Yes. This feature has been requested for years. There were many workarounds. But no direct solution. Now we can Highlight text in PowerPoint just as we can in Word. Simple toolbar button.
This sounds simple… just click inside the diagram and press CTRL A. But it is not. I want to select all shapes in SmartArt – not the connectors. Let me explain.
What exactly is – select all shapes in SmartArt ?
Here is a sample org chart SmartArt with all shapes selected. I want to change formatting of only the people boxes, not the connectors.
I want to change formatting of only the people boxes, not the connectors. That will require too many attempts at Ctrl Clicks to exclude the unwanted connectors.
Fortunately, and as always, there is a better way. Open the SmartArt editor by clicking the arrow on the left side. Older versions of PowerPoint show two arrows in that position.
Click inside the editor and then press CTRL A (Select All). Now only the key shapes are selected. Connectors are automatically excluded.
That’s it. This works in all types of diagrams which have connectors of some kind. Few diagrams have no connectors at all. In these cases you do not need to select all in the editor.
PowerPoint Transitions are extremely useful in emphasizing the change from the previous to the next slide. We have already seen how to learn all the transitions quickly. In this article, we discuss how to apply transition to multiple slides and see the results.
Amazing presentation with few clicks using PowerPoint Morph
PowerPoint Morph is a revolutionary feature. It eliminates the need for complex animation. Technically speaking, PowerPoint Morph is a transition, but in reality it can be widely used a subtitute/enhancement for complex animation. At the time of publishing this post, only Office Insiders have access to this feature. But no harm in learning the concept anyway. It will be released soon for all Office 365 customers.
Watch this 12 minute video to know all about it.
Here is an example of how PowerPoint Morph can be used.
I posted this blog article about flying a plane using PowerPoint few days back.
Just realized that all the effort I put in to animate that thing is not necessary!
The new Morph feature makes it possible with few clicks.
This feature is a part of Office Insider program. It is like the beta version of next update to Office.
Even if you may not have this feature right now, it is worth seeing how much Microsoft is trying to make our lives easier. It is just a video this time. No detailed steps (because most customers do not have it yet).
Morph Tutorial Update
I have posted another blog on Powerpoint Morph Tutorial. Do read through and let me know your feedbacks. Thanks.
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.
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.
Agenda slide is usually the second or third slide. During the course of the PowerPoint presentation, we may have to refer to that slide frequently, especially when the next agenda item is taken up. Most of us copy paste that slide multiple times. This may work, but if the agenda slide changes, we may forget to update other slides.
The same method can be used to refer to any key slide or slides during the presentation. The key thing expectation is that you may show this slide at any point during the presentation. After showing the slide, how do you come back to the slide where you were? Here is how you do it.
View the video in full screen mode. Download this Sample File which illustrates the method shown in the video.
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.
- Boring to Exciting ppt – in few clicks!
- Marketing: Arranging multiple pictures in few clicks
- Show Off and Learn: Picture Organization Chart in 2 minutes
- Video Tutorial: How to show collaboration in PowerPoint (4 min)
- Marketing: How to create “Our Customers” Slide in seconds
- Applied Knowledge: SWOT and PEST analysis (PowerPoint)
- Applied Knowledge: Show an Iterative Process using SmartArt
- What did I learn today: Dual SmartArt
- SmartArt Animation: Part 1
- SmartArt Animation: Part 2: Multi-level diagrams
- Bottom-Up approach using SmartArt