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Welcome to these tutorials, many of which were unique concepts when first published!


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Fast PowerPoint From Outline Text

Logic: save time using little known text features in PowerPoint

This is a very fast way to create your presentation. Type it into the Outline Pane! Now, while we are here, there are other ways of doing this if you already have your text prepared.

Add new slides with titles and text from a text file

So, this is if you want to type it straight in on the fly. For example:

outline tab

Go to the Outline Pane and click on the Outline Tab.

slide one

I started typing  the text "Slide One", then hit <Enter>.

slide two

Suddenly, a new slide is created where I hit <Enter>! Note I type it in at the top and not in the Slide Minature.

hit enter

I then type in "Slide Two", and hit <Enter>.

shortcut key

I now have Slide Three. I type in "Slide Three". Now, this is where we use the coolest of keyboard shortcuts to move things around, including ability to move slides, or creating bullet points on the fly.

If you use the shortcut key <Shift + Alt + Right Arrow>, your "Slide Three" text will be turned to a bullet point.

bullet point

Like you see above.

move up

Now, try <Shift + Alt + Up Arrow> while your cursor is active in the text and it becomes a bullet point up in slide two. Try all of these combinations with text:

  • <Shift + Alt + Up Arrow>

  • <Shift + Alt + Down Arrow>

  • <Shift + Alt + Left Arrow>

  • <Shift + Alt + Right Arrow>

When you get used to this, you can quickly create a whole presentation in Outline View, including slides and bullet points. You can also move slides and bullet points around. Also, you can demote text to bullet points with the <Tab> key, or <Shift + Tab> to promote bullet points back up a level.

slide miniature

By the way, you can get the Slide Miniature button via Tools| Customize| Commands| View Tab and the Slide Miniature icon. Drag it and drop on your toolbars somewhere.






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