What’s new in PowerPoint 2013?

Based on the consumer preview, below is roughly the list of new features you will expect to see. More detailed information will be up when it is officially release.

Better reorder feature selection pane 
Welcome back – where you left last editing.
Save as mp4 video!
Merge shapes
Better presenter view, show presenter view in slide show.
Slide sorter in slide show
Pin/unpin pane
Advanced editing and artistic effects on background image.
Crop to shape
Crop to aspect ratio
Crop to fill
Crop to fit
Reset picture and size
Right click > shortcut style, fill and outline for objects.

PowerPoint and Subtitle

No, not those subtitles or captions that appear on television. Rather, I am referring to the “Click to add subtitle” that you will see on the title slide when starting a new presentation. So what’s exactly the great deal about the subtitle? Seldom, we see a presentation that actually include a subtitle to the subtitle textbox (placeholder). At least that is what I have been seeing for the past few years. Subtitle however, does have the ability to send persuasive and meaningful message across the audience if utilized correctly. One way would be to make use of it across the entire presentation. In this situation, the title does the role of conveying what the presenter will be presenting, while the subtitle can act as a sub header much like those we see in reports. For instance, given a scenario where you are required to talk about suggestions for being an equal opportunity employer, your presentation contains a section covering 3 suggestions for Job Advertisement, Job Application Form, and Interview – one suggestion each. Subtitle can thus be used instead of bullet points.


In some cases, subtitles can also go beyond its role. Instead of simply indicating what you are presenting on, leverage on the potential of subtitle. For instance, you can invoke curiosity by having your subtitle in question form or a phrase to summarize the point you would like to convey. This not only helps bring in the attention of the audience, but also improves the flow of your presentation and keep it interesting.