Microsoft PowerPoint: Tips and Tricks









Below I have complied a list of PowerPoint tips and tricks that will help you get things done faster and more efficiently This is a series that will cover tips and tricks for all Microsoft Office products.





Did you know that you could change the default size of the canvas in PowerPoint? If you’ve ever tried to create anything that won’t fit in the default slide size in PowerPoint, you’ve probably felt this pain before. This tip will show you how to change the default background size for both PowerPoint on a Windows and Mac machine. Make sure to resize your slides before you add any objects to them or the dimensions of your objects will become skewed.








Did you know that in a PowerPoint slide show you can jump to a non-consecutive slide easily? In a PowerPoint Slide Show, if you want to jump to slide number 51, type in 51, then Enter, and PowerPoint will jump to slide number 51.

Slide number






Did you know that you can save each slide as an image? You often get unwanted background colors in them, however, there is how you avoid this background issue. Select all objects by holding down the “Shift” key while clicking on them > Right click, then select “Grouping” and then “Group” > Right click on the whole group, then select “Save as Picture.”





You can manually try to line up your images, but we all know how that works out. You’re trying to make sure all of your objects hang out in the middle of your slide, but when you drag them there, it still doesn’t look quite right. Get rid of your guessing game and let PowerPoint work its magic with this trick. Select all objects by holding down the “Shift” key while clicking on them > Select “Arrange” in the top options bar, then choose “Align or Distribute.” > Select “Align to Slide.” > Select “Arrange” in the top options bar again, then choose “Align or Distribute.” > Choose the type of alignment you’d like.




custom shapes


Did you know that you can customize images in PowerPoint? You can make them fit into your favorite shapes all with just one click. Click on the image and select “Format” in the options bar. > Choose “Crop,” then “Mask to Shape,” and then choose your desired shape.





Post by Kaitlyn Reish, Training Specialist at HPU.

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