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Other reference tools

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Video: Other reference tools

If you've been following along in this chapter, you know in the previous lesson, we explored the very first of the Reference Tools you have available to you here in PowerPoint 2008 on the Mac. We looked at the built-in Thesaurus. In this lesson we are going to continue with the other reference tool you have at your fingertips through the Reference Tools palette over here in your Toolbox. We are still using the same presentation but if you're skipping to this lesson, no swap, if you've got the exercise files, open up ECPePerformance6c from the lesson6 folder and you'll have what I have.

Other reference tools

If you've been following along in this chapter, you know in the previous lesson, we explored the very first of the Reference Tools you have available to you here in PowerPoint 2008 on the Mac. We looked at the built-in Thesaurus. In this lesson we are going to continue with the other reference tool you have at your fingertips through the Reference Tools palette over here in your Toolbox. We are still using the same presentation but if you're skipping to this lesson, no swap, if you've got the exercise files, open up ECPePerformance6c from the lesson6 folder and you'll have what I have.

Click on slide #2 because this is where we left off in the previous lesson. We used PowerPoints built-in Thesaurus to change the word strengthen to bolster. Now, the reference tools are available to us in all of the applications in the Microsoft Office suite. So whatever we see here in PowerPoint also applies to Word and Excel. So anything we do here you can translate over to those other applications if you're using them. Now, what we are going to do is explore another option in the Reference Tools that we've got a sneak peak at in the previous lesson.

When we use the built-in Thesaurus to find another word for the word strengthen we saw the definitions down below in the dictionary section. So by default, you may have seen the dictionary section opened up for you with words and their definition showing up down below according to what we select and in our case the word strengthen. So let's use a different word now. Let's go to the word Performance here. I am going to right-click on the word performance, that's one of the ways to access the Reference Tools. You can Ctrl+Click if you've only got the single button mouse and we will go up to look up and here's what we saw in the last lesson Thesaurus, but we can also access the dictionary by clicking Definition.

We've got the Encarta Encyclopedia, if you're connected to the Internet, you'll have access to that. We can do a Web Search which will include sites like Wikipedia, and then we can do a Bilingual search as well using the Bilingual Dictionary to find the equivalent of our selected word in another language. So let's start with Definition here. Now, when I click on Definition, that's the dictionary section down below that's going to be used to show me definitions for the word that we've selected here performance.

Now, the built-in Thesaurus section here is also opened up. Now, if we don't need that, we can collapse it, clicking these little triangles allows us to expand or collapse the various tools and all we need right now is the dictionary, the English dictionary. If during your installation you've had other options like French, German, Japanese and Spanish, you might see those as well, you may see some other languages. Each installation may be different, but English is the one we are using right now, so we are seeing English meanings for the English word performance, you can see this is a Noun down below and look all the different definitions that I am getting.

Now, some of these may have more information. If theyve got a little triangle next to them we can expand those sections. Like manner of functioning, if I click on the triangle next to that, I see the full definition down below. I can collapse that the same way I expanded it and go to other areas and expand those as well. You may need to use a scrollbar to see some of the definitions that are off screen. So that's our dictionary. Its great for looking up words and you can use the same conjunction with the built-in Thesaurus to make sure you're getting the right meaning of the word, and if you are, then you could go to the synonyms and get some meaning for those as well.

For example, if I went to a presentation and went down to concert and click on Look Up replaces the word presentation with concert up at the top and now I am looking at the dictionary meanings for the word concert. So keep that in mind. I am going to collapse our thesaurus again because we are going to look at some other tools like the Bilingual Dictionary, this is interesting. When I click on Bilingual Dictionary this is different from choosing a different language here. Under dictionary, if I went to French, concert may or may not be a French word.

If its not, I won't see anything in here, but the word concert does appear in the French language, and you can see its kind of the same meaning as in English, but if I went to another word like bolster for example, and I right-click on bolster, go to Look Up and my Bilingual Dictionary. You can see there are no results found here in the dictionary under French, and down below the Bilingual Dictionary is showing me nothing using my default settings which happens to be changing from French to English, and if use to reverse that to go from English to French, I am going to choose French down below and I might see something different.

There is the French word for bolster. I don't see it up above using the French dictionary because in this case its looking for the word bolster as a French word which it is not. I am going to switch this back to English and I am actually going to collapse this dictionary and focus in my Bilingual Dictionary now. So I can translate from English to a series of languages that I see from this drop-down list. Again depending on your installation, you may see different options. I am going to go to German, and of course, if I wanted to do the opposite, I could as well.

I want to go from French to English, I could do that. Now no results found for the word bolster. Its not a French word, but, if I went to a French word, I could get the English meaning. So let's go down to slide eight where it says Thank You. I am just going to click after Thank You and hit return and type in Eat Cake Patisserie. Now this word patisserie is a French word, so if I right-click, go to Look Up, Bilingual Dictionary its going to replace bolster with patisserie and because I have gone from French to English I am seeing the translation.

Patisserie actually means cake shop, perfect! That's exactly what I thought it meant, and I am using the right word in my presentation. Alright, another reference tool that's very handy if you've got access to the Internet Translation, very similar to the Bilingual Dictionary but Web Search is another option. In this case you can get access to various sites. We still have the word patisserie showing up here and we can use phrases here as well. But you can see that I have got a site down here talking about the Patisserie Angelica. Little further down, there's another site.

Look at that, there's Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia telling me that its a French bakery specializing in pastries and sweets. I can even go directly go to the site just by clicking its link right here inside this field. So if I click right here for the Wikipedia definition, its going to launch my default browser and show me that word, and of course I can go to all these other links now and really dig deep into the meaning of the word patisserie. I am going to go up to Safari and hide this, so itll take me back to PowerPoint and I am going to collapse up the Web Search.

We select anything from my slide presentation and that covers the Reference Tools in the Microsoft Office suite here on the Mac.

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PowerPoint 2008 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 46s
    1. Welcome
      46s
  2. 25m 17s
    1. Starting PowerPoint
      4m 23s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 44s
    3. Opening and closing presentations
      4m 4s
    4. Navigating presentations
      7m 6s
  3. 38m 31s
    1. Creating new presentations
      8m 54s
    2. Adding and removing slides
      8m 0s
    3. Rearranging slides
      4m 23s
    4. Saving presentations
      7m 23s
    5. Opening other files in PowerPoint
      4m 37s
    6. Checking compatibility
      5m 14s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Previewing printouts in Tiger
      7m 41s
    2. Previewing printouts in Leopard
      2m 55s
    3. Using Print and Quick Print
      5m 39s
    4. Setting print options
      10m 46s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Using Page Setup
      4m 53s
    2. Using themes
      5m 32s
    3. Applying effects to themes
      6m 32s
    4. Using background styles
      8m 54s
    5. Using color schemes
      6m 26s
    6. Using font schemes
      5m 32s
    7. Creating custom themes
      6m 55s
    8. Working with slide layouts
      8m 11s
    9. Working with slide masters
      11m 46s
    10. Working with headers and footers
      6m 57s
  6. 58m 37s
    1. Using text slides
      5m 49s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 55s
    3. Adding text to slides
      4m 28s
    4. Changing character direction
      4m 39s
    5. Changing spacing and indents
      9m 25s
    6. Aligning text
      4m 45s
    7. Bullets and numbering
      10m 18s
    8. Working in Outline mode
      3m 51s
    9. Using Find and Replace
      6m 27s
  7. 28m 0s
    1. Checking spelling
      6m 15s
    2. Finding synonyms
      4m 58s
    3. Other reference tools
      7m 2s
    4. Other document proofing options
      9m 45s
  8. 1h 14m
    1. Inserting pictures and clip art
      8m 43s
    2. Modifying pictures
      14m 18s
    3. Drawing objects
      12m 53s
    4. Using SmartArt
      13m 27s
    5. Using WordArt
      8m 39s
    6. Using sound
      9m 34s
    7. Using video
      7m 10s
  9. 43m 12s
    1. Inserting tables
      8m 41s
    2. Editing and formatting tables
      8m 48s
    3. Inserting charts
      12m 11s
    4. Editing charts and data
      13m 32s
  10. 25m 6s
    1. Arranging and grouping objects
      7m 13s
    2. Animating objects
      12m 3s
    3. Using slide transitions
      5m 50s
  11. 24m 4s
    1. Starting and navigating presentations
      6m 50s
    2. Pointer options
      6m 7s
    3. Using presenter tools with two screens
      5m 24s
    4. Creating self-running slideshows
      5m 43s
  12. 47m 25s
    1. Using comments
      6m 42s
    2. Sending slideshows to iPhoto
      5m 35s
    3. Creating PowerPoint pictures
      3m 6s
    4. Creating PowerPoint movies
      4m 55s
    5. Creating web presentations
      6m 59s
    6. Creating custom slideshows
      4m 56s
    7. Using hyperlinks and action buttons
      11m 12s
    8. Emailing presentations
      4m 0s
  13. 19m 4s
    1. Changing PowerPoint preferences
      9m 10s
    2. Modifying toolbars
      9m 54s
  14. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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