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How can I make beautiful Powerpoint Slides like this?

How can I make beautiful Powerpoint slides like those in this example presentation, titled "Steal this Presentation"? I can't download the presentation as a powerpoint file, only as a pdf. I have no graphic design skills, so I was hoping to find a template or powerpoint file somewhere, so I can just borrow the fonts, layouts, etc. Thank you for any help or example presentations you can link me to!
posted by surenoproblem on Aug 25, 2015 - 21 answers

Kindle to pdf / jpg / etc

Whats the best way to get a Kindle children's picture book into a format that I can display in Google Slides or PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Powerpoint slides as non-fuzzy images

I need to put images of slides from a PowerPoint presentation into another document. However, the slides invariably look fuzzy in the new document. I've tried adjusting the pixel dimensions of the images on the PowerPoint export, adjusting the resolution of the images to match the physical size I need for the final document, but I haven't found the right combination. I'm going from a full slide to a 2.67x2 inch image. Help? Bonus points if it's a Mac answer.
posted by philosophygeek on Jul 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Powerpoint Size Frustration

I am attempting to make a powerpoint 'game' (a tutorial that should be fun) using screenshots of Outlook 365. I cannot seem to size my screenshots to the correct size to work with powerpoint. I am sure I am missing something but I have no idea what. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Jul 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Please prepare me for every possible office AV situation

I often have to give presentations at offices I don't work at. There is usually some form of AV equipment available, however, the local staff often don't know how this equipment works. Cables are not necessarily plugged in where they should be (or even there at all) and there are no on-site IT staff to help out if there's a problem. What do I need to a) know and b) buy to be able to waltz into a new office, hook up the doohickeys to the whoozawhatzits and deliver a PowerPoint presentation (or show a video) with a minimum of fuss? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on May 31, 2015 - 21 answers

Need to analyze words within 800+ ppt decks - shortcuts?

I have a set of 800+ powerpoint decks. I'm looking to identify which ones have certain search terms -- say, "aardvarks" or do not include certain terms -- say, "tigers". Ideally, I'd get an excel spreadsheet with the file names and how many times "aardvarks" appeared, and another list of file names where "tigers" did not appear. Is there a tool to do this so that I don't have to open all 800+ individually?
posted by emkelley on May 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Where can I find Excel exercises that will help me ace my job interview?

I will be having a job interview that requires me to have some knowledge of Excel. I know this is vague but it includes, I presume, filters, hlookup, vlookup, and establishing filters to search out education data. The interview is to get a data analyst fellowship in the education setting. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Apr 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Need to send a large file to a client, exhausted my usual methods

I'm trying to send a Powerpoint file to a client, and their corporate security settings are making things difficult. The file is too big to email, even if I split it into fewer slides. Their security prevents them from downloading a file from Dropbox (and presumably similar services). Their email server also blocks zip attachments. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Mar 6, 2015 - 20 answers

Ideas for interactive presentation?

Professional presentation to 200 educators. Presenter would like to add audience participation through technology - probably phone/internet. What budget options available that will work anywhere without tech onsite? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Mar 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me figure out how to convert various files on a Mac.

How do I convert from Word 94 to Word 2010 when I can't get the original files to open? How do I convert Powerpoint files to Keynote? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I change default PowerPoint bullet options?

I want to change the default bullets that are available when you go through the Bullets and Numbering menu. I've looked online and various people ask this questions in forums and they always get unhelpful answers so perhaps this can't be done! [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Nov 19, 2014 - 0 answers

Help me merge 2 PowerPoint presentations please!

I am at a loss for this. I am trying to merge two PowerPoint slides for ease of transition at a conference. Speaker A is using Speaker A's work template that has their work logo burned on each slide, but Speaker B is from a different institution. Is it even possible to merge the two sets of slides without having Speaker A's institution on Speaker B's slides?
posted by lil' ears on Oct 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Just a little bit beyond keynote/powerpoint...

What relatively simple animation programs will let me both define and compose simple animations? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Oct 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Annotating slides during presentations

I'm teaching in large classrooms where the blackboard isn't visible from the back rows. I'd like to draw and write on slides while they are being projected. Saving the annotated slides for later distribution would be nice. I'm using a macbook and am thinking about buying a Wacom tablet. What hardware/software/technique combination works for this? [more inside]
posted by meijusa on Sep 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Can't move image within PowerPoint crop

I am using PowerPoint 2010 on a PC. Normally when you insert an image then crop it, you can click on the image while the crop handles are still live and drag the image around, then reposition it within the crop, before actually applying the crop. But it's not working like that anymore! [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Aug 5, 2014 - 1 answer

ISO presentation / media remote for Mac and PC.

I am looking for a usb or bluetooth device that I can use to control Powerpoint/Google slides AND iTunes. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Best way to share audio + text content for viewing on iPhone?

I want to create multi-page content consisting of text + spoken-word-audio, viewable on iPhone. Content consumption would work as follows: 1. Page displays text and plays audio (additional tap to launch audio would be okay) 2. User taps something to call up next page. My first thought was Powerpoint, but I haven't found an iPhone app that handles audio embedded in PPT. I'm limited to working on my Windows PC, so I think Keynote is out. Any thoughts on a format to use for the content, and app to use to consume it? [more inside]
posted by bigjoec on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Converting Equation Editor 3.1 objects to Office 2010 Equation Text

Is there any way to convert equation objects made in Equation Editor 3/3.1 into the updated, direct in-line text in the new Equation Tool for Office 2007/2010? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jun 30, 2014 - 1 answer

Presenting with multiple screens but NOT for notes

I'll be giving a presentation in a month in a meeting room that has three projectors connected to a computer. I would like to maximize the use of this space by making my presentation encompass the entire area of the three screens. How would I go about this? My current ideas: [more inside]
posted by ajackson on May 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Please help me gain Microsoft Office skills!

I will soon be starting a project/new job that requires better Microsoft Office skills than I currently have. I've used Outlook, Word and Excel in a fairly basic way for years, but need to come to grips with some of the more sophisticated elements of those programs. Plus, I need to learn how to use Powerpoint and Visio, which I've never touched. Yikes. Can you recommend some good online tutorials? I am also considering doing a paid course (online or otherwise) if I can find one based in London that's not too expensive or a rip-off. Can you help?
posted by handclaps on Apr 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Apple Keynote or OpenOffice Impress for making Powerpoints?

I am in charge of developing a series of presentation slides for a facilitated train-the-trainer session, and the trainers (both levels) need to have the ability to use the slides afterwards. While I have access to Apple Keynote or OpenOffice Impress to make these slides, I can't assume that the trainers will have anything other than Microsoft Powerpoint. Which product should I use, and what "gotchas" do I need to watch out for in terms of feature incompatibility? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Apr 3, 2014 - 19 answers

Best iOS app to remote control PPT presentation?

I am looking for a recommendation for an iOS app that will work as a remote control for powerpoint presentations. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by cgk on Mar 21, 2014 - 2 answers

How to make the best videoconference presentation to a large audience?

I am delivering a PowerPoint presentation on my scientific research to undergraduates by videoconference. What special considerations should I make for the videoconference medium? Specifically, when should I switch between displaying the slides and video of my face? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

iPad iDiot

Help me turn my iPad into a work productivity tool. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Viewing Embedded Powerpoint Slides Without MS Office Installed

I'm trying to help a friend (via phone) who is unable to view some content on web pages for her chemistry class. From her description, I'm pretty sure that the content is an embedded Powerpoint slide. [more inside]
posted by gimli on Oct 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Inserting Windows Media Video into Power Point

I have spent the last 3-4 hours trying to embed a video from Windows Movie Maker into a power point (yes, I am that inept at computers!). I keep getting this message when I try to insert it: "Power Point cannot select a video from the selected file. Verify that the necessary codec for this media format is installed and try again." I've followed link after link and am really tired. Help! [more inside]
posted by boots77 on Oct 20, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I make a kickass powerpoint for college

I have never made a powerpoint before. I have to make 6 slides for class. How to I get a nice background and make charts- pie charts, etc? Either explain like your are teaching your mom, or links to a sites that will literally walk me through it! Thanks!!!
posted by TRUELOTUS on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the best colour for a beamer in a not-sufficiently-darkened room

I'm preparing a presentation and I know that the projector available is quite bad, and the room where I will give this presentation doesn't have proper blinds so it's relatively bright. My slides are very simple, white background, black text, and a third colour for some highlights. I wonder: does the hive mind know what this colour should be in order to be really visible and actually highlight my stuff, given the aforementioned conditions?
posted by buck:fuller on Oct 13, 2013 - 5 answers

New job, old presentation template?

I will be giving a talk at a job interview, about scientific research that I did several years ago. The powerpoint slides use the (somewhat gaudy) template of my former employer, the institution that funded the research. Should I keep the template or change it? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Sep 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Convert Powerpoint to PDF on Mac with ***clickable links***?

This one should be easy - if you've done it before :) Convert a PowerPoint file to PDF on a Mac with ***clickable links***. Difficulty: the built-in PDF tool doesn't do it. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Sep 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Good source for PowerPoint templates?

I have to put together a PowerPoint presentation for an upcoming conference and am bored by the Microsoft templates. Can anyone recommend free/Creative Commons templates that look awesome and aren't seething with malware?
posted by orrnyereg on Aug 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Good free (or really cheap) system to poll an audience while lecturing?

Does anyone know of a good site or software that is free or cheap that lets you: 1) Ask a poll or multiple choice question during lecture and, perhaps, in the next slide, populate a graph with the results? Again, thanks in advance for any good links here. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on Jul 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Dealing with a phantom stuck key bug on MacBook Air

I'm troubled by a mysterious bug on my MacBook Air. It manifests itself when I use Microsoft PowerPoint, but I believe it is a Mac-wide issue. It is extremely rare, impossible to reproduce on demand, and yet - when it strikes, it does so with a vengeance, and embarrasses me in front of a theater full of people. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Can I get a Stuttah!??!?!

I need a certain soundbyte (a cheetah stutter-barking) to add to a powerpoint presentation but need hive help. [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet on May 5, 2013 - 3 answers

PowerPoint 2010, VBA to copy or create command buttons

I need a macro to check each slide for the existence of several command buttons, and then copy/create them (along with the code behind them) on slides where they're not found. I've tried using the object browser to find the objects/methods to use but, not being very familiar with programming/coding, I haven't been able to figure out how to do it. I tried using a master slide but ran into problems (discussed here: http://www.utteraccess.com/forum/VBA-Import-Slides-Pl-t2002862.html&pid=2355756#entry2355756), but I really need this soon and I'd be happy to run this macro manually whenever I add/import slides. Thanks for your help.
posted by atm on May 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Learning to use VBA

I have read that John Walkenbach's books are the de-facto standard for learning to use VBA in Microsoft Excel. I'd like to know what books are recommended to learn to use vba in other Office products - primarily Access, but also Word and Powerpoint. I'm more interested in books than in websites.
posted by Proginoskes on Apr 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Button to change the slide's section during slideshow, PowerPoint 2010

I have a slideshow with 4 sections named "CurrentSection", "NextSection", "AfterNextSection", and "AfterAfterNextSection". The slideshow is viewed repeatedly but also irregularly (sometimes multiple times per week and sometimes weeks in-between). After each slide is viewed and discussed, I need to be able to assign the slide to a different section. (A slide's section determines how soon it will be viewed again, as explained below.) [more inside]
posted by atm on Mar 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Basic PowerPoint question re: speaker's notes

How does the speaker's notes function work in PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I export MS Powerpoint to a Word document?

How can I export MS Powerpoint to a Word document? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Dec 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Conversion program for .pptm PowerPoint file into flash made for Macs?

I have a PowerPoint presentation with macros for sound, in a .pptm file with audio and animations for a class. My professor can't play it as is, so she wants me to convert it to a flash file format, which I thought I could do, but all the converter programs I've found need a PC, and I only have a Mac and so does my family. Naturally, my school's PCs don't allow installs, and I need to figure this out today. I have Adobe Flash, but it doesn't recognize the format, and I need to keep my audio/etc. any ideas for conversion or online viewing, etc? [more inside]
posted by reenka on Nov 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Powerpoint - stick to 4:3 or go widescreen?

How far along are we in moving from 4:3 to widescreen LCD projectors for (e.g.) PowerPoint presentations. Is my current 4:3 default still sensible? [more inside]
posted by vogel on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Group Presentation Tips & Best Practices

I am getting ready to present a proposal with my eight people team to executives. Anyone has any good tips delivering a presentation with a large group? Transitions, timing etc.?
posted by djfreex on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

How to always have the best looking PowerPoint?

How can my powerpoints always be the best looking in the class? Also how to easily create graphs for powerpoints? [more inside]
posted by locussst on Nov 1, 2012 - 20 answers

Visualize 6 Pages in 1 Slide?

How do I visualize the content of six pages on one PowerPoint slide? Graphical palpability preferred. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Mac Powerpoint Weirdness. Help!

Weird snowflake Mac OS X font issue. I've already tried all the usual suspects - deleting duplicate fonts from Font Book, etc, etc. But this one has me stumped. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Oct 17, 2012 - 9 answers

How to make PowerPoint presentations 508c compliant.

Making PowerPoint presentations 508c compliant, specifically complicated charts? [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Oct 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Need to finally become an Excel/Powerpoint ninja. But how?

I finally need to break down and school myself on Excel and Powerpoint. What's the best way to master them in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Sep 14, 2012 - 4 answers

List of Top Best Tips for the Making of Making a Point

What's your favorite list of Powerpoint/Keynote/presentation do's and don'ts? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Sep 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Powerpoint tabs like they used to be

Powerpoint Windows 7 -- I'd like the slide show to be a separate tab on the task bar the way that it used to be in xp.
posted by notned on Aug 21, 2012 - 1 answer

PowerPoint communication failure...

I have PowerPoint X for Mac. I'm trying to send a bunch of presentations to someone with a PC, and the photos aren't showing up because they're too big. She was able to open them on another Mac in her office, and instructed me to save them with a "pptx" extension. For some reason this isn't an option. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Aug 7, 2012 - 10 answers

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