Brush Stroke Outline in PowerPoint

When drawing shapes, there are several ways to add outlines. PowerPoint 2007 and newer versions offer great variations that you can play around with. For instance, you can add solid or gradient line color to the shape itself. You can also add transparency to the outline depending on your preferences. More advanced features would be the Line Style which includes setting compound type, dash type, width and etc. In this article, we would explore even further, that is, creating your own Brush stroke or calligraphy styled outline in PowerPoint. The brush stroke outline however, is not something that is available … Continue reading Brush Stroke Outline in PowerPoint

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 … Continue reading PowerPoint and Subtitle

Agenda or Table of Contents, a necessity in presentation?

Many people will agree that it is good to have an agenda or table of contents in a presentation. Reasons can include laying out clearly by telling your audience what topics are being covered and knowing what you are going to unfold next, length of the presentation and acting as a guidance for your audience. But are they really necessary? Probably not in all situations. Here’s a couple of thoughts: 1. True that without an agenda, audience may sit through a presentation lost in a maze and not knowing when it will end. However, it is also true that in … Continue reading Agenda or Table of Contents, a necessity in presentation?

Neodymium Sphere Magnets – A basic PowerPoint illustration

In this article, I would like to briefly talk about Neodymium Sphere Magnets. For those who are not sure what this is all about, basically, one makes use of small (but strong) Neodymium magnets (usually consists of 216 magnets, in the size of 5mm in diameter) to make limitless shapes ranging from abstract to geometry and flat to 3D. It is marketed under several brand names such as NeoCube, Nanodots, Zen Magnets, CyberCube, and Buckyballs to name a few. Like any magnets, each sphere has its north and south pole and thus do not simply attract in any direction of … Continue reading Neodymium Sphere Magnets – A basic PowerPoint illustration

Anime running animation: Concept and Demonstration

If you happen to watch anime frequently, during your childhood, or at least chanced upon a few anime series, you would have seen those familiar running scenes (See Anime Run Around on youtube for a rough idea), where anime characters run around very quickly. In this article, we will talk about the concept on how you can create/ mimic the running animation using PowerPoint. To start off, think of anime as a flipbook, where every movement is a new frame (in this case, slide) by itself. Thus, instead of using animation effects available on PowerPoint, you link the movements together … Continue reading Anime running animation: Concept and Demonstration

Reset kiosk mode on inactivity

In the earlier PowerPoint versions, when you set your presentation to run in kiosk mode (Slide show > Set up Show > Kiosk mode), your slide show will automatically reset and goes back to the first slide after a period of inactivity (approx. 5 mins). This feature however, vanishes in the later versions. If you need a kiosk mode reset, you will have to do it manually. But how? Since you have set your presentation to run as a kiosk mode, ensure that you have already created navigation buttons in the slide master to advance back and forth the slides. … Continue reading Reset kiosk mode on inactivity

Insert hyperlink in Notes page

A user posted an interesting question on the Microsoft Office Online Discussion Group, asking whether it’s possible to insert hyperlinks in Notes page.   There’s no function for you to do that in PowerPoint. Now, here’s a tricky workaround create hyperlink to play with. To create the hyperlink, first go into normal view and type your link or email on a textbox. Once you get the hyperlink, highlight the link and click Edit > Copy.You can either go into View > Notes page, or click on the “Click to add notes”.Then, click Edit > Paste Special > HTML Format or Formatted Text … Continue reading Insert hyperlink in Notes page

What is Death by PowerPoint?

Here is a survey by Ellen Finkelstein. If you have any Death by PowerPoint experience, why not share it with us on this survey? By taking up this survey, you will also get a free copy of Ellen’s e-booklet, 7 Steps to Great Images. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=8btaxwZWsjzcfZf2i5Qjog_3d_3d Note: The link to get the free e-booklet is in small print at the end of the survey.

Pausing your animations with VBA

Lets say if you are running a slide that has multiple animations on it. Halfway through the presentation, you may want to pause the animations to explain something. A simple way to do this is to press the “b” key which will black out the screen. Then, press “b” key again to resume the presentation. The downside is that you won’t be able to see the content on the screen. To resolve this, you can make use of VBA. To do so, click Tools > Macro > Visual Basic Editor. Copy the code as shown below: Sub pauseshow()  ActivePresentation.SlideShowWindow.View.State = … Continue reading Pausing your animations with VBA

Embedding PowerPoint in a PowerPoint

There are several ways to link presentations from one to another. The downside of linking however, is the fear of link breaking when moving the files from one location to another. A solution to resolve this is to make use of embedding. To embed a PowerPoint in a PowerPoint, click Insert > Object. Select Create from file, then click on Browse. Look for the ppt file you want to embed. Then click Ok twice. The file will then be embedded with the first slide shown as a thumbnail. There are two ways to open the embedded presentation during slide show … Continue reading Embedding PowerPoint in a PowerPoint