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  • In this clip, PowerPoint MVP Heather Ackmann demonstrates how to use Designer, a newer PowerPoint 2016 feature for Office 365 subscribers, and talks about some of the newest updates and additions to Designer as of March 2016.

    Instant Slide Makeovers with PowerPoint Designer

    In this clip, PowerPoint MVP Heather Ackmann demonstrates how to use Designer, a newer PowerPoint 2016 feature for Office 365 subscribers, and talks about some of the newest updates and additions to Designer as of March 2016.

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  • In this clip, PowerPoint MVP Heather Ackmann demonstates how to quickly animate slides using a great new feature called Morph, available now to most Office 365 subscribers.

    Animate Faster with PowerPoint Morph

    In this clip, PowerPoint MVP Heather Ackmann demonstates how to quickly animate slides using a great new feature called Morph, available now to most Office 365 subscribers.

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  • Come on. It is copying and pasting. How hard can this be, really? Well, honestly, quite hard and time consuming even for pros and power-users of Office. Is this a design flaw, a user error, or is copying and pasting really just a more difficult thing than we realize? Who knows? I do I do! It's all of the above!

    Microsoft Office Formatting Frustrations: Copy and Paste, Part 1

    Come on. It is copying and pasting. How hard can this be, really? Well, honestly, quite hard and time consuming even for pros and power-users of Office. Is this a design flaw, a user error, or is copying and pasting really just a more difficult thing than we realize? Who knows? I do I do! It's all of the above!

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  • If you've read my previous blog about two new PowerPoint features, Morph and Designer, and then immediately jumped over into PowerPoint, installed updates, and tried to use these new features only to discover that you did not yet have them, then you need to read this article. Warning: this article is less "glowing" than most of my articles are of Microsoft, as it touches on a...well...touchy issue I have with Microsoft.

    How to Get Early Access to the Latest Office Features

    If you've read my previous blog about two new PowerPoint features, Morph and Designer, and then immediately jumped over into PowerPoint, installed updates, and tried to use these new features only to discover that you did not yet have them, then you need to read this article. Warning: this article is less "glowing" than most of my articles are of Microsoft, as it touches on a...well...touchy issue I have with Microsoft.

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  • After playing around with Sway a bit, I think I have a good idea of what I would use it for now. As for what where Sway is going or […]

    A Brief Introduction to Microsoft Sway

    After playing around with Sway a bit, I think I have a good idea of what I would use it for now. As for what where Sway is going or […]

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  • If you are an Office 365 subscriber, you have the option to opt in and become some of the first people to try out new features and functionality, every single month, across the various office applications. It is one of the beautiful things about having an Office 365 subscription, if you ask me!

If you use PowerPoint everyday, like I do, there are two new features that will blow your mind away! But they won't install automatically, at least, not yet. You have to become an Office Insider!

    Two Great New PowerPoint Features: Morph and Designer

    If you are an Office 365 subscriber, you have the option to opt in and become some of the first people to try out new features and functionality, every single month, across the various office applications. It is one of the beautiful things about having an Office 365 subscription, if you ask me! If you use PowerPoint everyday, like I do, there are two new features that will blow your mind away! But they won't install automatically, at least, not yet. You have to become an Office Insider!

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  • So this year, my department did a “punny costume” theme. I decided to keep the costume itself simple. Here’s my pun-themed costume: Get it? I am an “Error in Judgement”!

    My Office Halloween Costume

    So this year, my department did a “punny costume” theme. I decided to keep the costume itself simple. Here’s my pun-themed costume: Get it? I am an “Error in Judgement”!

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  • If you can't tell, I love making videos. So when I learned that Microsoft was developing a new tool that allowed anyone with PowerPoint to easily create and share their own interactive online videos, I was more than excited--I was goose-bumped ecstatic!

    Create Interactive Online Videos with Office Mix

    If you can't tell, I love making videos. So when I learned that Microsoft was developing a new tool that allowed anyone with PowerPoint to easily create and share their own interactive online videos, I was more than excited--I was goose-bumped ecstatic!

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  • I have many talents, but working with Illustrator (at the time of this post anyway) is not one of them. I am, however, awesome with PowerPoint, and drawing/editing shapes with PowerPoint. But sometimes, there is a shape or vector graphic from a popular stock photo site that I'd like to edit and use in PowerPoint. And editing the graphic in PowerPoint, (for me anyway), would be faster than editing the graphic in Illustrator--especially considering the file is going to end up in PowerPoint eventually anyway.

Well, lucky for us, there is an easy way to convert most illustrator graphics into editable PowerPoint shapes, or rather what is known as a "Microsoft Office Drawing Object."

    Convert an Illustrator Vector Graphic to a PowerPoint Shape

    I have many talents, but working with Illustrator (at the time of this post anyway) is not one of them. I am, however, awesome with PowerPoint, and drawing/editing shapes with PowerPoint. But sometimes, there is a shape or vector graphic from a popular stock photo site that I'd like to edit and use in PowerPoint. And editing the graphic in PowerPoint, (for me anyway), would be faster than editing the graphic in Illustrator--especially considering the file is going to end up in PowerPoint eventually anyway. Well, lucky for us, there is an easy way to convert most illustrator graphics into editable PowerPoint shapes, or rather what is known as a "Microsoft Office Drawing Object."

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  • Since this is a course on Sway, I thought I would start this blog inside a Sway and embed the Sway into this blog. Doesn't that just blow your mind away?

    Sway First Look Course from Pluralsight

    Since this is a course on Sway, I thought I would start this blog inside a Sway and embed the Sway into this blog. Doesn't that just blow your mind away?

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