How many times have you heard about one slide decks? It is becoming all the rage now, whether inside boardroom or the classroom. Rather than having a huge presentation spanning tens of slides, sometimes it is much more powerful to have a single slide deck do all the work. Most of the corporate presentations and pitches usually have multiple people working on the same thing. We are going to cover the key benefits of using one slide decks to explain your concept:
Re-usability: Once your presentation is ready, anyone can quickly have a look at it and add it to their new presentation. For example, say you are pitching to an automobile giant and have added a one slide deck explaining the advantages of your product. Tomorrow, when you pitch to another automobile giant, you can reuse the same one slide deck
Maintainability: We all know the pain of updating various decks whenever a product portfolio changes or a design change happens. You will take considerably less amount of time to edit the slide if you do the change
Minimalist: Summation is a very powerful tool, it encourages you to focus on the key aspects of the slideshow presentations and helps you cut down unnecessary points in your PowerPoint decks. Minimalist design ensures your decks remain uncluttered and focused on just one thing
Engagement: Let’s face it, everyone is busy nowadays. The modern manager has hundreds of items on his bucket list and listening to long sales pitches won’t be a top priority for him. Which is why when you say I only have a one slide deck for you, it captures his interest and you can finally get that meeting you were looking for
Time-saver: Rather than creating a large sales deck which might take a considerable amount of time, a single slide on the other hand takes minimum effort and time. If you have a urgent deadline to meet and the ask for a deck which can explain the product, it makes much sense to go with a single slide deck
Whew! 5 quick benefits for you when you use a single slide deck. We advocate using single slide decks for your meetings. The biggest advantage being maintainability.
What do you think? Have you ever used a one slide deck before? What were your key learning from it?
The simple, humble 2×2 matrix is one of the most commonly used business strategy tool from publications and speeches to every case study you've ever read in B-school. Every company has thousands of 2×2 matrices on Powerpoint slides laying around because of its amazing simplicity and versatility. It works remarkably well to list to think in two-dimensional thinking to solve problems.
You can create a range of possibilities just using the same slide. For example,
which restaurant to go to?
which travel site to go to?
which smartphone brand to purchase?
which car to buy
list goes on …
I was in search of a simple slide which anyone can quickly use for their presentations without having to go through multiple hops. Hope you enjoy the below template created for which smartphone brand should I buy. Do fill in the below fields to download the template
Charts and graphs are the easiest way to explain any point across especially if you have lots of data to put across. People can spot trends more easily in a chart as well as comprehend complex data. A good powerpoint deck should have information presented in a concise way as much as possible. It does not mean you should have a lot of visualizations in your slides but rather keep one chart per slide. If you think in terms of the viewer, its best to keep his focus on one thing at a time.
We at powerpointguys have created a one slide deck for an animated graph which you can quickly download and use for your meetings or presentations. Consider you have the below data which can be anything revenue numbers, employee count, website viewers, active users per year. See the data as below:
Which one would you prefer? Obviously the graph. Add some simple animations, you are done. Go ahead, download the chart below
Everyone has been there, your powerpoint deck for a client meeting has suddenly exceeded 30MB. You have a small edit to make in it, but opening the powerpoint deck is taking forever due to its huge size. Even after opening the Powerpoint, just scrolling through the slides and making small edits take a long time. What do you do in that case ?
We have a very cool feature in Powerpoint known as Compress pictures in order to reduce the size of the images. Based on the number of images inside, your expected savings on an average should be close to 40%. Your 30MB Powerpoint file is nw 18MB only and it can load much faster.
Step 1: Select the image in question Step 2: Click on Format in Menu Step 3: Click on the icon to Compress Image shown above
Step 4: After clicking ok, the image will be compressed
Bonus Tip: If you have multiple images in your Powerpoint slides, uncheck “Apply only to this picture”, then click OK. All the images in your slides will now be compressed. You can finally say goodbye to slow-loading powerpoint decks
One of the most finer details which people miss out in their presentations is the existence of double spaces inside paragraphs. Depending upon what your job profile looks like you will generally have multiple presentations to fall out not created by you. Multiple reasons exist for double spaces typos errors inside your powerpoint deck –
Hurry to create the presentation introduces small errors
Someone else has created the deck from which you have copied the slides
Keys in a keyboard sometimes creates these errors
Whatever the case, it is a big eyesore when presenting your powerpoint deck in a meeting or sending it across in an email. These errors tend to accumulate over time and you never know when you have a deck complete of hundreds of typos
Here is a quick tutorial to replace double spaces with single spaces
Step 1: Inside Powerpoint, Click on Replace inside main ribbon Shortcut: Ctrl + H
Step 2: Enter double spaces inside ‘Find what’ and single space inside ‘Replace with:’
Step 3: Click ‘Replace All’. Done. Powerpoint will find all double spaces and replace them with a single space
Previously, I had written about how to convert your powerpoint to pdf using the built option, but recently I had the requirement to quickly do the same for multiple powerpoint files. It is rather cumbersome to open up powerpoint files one by one – some take a long time to open depending upon the file size then click on the file > export > save as pdf > write the file name. The time spent doing the same quickly adds up
Why can’t we have a simple way to “save as pdf” for powerpoint file right in the context menu. This way any powerpoint file that you may encounter you can quickly create pdf files for the same. How to do it ? Turns out it was quite easy – All it takes is a visual basic script and a registry edit. I have detailed the tutorial below to do the same
Step 1: Fire up your favourite text editor (Notepad / Sublime Text) and copy-paste the below
Sub WriteLine ( strLine )
Const msoFalse = 0 ' False.
Const msoTrue = -1 ' True.
Const ppFixedFormatIntentScreen = 1 ' Intent is to view exported file on screen.
Const ppFixedFormatIntentPrint = 2 ' Intent is to print exported file.
Const ppFixedFormatTypeXPS = 1 ' XPS format
Const ppFixedFormatTypePDF = 2 ' PDF format
Const ppPrintHandoutVerticalFirst = 1 ' Slides are ordered vertically, with the first slide in the upper-left corner and the second slide below it.
Const ppPrintHandoutHorizontalFirst = 2 ' Slides are ordered horizontally, with the first slide in the upper-left corner and the second slide to the right of it.
Const ppPrintOutputSlides = 1 ' Slides
Const ppPrintOutputTwoSlideHandouts = 2 ' Two Slide Handouts
Const ppPrintOutputThreeSlideHandouts = 3 ' Three Slide Handouts
Const ppPrintOutputSixSlideHandouts = 4 ' Six Slide Handouts
Const ppPrintOutputNotesPages = 5 ' Notes Pages
Const ppPrintOutputOutline = 6 ' Outline
Const ppPrintOutputBuildSlides = 7 ' Build Slides
Const ppPrintOutputFourSlideHandouts = 8 ' Four Slide Handouts
Const ppPrintOutputNineSlideHandouts = 9 ' Nine Slide Handouts
Const ppPrintOutputOneSlideHandouts = 10 ' Single Slide Handouts
Const ppPrintAll = 1 ' Print all slides in the presentation.
Const ppPrintSelection = 2 ' Print a selection of slides.
Const ppPrintCurrent = 3 ' Print the current slide from the presentation.
Const ppPrintSlideRange = 4 ' Print a range of slides.
Const ppPrintNamedSlideShow = 5 ' Print a named slideshow.
Const ppShowAll = 1 ' Show all.
Const ppShowNamedSlideShow = 3 ' Show named slideshow.
Const ppShowSlideRange = 2 ' Show slide range.
' This is the actual script
If WScript.Arguments.Count <> 2 Then
WriteLine 'You need to specify input and output files.'
inputFile = WScript.Arguments(0)
outputFile = WScript.Arguments(1)
Set objFso = CreateObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject')
If Not objFso.FileExists( inputFile ) Then
WriteLine 'Unable to find your input file ' & inputFile
If objFso.FileExists( outputFile ) Then
WriteLine 'Your output file (' & outputFile & ') already exists!'
WriteLine 'Input File: ' & inputFile
WriteLine 'Output File: ' & outputFile
Set objPPT = CreateObject( 'PowerPoint.Application' )
objPPT.Visible = True
Set objPresentation = objPPT.ActivePresentation
Set objPrintOptions = objPresentation.PrintOptions
objPrintOptions.RangeType = ppShowAll
' Reference for this at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ff746080.aspx
objPresentation.ExportAsFixedFormat outputFile, ppFixedFormatTypePDF, ppFixedFormatIntentScreen, msoTrue, ppPrintHandoutHorizontalFirst, ppPrintOutputSlides, msoFalse, objPrintOptions.Ranges(1), ppPrintAll, 'Slideshow Name', False, False, False, False, False
The above code is visual basic script which automatically runs the export to pdf command for it. This has been taken from a superuser forum
Step 2: Save the above file as pptconverter.vbs in an easily accessible location (You will require it later)
Step 3: Open up a text editor (e.g. Notepad) and copy-paste below Ensure the path to pptconverter is changed to where you have saved pptcoverter.vbs (with backslash)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@='Save PDF here'
@='CSCRIPT \'C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Office\\root\\Office16\\pptconverter.vbs\' \'%1\' \'%1.pdf\''
The above code creates a registry key and value inside Windows only for .pptx files
Step 4: Save the above file as ‘pptconverter.reg’ and double click on it. Accept the windows prompt for allowing changes to the registry. Click on ‘Yes’,
Step 5: Done
It will not take more than 5 minutes to do the same, but it will save you plenty of time in the future. Do let me know if you have a faster way of doing the same or a .exe wrapper for the above scripts to make it easier for normal users to avail the above option. Let me know in the comments below if you love this hack or have a feedback about the same.
There are multiple ways to convert any powerpoint decks you are working on to pdf and many reasons to do so. You can use the same tutorial to send large powerpoint files across email if Outlook and Gmail have file restrictions. Some of the most common reason to do the same is
Sending it in an email
Large Size of the Powerpoint
Keep it as a backup option
Highly sensitive content
Share it an password-protected PDF
The below tutorial will help you answer how to export (or save) any powerpoint presentation in a pdf format
Click on File
Click on Export
Click “Create PDF/XPS”
Type the File name and click on “Publish”
You can optimize the email even further by visiting ilovepdf which can compress your the size of your pdf.
What do you do when Powerpoint freezes, hangs or becomes unresponsive and you are working on that super important update which is to be sent to your manager early morning ? Autosave to the rescue
How do I change autosave settings ?How to change autosave interval in Powerpoint ? Quick Way -> File -> Options -> Save
The default option available in Office 365 Powerpoint is 10 minutes, Change the setting to 5. You can even use a different time setting based upon your requirement. The number of times that you will be saved because of this nifty hack which Powerpoint is incomparable. Only thing is the default options can be improved by a good factor depending upon what you are working on.
What about the space requirements ? The recent laptops & computers for business now at least have 8GB Ram as well as 500GB Hard disk. With network speeds rising due to 4G, your laptop does have plenty of space which can be utilized for autosaves. So no worries there. Powerpoint also regularly clears the old autosave formats as well
Other options including changing the file location for autosave.
You can even change the default behaviour when you save Powerpoint files, i.e. after closing Powerpoint if you require it to be automatically saved to a particular location in your computer
Who created PowerPoint ?Who is the founder of PowerPoint ? Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program, created by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin at a software company named Forethought, Inc. Gaskins headed this new Microsoft unit for another five years, completing versions of the PowerPoint product which contributed to the explosive early growth of Microsoft Windows and to the dominance of Microsoft Office.
When was Powerpoint released ?How old is Powerpoint ? It was released on April 20, 1987, initially for Macintosh computers only. Microsoft acquired PowerPoint for $14 million three months after it appeared which is on July 20, 1987. This was the first software acquisition by Microsoft
When did Powerpoint become a part of Office ? PowerPoint became a component of the Microsoft Office suite, first offered in 1989 for Macintosh and in 1990 for Windows
Why powerpoint is called powerpoint ? On July 5, 1984, Forethought hired Robert Gaskins as its vice president of product development to create a new application that would be especially suited to the new graphical personal computers, such as Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh. During the development period, Robert Gaskins, Thomas Rudkin and Dennis Austins published a 2-page specification document named ” Presentation Graphics for Overhead Projection” while throughout the period it was named as “Presenter”. Then, just before release, there was a last-minute check with Forethought’s lawyers to register the name as a trademark, and “Presenter” was unexpectedly rejected because it had already been used by company in New Jersey. Gaskins says that he thought of “PowerPoint”, based on the product’s goal of “empowering” individual presenters, and sent that name to the lawyers for clearance, while all the documentation was hastily revised.
Did Bill Gates initially rejected the idea of Powerpoint ? Yes. Jeff Raikes was initially chosen to head the plan of creating a new application to create presentations. To speed up development, they initially proposed to acquire More, an outlining program that could print bullet points. But during the acquisition, he found out about Presenter and changed course to acquire Powerpoint. Bill Gates was initially skeptical about Powerpoint as he wanted to integrate it in Microsoft Word. But ultimately, the green signal was given and Microsoft acquired Forethought for $14M.
What is the Market share of Powerpoint ? PowerPoint’s market share of total world presentation software has been estimated at 95 percent by both industry and academic sources
What is the development story behind Powerpoint ? Robert Gaskins has written a complete account on the complete story behind Powerpoint in “Sweating Bullets: Notes about Inventing Powerpoint” to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the same. You can buy the print version from Amazon US or you can download the version from below