Wayne's Microsoft Blog

PowerPoint and OfficeArt fun

March, 2004

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    Audio notes

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    For almost as long as I can remember, laptops and computers have included microphone jacks. But, I've never found a good use for them. Granted, there are cute gimmicks that make use of a microphone. For example, Mac OS X has very cool speech features...
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    Ellipsis

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    An ellipsis can be useful to have in a diagram: [diagram picture] I've been asked on several occasions how to make one of these puppies, so I thought I'd publish the steps I saw one of my coworkers use: Launch Word, Excel, or PowerPoint...
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    Outlook ink signature

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    One of the major pieces of work the OfficeArt team did for Office 2003 was add Tablet PC ink support. In this post, I'll show you how to create a signature that looks handwritten and stick at the bottom of your emails. Although you'll get...
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    Command-line and PowerPoint Show files

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    PowerPoint supports a handful of command-line parameters. Use these to create special Windows shortcuts (right-click the desktop | New | Shortcut ) or to perform PowerPoint tasks quickly from the command prompt. Of course you need to modify the commands...
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    Linked Excel text boxes

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    One cool feature in Excel is the ability to link any OfficeArt textbox's value to an Excel cell. Here's how: Launch Excel and find a cell containing some text or a number you want to link to. I'll just type my name into cell A1...
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    Slideshow shortcut keys

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    PowerPoint has a bunch of shortcut keys you can use while presenting in slideshow mode. A few of my favorites: B blacks out the screen and W turns the screen white. Hit the key again to go back to your slides. I find this useful for hiding slides...
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    Office HTML

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    As a web developer, one of my biggest gripes with Office used to be the bloated HTML it would save out. I mean, give me a break, I type two words in a Word document. I expect something like this: <html> <head> <title>Wayne...
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    Slides From Outline

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    PowerPoint is great for creating and presenting a presentation, but you may not feel comfortable organizing your thoughts or writing text there. Although PowerPoint has an outline pane (see the Outline tab in the image below in the upper-left?), I...
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    Mac Office HTML

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    A short follow-up on my Office HTML post . Rick Schaut, a long-time Mac Word developer (with a really interesting blog about Office history and the MacBU), noted that Word for Windows's filtered HTML feature appeared first on the Mac . Mac Word exposes...
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    The Apprentice

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    Two of my coworkers, including our dev manager, got up at 3 AM Saturday morning to audition for The Apprentice , the hit NBC show that's a smash hit in my group. They even made it into the local newspaper : Robert Parker and Amit Kumar, software...
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    Need a Job?

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    My team is hiring Software Design Engineers . In addition to PowerPoint and OfficeArt, my focus in this blog, our group also develops: The core Tablet PC ink features in Office Picture Manager PowerPoint Viewer Meeting Workspace ...
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    Welcome!

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    I've been on the fence for a few months on whether to start up a new blog. I had one in college as part of my personal web site , but got lazy and only updated it about twice a year. I've decided to give this another shot though. About me... After...
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