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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.


Jun
20
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Jun
20
revised Why does PowerPoint select a different shape than the one I click?
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Jun
14
answered Why does PowerPoint select a different shape than the one I click?
Jun
14
comment Cannot edit footer in PowerPoint 2010 (seems to be embedded into background)
Just to add: the footer might be on either the slide master (the top thumbnail in the list as you've described) or it might be on one/any/all of the slide layouts (the slide thumbnails indented under the master).
Jun
7
comment MathType and Equation Editor dropping out and it says PPT cannot read this file in windows 8
There's no Windows 2008 and there's no PowerPoint or Office 2008 that runs under Windows. What version do you actually have? And please describe the problem in more detail; if PowerPoint says it can't read the file, it's not opening the file, yes? And if it wont' open the file, how can you tell that fonts are dropping out?
May
28
answered Cannot insert charts into PowerPoint 2013
May
28
answered How to integrate font in PowerPoint 2011
May
27
comment RBG color variations from Publisher to Powerpoint
If Publisher is doing any color management, it's going to change RGB colors it displays in an attempt to get them to match what they'll look like on a (probably) CMYK output device or printing press. PowerPoint does no color management. It simply displays the RGB colors as given. Hard to say what's happening when you convert to PDF; there are probably a dozen different programs for that, and some of them have dozens of settings, any of which might affect the way it renders RGB colors from PPT into PDF. More info might help.
May
25
answered PPT Macro go to last instance of certain slide layout
May
5
comment Make Excel open some hyperlinks with non-default browser
This may help; haven't tried it myself: mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/…
May
4
comment Summary/Table of Content Slide in Powerpoint 2013
It's reasonable to assume that once a feature's been removed, you're not likely to see it reappear in a later version. There are a couple of resources to get around this on this page of my PowerPoint FAQ site: pptfaq.com/…
May
4
comment Linking in Powerpoint
Have you first copied the video to the C:\Users\MyName\SkyDrive\Documents\Planning folder? If you try to edit a link to point to a file that's not there, PowerPoint does exactly as you've described: silently reverts to the previous (valid) link.
Apr
30
comment Powerpoint Autoshapes
I'm not sure why you'd expect changing the font to affect the shadow; you'll want to format a shape so that there's no shadow, then choose Default for new shapes. Note that shadowed text and shadowed shapes are two different settings. It's not clear from your question which needs changing.
Apr
9
answered How to get slides with images to print out in high quality from Powerpoint?
Apr
6
comment How can I determine the size of individual slides in a PowerPoint slide deck?
One caveat: Suppose you have a large image on slide 1 and you've copied it to several other slides. PowerPoint only stores the image once per presentation, but if you publish to multiple presentations, each presentation that includes this image would get a copy of it. It'd look quite large, but deleting it from the original presentation wouldn't have nearly such a large effect on overall size.
Apr
6
answered Text box mirror text
Mar
25
comment How to change text background color in PowerPoint 2013
Suggestion: Put an example PPT/PPTX of this on Dropbox/SkyDrive/OneDrive/Whatever so we can download it and examine what's in the file.
Mar
20
answered How do I change the color of a hyperlink in PowerPoint?
Mar
14
comment Using Powerpoint, how do I curve text to “bend” with the circumference of a sphere?
On the Format tab, Word Art Styles group, pull down Text Effects, choose Transform and go to town.
Mar
14
answered How can I turn kerning on by default in Powerpoint 2010?