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Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

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How to Create a Custom Color Scheme in PowerPoint 2013

If you don’t like any color schemes that come with PowerPoint 2013's built-in themes, you can create your own color scheme. Begin by selecting a color scheme that’s close to the one you want to use. [more…]

How to Use a Gradient Fill in PowerPoint 2013

The slide background used in many PowerPoint 2013 templates is a gradient fill rather than a solid color. The color is gradually shaded from top to bottom, which creates an interesting visual effect. [more…]

How to Create a PowerPoint 2013 Slide Transition

A transition is how PowerPoint 2013 gets from one slide to the next during an onscreen slide show. The normal way to segue from slide to slide is simply cutting to the new slide — effective, yes, but also [more…]

How to Add an Animation Effect to a PowerPoint 2013 Slide

The Animation pane in PowerPoint 2013 is a task pane that appears to the right of the slide and displays important information about the animations you have added to your slides. The Custom Animation task [more…]

How to Make Text Jiggle in PowerPoint 2013

One cute little animation you can do in PowerPoint 2013 is to make text — especially a short heading — jiggle. Not a lot, but just a little. The effect works best if the text has a funny typeface, such [more…]

How to Use the PowerPoint 2013 Animation Painter

The Animation Painter in PowerPoint 2013 makes it easy to copy a complete animation effect from one object to another. To use the Animation Painter, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Modify the Master Slide in PowerPoint 2013

If you don’t like the layout of your slides in your PowerPoint 2013 presentation, call up the Slide Master and do something about it, as shown in these steps: [more…]

How to Add Recurring Text or Elements to PowerPoint 2013 Presentations

With PowerPoint 2013 Slide Masters, any elements you add to the Master itself are also included in each layout that’s associated with the Master. For example, if you set the background color for the Slide [more…]

How to Add New Layouts in PowerPoint 2013

If you don’t like the standard layouts that come with PowerPoint 2013’s built-in Slide Master, you can add a layout and customize it any way you want. To add your own layout, just follow these steps: [more…]

How to Draw Shapes in PowerPoint 2013

Rectangles and circles aren’t the only two shapes that PowerPoint 2013 can draw automatically. The Shapes gallery includes many other types of shapes you can draw, such as pentagons, stars, and flowchart [more…]

How to Add a New PowerPoint 2013 Slide with a Chart

One way to add a chart to your PowerPoint 2013 presentation is to create a new slide by using a layout that includes a Content placeholder (an object that reserves space for content on the slide). Then [more…]

How to Add a Chart to an Existing PowerPoint 2013 Slide

You can add a chart to an existing PowerPoint 2013 slide by using the Insert tab to insert a chart into any slide. Add a chart to your slide by following these steps: [more…]

How to Change the Chart Type in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 enables you to create 14 basic types of charts. Each type conveys information with a different emphasis. Sales data plotted in a column chart might emphasize the relative performance of [more…]

How to Change the PowerPoint 2013's Notes Master

Notes pages in PowerPoint 2013 consist of a reduced image of the slide, plus any notes that you type to go along with the slide. When printed, notes pages are formatted according to the Notes Master. To [more…]

How to Add Dates, Numbers, or Footers to PowerPoint 2013 Slides

Headers and footers provide a convenient way to place repeating text at the top or bottom of each slide, handout, or notes page. You can add the time and date, slide number or page number, or any other [more…]

How to Create a New Slide Master in PowerPoint 2013

Microsoft has endowed PowerPoint 2013 with the capability to have more than one Slide Master. This feature lets you set up two or more Slide Masters and then choose which Master you want to use for each [more…]

How to Apply Masters in PowerPoint 2013

If you have created multiple Masters for a PowerPoint 2013 presentation, you can select which Master to use for each slide in your presentation. To apply a Master to one or more slides, follow these steps [more…]

How to Restore Lost Placeholders in PowerPoint 2013

If you’ve played around with your Masters in PowerPoint 2013 too much, you may inadvertently delete a layout placeholder that you wish you could get back. For example, suppose that you delete the footer [more…]

How to Insert Pictures into PowerPoint 2013 Presentations

Whether you buy PowerPoint 2013 by itself or get it as a part of Microsoft Office, you also get access to an online collection of thousands of clip art pictures that you can drop directly into your presentations [more…]

How to Move, Size, and Stretch Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

Because PowerPoint 2013 chooses an arbitrary position on the slide to insert pictures, you undoubtedly want to move the clip art to a more convenient location. You probably also want to change the size [more…]

How to Insert Pictures into PowerPoint 2013 from a File

If you happen to already have an image file on your computer that you want to insert into a slide presentation, PowerPoint 2013 lets you insert the file. These steps show you how: [more…]

How to Crop a Picture in PowerPoint 2013

Sometimes you want to cut off the edges of a picture so that you can include just part of the picture in your PowerPoint 2013 presentation. For example, you might have a picture of two people, only one [more…]

How to Compress Your Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 includes a Compress Pictures command that can eliminate the extraneous detail in your images and thereby reduce the size of your presentation files. To save even more space, the Compress [more…]

How to Remove Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 offers the capability to remove the background from a picture. For example, you can crop out a single element, such as your dog's head, and have it float on the slide. [more…]

How to Draw Polygons or Free-Form Shapes in PowerPoint 2013

One of the most useful shapes in the PowerPoint 2013 Shapes gallery is the Freeform Shape tool. It’s designed to create polygons, but with a twist: Not all the sides have to be straight lines. The Freeform [more…]

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