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Advanced Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007: Insights and Advice from the Experts [Paperback]

Wayne Kao , Jeff Huang
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29 Dec 2007

This is the only book that will help an intermediate PowerPoint user improve their skills to an advanced level. In doing so, they can benefit both professionally and personally. This is not a comprehensive book that will bore you with every detail of PowerPoint, but a guide to specific actions you can take to create the ultimate presentation. The book covers the powerful formatting engine new to PowerPoint 2007, and how it can be used for applying soft shadows, reflection, and glows to make a presentation look attractive. It also covers PowerPoint's new 3D engine. The book goes into deep technical detail about the Office 2007 theme engine and how color schemes, effect schemes, and font schemes work; as well as the new PowerPoint XML file format, showing you how to edit PowerPoint files without using PowerPoint at all. The authors walk through programming a macro and explain how to format shapes, diagrams, charts, text, tables with gradient and picture fills and different kinds of lines (e.g. a beveled compound line with a diamond arrowhead). Also covered are those all important slide show shortcuts that few people know about like -- seeing your private notes while presenting on a projector, starting the slide show from the current slide without fumbling through the user interface, and how to black out the slide show screen with one key press.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 1 edition (29 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789737248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789737243
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the only book that will help an intermediate PowerPoint user improve their skills to an advanced level. In doing so, they can benefit both professionally and personally. This is not a comprehensive book that will bore you with every detail of PowerPoint, but a guide to specific actions you can take to create the ultimate presentation. The book covers the powerful formatting engine new to PowerPoint 2007, and how it can be used for applying soft shadows, reflection, and glows to make a presentation look attractive. It also covers PowerPoint's new 3D engine. The book goes into deep technical detail about the Office 2007 theme engine and how color schemes, effect schemes, and font schemes work; as well as the new PowerPoint XML file format, showing you how to edit PowerPoint files without using PowerPoint at all. The authors walk through programming a macro and explain how to format shapes, diagrams, charts, text, tables with gradient and picture fills and different kinds of lines (e.g. a beveled compound line with a diamond arrowhead). Also covered are those all important slide show shortcuts that few people know about like -- seeing your private notes while presenting on a projector, starting the slide show from the current slide without fumbling through the user interface, and how to black out the slide show screen with one key press.

About the Author

Wayne Kao joined Microsoft in January 2003,working as a developer on the PowerPoint team. He developed PowerPoint 2007 features such as the pretty, new effects and the new XML  file formats; improved the undo, setup, placeholder, and Photo Album features; and worked to integrate SmartArt, chart, table, and picture improvements into PowerPoint 2007. Wayne also contributed to PowerPoint and Office Picture Manager 2003.

 

Jeff Huang is currently working as a developer for Microsoft on his second release of PowerPoint. He has learned the ins and outs of the product by implementing features and exposing himself to the inner workings of PowerPoint. Each day that he spends working with the talented people who make PowerPoint, he picks up an obscure new trick or shortcut. Jeff hopes to empower you to create better presentations not only by making PowerPoint a better product, but also by helping you become an expert PowerPoint user. He wants you to be the person who does something new, cool, and unusual in PowerPoint, the person who makes others exclaim, “Wow! I didn’t know you could do that!”

 

When not writing books about PowerPoint, Jeff can be found skiing, playing golf, or playing with his dog, Pouncer.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced PowerPoint 6 July 2013
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This book is really helpful and I am able to find things easily when I'm struggling to do something in presentations. Would recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced PowerPoint 2007 18 July 2010
By Anita
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If you are interested in PowerPoint 2007 or above, then this is the book for you. As the authors say, "it's not for beginners", but it simplifies everything about the application and shows how to create graphics, 3D and 2D, and is also a good read.

This book is one of my all time favourties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for Consultants who use PowerPoint 14 Jan 2008
By Jatinder Bhatti - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a former consultant, business school student, and making hundreds of decks for presentations to CEO's, VCs, and a whole stadium full of people, I have to say that I have finally found the book I need. If you are an advanced user of PowerPoint, then you need to get this book. Learn all the tricks to creating more dynamic slides in less time. It a time saver! Worth every penny.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as a tutorial or as a reference 15 Jan 2008
By P. Zigoris - Published on Amazon.com
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Chock full of good ideas and helpful hints. The examples are really illuminating and the writing is exceptionally clear, especially the section on the XML format (which was what I was most interested in). In both business and academic settings I've found myself having to maintain a large number of presentations. Often there are slight variations between presentations (different customer, different conference) and this book helped me streamline a lot of that process. For instance, now I can easily update tables with fresh data! A HUGE win. Now I finally have time to learn the clarinet!
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book with many problems 25 Oct 2008
By Kris R. Trafton - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book based on the positive reviews on Amazon. I am less enthusiastic about the book. Although I have learned a few things from reading this short book, many shortcomings prevent it from receiving five stars:

1. Bad labels - Rather than titling a paragraph based on the technique's benefit, titles often are meaningless catch phrases: "Smart Art: What is so Smart about it?" As a reference book, I want titles labeled as benefits so I can quickly find what I am looking for.

2. Excessive Bad Humor - The occasional joke is okay but this book contains far too many stupid jokes.

3. Wordy - The book does not get to the point. It should simply list the instructions and the end benefit. The authors waste a lot of space in order to create a more lengthy book.

4. Not advanced - There is absolutely no prior PowerPoint knowledge necessary. Every basic concept is presented. Further, the authors spend less than 1 page on macros. An advanced book must cover macros.

5. Black and white - I understand that the publishers want to keep the cost down for the book. But since 1/3 of the book covers formatting, colors, themes, etc; color almost seems essential.

The only thing these authors do well is present a lot of figures so readers can quickly identify more complicated steps in the procedure.

For those of you that are used to reading books by John Walkenback on MS Excel, you will be very disappointed with this book. However, since I have not read Step by Step, the other main PowerPoint book, this could be the best PowerPoint book available.

Finally, even though I have been fairly negative in this review, the book is not that bad. You will learn some new tricks. The point is the book is not as good as other reviewers describe and has significant room for improvement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Guide for PowerPoint 2007 22 Feb 2008
By Tracy Yang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To be honest, I've always been jealous of PowerPoints that I see during company meetings. How do they make them look so good? Finally, I decided to invest a little time. My friend's friend works at Microsoft and told me that his co-workers wrote a book. I figured I would give it a shot. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the book. I thought it would be really complicated, but little things go a long way to make slides look good and this book is great at pointing those out. Now, my presentations look clean, professional, and people are asking me for tips! It's great. If you want to impress your boss/co-workers with your PowerPoint skills, then this is definitely a good place to start.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for PowerPoint Users 25 Jan 2010
By Formatting Junkie - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just upgraded to PowerPoint 2007 and needed a book that addressed the new features and maybe a few tips and tricks. For a PowerPoint user of almost 10 years, currently preparing for the MCAS, this is exactly what I needed. I disagree with the negative review, particularly about the jokes. I had a really good laugh at the thought of "editing" AutoCorrect entries of one person I know. :-)
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