Basic Tips and Tricks
1. Use ”Themes” (from the Design menu) to control how your PowerPoint looks (including colors,
fonts, and effects.) You can use themes supplied by Microsoft, or build your own.
2. The Slide Master (View > Slide Master) stores information about the theme and slide layouts of
a presentation, including the background color, fonts, effects, placeholder sizes, and positioning.
You should work with the Slide Masters before you build your individual slides, because changes
you make later may not work on some of your slides.
3. When you add slide Transitions, note the Timing menu items, including the "Apply to All”.
Transitions can also be modified as part ofthe slide master.
4. Animations that are set up on the Slide Master will be used throughout the presentation. Are
your animations out of order? You can use the Reorder Animation area in the Timing menu.
5. Presenter View has some great tools for the presenter, including a timer and clock, a pen for
annotations, slide notes, black screen / white screen, slide navigation, and ”switch programs”.
To enable presenter view when you have two displays (your computer display plus a projector),
click "Use Presenter View” in the monitors menu under the Slide Show tab
Embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010
The requirements for embedding a YouTube video (or other online video) in PowerPoint 2010 are:
Flash Player 10+ / Windows Media Player 10+/ 32-bit Ofﬁce 2010. Note that you cannot embed a
YouTube video in PowerPoint on a Mac — you will need to link to YouTube.
1. In the browser, navigate to the YouTube video you plan to include
2. Below the video, click the Share button, and then click the Embed button
3. Click the "Use old embed code" box, and then copy the text in the box above
4. In PowerPoint, while on the slide where you’ll be inserting the video: under the insert menu,
select Video and then Video from Web Site
5. Paste the code that you copied from YouTube.
** Want to start the video in the middle? **
You can start in the middle of the YouTube video by adding the &start:nn parameter in two places in
the embed string.
For example, here’s some YouTube embed code. i want to start 10 seconds into the video, so I add
&start=10 at the end of the YouTube URL, twice. (Note that I need to add a ”;” right before this string):
<object width="853" height="480"><param name="movie"
&start=15"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param
type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="853" height="480" allowscriptaccess="always”
Embed a video from your computer into PowerPoint 2010
1. PowerPoint 2010 will support QuickTime (.mov, .mp4) and Adobe Flash (.swf) files when you
have installed the QuickTime and Flash players.
2. There are some limitations when using Flash in PowerPoint 2010
3. PowerPoint 2010 64—bit is not compatible with 32-bit versions of QuickTime or Flash. You must
install a 64—bit version of QuickTime or Flash, or a 32—bit version of PowerPoint 2010.