I HATE PowerPoint

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  1. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Sorry, just needed somewhere to vent!
    So, I was just doing a presentation on PP for school. I try and change the theme colour on one slide and it changes all of them. The only workaround it to take a screenshot of those colours and lay them over the top.

    Then, just as I'm saving, it crashes and makes 10 minutes of my time redundant.

    God I HATE PowerPoint.
     
  2. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    I know your pain. It's so frustrating when that happens. But as you must know, it can happen on any program and on any computer.

    Which version of PP are you using?
    One tip that could really help is to save and name the document when you start and set autosave to every few minutes.
     
  3. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    I'm using the latest version of PP 2011 on Mac.
    It was the colours thing that really got me. Why on earth can't you change the colours on individual slides?

    Thanks for the tips :)
     
  4. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    You can, you just havent bothered to figure it out before venting because you seem to have a strong disdain towards Microsoft.

    Try format>slide background, change color, apply. Dont change the master slide.
     
  5. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    Bingo. I was going to say the same thing. You need to know how to use the app, before you can complain about it.

    I personally prefer Office over i-equivalents.
     
  6. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    I don't want to change the background, I want to change the theme colours... :rolleyes:
     
  7. TheRyan722 macrumors newbie

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    You are changing the color. It's just how it's categorized on power point. And seriously, did you even read the help section on MS Powerpoint or ask someone for help before going on about how it sucks? If you were using a Mac application I can GUARANTEE you would be asking for help, so you don't end up hating on it. People have to stop looking for excuses to hate on Microsofts Products. That is all :rolleyes:
     
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    It's really annoying when people don't know how to do something, and don't try looking through a help file, or try to find help online.



    What you want to do on PP is easy. It's you that sucks.
     
  9. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

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    Trolling post. If you hate MSFT so much just use iWork.
     
  10. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    I'm not hating on MS. I own Windows 7, a PC at home and an XBox. I far from hate MS, but when their software doesn't work it really doesn't work. Also, this is a Mac application. I have asked for help. Do you really think I'd be as obnoxious as to come on here without trying solutions first?


    I have looked through countless web pages and MS support pages. Nada.


    I would, but it's hard when the computers your designing the PP for are on Windows.

    At this point, I'm just overlaying screenshots on the slide. If anyone knows how to change these colours (not the background itself) I'd be grateful: (I've tried Format Background but nothing: am I doing it wrong?)

    [​IMG]

    I'm not trying to troll at all; maybe I was in a bad mood when I posted the thread. Anyhoo, if anyone could help me I'd be grateful :eek:
     
  11. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    You should be using Keynote in the first place, but maybe it's a school machine running Windows and you've got no choice.
     
  12. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Even in your screenshot, you can edit the theme to your heart's desire. It says it right there. Hence the "Save Theme" button.
     
  13. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    You've completely missed the point. I know I can edit the theme, but you can only apply it to all slides, not just one.



    Yes, all the computers at school run XP. And I would do the Keynote > Export route but I find most of the animations get mucked up in the process.
     
  14. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    You can very much apply the theme to only one slide. In the Master view, click only on the one slide that you want to apply it to, instead of the Master. I forgot exactly how to get there, but it's most definitely possible.
     
  15. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Sorry for sounding snappy earlier, just re-read my post :p

    If you can change the colours on one slide, they've made it blooming difficult! Have tried de-selecting the master but it still applies it to all the slides...
     
  16. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    It's alright. I'm used to it :p.

    Anything is difficult if you aren't aware of how to do it efficiently :D.

    I'm actually not on a Mac right now, so I can't test it out, but once I get home...actually, hold on. Let me see how to do it on a Windows computer (Work..not my choice)
     
  17. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Design tab> Choose whatever theme you want> Right click on it>Apply to selected slide.
     
  18. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Hmm, there isn't a design tab on the Mac version. I can change the theme on an individual slide, just not the theme colours.
     
  19. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Create a new theme with different colors, and place them differently on each slide as you see fit?


    Sorry, on Windows there's a design tab :p. Wherever your themes are lol.
     
  20. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Finally thank you lol.
    Sorry to everyone above, I guess I just can't use PowerPoint. Still, they didn't make it obvious to be honest.
     
  21. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    It helps to be certified in Microsoft Powerpoint :p.

    Not that the stupid piece of paper means anything..
     
  22. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Lol. Thanks for the help :)
     
  23. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    You're putting the finger on what makes MIcrosoft the most overrated software company ever: you can't use their *expensive* stuff without undergoing an *expensive* time-consuming training.

    That's an outdated philosophy. Two decades late.
     
  24. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

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    Uh yeah because iWorks is so easy to use ....
     
  25. anjinha macrumors 604

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    It's iWork. And yes, from using both extensively I can say that iWork is a lot easier to use than Office.
     

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