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.
Read the dialogue which appears and click Ok.
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.
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.
With Animation, the needle can be made to move to show the current state of performance.
More stuff on icons coming soon…
We need complex presentations quite often, e.g. Periodic reviews, new projects, planning, and so on. Such complex presentations usually need inputs from multiple persons. Each one sends a small piece of presentation to some central coordinator – not just once, but repeatedly. The central person struggles with copy pasting stuff, fights with formatting and layout conflicts and has a miserable life in general!
The solution is simple. Store the base presentation on OneDrive, SharePoint or Teams. Share it with all the contributors and let them edit it. Try it out now!
Editing complex presentations together: Benefits
- Multiple persons can work on the presentation simultaneously, without confusing each other.
- Enormous time saving
- There are no copies (CCs) to deal with. The presentation is always a single file.
- Past versions are stored automatically so that you can refer to an earlier edit.
- You can see if others are editing simultaneously. You can go and look at the slide they are working on.
- If required, you can clarify doubts or suggest changes to each other using chat (Skype FB )
- If there is a conflict, the owner can resolve it. Conflict occurs when two users change the same item in two different ways.
It is simple, useful and revolutionary. Practice this with your colleagues couple of times and then you will have the confidence and the motivation to use it in real life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good question. One Click Answer. Click on the File menu. Look at the Inspect Presentation area. If even a single slide has notes, the item Presentation Notes will appear automatically. Simple, Useful, Efficient.
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.
That’s it. Simple and effective.
Please read the PowerPoint Clipart / Online Picture articles before reading this one – Part 1 and Part 2. PowerPoint Illustration Best Practices covers how to find relevant images and how to use them efficiently.
The first thing to notice and understand is that images searchable on the web are NOT free for all to use randomly. Let us address this issue at the outset.
Continue reading PowerPoint Illustration Best Practices
Read the previous article for continuity. In this article, we will use the new term PowerPoint Online Pictures. We will cover OneDrive, Pexel and Pickit. In the next article, we will learn best practices for using clipart, images and illustrations.
Continue reading PowerPoint clipart (Online Pictures) is back : Part 2
Some time back, the familiar Insert – Clipart option stopped working. Now, PowerPoint clipart is back with a bang. Choose Insert – Online Pictures. These options are available as of today. Just choose a source, search and add images to the slide.
Which option to choose when? Which source is good for what?
Continue reading PowerPoint clipart is back: Part 1
Here is an interesting way to learn two things in one go. While creating the Power BI course for UDEMY, I created lot of explanatory videos. One of the DAX functions which is difficult to understand is the RELATEDTABLE function. So here is a dual video which explains DAX RelatedTable animation. 8 minutes.