The Best Way to Design PowerPoint Slides for a Presentation

We have all watched presentations that used PowerPoint slides.  The majority of them are done badly.  Either the slides have too much information, and you cannot really read them, or they have such bad graphics or so much glaring white background that they hurts your eyes.  Some PowerPoints have so many text-laden slides that it … Continue reading The Best Way to Design PowerPoint Slides for a Presentation

Turn a PowerPoint Presentation into a Video

Have you ever prepared a PowerPoint for a presentation and then realized it would be  great for the rest of the company to use as gentle reminders of company policy? You might have asked yourself, “How do I use this over and over, so I don’t have to stay close and restart it every time … Continue reading Turn a PowerPoint Presentation into a Video

PowerPoint – Presenter Shortcuts

When giving a PowerPoint presentation, what happens if you need to alter it slightly, while you are right in the middle of it? Do you fumble around with the presentation, and give it the appearance of not being professional, or make yourself look like you have no idea what you are doing? Luckily for us, … Continue reading PowerPoint – Presenter Shortcuts

Speaker’s notes in PowerPoint

Don’t Write Out Your Whole Speech on PowerPoint Slides Have you ever seen a PowerPoint that shows everything the speaker is going to say to the audience? Once you realize it, you find yourself reading for yourself and ignoring the speaker. At some point, you find yourself wondering why you are sitting there at all. … Continue reading Speaker’s notes in PowerPoint

Expanding and editing images for the most impact on your slide in PowerPoint

Most PowerPoint slides follow this pattern: A title across the top, bulleted text on the left. and an image on the right.  However, we are visual people.  So if you really want to make your slides impactful and memorable, make the image the size of the entire slide.  Have the image be the background with … Continue reading Expanding and editing images for the most impact on your slide in PowerPoint

A New Year is Here!

2017 is fading into the taillights, and now a brand new year of opportunity is opening before us. We here at Mission Critical want to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. We even have new course offerings to help make that so. Brand new for 2018, in our Microsoft Training series, we … Continue reading A New Year is Here!

Designer Feature in PowerPoint 365 (Browser Version Only!)

Does your company subscribe to Microsoft 365? If so, the added ability to build PowerPoint presentations with your browser is available, and with it comes additional functionality not available with the software residing on your computer. One new piece of functionality in the browser version of PowerPoint is called Designer. With this functionality, a user … Continue reading Designer Feature in PowerPoint 365 (Browser Version Only!)

Get to know PowerPoint’s Presenter View

If you have never used the Presenter View in PowerPoint, you should familiarize yourself with it, as it gives you functionality behind the scenes, including a presenter toolbar. This toolbar gives the presenter extra functionality that will leave the audience wondering how you were able to remember all those details and how you were able … Continue reading Get to know PowerPoint’s Presenter View

PowerPoint: Presentation looping in PowerPoint 2013

Have you ever needed an endlessly looping PowerPoint presentation, but were unable to make it loop? In PowerPoint 2013, it’s extremely easy: Just open the Slide Setup tab, click the Setup Slide Show command in the Set Up group       Then select Loop Continuously Until Esc.           Keep in … Continue reading PowerPoint: Presentation looping in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint: The art of expansion

If you want a presentation that does not put people to sleep and forces them to listen, then learn the art of expansion. PowerPoint slides are meant to be placeholders, not read-a-longs. When people are not sure what is going to be said, but have an idea of the subject matter, they are more likely … Continue reading PowerPoint: The art of expansion