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PowerPoint 2013: Tables

PowerPoint 2013: Tables
There are at least four ways to place tables on a PowerPoint 2013 slide.  They are: Click the table content placeholder on the standard title & content slide layout, and manually define the number of rows and columns your table is to contain; Use the Insert > Table command and drag over a tabular grid pattern to define your table; Paste a copied table from Word or Excel (with an embed option discussed below); Draw your table with the Draw Table tool. Before creating, or copying in a table, consider replacing it with a chart with, if necessary, data point labels.  Charts on a slide can have much...
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PowerPoint 2013: Bullets

PowerPoint 2013: Bullets
I’m not one to encourage the use of bulleted items, but let’s face it, many PowerPoint presentations are nothing but slide after slide of bulleted items.  If, therefore, you are faced with the task of changing the bullet style on some or all slides in a presentation, here’s how.  (Remember, if you make this change on the Slide Master it will automatically change all bullets on all slides in your presentation.  If you make it in normal view, it will only affect the slide on which you are working). If you wish to change the style on one on a single slide, select the text of all of the...
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PowerPoint 2013: WordArt

PowerPoint 2013: WordArt
An advanced form of text editing in PowerPoint is called WordArt.  Some truly spectacular textual effects can be achieved with WordArt, while the text retains its characteristics as text (can be spell checked, font sizes can be changed, case can be changed, new text inserted, etc.).  Nevertheless, these effects don’t have much of a place in a well designed, professional presentation.  They should be used sparingly, and only for special emphasis.  This post will in brief review where the WordArt settings and controls can be found and applied.  We will get to a discussion of shape effects—which...
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World War II on the iPad

World War II on the iPad
A search on World War II (world war ii, world war 2, ww2, etc.) at the app store will yield scores of apps over several app categories, only two of which, in my opinion, are worthwhile. First the categories:  By far the category leader is games.  You will find game titles like “World Conqueror,” “Little Commander,” “Fighter Pilot Killer Air Combat,” “World War 2 Assault,” “Commando Global Assassin,” and on and on.  Stop wasting time and money on this nonsense.  Sit down with your kids and explain why war, and especially this cataclysmic war...
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PowerPoint 2013: Basic Text Editing

PowerPoint 2013: Basic Text Editing
As mentioned in previous posts, if you are going to edit text in a PowerPoint presentation, it is better that the editing be done on the slide master, so that 1) your edits will propagate through the entire presentation.  Sometimes this is just not possible, especially with reference to text in text boxes.  You may want to color a single word in a text box differently than the rest of the words, or bold or underline a word, or expand character spacing for a group of words, or whatever the case may be.  This post discusses these basic text edits, which are common Word text formatting tasks also.  It is...
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