Adding shadowing to your PowerPoint images

This is a subtle tip (or at least it should be in my opinion). When you add an image into a PowerPoint slide, it normally starts out in a pretty flat state. However, you can use the Shape Effects option to add some depth to the image, and it can make your slides look a lot more professional. Here’s how to do that…

Making your voice heard at Microsoft – UserVoice sites for our relevant software

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t get a question from someone along the lines of “does do , and why doesn’t it?”. Or, there’s the “when will Microsoft change to allow us to do ” question. Bottom line… we don’t know, and we have virtually no sway to influence Microsoft to change their software… but you do!

Running a PowerPoint presentation in Kiosk Mode

Let’s say you’re running a booth at a conference, and you’d like a PowerPoint slide show to run continuously and automatically. Or… perhaps you’re giving a presentation, and you want a “pre-show” slide deck to run continuously while everyone is coming in and finding their seats. You can do this by running a PowerPoint file in Kiosk Mode. Here’s how that works…

Jumping to a specific slide in PowerPoint (without letting your audience see you doing it)

We’ve all been in PowerPoint meetings where the presenter is projecting onto a screen and using the Presenter view to see the current slide and the next one coming up. Someone asks a question, and they want to show a different slide to address the point. So, they drop out of presenter mode or they start rapidly scrolling through the upcoming slides (and then back to the original slide) to find what they want. It gets the job done, but it doesn’t look very professional. Here’s a way to skip to a slide of your choice without the audience getting vertigo from all the scrolling…

Changing your user initials in Office programs

A colleague pointed out this option to me the other day, and it’s a good one to share. In Office programs like Word or OneNote, the system often uses your initials to note who made changes. But perhaps you need to change your initials for some reason (duplicate of someone else, you don’t like them, etc.). Here’s how you do that…

The new Icons feature in Office ProPlus

This is one of those things that was easy to overlook in all the new features in Office ProPlus (aka Office 2016), and that’s the new Icons feature in the Insert section of the Ribbon Bar. In fact, when it first rolled out, it really didn’t work very well as it was trying to pull the icons from a 3rd party site (or so it appeared), and I couldn’t get any of them to load. But now it’s working fine. Here’s how you can use them…