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PowerPoint 2010 Urban Pop Theme

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PowerPoint 2013: Text Basics

Very basic video for beginning PowerPoint 2013 users:

 

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PowerPoint Presentations…Keep Them Simple!

The Most Effective Use Of PowerPoint video by YourNextBestSpeech

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WordArt Commands on the PowerPoint Ribbon

Having trouble finding the Text Fill, Text Outline, or Text Effects commands on the PowerPoint Ribbon? It could be because the look of the commands on the WordArt Styles group differ depending on the the size and resolution of your monitor. Here is an example of the full view of the WordArt Styles group on the PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 Ribbon:

WordArtSyles Group - Full View

This view shows three WordArt styles (or Quick Styles), the Previous, Next, and More buttons, and the Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects commands, and the WordArt Styles dialog box launcher.

If you’re using a laptop or have resized your screen, your WordArt Styles group could look like one of the two examples below. In the first example, notice that the Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects commands are displayed on the WordArt Styles group, but they are not labeled. In the other example, the WordArt styles, or Quick Styles, have been reduced to one icon instead of three and the Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects commands are unlabeled.

WordArt Styles group with unlabeled Text Fill, Outline, and Effects commands WordArt Styles groups with unlabeled commands

When you move your mouse to a command button on the Ribbon when you are editing or creating a WordArt object in PowerPoint, you’ll see a ScreenTip for the command you are pointing to. Here’s what the ScreenTip for the Text Fill command looks like:

TextFill ScreenTip

The WordArt Styles group on the Drawing Tools Format contextual tab displays at the end of the Ribbon when you are creating or editing a piece of WordArt. When you click off the WordArt, the Drawing Tools tab closes. Contextual tabs always display at the end of the Ribbon. Here’s an example of the Drawing Tools contextual tab and its Format tab at the end of the PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon.

Drawing Tools Format tab on PowerPoint Ribbon

If you’re using Office 2011 for the Mac or PowerPoint 2011, you’ll find the WordArt commands on the Text Styles group on the PowerPoint 2011 Ribbon. The Text Styles group looks like one of the examples below depending on the size or resolution of your monitor.

Text Styles group on PowerPoint 2011 Ribbon            Text Fill and Text Outline not labeled in the Text Styles group

So, even through you may not see all the commands labeled with text on the WordArt Styles group or the Text Styles group, all the commands are available. If you’re not sure what the unlabeled commands are, point to them with your mouse when the WordArt Styles group (PC) or Text Styles group (Mac) is active on the Ribbon.

I hope you learned something from this post and would love to answer any comments or questions you have about these WordArt commands!

Kathy

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Formatting Numbers with the General Format in Excel

 

Have you ever typed a number in a cell, and the number appeared as a date? To Excel, dates are numbers. Luckily, it’s easy to fix by selecting the desired cells and choosing the correct format from the Home tab on the Ribbon or from the Format Cells dialog box.

Notice in the example below that cells cells B2 through F2 are formatted as dates. You can verify the formatting of a cell by clicking the cell and looking at the Number Format box in the Number group on the Home tab in Excel. In the example, find the word Date in the Number Format box.

Cells B2 through F2 formatted with the Date format in Excel

To change the format of the numbers (yes, dates are numbers to Excel), select cells B2 through F2; click the down arrow in the Number Format box and choose the desired format. To choose a number without any special formatting (no dollar sign or decimal places, for example), choose General as shown in the example below.

Choosing General Number Format in Excel

After formatting the numbers with the General format, your numbers will look like this:

Numbers formatted with the General format in Excel

Notice that the newly formatted numbers in cells B2 through F2 are right-aligned in each cell. Right alignment is the default format for numbers. Numbers formatted with the General format have no decimal places, commas, or dollar sign.

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Applies to Excel/PowerPoint 2007 and 2010

Kathy

 

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Video Tour of Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010

Video from the Microsoft Office website explaining Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010. Backstage view is on the File tab in PowerPoint 2010 (the File tab replaced the Office button in PP 2007).

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/redir/va101906103.aspx

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Microsoft Office YouTube Videos

Inserting a video onto a PowerPoint 2010 slide (1:33):

 

Office Webinar: Mail Merge (16:46) :

 

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Remove files from the Recent List in Office 2010 Applications

 

One enhancement Microsoft made in Office 2010 is the ability to remove individual files from the Recent Presentations list on the File menu. To remove a file from the list:

  1. Click the File tab then click Recent from the menu.
  2. Right-click the file you’d like to remove from the list and choose Remove from List as shown in the example below:
Remove File from Recent List - PowerPoint 2010

Remove File from Recent List - PowerPoint 2010

It’s as easy as that! Removing a file from the list deletes the pointer to the file, not the actual file.

Unfortunately, this option is not available in Office 2007. You can, however, remove all the files from the list in Office 2007 (and 2010) applications. Here’s how to do it in PowerPoint 2007/2010:

  1. Click the PowerPoint 2007 Office button or PowerPoint 2010 File tab.
  2. Click the PowerPoint Options button (PP 2007) or the Option button (PP 2010)
  3. Click the Advanced link and scroll to the Displaysection.

    Changing the number of Recent Documents - PowerPoint 2010

  4. Use the Show this number of Recent Documents spin arrows (up and down arrows) to change the value. The default value for PP 2007 is 17 documents, and 25 documents for PP 2010.
  5. Click OK when you’re done.

If you have questions, please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

Kathy
Computer Applications Instructor
PowerPoint 2010 online class
PowerPoint 2007 online class
PowerPoint 2010 one-day workshop
Office 2011 for the Mac

 

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Create a SmartArt Graphic in PowerPoint 2010 or 2007

SmartArt Graphics

This feature allows you to use shape, color, pictures, and text to make a point visually in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2010 (and 2007).

One way to work with this feature is to use the SmartArt button on the Insert tab. Another way is to use the Insert SmartArt Graphics button on a Title and Content slide layout in PowerPoint.

If you have existing text that you’d like to convert to SmartArt, select the text, and then click the Convert to SmartArt button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

There are over 80 SmartArt graphics to choose from in the SmartArt Gallery! The categories include List, Process, Cycle, Hierarchy, Relationship, Matrix, Pyramid, Picture, and Office.com.

Here’s a short video I created showing you two ways to create a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010:

Please post your questions or comments below.

Thanks!

Kathy
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Start 2012 off with learning something new!

Lots of new online classes to choose from. Here’s just a few:

Writing Young Adult Fiction

From Harry Potter to Twilight, young adult fiction is one of the hottest genres for today’s novels. Teens and adults alike have discovered the excitement and passion of these stories, and publishers are hungry for more. If you’re eager to break into this market, this  course provides you with the recipe for creating your own successful young adult story and shows you how to get it published.
Learn why writing young adult fiction is both fun and financially rewarding. Discover the secrets for bringing your characters to life. Find out how to introduce conflict, suspense, and mystery so you can grab and hold your readers’ attention. Master the art of creating dialogue that resonates with teenagers and young adults. Analyze excerpts from bestselling young adult books to see what makes them so successful. Get expert advice on publishing and marketing your book.
If you’ve dreamed for years of becoming an author, this course can help you turn your dream into a reality. In just six weeks, you’ll have all the tools you need to create a polished manuscript and get your story in print!

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 in the Classroom

What teacher couldn’t use help motivating students and keeping their interest?

In this course, you’ll learn how to create captivating lessons and attention-grabbing classroom presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Learn PowerPoint basics including creating slides, using templates, inserting text, changing background colors, creating WordArt titles, using SmartArt graphics, and adding slide transitions. Develop advanced skills such as inserting graphics, sound, video, custom animations, timed transitions, and hyperlinks. Get step-by-step instructions for creating several different types of classroom presentations, including lectures and interactive narrations for your students’ independent use at computer stations. Address  different learning styles, making it much easier to reach students.

Discover how to upload your presentation to a Web server, email a slide show, broadcast a presentation in real time, and take your PowerPoint shows on the road. By the time you’re done, you’ll be an expert at using PowerPoint to add appeal to any lesson—and you’ll even find out how you can help your students develop their own
PowerPoint skills!

Intermediate Photoshop CS5

Take your photo-editing skills to a new level! In this course, you’ll become an expert at using layers, layer masks, and other advanced features that let you change images easily long after you create them (and long after the Photoshop “undo” command expires).

Non-destructive editing lets you work faster and reuse parts of images over and over. In these lessons, you’ll learn how to save every single pixel in your original image so you never have to say, “I’m sorry—I tossed that information.” In addition, you’ll discover how to use Smart Objects so you can crop or resize an image and return it to its original size months afterward. (You’ll even learn some clever tricks for warping Smart Objects!) After that, you’ll find out how to add shadows or embossing non-destructively. And if you want to design page layouts you can fill with different images, you’ll learn how to create templates you can reuse.

Whether you use Photoshop to edit photos, make scrapbook pages, or design original artwork, this course will give you all the skills you need to let your creativity shine. Once you see what non-destructive editing can do for your projects, you’ll never look back!

Photoshop Elements 10 for the Digital Photographer

Take your images from so-so to spectacular! Whether you’re making quick fixes or detailed enhancements, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 provides the tools you need to achieve high-quality results. If you’re a novice with no photo-editing experience or you want to upgrade skills you learned in an earlier version of Elements, this course is for you.

Learn to edit images on your computer, correct flaws, enhance your final product, create simple art projects, prepare images for email and the Web, and organize your images so you can keep track of them. It’s fun and easy, and you’ll see how Photoshop Elements 10 gives you room to grow while letting you achieve high-quality results right away.

So bring your photography skills into the digital age and get ready to unlock the mysteries of Photoshop Elements 10. The hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises in this course will help you turn your photos into masterpieces and leave you with a great feeling of accomplishment!

Advanced Web Pages

Take your Web design skills to the next level! Whether you want to work as a freelance Web designer, join a Web development team, or build websites for your organization, this course will give you the advanced tools you need.

In these lessons, you’ll learn to write HTML code for page content and CSS code for page styling. You’ll master cutting-edge techniques that take advantage of HTML5 and CSS3, the latest versions of the languages used to create modern websites.

With the help of step-by-step instructions, you’ll build interactive websites that collect information from visitors through email signup and feedback forms. In addition, you’ll learn the latest and most effective techniques for presenting layouts and video that work in any browsing environment from a desktop computer to a mobile device.

This course walks you all the way through to purchasing and uploading your site to a remote server. You won’t need any special software, either—just the text editor that comes installed with your computer. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced Web designer wanting to update and enhance your skills, this course is perfect for you. In just a few weeks, you’ll be designing state-of-the-art websites that offer all the sophisticated elements that today’s Web users expect to see.

Start Your Own Edible Garden

Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard!

In this course, you’ll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season. You’ll begin by figuring out which type of garden is right for you. Explore climate considerations, learn how to read a zone hardiness map, and find out how to spot a micro-climate in your yard.  Discover how to properly prepare a garden bed so your crops have the best opportunity to thrive. See how to identify problems in pH and drainage and fix them. Learn to understand fertilizers and make compost! Delve into the variety of crops you can select: leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. Get tips on starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, and using container gardens and support structures. Learn what to watch out for so you can spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. And, explore a variety of irrigation options.

Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest.

Mastering Public Speaking

You can become an effective public speaker!
In this fun and hands-on course, find out how to talk confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups. Learn how to plan and deliver your presentations skillfully and how to manage one of the most common public speaking barriers—fear. Find out how to present a short or long speech, how to handle questions and manage conflict in meetings, and even how to shine in a job interview. Get tips for training your voice and learn how to use both verbal and nonverbal communication effectively.
By the time you finish this course, you’ll have an entire set of skills you can use on the job, in social settings, and in any other situation where you need to communicate with ease and authority. 

What’s your favorite? I think I’ll enroll in the Photoshop Elements 10 for Digital Photographer class. Sounds like fun!

Kathy

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