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I maintain the PowerPoint FAQ site at http://www.pptfaq.com and also develop the PPTools add-ins for PowerPoint (http://www.pptools.com).

Prior to that, I created slide (as in 35mm slide) presentations and ran a slide imaging service bureau. I also wrote for several magazines on PowerPoint, Lotus Freelance and Corel Draw topics.


Dec
17
comment powerpoint slide master mode: snap placeholder to object / other placeholder
Thanks for the extra info. I checked again and find that (same system again) shapes do snap to placeholders. I've checked with rectangles and freeforms; both snap to the usual text placeholders and also e.g. footer placeholders. What version of PPT do you use?
Dec
16
comment powerpoint slide master mode: snap placeholder to object / other placeholder
Not sure what to suggest. It works here (PPT 2010/32-bit, Win7/64). Snap-to-grid interferes with it, so you'd want to turn that off when you turn snap-to-object on.
Dec
16
comment Simultaniously run three Powerpoint presentations
I haven't used it personally, but some of the commercial but low-cost software from Chirag Dalal at officeone.mvps.org will probably do the job for you. @arch-abit has a good suggestion too. You can't export HTML from PPT 2013; the feature's gone. You can from 2010 with a bit of VBA, though there's no user interface for it.
Nov
28
comment How/ Can I have a countdown timer/ stopwatch in a PDF?
I don't believe there is any way of doing it. Instead you might look for a separate program that will display a timer on-screen and launch it from a Run Program action setting applied to a button/other shape in your PPT presentation. That'd mean porting the presentation from Keynote to PPT (or possibly adding a link in the PDF). There might be issues with Acrobat preventing you from running an EXE from a link (Max, I ran into this when testing; it told me that my system administrator had prevented the file from running; I am he and I did no such thing!)
Nov
27
comment Why is my PowerPoint downloading blank themes?
Has Deep Freeze been set to make your Templates directory a "Thaw Space" ... in other words, set NOT to delete any new/changed files that have appeared there?
Nov
27
comment How/ Can I have a countdown timer/ stopwatch in a PDF?
@User17670: am I correct in understanding that you want a way of adding a countdown timer in Keynote that will translate properly into a working timer when the presentation's saved to PDF? Max's suggestion would involve making the PDF first, then modifying it in Acrobat.
Nov
21
answered PowerPoint Linked Video's Path
Nov
14
comment Remove all unused master slides in a PowerPoint presentation
This can be done with VBA or other types of automation; there's nothing built into PPT that lets the user do this easily.
Oct
22
comment How do I enable “Visual Basic for Applications” in Office 2010?
No worries. Points are nice but I can't eat 'em. I'd bet you'll have better luck getting IT to bump you from CTR to regular MSI install of 2010, since it should be free. 2013 doesn't offer all that much over (the more stable) 2010 anyhow.
Oct
21
answered How do I enable “Visual Basic for Applications” in Office 2010?
Oct
19
answered Adding a wireless router to a hotel network
Oct
19
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Oct
16
answered Where the 'Rehearse Timings' values saved in PowerPoint file?
Oct
9
comment Reinstate a deleted slide in Powerpoint's Notes Page view
Same here, but as far as I know, this is the only way.
Oct
9
answered Reinstate a deleted slide in Powerpoint's Notes Page view
Oct
6
comment Automatically apply theme to an old presentation
This usually means that the fonts were formatted in a specific color rather than as one of the theme (or in earlier versions, scheme) colors. I don't know what OpenOffice calls it. You'll likely need to choose each bit of text and reformat it, ideally to a theme color this time. To some extent it'd be possible to do this more automatically with a bit of VBA. If you have any skill in that area, give it a try and ask on StackOverflow (sister forum to this one) for help if you need it.
Oct
6
comment How can I make Windows Explorer show FTP server files without it using IE?
Might it be something as simple as changing Explorer's view to Details from Small/Large/Medium tiles or whatever else it might be set to now? Or disabling the preview pane. Another approach might be to install an FTP client; FileZilla is free and simple to work with.
Oct
6
comment PowerPoint equations screwed up
I'll take a closer look later; pressed for time right now. But the macro from Rich is to convert an equation into an image; if the equation's already messed up, you'll get an image of a messed up equation. I don't think that'll help in your situation. The compat pack lets people who use older versions of Office open files created in the newer versions. Again, no real help for you there either.
Oct
5
answered Can you change linked charts to embedded charts in PowerPoint 2010? Or use relative links to Excel files?
Oct
4
comment PowerPoint equations screwed up
Microsoft changed the way they handle equations in PPT 2013; is it possible that these presentations were created in an earlier version of Office? If so, there may be some incompatibility between the two that gets resolved when you doubleclick and it does a conversion to the "new" format, perhaps. It might be possible to automate the fix with a VBA macro. Can you post an example presentation e.g. on OneDrive and give us the link here?