Tips & Tricks to Help You Make Happy Hour!

Decluttering: New Office Shortcut (Finally) for Deep Work

UPDATE: New video demonstration added. Scroll below to see exactly how to activate the shortcuts.   Shortcut Cheat Sheet PDF: Download 120+ PowerPoint Shortcuts grouped by activity (making them easier to learn). It’s one of the easiest ways to double your productivity in PowerPoint. Try it out. I believe I just discovered THE best Microsoft […]

Convert Word to PowerPoint: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

In this post you’ll learn to convert your Word documents (properly) into PowerPoint slides, and avoid the 5 most common mistakes that will trip you and your colleagues up along the way. This is a classic – get PowerPoint to do it for you scenario – where a little bit of setup (and smarts) will save […]

3 Phone Icons in Under 30 Seconds

In this post, I’ll show you how to create 3 different styles of phone icons for your presentations in less than 30 seconds. On top of that… I’ll show you how to get at thousands of other free icons like these (using this same technique) by setting up a simple Icon Font Cutter Tool in PowerPoint. If […]

8 Best PowerPoint Add-ins for Boosting Your Productivity

Not a lot of people know about PowerPoint add-ins, but those who do swear by them! Here is a list of our 8 favorite PowerPoint add-ins, what they are, why they rock, and how to get them. Download and use them, and we guarantee you’ll see a huge increase in your productivity in PowerPoint – […]

4 Clicks Towards Good Slide Design

The bad news…you are not unique. There are millions of other people building slides out there just like you. And here are two pre-historic statistics (in tech terms) that back it up: Statistic #1: As of 2010, Microsoft Office was installed on 1 billion devices around the globe (source here). Statistic #2: As of 2009, […]

PowerPoint Cartoon Contest – Crop Circles

Congratulations to Randy Wenner for clinching the prize for our fourth PowerPoint Cartoon Competition! A big thank you to everyone who participated, by submitting an entry. Honorary Awards for some of the entries that weren’t selected :-): The “Happy Hour” Award goes to Steve, for getting it done faster in PowerPoint: “Hey, those don’t look […]

PowerPoint Cartoon Competition Winner Charles Stella

PowerPoint Cartoon Contest – Alien Earth Invasion

Congratulations to Charles Stella for clinching the prize for our third PowerPoint Cartoon Competition! A big thank you to everyone who participated, by submitting an entry and by voting. Here are the runners up in order: Honorary Awards for some of the entries that weren’t selected as part of the top 3 :-): The “Trekky” […]

Pie Chart Secret Ingredient

Every Slide Needs a Point. Period! In this experimental PowerPoint series, I take user submitted slides and look at strategies and techniques for quickly drilling down to a point. If you find this series helpful, let me know in the comments section below. I’m only committing to 6 episodes at this time, so your feedback counts. In this […]

Two Pie Chart Tricks for Better Data Visualizations

Every Slide Needs a Point. Period! In this experimental PowerPoint series, I take user submitted slides and look at strategies and techniques for quickly drilling down to a point. If you find this series helpful, let me know in the comments section below. I’m only committing to 6 episodes at this time, so your feedback count In this […]

PowerPoint Cartoon Competition Winner Steve Rindsberg

PowerPoint Cartoon Contest – Death by PowerPoint

Congratulations to Steve Rindsberg for clinching the prize for our second PowerPoint Cartoon Competition! A big thank you to everyone who participated, by submitting an entry and by voting. Here are the runners up in order: Honorary Awards for some of the entries that weren’t selected as part of the top 4 :-): The “Sell […]

5 Office Timeline Gantt Chart Tricks

In my previous post, I showed you  how to create a Gantt chart in 30 seconds with the Office Timeline+ add-in as pictured below. You can grab the Office Timeline Add-in here if you missed it. And now that you have your information in the Office Timeline+ add-in, the formatting fun begins. The true beauty of […]

2 Crazy-Fast Ways to Make a Gantt Chart in PowerPoint

Today’s PowerPoint Speed Training task is quickly turning your Excel data into visual PowerPoint layouts in minutes, rather than hours. The first technique we’ll cover is an insanely clever PowerPoint hack (that few know about); And the second is an awesome add-in you can get to do all of the heavy lifting for you. If […]

PowerPoint Cartoon Competition Winner Bruce Anderson

PowerPoint Cartoon Contest – Company Slide Deck

Congratulations to Bruce Anderson for clinching the prize for our first ever PowerPoint Cartoon Competition! A big thank you to everyone who participated, by submitting an entry and by voting. Here are the runners up in order: Honorary Awards for some of the entries that weren’t selected as part of the top 5 :-): The […]

FIXED: Why We’d Wait to Upgrade to PowerPoint 2016…

This issue has been resolved and we’re now recommending with 120% enthusiasm that you upgrade! Stay tuned for an update to this blog post. ~the Nuts & Bolts team Depending on your tolerance for glitches, if you see the 2016 upgrade prompt (see image below) at the top of any of your Office programs… You […]

15 Storytelling Tips And How To Apply Them Today

Great storytellers do two things very well: First (obviously), they tell stories. Second, through their stories, they get people to take action. You might be thinking, “That’s great if you’re Steve Jobs, but how do I even begin turning my dry, everyday material into a story…let alone a gripping one?” Well today I’m going to […]

"Presentation Summit 2015 New Orleans"

The Presentation Summit 2015: Be There, Or Be Rectangular!

Camille and I want to see you in New Orleans’ French Quarter this September! Why? Because we’re going to be attending the Presentation Summit again, AND we’re going to be hosting an after-hours gathering to get the chance to meet all of our subscribers, YOU (keep reading for more details)! First off, you might be […]

"How to Create a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint"

How to Create a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint

Creating Venn diagrams is now extremely easy using SmartArt and with the new fragment tool, breaking out the overlapping pieces has never been easier.

"How to Put a YouTube Video in PowerPoint"

How To Put A YouTube Video In PowerPoint

This is your SUPER GUIDE for putting YouTube videos into PowerPoint! The guide below covers PowerPoint versions 2007, 2010 and 2013 (the same as PowerPoint 2016 or Office 365), showing you how to bring your videos to life in PowerPoint and includes an extensive troubleshooting guide if your videos aren’t playing correctly (hey…it happens). Want to follow along? Use the […]

"PowerPoint Best Practices - Customize Your QAT"

PowerPoint Best Practices – Customize Your QAT

Everyone knows that to get the most out of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.), you should be using your keyboard for just about everything, right? Easier said than done? Not necessarily! The Quick Access Toolbar, or “QAT”, makes it easy for anyone (including YOU) to add rocket fuel to your fingers and quickly become […]

"How to Aling Objects Between Your Slides in PowerPoint...the Smart Way"

Aligning Objects Between Your PowerPoint Slides (The Smart Way)

One of the most annoying and tedious PowerPoint tasks is aligning objects BETWEEN your slides so that stuff isn’t just floating around in your presentation…yes, everyone notices! So the question is, how can I simplify this common and time consuming task? Good question! First off, you want to distinguish between two types of unaligned objects. […]

"The Hammer Tool - An Awesome Free PowerPoint Add-In"

Must Have PowerPoint Add-In of the Century: The Hammer Tool

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” Could it be? Have we unlocked the power of Thor in PowerPoint? Although we may sometimes be prone to exaggeration and hyperbole…who says we can’t be Thors in PowerPoint, with our almighty Hammer Tool?! Okay, in all seriousness, the Hammer Tool […]

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How To Create Transparent Pictures in PowerPoint (The Fast Way!)

Creating picture transparency is one of those zany things in PowerPoint that is technically impossible…you cannot directly add a transparency to a picture…but there just happens to be a workaround. When Would You Ever Need this Trick? Well, if you are PSYCHED for the playoffs, you could (for example) take the members from your favorite […]

Tips for Working with Vector Graphics in PowerPoint

Jump Start Your Presentations With Vector Graphics

Check out our basic and advanced PPT tips for customizing and working with vector graphics – one of the best-kept secrets of top PowerPoint designers!

Creating Consistency in Your PowerPoint Presentations with Formatting Guides

PowerPoint Best Practices – The Formatting Guides

When people see our slides, they often ask us: “What is all that stuff there on the left side of your slides and how do I get them on mine?” “All that stuff” is what we have dubbed the “Formatting Guides” and in our opinion, is one of the cleverest PowerPoint best practices you can implement today, […]

Manage Files and Folders - OneDrive App on the iPad

Using The OneDrive App To Organize Files On Your iPad

How to use the OneDrive app to organize PowerPoint, Excel, and Word files on your iPad or iPhone.

How To Manage Thousands Of PowerPoint Slides Across Your Organization

How To Manage Thousands Of PowerPoint Slides Across Your Organization

If you’ve been around the block a few times, then you know that managing all of your PowerPoint presentations is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face. So the question is, what’s the best way to do it? Well, chances are that you are current currently using some system of file folders, a file naming convention, and your emails (as a backup)…and that’s all fine and dandy but how do you do that across an entire organization with thousands (or tens of thousands) of slides?

PowerPoint for iPad - Apply Custom Colors

PowerPoint For iPad – How To Pick Up And Apply A Custom Color

Inconsistent formatting is one of the classic mistakes that makes PowerPoint presentations look unprofessional and sloppy. And the problem in PowerPoint on your iPad, is that you’re very limited in what colors you can use because you can’t create custom/precise colors (i.e. RBG, hex…). But there’s a simple yet awesome work around! So here’s how to apply custom colors in PowerPoint on your iPad.

Protecting Your PowerPoint Presentation By Saving Everthing As Pictures

How To Protect Your PowerPoint Presentation By Turning Everything Into Pictures

Sometimes a PDF just isn’t good enough when you want to protect your PowerPoint presentation. Maybe your client insists that you send your presentation as a PowerPoint file so that they can go through it slide by slide in Presentation Mode on their computer. How do you do this while making sure that the content of your presentation isn’t easily edited or copy/pasted?

PowerPoint Animations - Trigger Appear and Disappear

Make Objects Appear And Disappear With PowerPoint Animations

If you’ve ever seen a presenter make things appear and disappear on click during a presentation and wondered how they pulled it off….the answer is hooking up appear and disappear animations to trigger objects, and setting them to trigger ‘on click’. This  works in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 and this is the exact same trick we […]

Turning PowerPoint Shapes Into Bullet Points – The Life Cycle Of A List Of Bullet Points

It sounds crazy, right? You spent all that time turning your dry list of bullet points into something more visual…you’re probably thinking: “Why on earth would I want to turn everything back into a list of bullet points?!” Well believe it or not, this is actually an awesome and useful trick to know in PowerPoint!

5 Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Business Presenation

5 Tips To Help You Nail Your Next Business Presentation

Are you trying to create the perfect presentation? You know, one that successfully grabs your audience’s attention through great content and design? And you don’t have the time to go and read a dozen books on messaging, design and storyboarding? Luckily for you, it’s possible to make effective presentations in less time, and stand above […]

"Lock Drawing Mode is the Most Worthless-Yet-Awesome PowerPoint Command"

How To Create A Continuous List Of Numbers Across A Table In PowerPoint Using Excel

Have you ever had a table on your PowerPoint slide and wanted to create a continuous list of numbers across the table cells without each cell starting at the number 1? If you have, then you know it can be extremely PAINFUL! The last thing you want to do (which you are often forced to […]

"Continuous Lists Across Shapes"

How To Create A Continuous Numbered List Across Multiple Shapes In PowerPoint

Have you ever had a PowerPoint slide with a list on it that you wanted to make start in one shape and end in another, without the number starting over again at 1? For example, you are building a marketing presentation in PowerPoint, and you have 8 different objectives that you want to split between […]

"How To Create A Mouseover Text Effect In Your PowerPoint Presentation"

How To Create A Mouseover Text Effect In Your PowerPoint Presentation

How to create the mouseover text effect, or mouse over pop up in PowerPoint, using the ScreenTip functionality of hyperlinks. Let’s show you how.

How To Turn Bullet Points Into Slides in PowerPoint

How To Quickly Turn A List Of Bullet Points Into Slides In PowerPoint

If you find that one of the most time-consuming parts of creating a PowerPoint presentation is knocking out the framework, or taking your pages of notes and turning them into slides, then I have good news for you! PowerPoint has an ‘Outline View’ that allows you to view your presentation – as the name suggests […]

Adding Slide Numbers to Your PowerPoint Presentation

How To Add Slide Numbers In PowerPoint So That They Show Up Correctly

≫ Download this FREE Resource Guide + 16 Slide Number Style Examples In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to correctly add slides numbers (or page numbers) to your PowerPoint presentation so that they are easy to update and manage. And the last thing you want to do is get frustrated and add them manually […]

Two PowerPoint Presentations in Slideshow Mode

How To View Two PowerPoint Presentations At The Same Time

Have you ever wanted to view two PowerPoint presentations at the same time on a single monitor? Maybe you needed to: Present different translations of the same PowerPoint presentation in ‘Presentation Mode’ on a single screen for multiple audiences View two (or more) PowerPoint presentations side-by-side in ‘Presentation Mode’ to compare them View a PowerPoint […]

"Creating the Middle Piece of a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint 2007 2010 2013"

How To Make The Overlapping Part Of A Venn Diagram In PowerPoint 2007, 2010 And 2013

There are a variety of ways to break out the overlapping pieces of a Venn diagram in PowerPoint (all described below)… …but before you dig into ANY of these tutorials, I need to ask: Are you using SmartArt to build your Venn diagram? If so, you first need to break your SmartArt graphic before continuing […]

Create Your Own PowerPoint Animation

Create Your Own Type Of PowerPoint Animation, The False Animation

The best types of PowerPoint animations, are the intentional false kind that you build yourself! Most people have heard of and used animations in their presentations. However, here at Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, we almost never use the ready-made PowerPoint animations found in the Insert tab. Why? Because animations don’t show up when you print […]

Four Things You Don't Know About PowerPoint

4 PowerPoint Tricks You Should Know

Learn 4 PowerPoint tricks that 99% of people don’t know they can do in PowerPoint and join the inner circle.

Stop Tiny Issues from Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity

How To Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity

Has your train of thought ever been derailed by something so simple as inserting a symbol? Here’s what happened to me. I was smack in the middle of writing a great pitch and building an awesome PowerPoint presentation. My creative engine was at full throttle, when suddenly everything ground to a screeching halt…I needed to […]

Highlight Your Point Visually in PowerPoint

Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually In PowerPoint, Otherwise It’s Just Numbers

This is Part 3 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome“ mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your PowerPoint presentations!   Have you ever looked at a PowerPoint slide and had NO IDEA what the point of the slide was? Or even […]

Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets in PowerPoint

Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets In PowerPoint

This is Part 2 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome“ mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your PowerPoint presentations! “Most of the clients for whom I work WANT bullets in PowerPoint and, in fact, the delivery of the type of information […]

"The Most Worthless Yet Awesome PowerPoint Command"

The Most Worthless-Yet-Awesome PowerPoint Command

Has this ever happened to you? Maybe for years you’ve thought…this has to be the most WORTHLESS PowerPoint command / option ever…I can’t believe they’ve included this in the program! And then one day…BAMMMM…it turns out to be THE MOST amazing command or option ever?!? Well that’s exactly what happened to me! I discovered the […]

"Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome - Beyond Defaults"

Part 1: Beyond The Default PowerPoint Formatting

This is Part 1 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your PowerPoint presentations! Are you like me? Can you notice “default PowerPoint formatting” in slides from a mile away? Yeah… And when you spot default PowerPoint […]

"Make PowerPoint Presentations Awesome"

How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome Mini Series

What happened to the Golden Rule? It’s funny how PowerPoint has caused us as adults, to completely ignore the Golden Rule we learned as children…we do exactly onto others with our presentations, what we hope they never do back to us with theirs! Think about it…we sit through a bad presentation, thinking “Man, that was […]

"How to Avoid Version Control Hell with Office for iPad"

Working Smart: How To Avoid Version Control Hell With Office For iPad

Syncing across ALL of your devices? The first thing that comes to my mind is version control. There’s nothing worse than re-doing something you’ve already done!!! So if you’re extending your office experience onto your iPad like I am…here are a few tips I wish I had known right off the bat! Tip #1: Make […]

"Working Smart with PowerPoint on the iPad"

How To Put More “Power In Your Point” With PowerPoint For iPad

Finally, an iPad app for Microsoft PowerPoint! Hallelujah, our calls have been answered and Office has truly gone portable. So portable, we should all just throw our laptops out the window! Well hold on a minute… Yes, the new Office for iPad is awesome (and long overdue!). But before you jump the gun and decide […]