the new office powerpoint 2007

PowerPoint is here to stay, whether you like it or not. Luckily (for both fans and foes) this new update has lots of features that will really simplify the job of creating presentations.

The way text is treated has improved, and you can now kern text and create outline text with one color for the outline and another for the fill color, all without having to use WordArt. You can produce text that has glows, bevels, and reflections applied to it. If you make a mistake with your font choices, the new Clear All Formatting button removes formatting from selected text or a selected placeholder.

You can add your own placeholders to slide masters, which can now include multiple layouts. This lets you create custom looks for text, chart, and table slides, each inheriting basic formatting from the slide master. And PowerPoint now shares a charting engine with Excel, including convenient table styles. And for widescreen display, you can select the new 16:9 and 16:10 slide size options, which display in letterbox format on smaller monitors.

Set to become a much used feature in PowerPoint, SmartArt lets you select from a wide range of diagram styles to enhance your text. Start from scratch and type the text into a special text box or convert selected bullet text into a SmartArt object.

New formats for images in the Picture Tools tab offer a range of effects for making circular and oval photos, adding frames, rotating the image to interesting angles, and adding reflections and shadows.

The new Selection pane shows a list of objects on the current slide. Use it to alter their order: the topmost object in the list is on the topmost layer of the slide. You can also change the visibility of objects or rename them (making them easier to identify when creating custom animations, for example).

Use the Recolor tool to tint photos and clip art, giving them a sophisticated monochromatic look that matches the slide's color scheme. Just select the photo and sample variations from the Recolor list; the image on the slide changes as you hold your mouse over each color.

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