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PowerPoint icons to shapes

PowerPoint provides 500+ icons in SVG format. I recently published a blog which has a downloadable version of all icons in a PPTX file. Scalable vector graphic format icons cannot be edited inside PowerPoint. You cannot treat them like any other PowerPoint shape. But now, we can convert icons into shapes. Once converted to shapes all the PowerPoint shape features available. You can also use the Merge Shapes option to combine or subtract shapes. Here is how you do it:

insert a new shape,  resize it as required , right click on it  and choose Convert To Shapes. 

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Read the dialogue which appears and click  Ok.

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The icon may get converted to one or more shapes. If it has more than one shape, it will be in a grouped state. So it is a good idea to right click on it and try Ungroup. If Ungroup option is inactive, there is only one shape.

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Here we have three shapes. Now the shapes can be used like any other PowerPoint shape.

What to do with the shapes?

Once Icons are converted to shapes, there are few things which can really add value. Color and animation. I will write separate blog for this but here is an example.

The icon above is from the Analytics category. It is a speedometer icon which is often used in performance management. Management dashboards showing KPIs often use this type of speedometer graphic. Here is how we can enhance the speedometer icon after it is converted to shapes.

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With Animation, the needle can be made to move to show the current state of performance.

More stuff on icons coming soon…

All PowerPoint Icons

Here is a very useful collection. I am sure you have noticed the PowerPoint Icons – 450+ beautifully created SVG graphics. The problem is that you need to select and download icons on demand. Two problems. Firstly, it requires an internet connection and second problem is the need for inserting the same icon again and again.

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I solved both problems by manually downloading each and every icon available today (7 Nov 2017). You can download this presentation (5 mb) and get offline access to all icons. Remember, SVG format allows these to be scaled without any loss of resolution.  SVG support is available only with Office 2016 and upwards and of course Office Pro Plus.

PowerPoint Editing Magic: zoom in + zoom out view

Small little feature, but extremely useful if you edit lot of complex PowerPoint slides. Make sure you are editing a single slide.  Adjust zoom to make sure that you can see the whole slide. The PowerPoint Editing Magic button is in the View tab – New Window. This creates two windows for the currently open presentation. Move between these windows using View tab – Switch windows. It will show you the same slide in both windows.

PowerPoint Editing Magic - New window option in View tab

In one of the windows, zoom in to the slide so that you can see it in more detail. Edit whatever you want to and then go to the other window. (Alt – Tab also works). Here you can see the same slide at regular size. This eliminates repetitive zoom in and out activity and helps you get the desired results faster.

PowerPoint Editing Magic - window showing zoomed-in , detailed graphic        PowerPoint Editing Magic - zoomed out full slide shown in the other window

The same concept of new window can also be used when you are editing a layout or slide master and want to see the results instantly.

Search for photos with matching color

PowerPoint has theme colors. Each design (template) has a different set of colors. You want to find particular photos / images which match the theme colors. Sounds like a difficult task? Not at all. Use Insert – Online Pictures – Pexels. Install the software and search.  Type the keyword and click on the color you want. Try it out now. For details read this article.  Here, I searched for orange colored cars. 

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That’s it. Simple and effective.

PPT: How to make a plane fly using Motion Path

Just finished a one-week tour of New Zealand. Covered 20 customers and 1100+ users. During the session for Air New Zealand, I promised them that I will write a blog about how to make a plane fly using two simple yet powerful PowerPoint features: Remove Background and Motion Path. Watch the video. I have also put detailed instructions below.

Continue reading PPT: How to make a plane fly using Motion Path

Split text into words or characters: Macro

In the earlier post, we saw how boring text can be converted into interesting and high-impact slides. The only pending problem was that splitting text into words or characters needed to be done manually. That is a tedious process. Therefore, I wrote a macro to simplify this activity. Read on to find out how to download and use this macro.

Split Text Macro

Continue reading Split text into words or characters: Macro

PowerPoint SmartArt: Knowledge Pack

Here is a list of all the articles I have written about PowerPoint SmartArt. This is a LIVE list. I will update it whenever I write more articles about SmartArt.

PowerPoint SmartArt Knowledge Pack - boring bullets to exciting visuals

  1. Boring to Exciting ppt – in few clicks!
  2. Marketing: Arranging multiple pictures in few clicks
  3. Show Off and Learn: Picture Organization Chart in 2 minutes
  4. Video Tutorial: How to show collaboration in PowerPoint (4 min)
  5. Marketing: How to create “Our Customers” Slide in seconds
  6. Applied Knowledge: SWOT and PEST analysis (PowerPoint)
  7. Applied Knowledge: Show an Iterative Process using SmartArt
  8. What did I learn today: Dual SmartArt
  9. SmartArt Animation: Part 1
  10. SmartArt Animation: Part 2: Multi-level diagrams
  11. Bottom-Up approach using SmartArt

Enjoy.