Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular choice among professionals in all industries for delivering engaging presentations that are easy to navigate and share with others. PowerPoint is full of tons of different tools that help people create impactful presentations exerting a fraction of the effort that you would probably expect. If PowerPoint is a tool you find yourself using even just once a month, you may benefit from knowing about these helpful PowerPoint tips.
Remove the Background of a Photo
If you find yourself wanting to cut out a person or an object out of a photo you're using in PowerPoint, perhaps to put on a more eyecatching background or to place more emphasis on the person or object. You can do so by selecting the photo, then clicking on Picture Format from the ribbon and then clicking on Remove Background from the options that appear. The tool will then automatically highlight areas that it identifies as the background but you can select more by choosing Mark Areas to Remove and then highlighting more of the background. You then select Save Changes and that will leave you an image with its background removed.
Use Any Color That Appears on Your Desktop
To use any color you find on your desktop to color something a specific color, you'll press the Windows Logo Key + Shift + S to launch the Snip & Sketch tool. You then select a shape from the top of the screen you would like to use to guide your snip, and draw that shape around the color that you want to use. You will then see that color below on your clipboard. Next, you'll click into your PowerPoint and press Ctrl + V to paste the color onto your slide. Click on the object that you want to change the color and then click Shape Format, click Shape fill, select the eyedropper tool, and then select the color from the colored object. This now applies the exact color you wanted to your shape.
Insert a Countdown Timer
If you're giving a presentation and maybe you want to implement a break for your audience at some point during the presentation, you can use a timer to let them know how much time they have left. Do so by clicking on Insert, click on Get Add-Ins. In the search bar, type in countdown timer and click Search. It will pull up a number of different options for you to use. You can click on the Breaktime option and then click to agree to the Terms & Conditions. This will insert a timer onto your slide. From there you can choose how long you want your timer to be for and you can also select a background. Click Start on your timer whenever you're ready for it to begin.
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