Category Archives: PowerPoint

Don’t be fooled – protecting isn’t bullet-proof

SharynAvatarBlog120x120When I’m asked to teach a class on how to restrict editing within a document, the first 5 minutes of my instruction is usually spent explaining that protecting isn’t bullet-proof.

Why do I do this?  Because I have met so many people who assume that restricting the editing of a document by adding a password is in fact securing it so that only the holder or holders of the password can access the file.  Not true!  Via the Internet you can easily access a multitude of work-arounds that coach you through how to easily access the content of a restricted file. Continue reading Don’t be fooled – protecting isn’t bullet-proof

Are you endangering the privacy of your clients and team members?

SharynAvatarBlog120x120I once paid a lawyer to draft a legal agreement for my business.  The document was fabulous and given to me as a Microsoft® Word file so that I could easily add additional information each time I used the document.  When I received the file I noticed that the document’s metadata (hidden properties) held the name of another law firm, not the law firm that this document had been sent from.  Not a good look at all.

How did this happen?  Simple.  My document was a copy of a document from another law firm.  When the copy was made, possibly using File, Save As, the document’s metadata was carried over into my file.  The lawyer may not have been aware that Word files store metadata, information that can reveal details of the author and organisation from which it originated.  Even though my lawyer had indeed drafted the document, the original template of the file had been created at another law firm.  So even though it was his work, it looked as though it had originated elsewhere. Continue reading Are you endangering the privacy of your clients and team members?

PowerPoint – updating your presentation with your company template

SharynAvatarBlog120x120In this post I want to share with you how to update an existing presentation with your company template.

I recently ran a PowerPoint course for a Sales Team.  One of the biggest challenges they had was updating their existing presentations (which were large and extremely comprehensive) to the new company template.  Their organisation had recently re-branded and they had been asked to ensure ALL presentations to clients were using the new template.

Before I arrived it had been a cutting and pasting frenzy.  Apparently it had been taking forever and had caused a few people to become very stressed.

Within a few minutes I had them laughing at how easy it was. Continue reading PowerPoint – updating your presentation with your company template

PowerPoint – Add animation to elements of a Chart

SharynAvatarBlog120x120PROBLEM: Wasting time creating multiple copies of the same chart so that the audience sees each data series introduced individually.  For example, data for Week 1 is displayed on one slide then the data for week 2 is added on the next slide…and so on.

SOLUTION: quickly add animation to a Chart in PowerPoint.  Use animation to display elements as required. Continue reading PowerPoint – Add animation to elements of a Chart

Office – Changing the screen to gain more screen real estate

SharynAvatarBlog120x120PROBLEM: Needing more screen and less Ribbon (great for tablets).

SOLUTION: Gain more screen “real-estate” by changing your display settings. Continue reading Office – Changing the screen to gain more screen real estate

PowerPoint, Word, Excel – nudging shapes so that they align nicely

SharynAvatarBlog120x120PROBLEM: Have you ever tried to perfectly align a line of check
boxes or shapes?  It’s not easy!

SOLUTION: Take control and easily knock wayward shapes back into line.  Note: check out the tip on nudging – it’s fabulous! Continue reading PowerPoint, Word, Excel – nudging shapes so that they align nicely