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    Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    I'm not much of a Powerpoint Ranger, knowing just enough to make static text slides. We project the lyrics of songs in our church. I make the slides, standardized template. Works fine. Wish there was a way to adjust spacing between characters so I could occasionally force a line to fit "BUT THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT NOW" <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>.

    Periodically, someone decides to do something else during the service which uses ppt slides. Typically, I simply insert them into the presentation with the songs. Now the mystery. Sometimes the inserted file takes on the color/masterslide characteristics of the song presentation. Other times, they don't. (Not the same slides. Different presentations from different people.) What controls this? Can it be controlled by the type of insertion done or is it a property of the presentation being inserted?

    Generally, I would like to be able to insert one presentation into another without the slides of either one being changed. Is this possible to guarantee?

    Oh, the slides being inserted are not necessarily from PPT 2000. At least one of the guys is still using PPT 4.

    -----Paul-----

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    Re: Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    Spacing:

    Try reducing the font size. Although you don't see it as being available, you can click in the font size and literally type something like 12.5 or 10.5 to reduce the size of the slide.

    The people you're dealing with might not be aware of master slides. Perhaps they're putting graphics on each slide? An easier workaround for this might be for you to hyperlink to their presentation instead of pulling the slides into yours. To create an easy, non-interfering hyperlink, just draw a rectangle in an obscure place on the slide you want to use to transition to their presentation. Make the rectangle the same color and outline of your current slide so it's "invisible". Then, click on the rectangle and hit insert-hyperlink and choose their presentation to hyperlink to. On the last slide of their presentation, insert a hyperlink back to the desired slide on your presentation. That way, you won't have to worry about the backgrounds at all.

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    Re: Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    I agree the problem is folks creating a graphic background. If a presentation is created the "right" way, the presentation you're copying 'to' will apply all of it's Master defaults to the slide you're copying.

    I'd try setting some standards like "...files must be '97 or 2000..."

    I also 'do slides' at my church and find the varying levels of competence my greatest challenge. We had a guy yesterday running slides that guaranteed everyone he was really good at PPoint but didn't know how to show the 'Previous' slide, which became painfully obvious when he used "cute" transitions that took too long to "paint" and therefore, he clicked again to advance, which of course advance two slides. Painful to watch.

    To ammend Pierson's idea, Use "no fill color" and "no line color" for your Hyperlink box. This way there's no need to try and match a background and you can put them over objects on the screen. (If I click on the cross, it'll take me to the sermon, etc.)

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    Re: Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    Cool beans, Speak. Can you answer me a question? How DO you go back without right-clicking? I gave a user the hyperlink workaround or even have a shape on-click that runs a macro that goes back one slide. Unfortunately, I'm not much of a PPT user anymore, but a troubleshooter. I know too much about fixing it, and not enough about using it. Got a clue for me? This guy was actually looking for a PPT-compatible "clicker", perhaps like a wireless mouse, but he wants a "back" button.

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    Re: Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    At the keyboard, when the letter "P" is pressed, the presentation will reverse one slide, "B" will black blank the screen, while "W" will white blank. This is all part of PowerPoint without Macros.

    This is great unless you're using a remote. Some remotes will allow custom programming.

    If you or someone else needs training or other help, that's what I do. BTW, if he's looking for a remote, tell him to look at Mindpath Gyro remote.

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    Re: Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    Thanks TONS. That remote is probably just what he's looking for. He doesn't want to have to "mosey around to the keyboard" just to reverse a slide.

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    Re: Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    Hit F1 while in Slide Show view and all your keyboard shortcuts will be listed in an on screen dialog box.

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    Re: Melding presentations (PPT 2000)

    I wander around with a small trackball mouse sometimes. Took a while to get used to but I use it like a remote, sort of...
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