I am putting together a PowerPoint. It’s not a copy-paste affair of simply regurgitating previous work. It is a completely new area – I am researching / thinking / writing / destroying / drawing graphics / rewriting. It’s enjoyable because I am learning, but a bit painful because it is 1am, and I have hours yet to go.
On a whism, here are 5 PowerPoint tips. These are a bit advanced, some might say superfluous. If you don’t use PPT daily, skip this blog post. No worries.
- Use the ARRANGE function to line up your boxes perfectly on the page
2. Decrease or increase font size without the mouse. Highlight the text you want to change. <CTRL> button + <SHIFT> button + “>” greater sign button. Repeat a few times and you get this.
3. <ALT> button + “M” creates a new slide, and <ALT> + “E”, “D” deletes the slide. Goes without saying that you know <CTRL> + “C” and <CTRL> + “V”.
4. Format Paint. This is something that I embarrassingly learned just 3 months ago. If I wanted to turn both boxes blue, I click on the blue box A, then FORMAT PAINTER, then click on B. It is much easier than manually changing the colors and borders.
5. When you are presenting (slide show mode), you can merely punch in the number of the page you want to skip to, and press enter. If you are presenting, and you want to go to the beginning, just type in 1, <ENTER>.
6-9. See comment from reader below. Thanks Trevor, I did not know the first 2 that you mentioned. No matter how old I am, still learning daily.
- Quicker one for font size: <CTRL> button + “[” button decreases and <CTRL> button + “]” increases
- You can double-click format painter to keep it on for multiple objects
- Crop and Set Transparent Colour are invaluable for picture editing
- F4 will repeat the same formatting command – very useful for applying the same fill to loads of objects