PowerPoint Notes: October 2008
Info-things on PowerPoint usage including tips, techniques and tutorials.
A friend sent me this question: I want to make one slide .PPS file. On click, or on pressing any key the .PPS file should exit or close. Can this be done?
Yes, it can -- it's easier to do this on click rather than by pressing any key. Follow these steps:
- With your one slide presentation ready, open it in PowerPoint.
- PowerPoint 2007 users can then select the rectangle shape from the Home tab | Drawing | Shapes gallery. Users of earlier versions will find the rectangle shape option in the Drawing toolbar located below the PowerPoint interface.
- Draw a rectangle that covers the entire slide. You'll have to drag the corners of the rectangle to resize.
- With the rectangle selected, PowerPoint 2007 users can choose the Insert tab | Links | Action to bring up the Action Settings dialog box that you see in Figure 1. Users of earlier PowerPoint versions can access the same dialog box by right-clicking the rectangle, and choosing Action Settings from the resultant menu.
Figure 1: Action Settings
- Click the Hyperlink to radio button, and from the text dropdown box, choose the End Show option (see Figure 1 above) . Click OK to exit the dialog box.
- PowerPoint 2007 users can now select the rectangle, so that the Drawing Tools Format tab is visible in the Ribbon -- activate this tab, and then select the Shape Fill option to reveal a flyout menu. Choose the More Fill Colors option to bring up the Colors dialog box -- change the Transparency to 99%, and click OK. With the rectangle still selected, choose the Drawing Tools Format tab | Shape Styles | Shape Outline | No Outline option.
Users of previous PowerPoint versions can double click the rectangle to summon the Format AutoShape dialog box. In this multi-tabbed dialog box, select the Colors and Lines tab, then under the Color dropdown list, drag the Transparency slider to 99%. In the Line Color dropdown list, choose the No Line option. Click OK to get back to the slide.
- Now when you play this presentation, just click anywhere to end the show!
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