The exact way may depend on what other programs you have available to you, but basically you need to turn each page into a graphic format that you can then import into Powerpoint.

Screenshots are one way of doing this but it would be my last choice as the resolution and therefore the quality of the display will suffer.

From InDesign check out the Export options under the File menu. You’d certainly be able to place jpgs in Powerpoint, if you also have Illustrator or Photoshop I suggest you go with pdf format, you can then open each page and convert to tif which will be better quality than jpg.


By Wendy Russell

Slide Numbers are Added to the Footer of the PowerPoint 2010 Presentation

Click on the Slide Numbers button on the Insert tab of the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

Click on the Slide Numbers button on the Insert tab of the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2010

It is an easy task to let PowerPoint add the slide numbers automatically to your slides.

  1. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click on the Slide Number button, located in the Text section of the ribbon.
  3. The Header and Footer dialog box opens.

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By Wendy Russell

Activate the PowerPoint Picture Tools and use the Compress Pictures button

Activate the PowerPoint Picture Tools and use the Compress Pictures button

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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 »


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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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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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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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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conference, board room, hall board, meeting, consultation, table, debate, deliberation, teamworkThe following instructions are meant to be a brief guide to help you move your presentation from a “source” computer to a “destination” computer with all audio and video files intact. This is the Windows version but we have created a Mac version too.

Creating the package:

  • Open your completed presentation
  • Select “Package for CD” from the Publish menu (Image 1)
  • Begin by selecting “Options” (Image 2)
  • Be sure to check both “Linked files” and “Embed TrueType fonts” then click “OK” (Image 3)
  • Next select “Copy to Folder” and name your presentation with a descriptive name (Image 4)
  • Select the location to save your presentation, such as the ITSMedia PowerPoint dropbox or USB flash drive (Image 4)
  • When you are finished you will find a folder in your destination folder with the descriptive name you provided (Image 5)
  • This folder will contain the PPT file along with other media files and miscellaneous files needed for your presentation
(NOTE: If you would like to enlarge the photo, simply click on the picture.)
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Want to watch PowerPoint presentation on Mac and find it is not actually supported? This paper will share with some good ways to watch PPT files on Mac without PowerPoint installed.


As you know Mac is the featured computer brand of Apple. It is running with Mac OS system, which is based on UNIX operating system. Normally Mac OS system cannot be transplanted to other computers because Mac OS system has specially optimization for Mac computers like MacBook Pro, MacBook Air.


Actually Microsoft Office has both Windows and Mac version, but how to view PowerPoint on Mac if PowerPoint for Mac is not installed?


1. View PowerPoint online

There are 2 kinds of websites that allows you to watch PowerPoint in cloud. All you need is Internet connection and a web browser on your Mac computer. Google Docs and SlideShare are the representatives for its group.


Google Docs:

Google Docs
Google Docs is a free online Office application which provides not only PowerPoint, but also other office functions like Work, Excel, Database, etc. You can upload PowerPoint to Google Docs for sharing with public, or download Google Docs presentation to local drive for playing with Microsoft PowerPoint at school. Recently, Google Docs has been integrated into Google Drive for better online storage and sharing.



SlideShare makes it possible to share PowerPoint presentations online without converting PowerPoint to video. You can directly upload PowerPoint document to SlideShare to be shown as slideshow of pictures. SlideShare stands out because of its image quantity and quality from many other such PowerPoint sharing websites.


2. Convert PowerPoint to PDF

Viewing PDF document is very easy on Mac. Preview is Apple’s free PDF viewer, built into OS X. Preview has quite a few features often only found in commercial PDF software, like the ability to drag and drop pages between documents, page extraction, encryption, and text annotation. You can also get Adobe Rader to view PDF on Mac, but it is not free.

To convert PowerPoint to PDF for free, you can directly upload PowerPoint to online-convert.com.


3. Convert PowerPoint to QuickTime movie

By converting PowerPoint to QuickTime movie, you can view PowerPoint on any Mac computer freely. The advantage is that it can well maintain the original animations, videos, pictures and even special effects. Because the PowerPoint to video converter can only run on Windows computer, so this method applies only for people who want to send their PPT files to other people using Mac.

PowerPoint to QuickTime
Simply in 3 steps you can transfer PowerPoint to QuickTime movie: import PowerPoint files, choose QuickTime as output format and export converted PowerPoint movie.


Do you have any other ideas on how to play PowerPoint on Mac with no PowerPoint tool installation?