I like to think I know my way around PowerPoint pretty well and I used to think I was pretty savvy. But I recently learned some really cool tips that turned my PowerPoint experience upside down!
I was so blown away by these tips that I knew straight away that I had to share them with my loyal subscribers. You watch – if you drop one of these tips to a colleague the will automatically think you are a PowerPoint genius!
Let’s start with the Selection Pane:
The Selection Pane will display a list of all the images and text boxes that appear on your slide so you can easily see what you are working with.
- To access the Selection Pane, click on any image or text box on your slide.
- Next, select Format on the Picture Tools bar and click on Selection Pane.
- You should now have a list of every single image and text box on your slide.
You can make working with multiple images and text much easier by renaming them something intuitive in the Selection Pane.
PowerPoint automatically names your images with generic labels like Rectangle 46, even if there is only three rectangles on your slide. Yes, it can become very confusing very quickly!
So now, renaming them makes a lot of sense right?
- To rename your image or text box, simply double-click the name of the image in the Selection Pane. It will turn into a text box wherein you can key in your new name.
Giving your images and text boxes specific, intuitive names, makes it a lot easier to format and animate them.
When you click on the Animation Pane under the Animations tab in the tool bar, all of your renamed images will be there.
You will find another great tool to use in the Selection Pane and that is the ability to hide your images. This can be very helpful to you when you have multiple images layered on top of each other, but find that you need to work on one of the images that is beneath the others.
- To hide your images, just click the Hide All option at the bottom of the Selection Pane. To see just the images you want to work on, click on the square to the right of your image in the Selection Pane so the eye appears in the square.
You can hide or show as many images you would like.
This can be very helpful when there is animation that works together in one of your first layers. You can test just that bit of animation by only showing the images that go together and clicking the Play button in the top left of the Animation Pane.
If you want to work on your presentation with images that will not be your final selection, the Change Picture feature is one you will find yourself using over and over because it make is so easy to swap in a new image while maintaining the formatting and size of the existing animations of the previous image!
- To change an image, hide all images in the Selection Pane.
- Now click on the image on your slide and select Format in the tool bar.
- Select Change Picture and select the image that you would like to use instead.
Try out the time and keystroke savers. And share the knowledge! People will love you forever for making their lives easier!