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The PowerPoint QAT – A Designer’s Best Tool

The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is one of the best options for making your design work faster, if setup properly. The PowerPoint QAT is basically a collection of the top used “buttons” always accessible without having to change tabs on the ribbon.

PowerPoint QAT 3

Setting up the QAT is fairly easy, but tedious. But Microsoft has made it very easy to leverage someone else’s effort. In this case, my effort, think of it as my gift to everyone that reads this post, and instantly setup your QAT with 37 buttons to speed up design.

Download the QAT file HERE (unzip and “PowerPoint Customizations.exportedUI”).

In PowerPoint, go to FILE > OPTIONS > QUICK ACCESS TOOLBAR > IMPORT/EXPORT > IMPORT > select the downloaded file > say YES to the dialog > done.

PowerPoint QAT 2

– Troy @ TLC

 

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Something New On My QAT

The QAT is the #1 customization and way to speed up design work. Recently, I was using another designer’s computer and discovered an amazing button for the QAT, and it is unbelievable that it was not one of the first items I added when first customizing it!

QAT-Animation Pane 1

This button opens the Custom Animation Pane. I predict that this button will save me 10 hours of design time in 2016! The animation pane is something I access continuously, and going to the Animations tab and then the Animation Button takes a lot of mouse movement and, ultimately, time. Now, if I need to review the animation on a slide (not necessarily add animation, just see what is on a slide and adjust timing in the Animation Pane), I click this button no matter what tab I am on and the animation information needed is there.

To add, go to FILE > OPTIONS > QUICK ACCESS TOOLBAR. In the POPULAR COMMANDS list, the 6th item down is ANIMATION PANE. Select it and click the add button to place it on your QAT.

QAT Animation Pane 2

Hopefully everyone has discovered this wonderful button and already have it on your QAT (and are now seriously wondering how good I really am at that PowerPoint program). Just sharing my experience and hopefully helping others not feel left out by not having the Animation Pane button on their QAT.

– Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016 For Windows Available Today!

The cadence for updates at Microsoft is definitely much faster – today Office 2016 (for Windows, not to be confused with Office 2016 for Mac which was released earlier this year) is available.

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How Often Is Microsoft Releasing Updates:

  • From the information I have seen, Microsoft is releasing (for Office 365 subscription use) updates now 3 releases per year: February, June, October
  • In addition, there are monthly minor updates, which are mostly security updates and feature fixes/updates
  • The Sept 22 release, which is a new version release, is actually the October cycle release (I guess we can look at it as being released early!)

What is New in PowerPoint 2016:

  • To be honest – not much, at least from a design and feature perspective. So far to me, this release is about adding new back-end features and functionality. Check out this list from the Microsoft site that highlights the big Office initiatives, here.
  • For PowerPoint design specifically, I like the improved Dark theme, the new chart styles are welcome and the ability to export a presentation at full 1080p is great! End of list for me…

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Office (PowerPoint) and Windows 10

With the move to Windows 10, I have been concerned with what would, and would not, work in PowerPoint. Being that both Windows and Office are Microsoft products, I expected few issues, and my assumption has been correct. Microsoft recently posted a list of all known issues between Windows 10 and Office which you can read here.

Win10Issues

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 has a lot of good stuff going for it, from stability to media playback – all topics for future posts. After months of testing (poking, prodding, and looking at virtually any feature I find), I have moved a few key computers to Windows 10 – including my personal design computer.

The Start Menu, while different than Windows XP (and the Classic Shell version of Windows XP I run on all Windows 8.1 computers), has everything there and can be laid out in the logical and usable way. I am sure this will evolve more, but here is my current Windows 10 Start Menu layout.

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– Troy @ TLC