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The best tip you can have about powerpoint is
to use the "Slide Master" page to design the style of your pages BEFORE you
start designing your presentation. This is the place to put your company logo,
instead of placing it on every single slide put it on the slide master. This is also the
place to set up all your fonts, size, and "slide colour scheme". This will save
you hours of extra work formatting every single slide
Upgrade to powerpoint 2000. Or at
least upgrade to powerpoint 97. If you are still using powerpoint 4 upgrade!.
If you are using powerpoint 95 upgrade!. Just the smaller file
sizes and faster loading and saving make it worthwhile. Other vast improvements are they
ability to animate any object and fine tune build-up slides. Also the ability to add a
hyperlink to any object is also very handy
Think twice about upgrading to powerpoint XP.
Why?, because if you sending your presentation to anyone who does not have powerpoint, the
current powerpoint viewer does not support any of the new features of XP. So think twice.
Keep backups of your work (common
Try to think of how long it would take to replace your work...
instead of thinking about how long it would take to do the backup!
Keep saving versions of your
This way if anything horrendous happens (such as the power going off half way through
saving the presentation that took you weeks to design) you can go back to the previous
Use the right quality. If you are
including scans in your on-screen presentations, only scan your images at the appropriate
resolution. For example - If your presentation will only ever be shown on a PC at SVGA
(800x600) resolution. Then why bother scanning anything higher than 800x600 pixels? Also
try changing the number of colours in the pictures to 256 colours (indexed colour). This
saves time, disk space and your presentations will run a lot faster and smoother. You
might even be able to email them to people now that they are a lot smaller!.
(Click Here to a Full and In-Depth Tutorial)
To speed up your slideshows... Turn
off "Render 24-bit bitmaps at highest quality" from the Tools - Options -
The following are for powerpoint97 & 2000 only:
Turn off "Fast Saves" once
your presentation is complete. This will make your actual .ppt files smaller. This is
especially useful when trying the fit them on a floppy disk or to email them
An extra tip to squeeze your powerpoint file
even smaller.... Choose "File", "Properties" and turn off the
"save preview image". This also speeds up saving the file, as powerpoint does
not have to make up the little image preview
To get the best possible black & while
hardcopy from powerpoint. From the "view" menu choose "black &
white". This will show you what your hardcopy will look like. To alter the way any
object will print, simply right click on that object, and then choose the appropriate
option. ie. "Black with White Fill". No more saving two versions of a
presentation (one for black & white, one for colour). Now there is no excuse for those
dreadful solid black background hardcopies!
To copy an object on your page quickly and
easily instead of using cut & paste, try this instead. Select the object you
want to copy by clicking on it. Hold down the "CTRL" key on the keyboard. Click
(with the left mouse button) and drag the object to the new position. Simple & quick.
Now try it again but press the "Shift" key at the same time as the CTRL key,
this will keep the objects aligned. Great for making diagrams etc.
Quick Zoom. If you are lucky enough
to be the proud owner of a "wheel mouse" (wow!), then the following tips is just
for you. While you are editing your lovely presentation (in slide view mode) simply wheel
the mouse forward while pressing the CTRL key. Instant zoom! To zoom into a particular
object, then select that object beforehand.
If you type in a lot of presentations containing all
those weird characters, you know the ones, the sub-scripts and
superscripts, the ± © ® ½ ÷ and all those other symbol that are just not on
the average keyboard.....well today is your lucky day....here's what you do in
PowerPoint...Tools menu, Customize, Commands, Scroll down the list on the left,
Click on "Insert", scroll down the list on the right until you see a lovely
Omega symbol (like an upside down horseshoe), Click and drag this symbol into any toolbar
you like. Click "Close". Then next time you want a symbol just click it, then if
you don't see the character you require just change to one of the other popular symbol
fonts, such as: (one word of warning, if you are giving out your presentation to other
people stick to these common fonts as they will be installed on most modern PCs)
Still on a similar theme to the above tip... why not make
your own toolbar, particularly if your a "power" user. It will save you
a lot of time, particularly if you use the "Draw" menu a lot. To do this do the
following: Tools menu, Customize, New, Enter a name e.g. My ToolBar, Then it's just a case
of clicking on the Commands tab, and selecting each button and dragging it to the "My
Toolbar". You can also rename certain options, and also change the icons, experiment,
Here's ours . . . . . . . . . . . .
LS=Line Spacing, IO=Insert Object, Cc=Change Case, and the Omega symbol is for inserting
all those characters that are not on the keyboard!
Get those original bitmaps. OK,
you've been sent a presentation with some scans/bitmaps in. Maybe screen grabs of a piece
of software or something similar. You want the original bitmaps but you don't have them.
All you have is the powerpoint file. You want those bitmaps badly. You want them out of
powerpoint and into your image editor. But the crucial thing is you want them in their
original resolution. You've tried copying them to the clipboard and pasting them into
PhotoShop / PaintShop Pro and you get the bitmaps but it just isn't the same resolution as
the original bitmaps. There either too big or too small, you've tried setting the size of
the images in powerpoint to display best at 640x480 or whatever, and your getting nowhere
fast!. Here's what you do.
1) Select the image
2) Copy it to the clipboard
3) Load up MicroSoft Photo Editor
(You may have to install it from the original powerpoint CD)
4) Edit menu, Paste.
5) Save it.
6) That's it!
Why the other image editors can't do this I don't know. I just know Photo Editor works a
treat for this.
To compare two presentation for any changes...do
(I'm not sure if this trick works in ppt 2000 but it certainly works in ppt 97.)
1) Load both presentations into powerpoint
2) Make sure you're on slideview (edit mode)
3) And both presentations are at page one.
4) Set the page zoom to "Fit"
5) Here's the clever bit
6) Hold down the CTRL key
7) Press the "Tab" key - (that's the one next to the "Q" key OK!)
8) Press it repeatly or even hold it on
9) Any changes between the two presentations will stand out like a pink piglet flying
across the sky.
10) Repeat for all pages
Workaround bugs & limitations
If you find yourself losing your speaker note text
then upgrade to Service Release 1 (SR-1). Available for download from the microsoft web
site. Also never save the presentation while in "notes view". Better to use
You've pasted an Excel spreadsheet and the
right hand side is being clipped off....
1) go back to Excel and select the spreadsheet again but this time slightly less
2) re-paste it
3) go back to Excel and select the rest of the spreadsheet
continue until you have all the parts pasted into PowerPoint
4) group the parts together in PowerPoint.
5) Re-size them as necessary
6) Un-group them and position them correctly
If you open a presentation and start seeing a "Big
Red X" then try some of these options. . .
1) certainly don't save the presentation
2) upgrade to Service Release (SR-1)
3) upgrade to Service Release (SR-2)
4) if you have the original bitmap save it as a .BMP file and not a .PNG or .TIF or .JPG,
then try re-inserting it
5) try shrinking the offending image until it will display properly...then press and hold
the "Alt Gr" key, and then press the "PrtScn" key.
Then choose "Edit", "Paste-special",
6) if you still see the "Big Red X" . . . take a break!
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Looping presentations together - but
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Tutorial 03 - PowerPoint Graphics
Graphics, Bitmaps, Scanning & Digital Cameras
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Or how to get people
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Search 7 key power point websites from one search box!
With thanks to Atomz and Geetesh of Indezine
The following links you may
The Official Microsoft PowerPoint Web
Microsoft PowerPoint OfficeUpdate for Service
Steve Rindsberg's RDP Slides - The Ultimate
PowerPoint FAQ (10 out
If you visit just one link...make it this one!
The excellent, sonia coleman, step-by-step guide to
putting powerpoint presentations onto a CD.
If you need to put a powerpoint presentation onto a CD, this is the
place to visit.
Looking for answers? Kathy Jacobs
provides solutions, links and resources for all Power Point users.
You just can't get enough about powerpoint,
particularly XP, XP, XP, XP,
The newsgroups very own Echo, Includes tutorial on AutoRun CDs for
PowerPoint Newsgroup: Real people's questions
- answered by real people...mostly!
Indezine - This page is fast becoming THE Links
to all things powerpoint
Creativity unblocker - Stuck for ideas and inspiration? - by Geetesh
Bajaj - Go visit.
Aladat - The home of PresGuard Pro - For password
protecting powerpoint presentations
A good starting point when looking for sound
effects of background music.
Elizabeth's World PowerPoint Resource: More
From the author of PowerPoint 2000 Professional
Results book (more powerpoint tips)
Ten Tips to Improve Your Presentations
with PowerPoint (A good guide to the basics)
Presentations Magazine (for all things
connected with presentations!)
For information on hardware to connect your PC
computer to a TV or Video recorder.
Product Name CorioScan Connect
Info on powerpoint, hints & tips and presenting
A good guide on how to design neat looking
Those clever yet simple "screen bean"
clip-art are from
Yahoo & Google Search engines (Just type in what
your looking for)
We have moved to our new home at
We've create a new powerpoint graphics and pictures site
Eight - 10 sets of new backgrounds (Added September 2004)
The themes are finalized as:
Holidays, Technology 3, Blue 3, Industry, Graduation & Careers, Animated US Flag, Powerpoint Game Dice, Entertainment, PowerPoint Jigsaw Game, White Light, Decades and Years, Editable powerpoint maps FL, CA, TX, Animated Slide Explosion
New PowerPoint Tutorial
- Text FX - Put the wow factor into powerpoint with these text animation effect - All by
using the standard powerpoint wipes
More PowerPoint tutorials
- Our powerpoint tutorials are no longer updated on this site, please click the link to view our most up to date tutorials, including, powerpoint menu, powerpoint transparency, and powerpoint to dvd conversion
You can now order on-line
- one set of backgrounds (you choose the set)
- eight sets of backgrounds (you choose the
- Everything we make on CD-ROM
The Latest Free powerpoint template samples are
themed "White Rainbow Drops and July 4th"
We are constantly adding new
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