PowerPoint Notes: May 2007
Info-things on PowerPoint usage including tips, techniques and tutorials.
Question: I need a PowerPoint presentation that closes itself soon after the last slide has been shown. How do I make such a presentation?
Answer: Follow these steps (works for PowerPoint 2002 and 2003):
- Choose Tools | Options to bring up the Options dialog box. Select the View tab and uncheck the option that reads End with black slide. Remember, this is a machine specific setting -- not a presentation specific one.
- Choose Slide Show | Set Up Show, and uncheck Loop continuously until 'Esc' if it is selected.
- Get to the last slide of the presentation, and choose Slide Show | Slide Transition to bring up the Slide Transition task pane. Select the Automatically after option, and enter a time value (any time value).
- Choose File | Save As..., and change the Save as type to PowerPoint Show (*.pps).
Question: How do I add multiple horizontal and vertical guides to my PowerPoint slides.
Answer: Follow these steps:
- Make your guides visible if they are not already visible.
- Select one of the guides, and press Ctrl as you drag the guide. You'll see the guide coordinates as you Ctrl-drag them to create new guides if your Ruler is visible (View | Ruler).
- You can add up to 8 horizontal and 8 vertical guides using this process.
If you need more guides, follow this process to create a mock guide-map:
- You can create guide lines with PowerPoint's line tool -- and then add a dash style to those lines.
- Create variations of thick and thin lines to create major and minor guides.
- These lines can then be grouped -- and cut, copied, and pasted over any slide you want to use the same "guide-map" for.
- You can also copy the guide-map between presentations -- delete this guide-map when done.
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