Speed up your PowerPoint presentation with keyboard shortcuts

When you’re presenting, the last thing you want to do is lose the flow of your presentation when moving around your PowerPoint deck to answer a question or activating a presentation feature. Here are some handy keyboard shortcuts that will help make your talks go smoother: Launch from the beginning: F5 Next slide or animation:…


Top-secret Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts unmasked

Simply because I can, I herewith expose little-known but potentially powerful forces at work—in this case, five keyboard shortcuts that could simplify or enrich all our lives. I leave it to the world to decide what to do with this declassified intelligence. + Tab: Desktop Cirque de Soleil. Hold down the key and begin tapping…

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Office 365 public beta is now available

The cloud-based version of Microsoft Office and related services, called Office 365, is now in public beta. This means you can sign up to try the subscription service, which offers your favorite Office applications plus SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync services via the Web using most devices. This delivers unprecedented access to your documents, e-mail, calendars,…


Quickly copy a design theme from one PowerPoint presentation to another

How many times have you started a PowerPoint presentation and then realized you needed to use a different template? Fortunately, there’s an easy way to copy over the theme from one presentation to another. This works in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. First, open both your source and destination documents (and close any others…

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Toggle PowerPoint animations on and off

If you and your team are reviewing a slide presentation, one way to speed up the process is to temporarily disable animations. In PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010, go to the Slide Show tab and click Set Up Slide Show: Now check the Show without animation box and then click OK: While you’re in there,…

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Adjust the background on your PowerPoint presentation

If you’ve ever wanted to pick a theme in PowerPoint but didn’t care for its gaudy background, this tip is for you. There’s a very quick way to turn off the background in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. On the Design tab, select the theme that has the fonts and layout you want to…

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Casual Friday: Using PowerPoint as a picture library

Most people think of PowerPoint as just a presentation tool, but it makes a great picture library as well. You can paste images into it and include all sorts of notes about when and how the pictures were taken or created, add the names of the people in the photos, and document details about the…


Link your PowerPoint presentations to improve flow

You know that awkward pause during team presentations when one team member hands off to another, and there is much squabbling to bring up the correct presentation? That’s because most people don’t realize you can easily link slide decks to each other – as long as they’re locked down at least a little in advance…

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Present to a remote audience over the Internet with PowerPoint 2010

If you want to let remote team members watch your presentation, PowerPoint 2010 has a great feature for you. All they need to view your slideshow is Internet access, a Live ID (or account on another supported presentation service), and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari for Mac. Here’s how it works:…

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Make universal changes quickly in PowerPoint

Do you spend a lot of time making your slides uniform in PowerPoint? If so, perhaps you’re not familiar with the Slide Master. No, that’s not what people call me. It’s a feature that lets you edit all of the master slides in your deck. Then all slides based on the different types will be…

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