PowerPoint templates make your lives easier. Templates mean you don’t have to design everything from scratch. Just select your layout, add your content, make a few edits here and there, and you’re done. So why not use the basic templates in PowerPoint? In case you’ve forgotten what they look like, here’s a refresher: Millions of people have used these templates in their presentations. If you don’t want your presentation to look like a copy-paste, me-too version, stay away from the built-in templates. The good news is there are other free and premium templates out there beyond the ones Microsoft provides. In fact, at 24Slides.com, our professional PowerPoint designers — who understand the psychology behind effective presentations — have created premium-looking templates you can download here – for free! Check out these examples from the Product Hunt pitch deck to get a taste of our templates:
Format Painter does one thing and one thing only: it saves you time. Tons of it, in fact. Here’s where you find this nifty time-saver on your PowerPoint ribbon: If you’ve ever tried copy and pasting one element’s format to many other elements on the same slide, or on 100 other slides, you know how time-consuming the process is. Without Format Painter, formatting elements goes something like this:
Flowcharts are a great way to display complex information. However, you may not want to show an entire flowchart at once. Instead, you want each point to appear at the right time so you can discuss each point verbally. Here’s how you animate a flow chart in PowerPoint:
If you’ve got an active Office 365 subscription, and you’ve downloaded the latest version of PowerPoint, you have the Zoom option on the Insert tab. As you can see in the screenshot below, there are three Zoom options:
We’ve all used background images on PowerPoint, but did you know you can also use a video as a background? Simply drag and drop your video on to your slide and resize it to cover the entire slide. If you’re short on video, go to Coverr.co for free stock videos. If your video is only a few seconds long, and won’t last the length of your slide’s discussion, just loop it. To loop your video:
Editing your slides one by one is super time-consuming. If you want to change your entire presentation’s look, go to the Design tab and choose from the available themes in the Themes section. However, if you want more control over the colors and fonts, go to the Variants section (still in the Design tab). Click the drop-down to display color and font settings. You can play around with the different settings – you can use custom colors and fonts to your heart’s content – to achieve the look you want for your presentation. Lastly, if you want to, say for example, add a logo, company tagline, or website address to all slides, go to View > Slide Master. To insert elements you want to appear on all your slides, simply click on the Insert tab and insert the elements you want to appear globally.
Make sure your custom or branded fonts are in PowerPoint. If your fonts aren’t installed on the computer you use to run your presentation, PowerPoint will automatically replace your font with a default font and screw up your alignment and the overall look of your presentation. Here’s how you do it:
Working with multiple images on one slide is tricky if you’re manually moving, reshaping, and resizing each image by hand. Luckily for you, PowerPoint has a powerful trick. Hit CTRL+A on your keyboard to highlight all the images. Now you can access the hidden Picture Tools menu. Click on Format > Picture Layout and select the layout you want to use. Once you’ve selected your layout, your images will be converted to a SmartArt graphic. Now you can rearrange your images. However, it will still behave like a SmartArt graphic. To disable SmartArt properties, you need to re-convert the graphic back to Shapes. Simply click the graphic to access the SmartArt Tools menu, click on Design > Convert > Convert to Shapes. PowerPoint PDF Tricks
Sometimes you may want to preserve your PowerPoint format and layout and have it viewed as a PDF. You have two easy ways to do it: Option 1. Go to File > Save As. Choose the location where you want to save your file. In the Save as type drop-down, choose PDF. Option 2. Go to File > Export > Create PDF/XPS Document.
You can download free icons from sites like IconFinder.com or IconStore.co or even from 24Slide’s Template site (you’ll find icons in the ‘Other’ category). If you’ve got an Office 365 subscription, you can insert an icon straight from your PowerPoint ribbon. Go to Insert > Icons and browse hundreds, if not thousands, of free icons. But when you want to use something unique — and you’ve got the time and the creativity — you can do it on PowerPoint using Shapes. To begin, go to Insert > Shapes. If you have two or more shapes, click on them and the following options will appear in Drawing Tools > Merge Shapes: Union, Combine, Fragment, Intersect and Subtract. Play around with the different options and let your creativity run wild. You’ll soon have a library of your own unique icons which you can then use in your presentations.