Microsoft KB Archive/105223
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FastTips: General Usage Questions & Answers
Last reviewed: February 28, 1997
Article ID: Q105223
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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh, version 3.0
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Microsoft(R) Product Support Services Application Note (Text File) Q105223: General Usage Questions & Answers
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The following information applies to Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh, version 3.0.
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You can also simulate a dashed or dotted line by applying a pattern to a line. To create dotted or dashed lines with Microsoft Graph, use the following 11-step procedure: 1. Create and position the objects in PowerPoint that you want to use in conjunction with the dashed lines that you will add using Graph. 2. Click the Graph tool on the Tool Palette and drag the pointer to trace a rectangular area. (This launches Graph.) 3. From the Window menu in Graph, choose Datasheet. 4. From the Edit menu, choose Select All. 5. From the Edit menu, choose Clear. Select the Clear Data option button, then choose the OK button. 6. From the Window menu, chose Chart. 7. From the Chart menu, choose Add Arrow. 8. Position the arrow so that both ends are in the appropriate corners or edges of the window. Keep in mind the angle and length of the line you want to create. 9. With the arrow still selected, choose Patterns from the Format menu. The Line Patterns dialog box allows you to select your line style and remove or modify the arrowhead. Choose a dashed line from the Style box. 10. After completing your format changes, choose the OK button to return to the Chart window. 11. From the File menu in Graph, choose Exit And Return To <filename>, where <filename> is the name of your file. The dashed line appears on your slide. You can drag it to reposition it. The lines you create in Microsoft Graph are two-dimensional graphics. You cannot rotate these graphics in PowerPoint. Any modifications to the lines must be made in Microsoft Graph. To simulate a line with patterns, use the following five-step procedure: 1. Select the line tool from the tool palette. 2. Draw a line on the slide. 3. From the Object menu, choose Line. 4. From the Line drop-down menu, choose Patterned. 5. Select a pattern that will provide the dashed line style you want and choose OK. The line is a PowerPoint object and can be edited like any object created in PowerPoint. 2. Q. How can I rotate text in version 3.0 of Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh? A. You can create rotated text using the Microsoft Graph program, which ships with PowerPoint. PowerPoint itself cannot rotate text. To use Microsoft Graph to put rotated text on a slide, use the following 10-step procedure: 1. Click the Graph tool on the Tool Palette and drag the pointer to trace a rectangular area. This launches Graph. 2. From the Window menu in Graph, choose Datasheet. 3. From the Edit menu, choose Select All. 4. From the Edit menu, choose Clear. Select the Clear Data option button, then choose the OK button. 5. From the Window menu, choose Chart. 6. Type the text that you want to rotate. 7. From the Format menu, choose Text. Select the kind of text rotation desired. A text object created in this way is unattached and can be moved around the Chart window. 8. Make any desired font and formatting changes. 9. Position the text object and resize the Chart window to minimize the amount of white space around the text object. 10. From the File menu, choose Exit And Return To <filename>, where <filename> is the name of your file. The rotated text object you created appears on the slide. The Microsoft Graph object you have just created contains only rotated text. To edit the text, double-click the object to open it in Graph. NOTE: Text can only be rotated 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise using this procedure. 3. Q. What does the PowerPoint Viewer program do? A. The PowerPoint Viewer application allows you to view slide shows created in version 2.0 or 3.0 of Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh without having PowerPoint installed on your computer. The PowerPoint Viewer requires System software version 6.0.5 or later to run. The PowerPoint Viewer is also available from the Microsoft Download Service (MSDL). The PowerPoint Viewer can be freely distributed. 4. Q. How can I create tables in version 3.0 of Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh? A. PowerPoint 3.0 does not include an automatic feature for creating tables. However, PowerPoint does include a presentation with predesigned tables. This presentation, called TABLES.PPT, is located in the TIMESAVR folder in the PowerPoint program folder. TABLES.PPT includes 12 slides of sample tables and a slide with instructions on how to use the ready-made tables. 5. Q. What is OLE? A. OLE (object linking and embedding) allows you to link or embed objects (such as text, video, charts, spreadsheets, sounds, and drawings) into files created by other applications. For example, to add valuable information and interesting formatting to your PowerPoint presentation, you can embed spreadsheets from Microsoft Excel and text from Microsoft Word. You can also embed PowerPoint presentations in files created by other applications, such as Microsoft Word. To use OLE with PowerPoint and another application, the second application must also support OLE. 6. Q. How can I use build and transition effects in version 3.0 of Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh? A. Build and transition effects are new slide show features in PowerPoint 3.0. PowerPoint includes 30 different build effects and 45 different transition effects. By using build effects, you can make the body text or bulleted points on a slide appear item by item as you give your presentation. As you click the mouse button or press a key (such as the SPACEBAR or an arrow key), new bullet points appear one by one until the slide is complete. You can also dim bulleted items whenever a new bulleted item is displayed. To set build effects, use one of the following two methods: 1. While in Slide view, choose Builds from the Slide menu. This method allows you to set the build style for the current slide only. 2. While in Slide Sorter view, choose the Builds button on the toolbar. This allows you to set the build style for a group of selected slides. You can customize the transitions between slides in a variety of striking ways by using transition effects. To set transition effects, use one of the following two methods: 1. While in Slide view, choose Transitions from the Slide menu. This allows you to set the transition style for the current slide only. 2. While in Slide Sorter view, choose the Transition button on the toolbar. This allows you to set the transition style for a group of selected slides. You can set a different build style and a different transition style for every slide in your presentation. To see examples of the build and transition effects, run the sample presentations included with PowerPoint in the SAMPLES directory. These files are named GREATEST.PPT and GREATES2.PPT.
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Last reviewed: February 28, 1997