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How to Embed YouTube Video in PowerPoint 2013

How to Embed YouTube Video in PowerPoint 2013
Regular users of PowerPoint have by now noticed that the tool adding YouTube embed code to a PowerPoint 2013 (and 2010) slide has disappeared.  It is no longer possible to simply grab the code, click Insert > Video > Online Video, and paste it in.  The why of it is a bit mysterious, but the trouble started when Google updated their YouTube API from ver. 2 to 3, and only became worse over time as Google and Microsoft have had public disagreements. Whatever the causes, the tool that stopped working in PowerPoint has now, with the latest Office updates, been removed.  Unfortunately, this is still...
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Sine qua non Software

Sine qua non Software
Having just experienced a computer collapse and rebuild, and at the same time configured a new home laptop, it got me thinking about the software that I need that I could not do without.  I decided to construct a list.   An essential ingredient is interoperability with mobile devices, something that didn’t enter into serious consideration only a couple of years ago.  The desktop is now just one in a triad of equally important devices (the tablet and smart phone being the others) that any digitally literate person depends on, so my list has to embrace these platforms as well. First, and foremost,...
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PowerPoint 2013: Basic Slide Management

In this post I will cover six basic operations essential for managing your PowerPoint presentation: How to delete slides; How to hide slides; How to rearrange slides; How to import slides from one presentation to another; How to duplicate slides; How to create sections within a presentation. Delete To delete a slide or slides, select the slide(s) either in the thumbnail pane or in slide sorter view and press the delete key on your keyboard, or right-click your selection and choose Delete Slide. To select a contiguous range of slides, click on the first and then hold down the Shift key and click on the...
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PowerPoint 2013: Text Alignment and Direction

PowerPoint 2013: Text Alignment and Direction
In PowerPoint 2013 it is easier than ever to find the controls for text alignment and direction.  The secret is thinking of the text as an attribute of the shape that contains them (the placeholder, textbox or drawn shape), and then formatting that shape. For example, to control the text alignment and direction of a typical bulleted item slide, click on the border around the bulleted items (it is dashed before selecting it and solid when selected).  Right-click the selected border, and from the context menu choose Format Shape. The Format Shape pane will open on the right of the screen.  Select Text...
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PowerPoint 2013: Slide Layouts

PowerPoint 2013: Slide Layouts
Before moving on to consider adding pictures and other graphics to slides, I would like to touch on a couple of basic concepts that I have not posted on before.  In this post I will review slide layouts. Slide layouts are slides that have positioning placeholders on them that you can use to add content.  They may also contain content placeholders.  The number of layouts in your presentation will vary depending on the design theme you have chosen.  Some have as few as 11 (The Office them, for example) and some have as many as 17 (the Main Event theme).  You can also create custom slide layouts of your...
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