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3 New Features that Could Influence You to Consider Upgrading to PowerPoint 2016

By Kelly Vandever

“Kelly, you have to understand… some of my clients are still using PowerPoint 2007!”

In today’s world, it’s hard to know when you should upgrade to the latest version of software. But having ten-year-old software may be the exception. It’s probably time to upgrade.

If you’re thinking of making a smaller jump, say from PowerPoint 2013 to PowerPoint 2016, here are the three features that I think make the biggest difference for presenters when moving from PowerPoint 2013 to 2016.
#1 – Tell Me What You Want to Do
I admit. Even though I train people on how to use PowerPoint, there …

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How to Create a PowerPoint Slide Show with Just a Bunch of Pictures?

Like for a Wedding, a Work Celebration, or High School Graduation? Create a Photo Album!

By Kelly Vandever

Do you want to create a slide show with a ton of pictures for a birthday party, memorial service, team meeting, or special event? Save a ton of time by using the Photo Album feature in PowerPoint!

Watch this Video on How to Quickly Insert a Large Number of Pictures into a PowerPoint Document

… or …

Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions Below

Go to the Insert tab, and click on Photo Album, and select New Photo Album.

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Shoot Your Bullet Points

by Bob Goodyear

Recently I was asked to give a presentation on a topic that I had covered several years ago. I eagerly agreed because I remembered that I had the slide deck for it stored away in a backup. It would be easy to take that deck, update the information with current trends, and give the presentation with a minimal amount of work.

I found the backup and immediately downloaded the deck. Upon opening the file, I was shocked to see what I had done. The slide deck had 34 total slides …

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A Few Useful Photography Tips

by Tom Nixon

When creating an effective visual presentation (a.k.a. PowerPoint) it is extremely helpful to have sources of good images to draw from. Access to a good stock image house is more than helpful. So is a good set of photography skills. Being able to take reasonably high-quality photos of coworkers, processes, locations, products and the like is a real ace-in-the-hole when assembling a presentation. And with today’s amazingly advanced cameras, it has never been easier.

A few tips:

Get close. Many part-time photographers can be intimidated by their …

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Zoom – PowerPoint’s Answer to Prezi? Valuable New Tool? You Make the Call!

By Kelly Vandever

So the last time you were hanging out on the Insert tab of PowerPoint 2016, did you happen to look at the Links group? Have you noticed the new comer? Yes, that’s right, there’s a new link available called Zoom! One of the newest features in PowerPoint!

Not to be confused with Zoom when in presentation mode and you zoom in for a closer look at the slide. Or the Zoom In on bottom right status bar. …

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The Glow of the Season

by Tom Nixon

One of my favorite go-to tricks for making text stand out from a complex background is to apply a glow that will separate it from the layer below. It is a fairly straightforward procedure that goes like this:

For text against a busy background:

Select the text, place your cursor in the text as though you were going to edit and then pressControl + A to select all the text.
From the top menu select Format > Text Effects > Glow
The flyout menu shows a variety of standard glow …

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Stories Connect. Big Time.

By Tom Nixon

Melissa was running through her upcoming slide presentation with me. She loaded up her PowerPoint deck with all the facts and figures she could find that would make her pitch irresistible. There was an almost endless march of slides with numbers, features and benefits.

I had to stop her and ask, “Why not tell your listeners a story? Or use a testimonial or a case-study?”

“Think of a success story that involves you and a client. Maybe you can get a quote from them or, better yet, a quote …

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Using a graph? What’s your point?

by Tom Nixon

Presenting data to an audience is a challenge. If we just dump a pile of numbers on the screen we can expect those “eyes glazed over” looks that PowerPoint is so famous for. To make numbers meaningful we often turn to a graph or chart to show numbers as visual relationships.

Unfortunately, PowerPoint is all too ready to help us make those many layered, three-dimensional, color coordinated graphs that are just as confusing as the raw data. As the “tour guides” of our presentation we need …

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A Quick Fade

by Tom Nixon

Animation in PowerPoint or Keynote is a very slippery slope. It seems that the average user cannot resist the urge to fly in text or spin transitions from one slide to the next. Additionally, they must feel that once is certainly not enough — the stunning effect has to be repeated dozens, if not hundreds of times.

The average audience member doesn’t quite see it that way. The zooming and flying quickly becomes amateurish and nauseating for your viewers. I generally coach anyone but an experienced …

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Don’t Squish Their Heads

by Tom Nixon

I don’t know if this bothers anyone else — maybe it is just me and my graphic design touchiness. But it makes me crazy when I see distorted images — photos of people and objects (like a basketball) that have been stretched or crushed to make them fit a space. It can be seen all the time in slide decks designed by folks who should know better.

The human eye and brain are very aware of even the slightest of these amateur short cuts and that is …

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