Powerpoint 2013 Tips and Tricks

January 2, 2013   /   by Marco  / Categories :  Software, Technology

Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 is a powerful presentation tool… only if you know where the features are. After spending several hours figuring out where some of these features were, I thought I’d create a list of my tips and tricks below. It was quite interesting that I couldn’t find these on Google and had to work these out myself:

How do I export my Presentation to a Video

With version 2013, you are able to convert a Powerpoint presentation to a video (mp4) format. You just need to make sure you use a 2013 template otherwise if you use an old version you just need to change the file compatibility. Here’s the steps:

  • Click File
  • Export

powerpoint 2013 create video1

  • Select Create a Video and then the Quality of the Video ie. Computer & HD Displays, Internet & DVD or Portable Devices.
  • Check the timing and select the appropriate time spent on each slide. Then click create video. The file will be saved as MP4 format.

powerpoint 2013 create video2

 

NOTE: If you’re using an template or file that was saved in pre-2013 then you may need to change the file compatibility. To do this follow these steps:

  • Click File
  • Click Info
  • Click Compatibility Mode and save the file as a different name

powerpoint 2013 compatibility mode

How do I play Audio in the background?

Adding Audio to your presentation is pretty much the same as the previous versions of powerpoint. However, if you need to set the audio to play in the background of all your slides then here’s the instructions:

  • Click Insert
  • Click Audio
  • Click Audio on My PC and select the audio file

powerpoint 2013 add audio as background

  • You will see the following object in the slide

powerpoint 2013 add audio as background v1

  • Select the image and click Playback on the top menu ribbon bar under Audio Tools
  • If you need to select Start Automatically, Play Across Slides, and Loop Until Stopped

powerpoint 2013 add audio as background v2

How do you stop playing the background Audio at a particular slide?

This was quite tricky to work out. I spent a few hours trying to figure this out. Here’s what you need to do if you want to stop the background audio at a particular slide:

  • Click Animations on the top ribbon menu
  • Click Animation Pane

powerpoint 2013 stop playing audio in background

  •  Select the name of the audio file and then select Timing

powerpoint 2013 animation pane timing

  • Click Effect
  • Click Stop Playing section
  • Click After xxx (the slide number you want the audio to stop after)

powerpoint stop background music at slide x Play Audio Effect

How do you change the theme font?

I was really lost for this one, fortunately I managed to work it out after reading some old posts relating to Powerpoint 2010. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Click on View

powerpoint 2013 theme font

  • Click on Slide Master
  • Select the heading or title you want to change and select the font

Yes, that’s it. If you have any other tips and tricks please let me know.

 

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