Category Archives: Microsoft PowerPoint

Editing PowerPoint Shows

PowerPoint has a really useful feature: being able to save Presentations as “Shows”. These allow people without PowerPoint on their computer to still watch the presentation. The downside is that they’re not, on the face of it, editable. And that was the problem that a colleague in the networking group that I attend (https://www.bforbnorthwest.com/) contacted […]

Using SmartArt to liven up your presentation

I’m sure that we’ve all sat there captivated bored by a PowerPoint presentation that consists of slide after slide of bullet points where a little thought and use of SmartArt could completely change the look & feel of the whole presentation allowing the presenter to re-engage with their audience. So, what is SmartArt? A SmartArt […]

Creating an interactive menu with Zoom Slide in PowerPoint

In last month’s tip we created some Sections within our Presentation to pull together slides into logical groupings, we’re now going to make use of those, via a Zoom slide in PowerPoint to create an interactive menu Here we can see 5 of the sections in our presentation… Using a Zoom Slide As we’re going […]

Sections in your slideshow

Break up your presentation into Sections You may recall that back in October’s tips for Word we looked at setting up Sections to allow a change between Portrait & Landscape mode in a document; if not, here’s a link: http://www.us4b.co.uk/2018/10/section-breaks-in-word/ We can similarly use Sections in a PowerPoint slide show to break it down into […]

Placeholder text in PowerPoint

Placeholder text to help with drafting your presentation There will be times when, whilst you might have decided on the topics of your presentation, you’ve still not sorted out all of the detailed text that you want to include – perhaps you’ve an image & you need to find an ideal quotation that sums up […]

Modifying the Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint I briefly touched on the Quick Access Toolbar a couple of months ago in the “Quick Tips” section of the newsletter, but earlier today I was working on a PowerPoint presentation for a client & was making use of the ability to quickly add & remove items from it, […]

Nudging around the PowerPoint Grid

Using Gridlines for better positioning A little while back, we looked at the various ways of lining up images relative to each other (http://www.us4b.co.uk/2018/06/lining-up-images-in-powerpoint/) , however, there will be times when there’s only one image or you want to overlay a number of images & so that method won’t work. Fortunately, help is at hand […]

Screenshots in PowerPoint

Easily capture Screenshots in PowerPoint There may be occasions when the image that you need in your presentation is best served by screenshots of your screen – this can be especially true if you’re demonstrating some software. Ideally, you’d have the software itself available for an ideal demo, but perhaps this is part of the […]

PowerPoint connections

Connections to make it work So, you’ve built your PowerPoint presentation, it’s looking good, you’ve even tested that the various effects work seamlessly… and then you turn up at the venue only to find that you’re unable to connect your laptop to the projector that the venue has available & this is in spite of […]

Lining up images in PowerPoint

Images in PowerPoint As Telly Savalas used to sing (using the word “sing” in it’s widest context, and showing my age at the same time): “A picture paints a thousand words” and many of us, when designing PowerPoint presentations make use of images. In some cases, the image IS the slide & when delivering our […]