Sometimes you need to combine two or more shapes to create a fancy diagram or other visual elements. Sure, you can add these shapes to the slide and then group them. But in some situations, such as frequent use of the same groups of shapes, it will be more useful to create your own shape.
Often PowerPoint presentations contain a lot of different pictures and photos. This can become a serious problem because top-quality digital cameras nowadays create very high-resolution pictures, much higher than you need for the on-screen PowerPoint presentation.
When you create your own design on the slide, it often contains a lot of different objects such as pictures, diagrams, charts, text boxes, shapes, etc. Sometimes it is difficult to select one of the objects - it can be behind other objects, or it can be too small, etc.
Visual consistency of the presentation is one of the keys to success. The audience often finds averting presentations with misaligned titles and font styles. Fortunately, PowerPoint provides you all the necessary tools for making your presentations consistent.
When you insert pictures to your org chart (see how to create organization chart with picture) or other SmartArt chart with pictures, you don't need another program to prepare pictures. PowerPoint provides you a feature rich functionality for cropping, rotating, painting, and other formatting needs.
For business presentations, you often need to show an organizational chart like a future business structure chart or a corporate structure chart. PowerPoint has the predefined organization chart templates that make organization structure editing not harder than editing a simple list of items.
PowerPoint uses local Windows settings to show grid spacing, figure sizes, etc. This can be an issue if you prepare the presentation for different or multiple locales. Fortunately, you can temporarily change the measurement units if you have strict style guide requirements.
If you plan to create a presentation for your family, friends, or colleagues and have only photos, you don't need to spend hours on inserting and formatting pictures in PowerPoint. Use a relatively new feature Photo Albums that will automatically do all the work for you.
PowerPoint is rarely used by the average Microsoft Office user, but those who use it frequently might find these simple time-saving tips helpful.