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Tuesday, January 30, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

In September last year, we carried a feature that showed how you could create transparent pattern fills in newer versions of PowerPoint. We ended that post with the hope that someone will be able to provide a VBA-based solution.

Around Christmas, Jamie Garroch of YOUpresent decided to play Santa Claus and provided more than just a VBA solution. He created a free add-in that sits comfortably within your PowerPoint right-click menu. This menu option provides you with quick access to adding transparency in pattern fills for shapes!

Pattern Fill Transparency

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

When you add slides to a presentation based on some of PowerPoint’s built-in Themes, you may find that all titles (headings and/or subheads) scream out in UPPERCASE letters, no matter what you do!

Uppercase to Normal Case 01

In some cases, this behavior may happen because the chosen font contains only uppercase letters. Alternatively, and more likely, the presentation’s Theme has placeholders set to produce all uppercase (aka capital) letters. The Circuit and Integral themes that come with some versions of PowerPoint are examples of such Themes.

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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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