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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]