I thought it would be fun to write about my favorite PowerPoint 2010 features and ask you to do the same. Here is my three favorite features (new and old) in PowerPoint 2010. You can submit your favorites by using the link at the bottom of this article.
- The Return of "File"
I guess I am just a creature of habit. In fact, one of my biggest pet peeves about any software program is that they change what was working just fine. Case in point, is the File menu of older versions of Microsoft Office. Every program I have ever used has the File option in the top left corner of the program. Here you will find all the things you can do with this file, and I always knew where to look for those options. But, back in Office 2007, Microsoft had to go and change that and introduce the Office button, replacing File. I guess it was not a success because the File option is back and in its recognized location, in the top left corner, as the first tab on the ribbon. Whew ... I'm glad, because old habits die hard.
- Animation Painter
I wish I had been the one to think up this useful tool. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was asked how to change the default animation settings to "same as previous" instead of "on click". Well this is not something that I could find in PowerPoint 2007, but I wrote about a workaround of how you could do this another way.
With the Animation Painter you can apply any number of animation settings to an object and then simply copy the formatting to another object, or many objects. This feature works just like the Format Painter. What a time saver and a great tool!
- Create a Video of Your Presentation
I get frequent emails asking how to create a video of a PowerPoint presentation. Up until now, third party software was needed in order to do this. Finally, Microsoft has seen the need to add this capability to the program. So not only can you add a video to a presentation, but your presentation can actually be a video. No worries about the recipient having to have PowerPoint installed, your fonts will look as you intended and all the transitions and animations will work as you planned.
Now, I would love to hear your take on PowerPoint 2010 and if you have any favorite features. Click the link below to make your response.