Learn about PowerPoint 2007



PowerPoint backgrounds:

There are different background styles available in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. The user can easily choose out of a predefined archive and customize them in any imaginable way. This feature makes it a lot more comfortable and quicker to create a professionally looking presentation.
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PowerPoint color schemes:

PowerPoint 2007 contains a huge palette of color schemes. That means that the developers have already predefined different groups of colours that well match together. If you choose one of these schemes for your presentation you can easily change to any other colour scheme any time you like. It is also possible to change single colours in a scheme to for example match the colours of your corporate identity.
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PowerPoint compatibility checker:

In Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 you have the possibility to save presentations in a PowerPoint 97-2003 compatibility mode. Before you do so you should use the tool Compatibility Checker to make sure that there are no elements and objects like for example SmartArt contained in your presentation that can not be saved in PowerPoint 97-2003 compatibility mode.
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PowerPoint document inspector:

There is a new feature in PowerPoint 2007 called the Document Inspector. It should be used to check presentations before distributing, publishing or making them available for download on the web. The presentation will be checked for example for comments or personal data that is not meant to be seen by any outstanding person.
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PowerPoint new file format:

The new file-format of Office 2007 increases file-security and decreases file-size up to 50%. The data files are not longer binaries but archives containing mostly xml-data. So it is much easier for developers to work with data contained in this new file-type called “pptx”.
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PowerPoint new interface:

In previous editions of Microsoft Office there was the menu bar on top of the working window which had submenus containing the single commands or settings which had submenus again. The newly designed user interface of Office 2007 mainly consists of the Office Button on the upper left and the “Ribbon” where all actions, settings and commands are contained in logical groups. This new design makes it much more comfortable to work with presentations! If you need maximum space for your document you can also hide the “Ribbon” by a single click.
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PowerPoint presentation window:
To start creating a new presentation you will have to open the New Presentation window. Here you will have different possibilities to start with your work. You can start from scratch or choose a predefined or self created template. Further it is possible to download templates from the Office Online website or create a new from an existing presentation.
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PowerPoint slide library:

The Slide Library feature might be interesting for people working in a bigger company or organization. This new feature in PowerPoint 2007 offers the possibility to save slides on an extra installed server to share these with other employees who have access to this server based slide library.
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PowerPoint smartart:

With SmartArt Diagram Tools the user is given a very flexible and powerful tool to add graphics, charts or diagrams to a presentation. It is very simple to customize these graphical objects to match the user’s desires.
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PowerPoint themes:

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 delivers predefined themes for the user to use in his own presentations. These themes contain colours fonts and effects. There is also the possibility for the user to design own themes and save them to the computer and use them for later presentations. Predefined themes make it much more comfortable and quicker to create a professionally looking presentation!
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PowerPoint view in ie:

This video shows that it is possible to watch a presentation created with PowerPoint 2007 in any html-browser like Internet Explorer 7. You just have to export the presentation file in html file format. This feature can be found in the save as dialogue under the new Office button.
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PowerPoint wordart:

In PowerPoint 2007 WordArt can be inserted in a very simple way. After selecting the Ribbon’s tab “Insert” you have to click on the command “WordArt”. Here you can choose for example 3-dimensional pre-designed fonts and customize them by your needs. Real time preview function for all these features is provided as well.
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