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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

This one started as a forum post from Manon Mikkers Minning on the Presentation Guild site. Forum access is only available to Presentation Guild members.

Here’s the problem scenario. A particular slide had many trapezoids that should have been rectangles. Normally, the solution is to select all trapezoids and use PowerPoint’s Change Shape option to turn them into rectangles. But assuming you have hundreds of trapezoids on one or more slides, it can be a boring, time-consuming task to select all of them. And then, of course, they need to be changed to rectangles.

Would VBA provide an easier and more elegant solution? Steve Rindsberg of PowerPoint FAQ and PPTools has an answer.

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Friday, April 26, 2013, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:00 am

First a little history — look at our Stop Underlining Your Descenders! article — of course, as per that article you can manually remove underlines from all characters such as g, j, p, q, and y that sport descenders. However, the task of individually selecting characters to remove underlines is fine if you need to do so for an important slide title or just your opening slide.

Remove Underlines from Descenders

What if you want to do the same task for an entire presentation, as shown in just one slide below?

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Friday, November 16, 2012, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:15 am

PowerPoint Random Number Generator

Have you created a huge monster PowerPoint file that’s hundreds of megabytes in size or even a gigabyte? The culprit may be any videos you have inserted on your slides! In years gone by, we always recommended that users place their videos (or any other media or linked files) in the same folder as their PowerPoint presentations so that the links to video files worked when you moved the presentation to another computer. You could then just copy the entire folder to another computer!

PowerPoint 2010 changed everything! Rather than linking videos, the default option was now to embed the videos as part of your PowerPoint file. And that’s how it has been for subsequent releases of PowerPoint, including version 2011 and 2016 on Mac, and version 2013 and 2016 on Windows.

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Friday, August 17, 2012, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 11:14 am

Jamie GarrochJamie Garroch, CEO of GMARK Ltd., founded the company in 2009 to provide presentation professionals with PowerPoint software, content and training. Jamie uses PowerPoint for most of his graphic needs — for everything from designing logos to creating web banners and even printed marketing collaterals. He also uses PowerPoint as a programming environment to create custom programming procedures and PowerPoint add-ins.

In this conversation, Jamie discusses what the upcoming PowerPoint 2013 offers developers, and about the rumors that apps will replace add-ins soon.

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Monday, August 13, 2012, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 8:19 am

Steve RindsbergSteve Rindsberg has been associated with PowerPoint since the product originated more than two decades ago — his PowerPoint FAQ site is a treasure trove of PowerPoint information. When he’s not updating his site, he’s creating new PowerPoint add-ins that expand possibilities within PowerPoint. Steve’s also into a lot of print technology related stuff.

In this conversation, Steve discusses what the upcoming PowerPoint 2013 offers developers, and about the rumors that apps will replace add-ins soon.

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