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Use PowerPoint Design Ideas for SharePoint Page Banners

I’ve always been a fan of #PowerPoint and I use it daily to design graphics for #SharePoint pages. #Paint3D has now also become a friend, but in this short video I’ll show you some tips on creating banner graphics for your pages. #Microsoft365 #Office365

 


 

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Disclaimer: I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines. And yes, I change my mind all the time as well, because “The only thing that is constant, is change”.
My life mission is to “Facilitate the evolution of human capabilities”: Reach out on: Website > LinkedIn > SlideShare > Twitter > Medium > YouTube > MVP Profile 

#Microsoft365 Day 159: Get creative with Design Ideas in PowerPoint

I’ve written about this before, but the video will actually show you how the magic happens. If you think you’re not creative, think again!! Design Ideas in PowerPoint allows for anyone to create beautiful presentations – in seconds.

Purpose of this blog challenge:  I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found  https://tracyvanderschyff.com/microsoft-365/ . I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

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Disclaimer:  I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines.

#Microsoft365 Day 134: PowerPoint Designer ups its game AGAIN!

#Microsoft365 #Office365 #PowerPoint Everyone knows I LOVE PowerPoint, I even had a Powerpuff girl tattooed on my arm and called her PowerPoint Zoom. I’ve (incorrectly) used PowerPoint for years to design some crazy graphics that I used on my sites etc. Yes, there are programs more suited for this (the new Windows Paint 3D is amazing), but I was stubborn and refused to buy or learn how to use other software. I’m SO glad. 🙂

 

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

DISCLAIMER:  I WRITE ARTICLES ABOUT OFFICE / MICROSOFT 365. CONTENT IS ACCURATE AT TIME OF PUBLICATION, HOWEVER UPDATES AND NEW ADDITIONS HAPPEN DAILY WHICH COULD CHANGE THE ACCURACY OR RELEVANCE. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN USING MY BLOGS AS GUIDELINES.

I’ve written previous posts about the Designer in PowerPoint, but as you know, Office 365 brings us updates and new features on a regular basis. Sometimes the apps we use changes ‘right in front of our eyes’. It is something to get used to, but put effort in to try out new features and Microsoft / Office 365 will enable you to be the rock-star you should be.

PowerPoint Designer

PowerPoint Designer improves your slides by automatically generating design ideas that you can choose from. While you’re putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.

I will admit, didn’t like this much in the beginning. I’m an OCD, control freak. I’d rather spend hours doing something I know I can do on my own. Don’t want no computer making decisions for me (yup, that’s a Generation X speaking right there!!)  🙁

I was SO wrong. When I eventually tried this I was blown away by how fast it offers me different designs to pick from and HOW much time it saves me.

It’s real simple to use:

  1. Add maximum 4 images to a (standard) slide which has the banner / content parts on

  2. If it doesn’t start doing it’s magic on its own, go to Designs Tab > Design Ideas

  3. Select the design you like

  4. If the designs don’t render, take a look at the size of your images, I’ve found that images too big don’t work (might also be cause I’m stuck in South Africa and work on an ADSL slower than an old dial up at times.


See below examples that was rendered in seconds:

Design Idea Example 1:


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Other Resources:

What’s new in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Other PowerPoint Designer Blogs

Create professional slide layouts with PowerPoint Designer


Purpose of this blog challenge:  I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Day 325 – Getting those bullets to work in Design Ideas – Microsoft PowerPoint

ATOI365D #Office365Challenge I’ve seen a couple of tweets about the bullet points not working in PowerPoint Designer. I’ve tried, tried and tried again (maybe an update has come through) and Voila – I got it working.


Day:  325 of 365, 40 left
Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016, PowerPoint
Description: Getting those bullets to work in Design Ideas – Microsoft PowerPoint
Audience:  All

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What does Microsoft Say? PowerPoint Designer is a new service that lets you take your content and automatically generate a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. While you’re putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.. Read more…

This update was released November 2015.

Yesterday I covered the basics around using Designer in PowerPoint – now let’s see about those bullets shall we?

Using PowerPoint Designer for your bullets:

  • I couldn’t get it to work with Bullets – only with numbers.
  • I eventually got it to work with bullets – but only sometimes 🙂
  • You have to use a layout – I used Title and Content
  • If PowerPoint detects that you’re busy listing a process – it will start making suggestions
  • It doesn’t always work – but it sure is worth trying. I’ve had success changing between bullets and numbers, and changing the words a bit.

So let’s ignore the rules and just try it out:

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Type the text and heading, click on the Design Tab > Design Ideas. You will see the task pane opens on the right where it starts showing suggestions immediately:

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Here are the results I got – remember that this took mere seconds to create:

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Please try this. And retry. Send feedback to Microsoft – this will only get better!!

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

Day 324 – Using PowerPoint Designer to make your slides ‘POP’!

ATOI365D #Office365Challenge Yes, yes… “Can you make it Pop?” is one of those Designer nightmare requests. I’m just kidding of course, but PowerPoint Designer really does make it “Pop”.


Day:  324 of 365, 41 left
Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016, PowerPoint
Description: Using PowerPoint Designer to make your slides ‘POP’!
Audience:  All

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What does Microsoft Say? PowerPoint Designer is a new service that lets you take your content and automatically generate a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. While you’re putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.. Read more…

This update was released November 2015.

I was actually writing a different blog for today and wanted to reference this blog (that I was sure I had written a couple of weeks ago). Couldn’t find it for the life of me, so here goes.

Using PowerPoint Designer:

Using the Designer is quite straight forward – but there is a couple of ‘unspoken’ rules. I couldn’t get it to work using a blank slide and ended up using a layout that allows for images as well as captions / text. As you’ll see below I just randomly put some images and text in there. It also didn’t want to work with more than 4 images. Microsoft actually suggest no more than 2 images and always have a layout that at least has a title or a title + content:

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I then clicked on the Design Tab > Design Ideas. It opens the Design Ideas task pane on the right and immediately starts compiling different Design Ideas suggestions. Simply click on the design you like and Voila!!

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This is what I chose in the end. It was created in a matter of seconds – have you got any idea how long that would have taken me “by hand”??

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Here are some other examples I could have chosen from:

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Wow, it’s just crazy amazing. Great feature for creating brochures In practically NO TIME.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

Create & Add a custom background for your Microsoft Teams Meetings

By now you should know how amazing #MicrosoftTeams is. But have you figured out how to change your custom background into your own chosen image? Let me show you how easy that can be!


First use the functionality

You have to first use it before it creates an “upload” folder you can use. When you’re in the meeting, make sure your camera is switched on, click on the ellipses (…) and go to Show Background Effects. There you will see the backgrounds added by Microsoft, as well as yours at the bottom (eventually). Choose an image and apply to test.

Now let’s go load that custom picture:

Navigate to this folder on your PC:  C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads

Keep in mind that these folders are probably hidden, so change your view to show hidden folders.

You will load the images in this “Upload” folder. there are image guidelines (1920 x 1080 pixels) but I can’t say I’ve worried too much about this. Just make sure that it’s landscape!

When you test it, the image will be reversed, but it will display right for the attendees, so don’t worry about that.

Here’s a great article for some inspiration , but why don’t you just search for your favourite game or sitcom series set / background? Or design a cool image using #PowerPoint Design Ideas?

Enjoy!! 🙂


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Disclaimer: I create content about Office / Microsoft 365. Content is accurate at time of publication, however updates and new additions happen daily which could change the accuracy or relevance. Please keep this in mind when using my blogs as guidelines. And yes, I change my mind all the time as well, because “The only thing that is constant, is change”.
My life mission is to “Facilitate the evolution of human capabilities”: Reach out on: Website > LinkedIn > SlideShare > Twitter > Medium > YouTube > MVP Profile > Contact Me

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