What is Office Mix?

Posted by David Thibault  /  August 5, 2015  /  PowerPoint, Blog, Events   —   No Comments ↓

Office Mix is a powerful free Microsoft add-in for PowerPoint 2013 designed for businesses, educators, and students to easily create and share interactive online presentations.

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What Makes a Good Presentation with PowerPoint?

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 14, 2015  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

While we all know PowerPoint is a powerful tool for making useful presentations, sometimes it needs a little help. We've all sat through the duds, whether due to a lack of design, an overabundance of design or the ultimate faux pas: too much text. 

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Enjoy Free Microsoft Services and Apps Using Any Email Address

Posted by Jon Hood  /  April 3, 2015  /  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office 365   —   No Comments ↓

How do you create a Microsoft account using any email address? Is it required to have a Microsoft email address to sign in to Windows or use apps? No it isn’t!

You can use one email address to sign in everywhere!

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PowerPoint 2013: Creating SmartArt Diagrams

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  September 10, 2014  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Have you ever wanted to make your PowerPoint presentation pop and stand out from the rest? Often, bulleted lists on a PowerPoint slide can be less than exciting. Keeping the attention of your audience with this powerful graphic tool will certainly transform and enhance your presentation into a masterpiece. In this video, our PowerPoint Presentation Wizard will show you exactly how easy it is to use what is called SmartArt. SmartArt graphics are pre-defined templates that allow for very easy insertion of graphics of all types that contain text and even images that will enhance your information.

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How to Save a Presentation as Video in PowerPoint

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  May 16, 2013  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Hey all you PowerPoint presenters. Ever wonder how to save a PowerPoint presentation as video?

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PowerPoint 2010: Bring Your Digital Photos to Life by Constructing and Editing Photo Albums

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  January 23, 2012  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Video Tip: Tired of digging around your hard drive to show off your photographs? Need a more organized and visually attractive way to keep them. This video will show you how to use Microsoft PowerPoint as a digital photo album!

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Tip: How to Blur a Background in Your Photo in PowerPoint 2010

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  October 19, 2011  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Have you ever wanted to blur the background of a photo but you don’t want to use Photoshop? In the video below we show you just how to do this. We’ve also provided a step by step process below. This is an awesome photo technique in PowerPoint. It’s a technique that many designers have been doing in Photoshop. If you don’t have Adobe Photoshop you can still apply this effect. You do need to have Office 2010 (or 2011 for the Mac).

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PowerPoint 2010 Tip: Sections!

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 28, 2011  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Have you ever gotten lost in your own presentation?

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PC Tip of the Week: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  July 1, 2010  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Change all of the Slide Transitions in your Presentation

1. In the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, click the Slides tab.
2. On the Home tab, click a slide thumbnail.
3. On the Animations tab, in the Transition To This Slide group, click a different slide transition effect.
To see more transition effects on the Quick Styles list, click the More button.
4. To re-set the slide transition speed, in the Transition To This Slide group, click the arrow next to Transition Speed, and then select the speed that you want.
5. In the Transition To This Slide group, click Apply to All.

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Recording Narration in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  June 24, 2010  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Record a Narration During a Presentation

If you want to capture your own comments, the comments of your audience, or both during your presentation, you can turn on narration before you begin your presentation.

1. In Normal view, select the slide that you want to start the recording on.
2. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Record Narration Button image.
3. Click Set Microphone Level, follow the directions to set your microphone level, and then click OK.
4. Do one of the following:
* To embed (embedded object: Information (object) contained in a source file and inserted into a destination file. Once embedded, the object becomes part of the destination file. Changes you make to the embedded object are reflected in the destination file.) the narration, click OK.
* To link the narration, select the Link narrations in check box, click Browse, click a folder in the list, and then click Select.
5. If you selected the first slide to begin the recording on, go to step 6.
If you selected a different slide to begin the recording on, the Record Narration dialog box appears. Do one of the following:
* To start the narration on the first slide in the presentation, click First Slide.
* To start the narration on the currently selected slide, click Current Slide.
6. In Slide Show view, add your speaker comments along with any audience comments, and then click the slide to advance to the next slide. Repeat this process for all the slides in your presentation.
Tip: To pause and resume the narration, right-click the slide, and then on the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.), click either Pause Narration or Resume Narration.
7. Click the black Exit screen.
8. The narration is automatically saved, and a message appears asking if you want to save the timings for the presentation as well. Do one of the following:
* To save the timings, click Save. Your slides appear in Slide Sorter view, with the slide timings shown below each slide.
* To cancel the timings, click Don't Save.

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Presentations are Cooler with Movies

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 2, 2010  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007: Inserting, playing, and modifying movies

Sometimes the best way to ensure that your audience understands your message is to show a video or animation, collectively referred to in PowerPoint as movies. For example, if your company has developed a short advertising video, it makes more sense to include the video in a presentation about marketing plans than to try and describe it with bullet points or even still pictures. You can insert the following types of movies in slides:

* Video clips. You can insert a digital video file in one of two ways: If a slide’s layout includes a content placeholder, you can click the Insert Movie button in the placeholder. You can also click the Movie button in the Media Clips group on the Insert tab. Either way, the Insert Movie dialog box opens so that you can select the file. Before PowerPoint inserts the file, you specify whether the video should play automatically when the slide containing it appears or whether you will start the video manually.
* Animated clips. PowerPoint comes with several animated graphics. You insert these animated objects by clicking the Movie arrow in the Media Clips group on the Insert tab, and then clicking Movie From Clip Organizer to display the Clip Art task pane, where you can select the clip you want. If you are connected to the Internet, clicking the Clip Art On Office Online link in the task pane takes you to the Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site, from which you can download hundreds of clip art images, photos, sounds, and animated clips.

Videos and animated clips both appear on the slide as objects represented by icons that you can size and move to meet your needs. When you select an animated clip object, PowerPoint adds a Format contextual tab to the Ribbon so that you can adjust the way it looks on the slide. When you select a movie object, PowerPoint also adds an Options contextual tab so that you can adjust the object’s size and position, its volume, how it is displayed on the slide, and how it is activated.

In Normal view, you can preview a video by double-clicking its icon or by clicking the Preview button in the Play group on the Options contextual tab. You can preview the action of an animated clip by clicking the arrow that appears when you select it in the Clip Art task pane and then clicking Preview/Properties. In Slide Show view, a video plays either automatically or when you click its icon, depending on your specifications, whereas an animated clip always plays automatically.

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Shadow-Boxing in PowerPoint 2007

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  December 18, 2009  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Adding Shadows in PowerPoint 2007

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Tip: Upgrade Your Presentation Using Graphic Tools in PowerPoint 2007

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 30, 2009  /  PowerPoint   —   No Comments ↓

Upgrade Your Presentation Using Graphic Tools in PowerPoint 2007

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