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Thursday, February 14, 2019, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Here’s a question I received today: In my deck of slides, I need to have slide numbers 1 to 8 for the first section of slides. I then need the next section to be numbered 1 to 6 for another section. Is this doable?

The short answer is that this is not doable, at least not so at the time of writing this post. Hopefully, this feature will be added in a future release.

The long answer is that there is a workaround for those who want this feature at all costs. Remember, this is a workaround, and not a solution! Follow these steps to understand better:

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Monday, February 11, 2019, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

We hear this question so often! You set an audio clip to play across slides, and then you return to the first slide by pressing the Home button, or any other way. Now the audio no longer plays automatically. Why?

The solution to this problem is essentially a workaround:

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Monday, January 21, 2019, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

PowerPoint’s 3D experiences get more enhanced all the time. To begin with, the only way you could animate 3D models was by using the Morph transition effect. Next, you could use the 3D animations. But now, with the new embedded 3D animations feature, you no longer even need to animate, because these new 3D models are already pre-animated!

Why Don’t I See The Embedded 3D Animations Feature?

You must be using an Office 365 subscriber version of PowerPoint to access this feature. Also, new features such as this one percolate to all installations of Office 365 in a phased manner. Insider and Monthly Channel versions get these features first, followed by most other users. If you work in a large organization, your system administrator may prevent these updated features from being installed, even if you use an Office 365 subscription version.

See Also: Updates for Office 365 Applications

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Thursday, November 29, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

We do have some extensive content on what Unicode encoded fonts are, and how the remaining ASCII encoded fonts are of two types: single-byte and double-byte. However, our readers want more info, as can be understood from these questions we received:

If you just could tell me which fonts in Microsoft Windows are double-byte, I’ll know which ones I can manually replace or not use in the first place in PowerPoint, please?

I have to replace a double-byte font in my PowerPoint file, but I don’t know which ones they are. All those I choose, such as Comic Sans, Arial, etc. refuse to replace double-byte fonts. So can you please tell me the names of all double-byte fonts in PowerPoint?

Yes, we feel your pain, and will provide a list of double-byte fonts we see in our systems. However, if you see more double-byte fonts, do comment below and we will update this list.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Is it possible to change a text box into a Title in PowerPoint? I’ve got tons of slides that use text boxes instead of Title and Content placeholders, and I have no clue about how I can get started!

Yes, this is a genuine call for help we received from one of our readers, and we know that there are tons of users who face this problem. In fact, even PowerPoint design houses have to convert text boxes to placeholders all the time in slides they receive from their clients. This is one of those areas that consumes so much time, and yet there’s very little information out there about how you can overcome or resolve this issue. So, this post is going to do just that: address the issue of converting text boxes to placeholders in PowerPoint.

First of all, you might want to watch this video.

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