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Dec
By Yardena Arar

If you’ve ever used a video clip in a PowerPoint presentation, only to have it vanish when you’ve tried to run the presentation on someone else’s computer, you’ll appreciate PowerPoint 2010′s new video tools. By default, any local video file that you insert is embedded in your presentation, so you don’t have to worry about bundling additional files with your .pptx file.

Compress as needed: Of course, embedding video files can dramatically swell the size of your PowerPoint file. To avoid problems associated with out-of-control file growth, you can compress your videos to reduce their size. Click the File tab to access the Backstage View of your presentation; by default, you’ll see the Info page, with ‘Media Size and Performance’ as the top section in the center.

Click the Compress Media button, and you’ll have several options for reducing the file’s size (and video quality). Be sure to play back the compressed file; if you feel that you’ve surrendered too much in quality, you can always revert to a larger file size. Read the rest of this entry »

30
Dec

By Helen Bradley,

Your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations cry out for great images–a creative company logo, compelling charts, and luscious photos. Microsoft’s Office applications have cool tools for using images in your documents, but these features aren’t immediately obvious.

In this article, I’ll share some tips and tricks for dressing up images in your Office work, from replacing Excel chart columns with stacked images, to creating a simple one-click image animation in PowerPoint, to making circle and heart-shaped images in Microsoft Word.

These instructions are designed for Office 2010, but earlier editions of Office have similar tools.

1. Tame Word’s Bad Image Behavior

 

Make text wraps around all your images in Word.
Adjudt these settings to ensure that text wraps around all of your images in Word.

Word 2010 includes the new graphics engine that Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 had, but Word 2007 did not.

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27
Dec

This tutorial will show you how to use PowerPoint’s Slide Master to create your own custom design templates. This is a convenient way to achieve consistency in your own presentations, or throughout presentations in your department.

Introduction to the Slide Master

PowerPoint 2010 comes with some great design templates which you can access by clicking on the “Design” tab.  But sometimes these templates aren’t exactly what we need.   Maybe we want to brand our layout with a logo and a more relevant look and feel.

We could simply customize each slide we create, but it would be more efficient to create slide templates that can be easily reused.   This isn’t harder or more time consuming, and will save us a lot of time and effort.

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26
Dec
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On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.

The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.

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26
Dec

1 Simplify

Simple is always better. Keep visuals uncluttered with open space (white space) to allow easier reading and visual breaks. Visuals should support what you have to say, not say everything for you.

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26
Dec

Designing visuals for presentation PowerPoint and other presentation graphics software have brought us a long way in a short time. Today’s tools allow us to create sophisticated pages with color, animation, charts, photographs, sound, video, and perfectly set type.

While the tools to create presentations have improved, our skill at using these tools has not necessarily kept pace.

When visuals are used, your presentations can be more persuasive, interesting and involving, you can cover more material in less time, and retention and comprehension are greater.

This handout will help you design visuals and create a visual plan for your presentations that will make the information you have easier for the audience to understand.

Remember that the number one priority with visuals is legibility — they must be easy to read.

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26
Dec
A guide to using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create a quality, engaging video for use on YouTube or other video services.

The first thing to keep in mind when creating a video from PowerPoint 2010 is a popular saying in media and information technology circles, “Garbage in. Garbage out.” That means the quality of your finished video depends largely on the quality of the pieces it is built from. If you start with a bad PowerPoint presentation, you will end up with a bad video. If your narration is poorly planned or poorly delivered, you will end up with a bad video. Remember, “Garbage in. Garbage out.”

Start with a quality presentation.

An easy way to make your presentation better from the very start is to use a PowerPoint template. There are a number of templates you can download and use  at PoweredTemplate.com

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