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Formatting in PowerPoint 2013

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How to Change the PowerPoint 2013 Handout Master

The Handout and Notes Masters in PowerPoint 2013 contain formatting information that’s applied automatically to your presentation. Follow these simple steps to change the Handout Master: [more…]

How to Set Tabs and Indents in PowerPoint 2013 Presentations

PowerPoint 2013 enables you to set tab stops to control the placement of text within a text object. For most presentations, you don’t have to fuss with tabs. Each paragraph is indented according to its [more…]

How to Create Fancy Text in PowerPoint 2013 with WordArt

Previous versions of PowerPoint included a feature called WordArt that let you insert special objects that could incorporate fancy text effects, such as gradient fills or curved paths. For PowerPoint 2013 [more…]

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 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 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 Create Numbered Lists on Your PowerPoint 2013 Slides

If you want your PowerPoint 2013 slide to include a numbered list, use the Numbering button, which appears next to the Bullets button on the Home tab. When you click the Numbering button, PowerPoint adds [more…]

How to Change the Look of Text in PowerPoint 2013

The theme that’s applied to your PowerPoint 2013 presentation determines the basic look of the presentation’s text. However, you’ll often want to change that look, sometimes subtly and sometimes dramatically [more…]

How to Create Bullet Lists on Your PowerPoint 2013 Slides

Most PowerPoint 2013 presentations have at least some slides that include a bulleted list, which is a series of paragraphs accented by special characters lovingly known as [more…]

The Slide Master and Edit Master Tabs in PowerPoint 2013

When you switch to Slide Master View in PowerPoint 2013, an entirely new tab appears on the Ribbon. This new tab is appropriately called Slide Master. [more…]

How to Apply Themes to Your PowerPoint 2013 Masters

You can use the Edit Theme group in the Slide Master tab on the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2013 to change the theme applied to a Slide Master. Note: All the layouts that belong to a given Master use the same [more…]

How to Hide Background Objects in PowerPoint 2013

Slide Masters in PowerPoint 2013 enable you to add background objects that appear on every slide in your presentation. You can, however, hide the background objects for selected slides. You can also change [more…]

How to Work with PowerPoint 2013 Templates

If you had to create every PowerPoint 2013 presentation from scratch, starting with a blank slide, you would probably put PowerPoint back in its box and use it as a bookend. Creating a presentation is [more…]

How to Work with Presentation Sections in PowerPoint 2013

Sections in PowerPoint 2013 let you divide a presentation into two or more groups of slides. Sections are designed to be used with large presentations that contain a large number of slides that can easily [more…]

Quick Tips for Adding Video and Sound to PowerPoint

In PowerPoint 2013, you can enliven your slides by adding movement and sound to them. You can set up different transition effects for moving from one slide to another, and you can animate the individual [more…]

How to Change the Presentation Theme in PowerPoint 2013

All presentations in PowerPoint 2013 have a theme, but the default theme — simply named Blank — is so plain that it’s almost like it isn’t there at all. Blank uses a white background, black Calibri text [more…]

How to Apply Shapes to Objects in PowerPoint

The easiest way to apply formatting to an object in PowerPoint 2013 is with the Shape Styles command. Depending on the style you choose, a shape style can include a border, a fill color, and special effects [more…]

How to Apply and Remove Borders in PowerPoint

When you first create text boxes in PowerPoint 2013, theydon’t have borders, so they blend in with the slide background. You can add a border to any object, choosing a line style [more…]

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