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Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances






Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances
By Echo Swinford
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Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: February 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-10004-3
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-610004-9
Pages: 326

If you're vexed and perplexed by PowerPoint, pick up a copy of Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances. This funny, and often opinionated, guide is chock full of tools and techniques for eliminating all the problems that drive audiences and presenters crazy.

There's nothing more discouraging than an unresponsive audience--or worse, one that snickers at your slides. And there's nothing more maddening than technical glitches that turn your carefully planned slide show into a car wreck. Envious when you see other presenters effectively use nifty features that you've never been able to get to work right? Suffer no more! Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances by Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford rides to the rescue.

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software on the planet, with an estimated 30 million presentations given each day. So no matter how frustrated you get, you're not about to chuck the program in the Recycle Bin. Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances, presents smart solutions to a variety of all-too-familiar, real-world annoyances.

The book is divided into big categories, with annoyances grouped by topic. You can read it cover to cover or simply jump to the chapter or section most relevant to you. Inside its pages you'll learn how to create your own templates, work with multiple masters and slide layouts, and take advantage of various alignment and formatting tools. You'll also learn how to mport Excel data; insert graphics, PDF, and Word content; create, edit, and format organization charts and diagrams; use action settings and hyperlinks to jump to other slides; and add sound, video, and other types of multimedia to spark up your presentations.

Entertaining and informative, Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances is filled with humorous illustrations and packed with sidebars, tips, and tricks, as well as links to cool resources on the Web.

Copyright
Introduction
Do You Need This Book?
What's Covered in This Book?
"You Haven't Covered My Pet Annoyance"
Conventions Used in This Book
Safari®Enabled
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Presenting Your Presentation
Section 1.1. SETTING UP YOUR EQUIPMENT
Section 1.2. VIEWING YOUR PRESENTATION
Section 1.3. THINGS THAT DRIVE PRESENTERS CRAZY
Chapter 2. Dumb Defaults
Section 2.1. STUFF KEEPS MOVING AROUND
Section 2.2. CUSTOMIZE POWER POINT TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS
Section 2.3. WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE FILE SIZES?
Section 2.4. SLIDES, TEMPLATES, AND OTHER RELATED DEFAULTS
Section 2.5. ACTIVATION, VERSIONS, AND CORRUPTION
Chapter 3. Formatting and Editing
Section 3.1. TEMPLATES AND MASTERS
Section 3.2. FORMATTING
Chapter 4. mporting
Section 4.1. GRAPHICS
Section 4.2. EXCEL
Section 4.3. CLIP ART
Section 4.4. WORD, PDFS, AND STUFF FROM THE WEB
Chapter 5. Organization Charts, Diagrams, and Drawing Tools
Section 5.1. ORGANIZATION CHARTS
Section 5.2. DIAGRAMS
Section 5.3. OTHER DRAWING TOOLS
Chapter 6. Charts and Graphs
Section 6.1. TEXT ISSUES
Section 6.2. CREATING AND FORMATTING CHARTS
Section 6.3. DATA
Section 6.4. EXCEL CHARTS
Chapter 7. Animations, Action Settings, and Hyperlinks
Section 7.1. ANIMATIONS AND TRANSITIONS
Section 7.2. ACTION SETTINGS AND HYPERLINKS
Chapter 8. Sound and Video
Section 8.1. SOUND
Section 8.2. WEB PAGES AND FLASH
Section 8.3. VIDEO
Section 8.4. VIDEO AND PROJECTORS
Section 8.5. OTHER VIDEO STUFF
Chapter 9. Printing and Distribution
Section 9.1. PRINTING
Section 9.2. IMAGES
Section 9.3. VIDEO, DVDS, AND FLASH
Section 9.4. WEB PAGES
Section 9.5. PACK AND GO
Section 9.6. CDS
About the Author
Colophon
Index


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