How to Show, Hide, or Resize Slide Thumbnails in PowerPoint

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When you open Microsoft PowerPoint, the slide thumbnails appear in the left-hand pane by default. PowerPoint lets you hide, show, or even change the size of those thumbnails. Here’s how.

Manipulating Slide Thumbnails

Everyone has a different working style. Some may prefer to keep the slide thumbnails to create an outline or easily navigate between slides when making edits. However, some might find them distracting or intrusive and, as such, would like to hide or decrease their size. Both are relatively easy to accomplish.

Go ahead and open PowerPoint. By default, you should be in PowerPoint’s “Normal” view mode. If you’re not, head over to the “View” tab and click the “Normal” button.

Normal view in powerpoint

Once in Normal view, the slide thumbnails will appear on the left-hand side of the window.

slide thumbnail preview

To decrease the size of the thumbnails, click and drag the splitter bar to the left.

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How to Add Alternative Text to an Object in PowerPoint

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Alternative text (alt text) allows screen readers to capture the description and read it aloud, providing aid for those with visual impairments. Here’s how to add alt text to an object in PowerPoint.

Adding Alt Text to Objects in PowerPoint

As sophisticated as screen readers are, they still aren’t sophisticated enough to comprehend what an object is or what an image represents without the help of alt text.

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To add alt text in PowerPoint, open your presentation and select the object to which you want to add alt text.

Select the object in PowerPoint

In the “Format” tab, select “Alt Text” in the “Accessibility” group.

Alt text option in Format tab

Alternatively, you can right-click the object itself and select “Edit Alt Text” from the drop-down menu.

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How to Use the Morph Transition in PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is home to many interesting animations and transitions. The morph transition is one of the more recent additions to the library. Here’s how to use it.

The Morph transition lets you create a seamless object animation from one slide to another. This specific transition gives the illusion of growth or movement of an object or objects between two separate slides. When used properly, the Morph transition can contribute to making a great slide show.

To use the Morph transition, you’ll need to duplicate the slide you’d like to use the transition on. Go ahead and open your presentation, then right-click the slide to be duplicated in the left-hand pane. In the menu that appears, select “Duplicate Slide.”

Duplicate slide

An exact copy of the slide will now appear in the left-hand pane. Select it.

select duplicated slide

In the duplicated slide, click and drag (or resize, if that’s what you chose to do) the object to the position that will be the end point of the transition.

drag the object to the end point

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How to Make a Flowchart in PowerPoint

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Microsoft PowerPoint provides built-in tools for creating and arranging different types of flowcharts. Here’s how they work.

Making a Flowchart in PowerPoint

Since you’re going to be working with shapes, you might find it helpful to have PowerPoint show a grid you can use to size and line up objects.

To show the grid, check the box next to “Gridlines” in the “Show” section of the “View” tab.

1 insert grid

Gridlines will now appear on your slides.

2 grid lines

Next, select “Shapes” in the “Illustrations” section of the “Insert” tab.

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How to Make a Color-Coded Legend in PowerPoint

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Charts and graphs serve little purpose if the audience doesn’t know what each section of the illustration represents. Adding a color-coded legend is the perfect way to keep the audience on track.

Inserting a Graph in PowerPoint

The first step is to create your graphic illustrating the data trends you’d like to show. Luckily, PowerPoint comes with several different graphs and charts from which to choose. The most difficult part of this process is choosing the graphic that you like best.

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First, head over to the slide in which we will insert the graph. Next, switch to the “Insert” tab and then click “Chart.”

Insert Chart

The “Insert Chart” window will appear. You can select your desired chart type in the left-hand pane. We’ll choose “Pie” in this example. Once you’ve chosen your chart, click “OK.”

select chart style

Your chart will now appear in the PowerPoint slide, along with a small spreadsheet. Type whatever data you want into the spreadsheet and then close the spreadsheet window.

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