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PowerPoint is a slide show presentation program currently developed by Microsoft. PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or "slides" that may contain text, graphics, sound, movies, and other objects, which may be arranged freely. The presentation can be printed, displayed live on a computer, or navigated through at the command of the presenter. Slides can also form the basis of webcasts.

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How to tell Microsoft Office that a word is NOT spelled correctly
This Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial shows how to tell Microsoft Office that a word is NOT spelled correctly. Microsoft Office has a built-in, main dictionary that is shared by Office apps, including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. When an Office module, such as MS Word, gives us the red squiggly underline signifying a misspelled word, yet it really is spelled correctly (such as a proper noun), we're all familiar with how to add it to the custom dictionary, that is, simply right-click the word and select Add to Dictionary. But suppose we type in a word that does not get the red squiggly underline, that is, Word thinks it is spelled correctly, yet we do not like that spelling, and we want Word (and other Office apps) to flag it as a misspelling. This video explains a Microsoft supported technique for achieving that.

1. Locate the ExcludeDictionary file


Exit all Office apps.

Using Windows/File Explorer (or whatever file manager you prefer), navigate to this file:

c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\UProof\ExcludeDictionaryEN0409.lex

Of course, <username> is your user name (in my video, it is Joe). The exact name of the file will vary depending on your language and Office version, but it will begin with ExcludeDictionary and have a LEX file extension.

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2. Open the ExcludeDictionary file


Using Notepad (or whatever plain text editor you prefer), open the ExcludeDictionary file, which will be empty the first time you open it. If you do a File>Open, make sure that All Files is selected, since it is a LEX
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by:baffledbill
Thank you for the detail and writing it in an understandable way.

Based on your information, I played around with the various English files and my locale and language settings and saw it work as you suggested. I also found that it is safe to simply delete the files, and let Office recreate the appropriate one when it performs a spell check.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
You're welcome, Bill. I'm glad to hear that it works for you. And thanks to you for determining that it is safe to delete the LEX file(s) — that Office will re-create the appropriate one when it performs a spell check. I hadn't tried that — very good to know! Regards, Joe
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Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

How to install the Office 2016 desktop applications that come with the free trial of Office 365 Home
In a previous video Micro Tutorial here at Experts Exchange, I explained how to get a free, one-month trial of Office 365, which provides the desktop versions of Office 2016. For Windows, this includes Access 2016, Excel 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Publisher 2016, and Word 2016, as well as Microsoft OneDrive. The previous tutorial ended at the point of downloading the installer for the Office 2016 desktop modules for Windows. This new tutorial goes through the installation process for those applications.

1. Run the downloaded installer


Using Windows/File Explorer (or whatever file manager you prefer), locate the downloaded installer for the Office 2016 apps that are included as part of the Office 365 Home subscription. The name may vary depending on your operating system, but it will look something like this:

Setup.<lots of other characters here>.exe

Run it (usually, via a double-click, but that depends on your file manager and settings) and then click the "Run" button on the "Security Warning" dialog.

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2. Accept the User Account Control dialog


Depending on your User Account Control (UAC) settings, you may or may not get the UAC dialog. If you do, click the "Yes" button.

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3. Wait until all Office 2016 apps are installed


Although it says, "We'll be done in just a moment", grab a cup of coffee.

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4. Check for the Office Tools shortcuts


Check to make sure that the installer created a "Microsoft Office 2016 Tools" program group, with two shortcuts in it.

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5. Check for the Office shortcuts


Check to make sure that the installer created shortcuts for all of the Office 2016 apps. It does not
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How to get a free trial of Office 365 with the Office 2016 desktop applications
Office 365 is currently available in five editions. Three of them are for business use: Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business, and Office 365 Business Premium. Two of them are for home/personal use: Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal. However, only one of them offers a free trial — Office 365 Home. This Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial explains how to go through the process of obtaining the free, one-month trial for Office 365 Home, which includes the desktop versions of Office 2016. For Windows, this includes Access 2016, Excel 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Publisher 2016, and Word 2016, as well as Microsoft OneDrive. In a subsequent EE video Micro Tutorial, I show how to install the downloaded desktop versions of those Office 2016 modules in a Windows 7 system.

1. Visit the website for Office 365 Home


Visit the site with the only Office 365 edition that currently offers a free trial:
https://products.office.com/en-us/compare-microsoft-office-products

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2. Request free trial


Click the "Try for free" button.

Step2aClick the "Try 1-month free" button.

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3. Sign into your Microsoft account


Enter your email or phone for your Microsoft account, your password, and click the "Sign in" button.

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4. Go through the payment process


Even though it is a free trial, you must provide a payment method and go through the payment process. So be prepared with a credit/debit card or a bank account or PayPal. If you are unwilling to provide a payment method, you cannot get the free trial.

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5. Go through the install process

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by:Yashwant Vishwakarma
Thank You for sharing Joe :)
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
You're welcome, Yashwant. I'm glad you like it! Regards, Joe
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Creating a Launch Slide in PowerPoint
The viewer will learn how to  create a slide that will launch other presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint.

1. In the finished slide, each item launches a new PowerPoint presentation and when each is finished it automatically comes back to this slide

2. Create a blank slide in PowerPoint by going to File – new-then click create slide

3. Delete the text boxes (just easier to see what is going on)

4. You can insert the background anytime, but you may wish to do it at the beginning so you can see how everything looks together

5. The title comes next. You can put in word art here or use the smart object later.

6. Choose one of the smart objects to insert and use. In this case I am using one of the ones with pictures (although this does require you to make 2 links for every presentation.

7. Depending on how many speakers there will be, you may need to increase the number of boxes shown by pressing enter to get additional entries and/or by duplicating the object.

8. IMPORTANT: duplicate the object before making any further changes

9. Once you have the right number of objects, go back to the first object and enter the data you want there, including pictures

10. Note that these boxes will auto resize the text to get it to fit. So be aware that in some cases it may not be readable. You will either need to fix the box size or the title

11. To make the links and have them work correctly, you will need to ungroup each object twice. The first ungrouping, ungroups them so they are no longer smart objects, the second one separates them from each other. You may wish to regroup at least the picture with the text AFTER you have completed the hyperlinking.

12. To create a hyperlink, right click on an ungrouped object, and choose Hyperlink. To link to another presentation you should put the presentation in the same directory as the “launch” slide and then in the dialog box choose it as an “Existing file or Webpage” then click Okay.

13. To make this show a panel discussion I am going to delete the bottom three pictures and the bottom 2 objects in group three. I will then resize the object I didn’t delete so it aligns with the bottom of the other groups.

14. I have several objects that won’t be linked. I will change the coloring of those to make it more obvious. Also the top four going across will not actually give talks – they are session leaders and are there only to introduce the others. Therefore I will change the colors on those as well and separate them to make it more obvious.

15. Finally I will change the master slide (go to view – slide master) to include our logos. You could also include the background here.

16. I’ll move the objects a little to accommodate the logos

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Working with Text
The viewer will learn how to edit text. This includes Font, Spacing, Resizing, Color, and other special text options.
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Printing Handouts in PowerPoint
This video teaches viewers how to create handouts from their slides and helps them decide how many slides to include per handout.
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Applying Transitions
This video teaches viewers how to add transitions to their Slideshows and how to set up timing for the transitions.
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Applying Themes to Your Documents
This video teaches viewers how to add simple and professional themes to their slides.
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Microsoft PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is a slide show presentation program currently developed by Microsoft. PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or "slides" that may contain text, graphics, sound, movies, and other objects, which may be arranged freely. The presentation can be printed, displayed live on a computer, or navigated through at the command of the presenter. Slides can also form the basis of webcasts.