There’s a little bar at the top of your screen in the Office software. Chances are that you’ve never paid it any attention. I use it all day.
The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) allows you to add shortcuts to commands you use often. This real quick video shows you how to customize it with commands that are there by default as well as any you choose from the ribbon.
If you’ve ever tried to match the colors in a picture to coincide with your presentation, etc., PowerPoint 2013 has the Eyedropper tool that makes this easy. If you have an older version of PowerPoint, you can accomplish the same thing using Microsoft Paint (free software that comes with Windows).
The colors displayed on your computer are designated as RGB. That’s short for the first letters in the colors red, green, and blue that are combined in various percentages to produce other colors.
EYEDROPPER. PowerPoint 2013+ has the Eyedropper command. It’s easy to find an exact match in an image that’s on your slide. In the video, I’m creating a custom color pulled from a graphic that I’ll apply to some text.
MICROSOFT PAINT. I’m redesigning a PowerPoint presentation and wanted to match the slide colors to the ones on my book cover. Microsoft Paint comes with Windows, and its Color Picker tool makes it easy to color match. I’ve included how to find Paint on your computer.
I’ve posted two real quick how-to videos on both methods below.
For PowerPoint 2013 and Above
I use PowerPoint for most of my graphics, including the ones I use for videos, event flyers, postcards, my Linkedin profile header, and more. If you can see it, you can create it in PowerPoint. (A link to samples is below the video.)
In this example, it’s easy to add design elements to words using PowerPoint and WordArt.
Here’s a real quick video to show you how I did this. I’m using PowerPoint 2013, and this has worked the same in other versions.
P.S. In another video, I show you how to save your WordArt graphic as a picture while on the slide, crop it, then save outside of PowerPoint so you can use it anywhere. Click here to watch that video after you’ve learned from this one.
In a separate video, you’ll learn how to insert a picture inside text using WordArt. In the video below, you’ll learn how to save WordArt as a picture while you’re on the slide, and then how to crop then save the image outside of the slide (so you’ll be able to use the picture anywhere).
Whether you create a graphic as WordArt or not, this is a technique you’ll use often when you use PowerPoint beyond slides (I use it for all kinds of graphics from flyers to video thumbnails).