Month: June 2016

Google Slides (27) – Master slides and themes

The built-in themes provide a great springboard to make professional looking slides but what happens if you want them to look different? Or what happens if you want to make your own style of slides and you only want to set it all up once? Well, with editing the Master you can create your own set of slides, which via layouts and themes, you can easily create a presentation with a personalised look or can adapt an existing one very quickly. Accessing the master editing screen Here I’ve started off with a blank presentation, which by default uses the Simple Light theme. Go to the “Slides” menu and click on “Edit master”. This opens the master editing screen. On the left are the different layouts currently available, e.g. title slides, section slides, etc. The one at the top is the Master slide, which allows you to edit the Title, bullet points, etc, which importantly, also affect the other layout slides. In other words, if you change something on the Master slide, it affects some of the layout slides. The main part is the current layout selected, showing you how the text would look and the positioning of the text boxes, objects, etc. Finally, at the top it gives you the name of the theme and you have the chance to rename both the theme and sub titles. Editing a current...

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Google Slides (26) – Word art

If you want to make some dramatic looking text, Word art can be a better option than using a normal text box. So, what’s the difference between the two? With Word art, the text is treated a bit like an image allowing you to change the size without being limited to font sizes. It also allows you to colour the text in different ways. Let’s look at an example to show this. Inserting Word art Go to the “Insert” menu and select “Word art”. This opens a dialogue box where you type your text into. If you want to add multiple lines of text, hold down Shift & Enter to add a new line. Press “Enter” to finish. This creates your piece of ‘word art’. Unlike a text box, we have controls more similar to that of Shapes. I.e. we can change the outline colour (fill colour), the text colour (line colour), line thickness of the outline and add dotted lines. Let’s start with filling it red. Click on the “Fill colour” on the toolbar and select a colour. Now let’s change the outline colour to blue. Now let’s thicken the blue outline a little, by changing the line weight from 1 to 2px. Not amazing, but you get the idea. Here I’ve rotated it by clicking on and moving the blue circle in the middle of it. Like a...

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Google Slides (25) – Importing slides

There are times when you want to import a few slides from a presentation that you or someone else has previously made. You could make a copy of the presentation and delete the slides you didn’t want but a better way is to import just the slides you want. This also allows you to import them from various sources. You can import both Slides documents and Powerpoints. Importing slides To start go to the “File” menu and select “Import slides…”. Here you have 2 options, either you can access presentations you have stored on your Google Drive (in Presentations) or you can upload a presentation from your hard drive or pen drive, which can be in Powerpoint format. Here I’m going to start by selecting a presentation further down the list called Writing Correction Codes. I click on it and click “Select”. This opens displays the slides in that document. I have the choice of selecting specific ones, or I can select all of them by clicking “All” on the right-hand side. Press “None” to return to none selected. At the bottom I also have the option of keeping the original theme. Choose the ones you want and click the “Import slides” button at the bottom. Here I’ve imported just the title slide. Importing a Powerpoint As mentioned above you can also import files stored on your computer. From Import...

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Google Slides (24) – Adding video

Video can brighten up any presentation and it’s easy to add YouTube videos and videos stored on Google Drive into your slides. Here’s how: Inserting a YouTube video Go to the “Insert” menu and select “Video”. You can either search for a video on YouTube using a search term or you can paste in a URL directly in. First, let’s add a video off YouTube. Type in the search term in the box. Here I’m looking for a video on the new Google Sites. Then click on the video you want and press “Select”. This will add the video onto your slide. Note, I’m using a grey background here to show you the edge of the slide. If you are just going to play the video, then I would increase the size of the video so it reaches the edges of the slide. Just click and drag the little blue squares in the corners. To watch the video, you’ll need to be in present mode. So, click on the “Present” button. The video doesn’t play automatically, you’ll need to click on the video to play. Hovering over the video will bring up the video controls and options at the bottom. Going from left to right you have play/pause, sound control, current time and duration of the video, captions options, settings (speed, subtitles, quality), watch it on the YouTube site, full screen....

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Google Slides (23) – Leaving & replying to Comments

One of the great things that Slides allows you to do is collaborate together on a set of Slides. Quite often you want to leave comments to your collaborators to make comments on what they’ve done or ask them about what they think about something you’ve done. There’s a simple but effective comment system that allows you to do this. Adding comments Below as, an example, I’ve been working on some slides related to the Euros football tournament. I want to question the result in the last game that my colleague has put. So I click on that text box. The quickest is from the toolbar, by clicking on the “Add comment” icon. This opens a comments box on the right-hand side. Type in the comment you want to leave, then press “Comment”. This will leave your comment, along with who left it and the time and date. You can edit your comment, by clicking on the 3 dots, then selecting “Edit”. Plus, you can delete your comment selecting “Delete”. Replying to a comment To reply to a comment, click on the comment and the reply box will appear below. Type in your reply and click “Reply”. The original comment and the reply are grouped together. Clicking on the comment will show you what it refers to by highlighting the object with a yellow box, in this case a text...

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