Microsoft PowerPoint

Whether your a child in school or an adult at work, Microsoft PowerPoint can be fun for all.

Maybe your in a hurry? Maybe you have time to sit and play. Check out these articles to show you how to use the exciting features that Microsoft PowerPoint has on offer. 

Here you can explore 3D models, animations, rehearse your presentation, embed videos, work with SmartArt, or create a memorable photo album for your child’s next birthday party.

3D Model Animations in PowerPoint

3D Model Animations in PowerPoint 365

This week I am presenting a few sessions at the Leading a Digital School Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia. To provide participants with some additional resources I am publishing ...
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Rehearse timing of your presentation

Rehearse timings of your PowerPoint presentation

A common concern for any presenter is knowing if they have enough content or too much in their presentation. The Rehearse Timings feature in Microsoft PowerPoint provides a quick and ...
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Use PowerPoint animations to make an object appear and disappear

Use PowerPoint 2016 animations to make an object appear and disappear

This week I saw a great question on an online forum relating to Microsoft PowerPoint. The question asked how to make an object appear on screen for a few seconds, ...
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Pin a File or Folder

Save time! Pin a file or folder to the Open list in Microsoft Office

At the start of every training course I run, I show participants through a few really useful tools. These tools will save you time during a busy workday. One such ...
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Embed a YouTube Video in PPT

Embed a YouTube video in a PowerPoint slide

Microsoft PowerPoint has been around for a long time, circa 1990 according to most online sources, either way it’s aging gracefully. No longer do we have to sit and watch ...
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Create speaker notes in your PowerPoint presentation

When creating a presentation the author should have a clear idea of the topic to be discussed. Generally, the person creating a presentation will be the one delivering the presentation ...
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How to disable the Start Screen in Office

How to disable the Start Screen at startup in Office programs

In recent versions of the Microsoft Office programs, users now see a Start screen appear when any of the programs are launched. This Start Screen gives you quick access to ...
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How to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint

How to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint

Being able to represent content in a graphical way can add immense meaning and visual appeal to any presentation. I always find that graphics can portray information in a better ...
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Open any Microsoft Office product

How to open any Microsoft Office product

For those starting out using Microsoft Office and even for those familiar with the programs, our computers can sometimes be a treasure trove full of so many programs that it's ...
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Basics of using Placeholders in PowerPoint

How to use a Placeholder in PowerPoint

The reference “placeholder” is used in Microsoft PowerPoint to identify the boxes on a slide represented by a dotted external border. Placeholders are specifically used to position different types of ...
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Copy formatting using Format Painter

Copy formatting using Format Painter

Whenever I conduct a training course in any of the Microsoft products, I always touch on the Clipboard group of tools. These include the Cut, Copy and Paste functions and ...
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My favourite shortcut keys in Microsoft PowerPoint

My favourite shortcut keys for Microsoft PowerPoint

If you've read a few of my posts, you may have noticed that I’m a fan of efficiency. If there is an option to do something faster in any of ...
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10 Tips for Effective Presentations using PowerPoint

10 Tips for Effective Presentations using PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a fun program to use and offers many great features. Like me though many people have had the joy of sitting through a terrible presentation! It’s not ...
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Convert Text to SmartArt

Convert text to SmartArt in PowerPoint

When creating presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint, it is common to see slides containing a heading and a bullet list. Let’s be honest, we’ve all sat through a boring presentation which ...
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How to create a screenshot using Office or Windows

For years I have been creating screenshots for various reasons; for use in training courseware; to illustrate to a remote user a button I want them to press; to relay ...
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Create a photo album slideshow in PowerPoint

How to create a photo album slide show using PowerPoint

Have you ever attended an event where a slideshow of photos was showing on a screen for everyone to view? Ever wondered how to create one? It’s very easy using ...
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Microsoft Clipboard - a hidden treasure

The Office Clipboard – a hidden treasure

A common feature used within all of the Microsoft Office applications is the cut, copy and paste feature. I personally use this A LOT. The ability to cut, copy and ...
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Choose a slide layout in PowerPoint

Choosing a slide layout in PowerPoint – why it’s important

Today I am going to discuss the use of the slide layout feature and how it can assist you to create a consistent and professional looking presentation. Microsoft PowerPoint is ...
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Use PowerPoint animations to make an object appear and disappear

This post is written using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. For steps on how to achieve this using Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 please see this updated post. This week I saw a great ...
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Quick Access toolbar customisation

Customise the Quick Access Toolbar

At the start of almost every Microsoft course I teach, I discuss the options you have to customise any of the Microsoft Office products. The Quick Access toolbar (QAT) is ...
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Run a Slideshow in PowerPoint

Preview a slide show in PowerPoint

One of the main reasons most people create a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint is so that the information can be presented to an audience. It is important that you test ...
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Use Templates in PPT

How to create a PowerPoint presentation using a template

Ever wondered how to create a quick PowerPoint presentation? Maybe you're in a hurry and don't have hours to spend playing with design, colours and slide layouts. Let me show ...
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Reuse Slides in PowerPoint

Easily reuse slides from existing presentations

Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to reuse slides from an existing presentation and insert them into a new presentation without the need to open the old presentation. The Reuse slide option ...
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Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 WIndow

Introducing the PowerPoint window

Microsoft PowerPoint, or PPT, is a program used to create presentations – or slideshows as they are more commonly referred to. PPT allows you to automatically create presentation slides, handouts, ...
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Create a PDF using Microsoft Office

Create a PDF file using Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office has the fantastic ability to create a PDF file for you. I’ve always been surprised at how many people are still unfamiliar that this function is now built-in ...
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Using AutoCorrect in Microsoft Office

How to use AutoCorrect in Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office provides features which help to reduce typing errors whilst you work. AutoCorrect is one of those features and is set up by default to correct common spelling and ...
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