Category: Tutorial

Videos Not Pure White or Pure Black?

10/02/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Resource/Misc, Tutorial
You watch a video in Windows Media Player or Quicktime Player or any other player and it looks great. On the same computer, the video is inserted whites and blacks look grey. Don't blame PPT, but the Graphics Card (GPU). If running an nVidia card, lo… more »
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PowerPoint vs. Photoshop Opacity Settings

09/24/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
PowerPoint and Photoshop each have their own way of changing the opacity of an element. The most confusing aspect is that each app defines 0% transparency different. In PowerPoint 0% Transparency means the shape is fully opaque/solid. image In Po… more »
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Help - This Shape is Stuck in the Chart

09/19/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: PowerPoint, Tutorial
There is a good reason for this feature, but for most it seems to be bug. Which is it, depends on your preference. Here is the scenario. A chart is on a slide: image With the chart selected, you decide to add a callout box to highlight the import… more »
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PPT 2013 - Updated Ribbon "Metro" UI

08/03/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
When you first launch PowerPoint 2013, it looks similiar and different at the same time. If you look at the ribbon, everything is in the now familiar locations and order. When viewed more closely, you can see all of the aesthetics are new - in the… more »
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Turning Point on Computer with Multiple PPT Installs

07/27/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
Last week was a corporate meeting that integrated Turning Point ARS (audience response system) for a series of audience interaction questions throughout the meeting. I have used lots of ARS options, but find Turning Point the most full featured and best… more »
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Speaker Icon Evolution

07/23/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
Audio files (music, narration, sound effects, etc.) are represented on slides with speaker icon. image Here is the speaker icon used in PPT 2003 image Here is the speaker icon used in PPT 2007 and 2010 image In addition, when you rollover a PPT… more »
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DVD Video Standards

07/18/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
If you are exporting a presentation as a video for use on a DVD, what setting should be used? This is for a consumer video player DVD use. image Go with PowerPoint's highest quality (960x720px for a 4x3 aspect ratio) and let the DVD authoring software… more »
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Creating the "Open Again" Image in PPT

07/02/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
Yesterday's post used a fun image that was downloaded from Fotolia.com and completely customized in PowerPoint. Here is what I did: 1. Research and download image from Fotolia.com (where TLC Creative Services has a subscription plan), then insert on… more »
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Add Slides to a Presentation and Keep Their Original Look

04/08/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
Adding slides from one presentation into another and hoping for a button that will automatically format the slides the way needed is just not a feature in PowerPoint. But, the almost magical "Destination vs. Source Formatting" button does exist. For thi… more »
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Add Slides to a Presentation That Fit In

04/06/12 | by Troy Chollar [mail] | Categories: Tutorial
Adding slides from one presentation into another and hoping for a button that will automatically format the slides the way needed is just not a feature in PowerPoint. But, the almost magical "Destination vs. Source Formatting" button does exist. For thi… more »
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