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How to insert Greek symbols very quickly

When you create a presentation for a graduate thesis or dissertation, often, you need to insert Greek letters into the slide. Mathematical symbols and Greek letters are pervasive today and used everywhere, from physics to social science. You may use the equation block for inserting those symbols, but this block will have different format settings than the rest of your text, and you will not be able to edit it in older versions of Microsoft Office. If you need to insert just a symbol, use the Symbol dialog box or Alt+code shortcuts.

How to reduce ribbon size in PowerPoint

After recent updates, the ribbon in Microsoft PowerPoint can take up to 1/3 of the available screen space. Microsoft Office help tells that you can hide or unhide your ribbon, but you cannot reduce the size of your ribbon, or size of the text or the icons. False! You can change the mode and remove unnecessary white space around buttons, and, thus, reduce the ribbon size.

How to change the size of slides in Microsoft PowerPoint

When you prepare your presentation, you should adapt it to the device which will be used for projecting it. Some devices or even laptops can have different sizes, so you can need to change the sizes of your presentation.

Open hyperlink without holding Ctrl in PowerPoint

In contrast to other Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Outlook and Excel, in PowerPoint doesn’t have the option that changes how to open hyperlinks, by clicking with pressing or holding Ctrl or without Ctrl.

Create a ghost image effect in PowerPoint

A ghost image effect is really wonderful and memorable. This effect is extremely popular now in Photoshop and other graphical applications. But even in PowerPoint you can create a ghost-like see-trough image in a few easy steps:

How to create an out of bound effect in PowerPoint

To create really impressive presentation, it is necessary to make some visual effects: highlight several words in the text, items, shapes, etc. If there are pictures in a slide, it can be useful to add some effects to it. One of the interesting effects is the effect named out-of-bound:

How to make a background with a chalk or marker effect

It is now popular to create PowerPoint slides with diagrams or charts drawn using the chalk or marker effect. If you create slides with this effect, it will be great to create an agenda or other slides in the same style. For some PowerPoint slides, you can add a background image with a chalk or marker effect:

How to update or change links to Excel charts or spreadsheet data in PowerPoint

When you prepare a PowerPoint presentation, you can add some information from an external source file. For example, a lot of presentations contain some data from an Excel spreadsheet or Excel charts.

How to create impressive borders for the picture

You can apply different artistic effects to the pictures in PowerPoint: creative and modern borders, zoom effects, etc. Here you will find out how to extend the picture beyond the frame borders:

How to create a magnifying glass and apply the magnifier effect to the picture

Magnifier is an excellent way to attract attention to the part of the picture, which does not require much effort. Here you will learn how to create a magnifying glass from simple PowerPoint shapes and how to fit a magnified picture into it.