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Even More Ways to Print White Lines in PowerPoint – PowerPoint Video Tip #14

In a previous video, I showed you white lines in PowerPoint are printed as black lines. And I showed you a workaround. Then presentation designer Krzysztof Baszton contacted me to tell me there are more elegant ways to accomplish this. Watch. … Continue reading

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Cheat Sheet for Creating Numbers Inside Circles

Sometimes it comes in handy to use numbers within your text to refer to numbers in your diagram. Like this slide. You might just use a circle shape with a number inside it. But then, when you update the text, … Continue reading

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Changing PPT Defaults to Not Resize Text

After a workshop at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, I got this email question from one of the workshop attendees: One of my biggest annoyances with the software is that it automatically resizes text, with the result … Continue reading

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Copying and pasting Excel graphs

When you copy a graph from Excel, don’t just paste it into the slide using Control-V. This will paste it as a graph still linked to the original data. If you change or delete the original data, even accidentally, the … Continue reading

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Changing Excel chart defaults

Here’s a neat trick that will save you time and frustration when creating charts – save your charts as templates and re-use the settings again in the future. On the left is an example of a chart using Excel’s defaults. … Continue reading

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Create automatic slide titles

So you have to create a slide deck with 20 slides. What a pain it is to create each new slide and manually insert a title in each one! But there’s a way to automatically create 20 slides in just … Continue reading

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The magical ALT key

I used to get very frustrated when I was trying to line up shapes or text boxes in PowerPoint. You’d move it up a nudge – nope! Too high. Then you’d move it back down a nudge – nope! Now … Continue reading

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