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:

Optional design tools in PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint offers useful optional screen tools that help position and align slide elements. You can display rulers, gridlines, and guides on the Slide pane and change the magnification of the current slide.

Read and Unread email messages

New messages that have been received appear in your Outlook mailbox as Unread emails, with a bold blue header and a blue indicator vertical bar on the left. After you open the message, Outlook automatically marks it as Read, changes the bold blue highlight to regular, and hides the blue unread indicator bar:

How to create a timeline using SmartArt

PowerPoint proposes a lot of predefined SmartArt graphics, which can help create your perfect presentation. Sure, all predefined graphics can be modified, but some modifications don't work correctly. This tip shows simple steps that can help you to modify SmartArt graphics.

How to change flowchart shapes in Excel

Business process charts like employee routines, document preparation and approval, or online user navigation path on a website or a Web store are different from academic flows of algorithms. Usually, academic applications use a limited number of standard shape types, but different shapes give a better look and simplify understanding in business. However, it is hard to decide which shape is appropriate for the specific block.

How to create an automatically extended or dynamic drop-down list

When you work with data in Excel, you often need to add more and more new data. However, it takes some time to update formulas, charts, and tables when adding new data. Excel proposes functions that can help customize your data and avoid routine updating. This tip is about creating an automatically extended (also known as dynamically updated or just dynamic) drop-down list.

How to change flowchart shapes

Business process charts like employee routines, document preparation, and approval, or online user navigation path on a website or a Web store are different from academic flows of algorithms. Usually, academic applications use a limited number of standard shape types, but in business, different shapes give a better look and simplify understanding. However, it is hard to decide which shape is appropriate for the specific block.

How to personalize the new email notification options in Outlook for Windows

When Outlook receives new messages, meeting requests, or task assignments, it can alert you in several different ways. This will help you stay on top of your email activity if you're using another app, work with two or even more monitors, or are away from your computer.

How to add the effect of falling-out pieces of a Jigsaw puzzle

The Jigsaw puzzle is a perfect illustration of a seemingly solid but unstable structure. The building up or disintegrating of such structures serves a good illustration of many business processes.

How to create Table of Figures and List of Tables

Some requirements demand listing figures, tables, and other visual objects at the end of a document. They are named List of Figures and List of Tables. Microsoft Word offers the functionality named Table of Figures that helps generate and update a list of the captions for pictures, charts, graphs, diagrams, slides, photos, or other illustrations of the document, along with the numbers of the pages on which the captions appear.