Microsoft Powerpoint- Tips & Tools to add power to your point

Writers Tips: Essays on a variety of topics from 24 writers

  • File > Send To > Microsoft Office Word - Ever wondered how those handouts with slides and space for notes made? Use this and its as simple as that.

  • Tools > Compare & Merge presentations - Compare slide-by-slide multiple presentations. Excellent feature to compare (and merge) original with multiple reviewed presentations.

  • Slide Show > Custom Shows > New... - Add selected slides from your presentation and this is your subset presentation. Click the "Show" button to play the custom set of slides. Useful when you have a deck of slides used for different situations. Saves you of maintaining multiple files of same presentation for different occasions and audiences. When a presentation is a study material, I use this to create a subset of slides which I might want to revise later.

  • Slide Show > Rehearse Timings - Keep this ON when you rehearse your presentations to get an idea of how long it takes. Also, you can save the timings as slide transition timings for auto runs.

  • Slide Show > Set Up Show > Loop continuously until 'Esc' - Useful in situations where the presentation is to infinitely run in a kiosk or road show stall.

  • File > Properties - This is the identity of the file, especially the Author & Company. We don't care most of the times, but this is good-to-know where your identity is embedded.

  • Tools > Options > General > Recently used file list - Keeping it high is useful at times when one is unsure where a document was saved.

  • Format > Replace Fonts - Changes font across the presentation.

External Tools:

  • FlashSpring Lite - Converts Microsoft PowerPoint documents to Macromedia Flash (*.swf) Link…

  • Thermometer: Adds progress bar in the bottom of all slides indicating the progress and how much is remaining. This is extremely useful when going through study materials when I am waiting for it to complete :) Link…

  • PDF Creator - Converts Microsoft Office documents to PDF. (Use the "Read Out Loud" feature in acrobat reader to then listen to the presentations.) Link…

  • Autorun Presenter - Lets you run PowerPoint presentation right from the memory stick. No need to copy the presentation to the system nor does the system needs to have PowerPoint installed. Link…

  • - Library of cartoons. Useful to add a zing to your presentations.


Posted bySumedh at 2:16 AM  


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