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PowerPoint 2013: Embedded Fonts

PowerPoint 2013: Embedded Fonts
To wrap up our discussion of fonts, let’s try to decide whether we should embed fonts within our presentation when we save.  You may want to present on another computer than the one you used to develop the PowerPoint presentation, and each computer’s font set may be different.  To be sure you will have the correct fonts so that your presentation will look as expected on another computer, embedding may be necessary.  Before launching into the discussion, however, you need to know that you can only embed TrueType fonts in a PowerPoint presentation (.ttf) and that embedded fonts in a Windows...
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PowerPoint 2013: The Replace Fonts Command

PowerPoint 2013: The Replace Fonts Command
Here is a practical tip that can help you redeem a presentation when someone (not you, of course) has used an outlandish font in text boxes or even in bulleted lists.  Remember, your goal in placing words on a PowerPoint slide is to communicate a point, and to do so the text you use must be legible.  Therefore, weird, hard-to-read fonts should be avoided at all costs.  Unfortunately, humans being what they are, many people seem drawn to cursive, fantasy, gothic, or otherwise nearly illegible fonts.  PowerPoint provides a quick remedy for this, however.  It’s called the Replace Font command....
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Blackboard Thing of the Week: Tour a Sample Course Structure

Blackboard Thing of the Week: Tour a Sample Course Structure
Way back in May of 2012, I posted on a new addition to Blackboard, Course Structures. However, I haven’t seen any faculty really putting these to use, so I wanted to showcase at least one structure. In the video below I use the organization by Chapter (which, for any class based around the textbook, works fairly well), and show off a bit of the sample content and my thoughts on the mindset behind the structure. In particular, points I like in the structure are: The default entry point is a module page optimized for student use. The syllabus information is not a single linked document, but...
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PowerPoint 2013: Font Basics

PowerPoint 2013: Font Basics
Each design theme has a font family defined for headings and for body text.  The same font family extends to text entered into text boxes and on shapes and SmartArt.  The simplest way to control font family throughout a presentation—which is a good idea, because it gives a consistent, professional look to the presentation—is to stick with the default font choices already built-in to the font themes used in PowerPoint 2013.  This is a rule more honored in the breach than the observance, unfortunately, because people just seem to have a thing about unusual font choices, but if good advice can prevail, I...
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New Blackboard Test Deployment Options

New Blackboard Test Deployment Options
With our latest Blackboard upgrade (to version 9.1 SP12, to be specific) the system has some new test deployment options. Now, I know what you’re thinking, the options that already existed were good enough, why does Blackboard have to keep getting more complex, grumble grumble. But I’m here to tell you that these changes are actually for the better, and will address needs that have been unmet but often requested by quite a few faculty over the years. First off, no test deployment options have been removed. Existing tests will continue to function the way they were originally set up, no...
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Blackboard Grade Center Icons

Blackboard Grade Center Icons
As I write this post, the latest Blackboard upgrade here at Palomar is still in progress. So the next time you hop into the Blackboard system, you’ll just head into a Grade Center and see all the familiar icons like the green exclamation point that means Needs Grading, right? Nope. Several icons in the new version of the Grade Center appear very different now. (The Grade Center itself isn’t significantly changed, but the look is different with these new icons.) So be warned, you’ll likely have a few jarring “what is THAT?” moments for a while during visits to the grade...
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PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Shapes and SmartArt

PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Shapes and SmartArt
Text can be added to drawn shapes and to SmartArt, a special case of drawn shapes.  In either case, text entered in this fashion will not show up in Outline View.  Usually text placed on drawn shapes is brief, like a label or flowchart process, text placed on SmartArt however, can be more expansive because the SmartArt will scale the text to fit within the shapes that comprise the illustration.  Here is how to place text on drawn shapes, and then on SmartArt. Text on a Drawn Shape Most of the shapes drawn using the Shapes tool on the Insert tab (there is also a Shapes gallery by default on the Home...
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PowerPoint 2013: Pasting Text on a Slide from a Text Source

PowerPoint 2013: Pasting Text on a Slide from a Text Source
In this post I will describe how to paste text from any text source onto a PowerPoint slide.  Text added in this fashion will not appear in Outline View. If you want to bypass the Text Box tool altogether, you can simply paste text onto a slide from Word, or any other text source.  In fact, if a source document will let you copy to the Windows clipboard, PowerPoint will let you paste the text in.  There is a caveat about formatting, however, and a couple of tricks that might assist with this process. The caveat:  be sure to paste in using the Paste Options tools and selecting “Keep Text...
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PowerPoint 2013: Using the Text Box Tool

PowerPoint 2013: Using the Text Box Tool
In this post we will describe how to enter text on a slide using the Text Box tool.  Remember, text added to a slide in this fashion will not appear in Outline View. To add text in a text box, go to the Insert tab and select Text Box. The Text Box command in the text group on the Insert tab. When you move your cursor onto the slide in Normal View it will appear as an inverted cross.  Either 1) click on the slide in the location you want to type and begin typing at the insertion point, or 2) draw a bounding box for your text and begin typing at the insertion point. Text Box after single click on slide....
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PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Slides

PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Slides
In this and the next three posts I would like to consider four ways to add text to PowerPoint slides: Typed into a text placeholder and as a bulleted item; As a text box – with two variations: click and type and a drawn textbox; Paste from Word or other text source; Text on a shape – with two variations also: a Drawn Shape and SmartArt. Text Placeholders and Bulleted Items The traditional PowerPoint slide (one that many designers now recommend NOT be used) is the bulleted list.  Regardless of recommendations, this layout persists as the most popular PowerPoint slide type, especially in...
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