isn’t as important (or relevant) as it was ten years ago. 7 Reasons Why PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck.

PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos

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by AJ George I am often asked how to get YouTube videos into a PowerPoint presentation, and, unless you're using the latest version (PowerPoint 2010), it's an understandable question.   Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint 2007 with Internet.

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.     While resizing a PowerPoint presentation is easy, there is a slight problem. by AJ George.

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. " PowerPointby AJ George. A typical Venn diagram has two or more related topics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, select your chart on the slide. PowerPoint

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).

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? Whatever the case, we'd like to hear from you about your experience using PowerPoint in conjunction with eLearning. " eLearning PowerPoint

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. When you use PowerPoint 2010 to Save As a.wmv file, all of your transitions and animations stay in tact. " PowerPointby AJ George.

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PowerPoint 2007: Converting Presentations to Movies

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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.   Close PowerPoint. " PowerPoint

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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. " PowerPointby AJ George.

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."

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,

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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.

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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

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. 

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. " PowerPointby AJ George.

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. " PowerPointby AJ George.

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."

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)? by AJ George. If so, you may have gotten frustrated and quit because the most logical animation to use--the spin animation--spins objects from their center axes.

Parts of the Stove: Simple Tools for Effective E-Learning

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The purpose was to show how you can use a digital camera, PowerPoint animation and a tool like Adobe's Breeze (which now has another name.) Knowledge of PowerPoint and how to use a digital camera and a photo editing software package as well as a PowerPoint to e-learning tool.

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. " PowerPointby AJ George.

School House Rock, School of Rock

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Are you using words on a screen for your PowerPoint slides or e-learning modules? Remember School House Rock? It was a fun, interesting way to learn the boring aspects of conjunctions, how a bill becomes a law and multiplication tables (remember 3 is a magic number.)

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

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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. Pressing [ Ctrl ] plus the right arrow key won't do anything (in PowerPoint anyway).

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PowerPoint 2010: Could An Update Be Your Simple Fix?

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by AJ George   Do you often find yourself chugging away at a presentation, only to have PowerPoint crash and give you some variation of the "MS Office has encountered a problem and needs to close. From PowerPoint's File tab, choose Help > Check for Updates.   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."