Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Help and Tips

Help on developing attention-gathering slideshow presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Plus, read tips on configuring the software to better fit your needs.


#1: Don't Use Keyboard Shortcuts? Remove Them From ScreenTips
If you prefer not to use keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint 2010, stop showing them in the pop-up ScreenTip help.

#2: Animations or Video Displaying Poorly?
An old graphics card or poorly-implemented driver may be causing display problems for your PowerPoint 2010 presentations. Learn how to switch to software-based rendering for increased compatibility.

#3: Fade an Image to the Background with a Soft Edge
Apply customizable soft edges to photos and clip-art inside PowerPoint 2010 presentations.

#4: Toggle Gridlines, Guides, and Rulers When Designing Slides
Use rulers, drawing guides, and / or gridlines to arrange objects inside slides in PowerPoint 2010 presentations.

#5: Change the Default Pen and "Laser Pointer" Colors
Make the annotating pen and virtual laser pointer appear in different colors while displaying a PowerPoint 2010 slide show.

#6: Apply Artistic Effects Including Blur, Cement, Chalk Sketch, Film Grain
Apply artistic effects to pictures / photos in a PowerPoint 2010 presentation without loading an external image editor.

#7: Inserting a Screenshot Into Your Presentation
Illustrate how to use a software program or web service by adding a screenshot into your PowerPoint 2010 presentation.

#8: Stop Asking to Save Ink Annotations!
Prevent PowerPoint 2010 from even asking to save ink annotations after a presentation.

#9: Undo Picture Adjustments
Reset a heavily-modified picture in PowerPoint 2010 to its imported state.

#10: If you Find the Popup ScreenTips Annoying, Disable Them!
Disable pop-up ScreenTips in PowerPoint 2010 if you don't find them at all useful.

#11: Change Default AutoRecover and Presentation File Locations
Change the default directory where PowerPoint 2010 presentations are saved as well as where AutoRecover files are kept.

#12: Give a Picture a Reflection
Make a picture in a PowerPoint 2010 presentation appear to cause a reflection on a glossy surface.

#13: Force All Documents to Open in a Particular View
If you open many PowerPoint 2010 documents daily and every author saves them with their own view, force PowerPoint to start on one particular view.

#14: Leave the Text, Take the Formatting (Away)
Have you tweaked the formatting of a section of text inside a PowerPoint 2010 presentation to the point it is unusable? Quickly remove all formatting while keeping the text intact.

#15: Is Underlined Text Boring? Apply Waves, Dots, Colors, More
A variety of ways to underline text is at your disposal when designing slides in PowerPoint 2010.

#16: Increase Size of, or Remove, List of Recent Files
Alter the number of recent presentation files PowerPoint 2010 remembers, or remove the entire list for privacy.

#17: Stop Accidentally Showing the Popup Menu During Slide Shows
If you don't need to annotate nor skip through a PowerPoint 2010 slide show, prevent the popup menu from appearing by accident.

#18: Embed Fonts So Others Can View / Edit Presentations
Include copies of unique fonts in your PowerPoint 2010 presentations so they can be seen as designed by others.

#19: Shrink or Expand Text Spacing
Expand text spacing in a PowerPoint 2010 presentation for effect, or fit more on one line by reducing white space.

#20: Backtrack Your Mistakes by Allowing More Undos
If PowerPoint 2010's Undo feature doesn't remember enough edits, force it to remember up to 150.

#21: The Text, It Glows!
Make text glow in a PowerPoint 2010 presentation in a variety of colors and sizes.

#22: Stop Ending Slide Shows with a Black, Blank Slide
Remove the black, blank slide that PowerPoint 2010 adds to the end of slideshows.

#23: Warp Text in a Circle, Wave, or Fade
Used with some discretion, warped text can draw attention to parts of your PowerPoint 2010 presentation.

See Also:

Microsoft PowerPoint 2003

Create memorable slide shows and presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2003. Plus learn how to tweak PowerPoint for your own needs.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

Tips on configuring and using the PowerPoint 2007 presentation software.

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