Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things about Microsoft's Presentation Program

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If you're vexed and perplexed by PowerPoint, pick up a copy of Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances. This funny, and often opinionated, guide is chock full of tools and techniques for eliminating all the problems that drive audiences and presenters crazy.

There's nothing more discouraging than an unresponsive audience—or worse, one that snickers at your slides. And there's nothing more maddening than technical glitches that turn your carefully planned slide show into a car wreck. ...

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Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Favorite Presentation Program

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Overview

If you're vexed and perplexed by PowerPoint, pick up a copy of Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances. This funny, and often opinionated, guide is chock full of tools and techniques for eliminating all the problems that drive audiences and presenters crazy.

There's nothing more discouraging than an unresponsive audience—or worse, one that snickers at your slides. And there's nothing more maddening than technical glitches that turn your carefully planned slide show into a car wreck. Envious when you see other presenters effectively use nifty features that you've never been able to get to work right? Suffer no more! Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances by Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford rides to the rescue.

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software on the planet, with an estimated 30 million presentations given each day. So no matter how frustrated you get, you're not about to chuck the program in the Recycle Bin. Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances, presents smart solutions to a variety of all-too-familiar, real-world annoyances.

The book is divided into big categories, with annoyances grouped by topic. You can read it cover to cover or simply jump to the chapter or section most relevant to you. Inside its pages you'll learn how to create your own templates, work with multiple masters and slide layouts, and take advantage of various alignment and formatting tools. You'll also learn how to import Excel data; insert graphics, PDF, and Word content; create, edit, and format organization charts and diagrams; use action settings and hyperlinks to jump to other slides; and add sound, video, and other types of multimedia to spark up your presentations.

Entertaining and informative, Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances is filled with humorous illustrations and packed with sidebars, tips, and tricks, as well as links to cool resources on the Web.

Now users vexed by PowerPoint's most annoying features can go straight to the solution they need in this modular, to-the-point, humorous guide that's full of tips and tricks for problems that drive audiences and presenters crazy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100049
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Series: Annoyances Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Echo Swinford began making slides as a medical meeting planner in 1997 and just never stopped. She uses PowerPoint as the basis for webcasts, CDs, and online applications. Her web site (http://www.echosvoice.com/) is graced by dozens of downloadables and helpful documents, and she has been a member of the Microsoft PowerPoint MVP team since 2000. She's also probably answered more questions on the PowerPoint newsgroup than anyone else.

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Table of Contents

Copyright;
Introduction;
Do You Need This Book?;
What's Covered in This Book?;
"You Haven't Covered My Pet Annoyance";
Conventions Used in This Book;
Safari®Enabled;
Acknowledgments;
Chapter 1: Presenting Your Presentation;
1.1 SETTING UP YOUR EQUIPMENT;
1.2 VIEWING YOUR PRESENTATION;
1.3 THINGS THAT DRIVE PRESENTERS CRAZY;
Chapter 2: Dumb Defaults;
2.1 STUFF KEEPS MOVING AROUND;
2.2 CUSTOMIZE POWER POINT TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS;
2.3 WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE FILE SIZES?;
2.4 SLIDES, TEMPLATES, AND OTHER RELATED DEFAULTS;
2.5 ACTIVATION, VERSIONS, AND CORRUPTION;
Chapter 3: Formatting and Editing;
3.1 TEMPLATES AND MASTERS;
3.2 FORMATTING;
Chapter 4: Importing;
4.1 GRAPHICS;
4.2 EXCEL;
4.3 CLIP ART;
4.4 WORD, PDFS, AND STUFF FROM THE WEB;
Chapter 5: Organization Charts, Diagrams, and Drawing Tools;
5.1 ORGANIZATION CHARTS;
5.2 DIAGRAMS;
5.3 OTHER DRAWING TOOLS;
Chapter 6: Charts and Graphs;
6.1 TEXT ISSUES;
6.2 CREATING AND FORMATTING CHARTS;
6.3 DATA;
6.4 EXCEL CHARTS;
Chapter 7: Animations, Action Settings, and Hyperlinks;
7.1 ANIMATIONS AND TRANSITIONS;
7.2 ACTION SETTINGS AND HYPERLINKS;
Chapter 8: Sound and Video;
8.1 SOUND;
8.2 WEB PAGES AND FLASH;
8.3 VIDEO;
8.4 VIDEO AND PROJECTORS;
8.5 OTHER VIDEO STUFF;
Chapter 9: Printing and Distribution;
9.1 PRINTING;
9.2 IMAGES;
9.3 VIDEO, DVDS, AND FLASH;
9.4 WEB PAGES;
9.5 PACK AND GO;
9.6 CDS;
About the Author;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2007

    Maybe PowerPoint really isn't all that annoying¿

    Since I must modify and/or translate Microsoft PowerPoint presentations as part of my daily work, I eagerly delved into 'Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances' by Echo Swinford hoping to find workarounds to many of the irritations I encounter on a regular basis. 'Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances' contains a plethora of suggestions on how presenters can develop presentations that are easier for their audience to follow and understand. The author of 'Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances', Echo Swinford, is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP who has many years' experience using PowerPoint under her belt. Part of the Annoyances series, her book 'Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances' promises to save us time through its treasure trove of insider tips and tricks. Always looking for ways to shave a few minutes off my workload, I unfortunately came away from 'Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances' feeling somehow as though the book never actually delivered the merchandise. On a positive note, the chapter contents are laid out in a manner similar to a standard FAQ 'Frequently-Asked Questions' document, which is intuitive for most people who consult software documentation. Furthermore, I appreciated the fact that the author grouped similar topics so that if you never incorporate sound and video in your presentations, for instance, you can skip that chapter without a lingering impression that you might have missed something. I like how the author clearly states that 'Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances' is not a tutorial on how to learn PowerPoint so newbies who have never used the software before will head elsewhere. It also states the versions of PowerPoint covered by the book. This being said, it wasn¿t entirely clear whether or not this book only applied to the Windows versions of PowerPoint. I did find a few fleeting references to the Macintosh versions of PowerPoint, but they were far outnumbered by the references to the Windows versions. It is a refreshing change to see that the author walks us through workarounds that stray outside the boundaries of PowerPoint itself 'ex: how to fine-tune the operating system's hardware acceleration in Windows Control Panel if a PPT file consistently locks up'. However, not all the annoyances presented are even remotely software related, which surprised me. I am unsure whether or not troubleshooting projector setup is within the intended scope of this book. Furthermore, I was disappointed that a few basic tricks were conspicuously missing, such as how to calculate the word count of a PPT file. 'Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances' is a moderately good choice for those who need to learn how to effectively give presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint or how to 'fix' others' PPT files. I was confused that on the back cover, this book is referred to as an 'O'Reilly Expert Title,' yet the author herself recommends it for novices. Super-users might therefore be better served by existing Web resources for their specific needs. The level of language employed by the author struck me as somewhat of a turn-off in a few instances. Call me old fashioned, but I don¿t want to be told that I am 'screwed' when reading a reference book on using office software 'no matter how futile the situation might be!' The book's conversational style is nonetheless easy to read. Overall, I believe the world would experience a sharp decline in the number of poorly-designed presentations if this book became assigned reading for everyone starting out with PowerPoint. 'No more squinting and craning our necks in the audience!' Seasoned users might not feel they got their money's worth, though.

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