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Creating your own themes

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PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Creating your own themes

Creating your own themes provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by David Rivers as part of the PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training
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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Understanding PowerPoint
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 15m 58s
    1. Exploring the Presentation gallery
      4m 17s
    2. Understanding the Ribbon interface
      6m 7s
    3. Navigating presentations
      2m 56s
    4. Customizing the UI layout
      2m 38s
  3. 32m 42s
    1. Creating new presentations
      2m 56s
    2. Adding, removing, and arranging slides
      7m 5s
    3. Saving time with Outline mode
      5m 15s
    4. Separating slides into sections
      8m 37s
    5. Checking compatibility
      3m 15s
    6. Saving your presentations
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 23s
    1. Using themes
      4m 58s
    2. Creating your own themes
      2m 42s
    3. Changing the background
      5m 33s
    4. Designing slides
      3m 12s
    5. Working with slide layouts
      3m 58s
    6. Working with slide masters
      5m 51s
    7. Using headers and footers
      4m 25s
    8. Using and creating templates
      4m 44s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Adding text with text slides and boxes
      3m 37s
    2. Adding text to a shape
      2m 16s
    3. Formatting text on a slide
      5m 42s
    4. Changing character direction
      4m 11s
    5. Creating lists using bullets and numbering
      5m 25s
    6. Changing spacing and indents
      4m 17s
    7. Finding and replacing content
      4m 46s
  6. 25m 28s
    1. Adding a table to a slide
      4m 47s
    2. Editing and formatting tables
      4m 25s
    3. Pasting a table from Excel
      5m 11s
    4. Inserting a chart
      5m 42s
    5. Pasting a chart from Excel
      5m 23s
  7. 26m 40s
    1. Inserting pictures and clip art
      2m 18s
    2. Replacing and adjusting pictures
      6m 40s
    3. Drawings and SmartArt
      6m 29s
    4. Adding video to a slide
      5m 53s
    5. Adding sound to a presentation
      5m 20s
  8. 18m 7s
    1. Using a template with animation
      5m 35s
    2. Animating objects on a slide
      6m 1s
    3. Using slide transition effects
      6m 31s
  9. 15m 7s
    1. Checking spelling
      5m 25s
    2. Finding synonyms, definitions, and translations
      4m 23s
    3. Setting AutoCorrect options
      5m 19s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Using speaker notes
      3m 50s
    2. Showing and navigating a presentation
      4m 56s
    3. Using pointer options
      3m 59s
    4. Using presenter tools with two screens
      3m 44s
    5. Creating a self-running slideshow
      6m 40s
    6. Playing a self-running slideshow
      3m 44s
    7. Adding hyperlinks to a presentation
      5m 7s
    8. Using action buttons
      8m 53s
  11. 28m 5s
    1. Using comments
      3m 58s
    2. Printing notes, handouts, and slides
      4m 17s
    3. Sending a slideshow to iPhoto
      2m 57s
    4. Creating PowerPoint pictures
      2m 43s
    5. Creating a PowerPoint movie
      3m 56s
    6. Creating a PDF presentation
      1m 49s
    7. Creating custom slideshows
      3m 57s
    8. Broadcasting a presentation over the web
      4m 28s
  12. 8m 52s
    1. Changing PowerPoint preferences
      3m 29s
    2. Customizing the Ribbon and toolbars
      5m 23s
  13. 22s
    1. Goodbye

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Creating your own themes
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Creating your own themes provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by David Rivers as part of the PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training

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In PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training, author David Rivers demonstrates how to create effective slideshows and dynamic presentations using the tools in Microsoft PowerPoint 2011. The course provides in-depth instructions for changing the look of presentations: using built-in and custom themes, formatting text, inserting tables and charts, adding pictures and SmartArt drawings, and adding animation. It also shows how to proof presentations and ready them for viewing, and gives details on the different ways to share presentations. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Presentation Gallery
  • Adding, removing, and arranging slides
  • Working with slide layouts and slide masters
  • Using and creating templates
  • Adding and formatting text
  • Working with tables and charts
  • Inserting images
  • Adding video and sound to a presentation
  • Animating slide transitions and slide objects
  • Showing and sharing presentations
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Creating your own themes

Using the built-in themes in PowerPoint 2011 can really save you a lot of time when it comes to changing the look and feel of your presentation, but what if the theme you're looking for just isn't there? Well in those cases, you can create your own themes and save them so you can use them in the future. And that's what we're going to do right now, continuing to work with our NewHire presentation. We've already applied a theme, but let's start with something different. We'll go to the Themes tab on the Ribbon, make sure it's selected, and then go down to the bottom-center of the themes group, and just give it a click so we can look at a wide variety of themes that are available to you. They're built-in.

And to change the theme, it's just a simple matter of clicking the desired theme that you want to make use of. So in this case let's go to one called Kilter. You can see how that totally changes the look and feel of our presentation. Now, if it's not exactly what you're looking for, you just got a head start. You can start making some minor adjustments. For example, let's go to the Colors dropdown and choose a different color scheme. We'll just scroll down and choose something like Habitat, for example. That might work for our company. And then if you wanted to change the background, you could click the Background.

Now the background is around the outside of these graphics, so let's do something like a nice gradient. Go down here to this green one in the middle. You can see the background just got changed, ever so slightly. It's a subtle change, but maybe that's exactly what we needed. Now it's time to save this and call it our own. So we'll go to the Save Theme, not the button, but click the dropdown so you can see some of the options. Right at the top is Save Theme. That's the default, or you can save the current theme that we just created as the Default. So every time you create a new presentation this is what you get.

But we do want Save Theme. When we click this, we see the Save As, and you can see NewHire2. That's the name of our presentation. If you're following along in the previous lesson, you might still be using NewHire1. But look where it's going. It's going to something called My Themes, and we're actually saving a theme here, the extension being THMX. So we can change the name here if we wanted to. Let's call it TTOrientation. It gives us a hint that we use this for the Two Trees Olive Oil company for the orientation, but we can use it for other presentations now, as soon as we click Save.

And with the Themes tab still selected on the Ribbon, you're going to be able to see it here. Just click the dropdown button. You can see this presentation. You can see Custom as a new section here. And any custom presentations that appear here are the ones that you've made changes to and saved. So anytime we have a presentation now, we can apply this TTOrientation theme to it, because we're able to save it in PowerPoint 2011.

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