Highlight text in yellow in PowerPoint (like in Word), when making slides [Video]

Here’s a 3-minue video showing how you can highlight text in yellow in PowerPoint (while you’re designing your slides, rather than just when you present) – much like you can with text in Word.

This method has the advantage that if you move or copy the text you highlighted, the highlight stays with the text. (You might have seen people suggest workarounds like putting a yellow shape behind the text, but if you do that it doesn’t move with the text of course.)

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Black is back, but better – 3+ new ways to hide your slide while you speak

key B++Imagine you’re presenting, and one of these situations comes up:

  • You want to tell a story.
  • Someone asks a great question, and it’s only loosely related to what’s on your slide.

In either case, you’re left with this glaring issue:

What do you do with your current slide?

Leaving it on your screen amounts to “blur” (that is, a visual distraction), so that’s not a good option.

You might be thinking:

“A-ha! I know about the PowerPoint shortcut
that lets me black out my current slide!”


“My remote clicker has a button for
blacking out my slide”

Well in this post, as well as the standard solution provided by PowerPoint (and many remotes), you’ll find at least 3 completely new and better ways to hide your slide.
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Stop Q&A hypnosis – keep audience attention during your talk or webinar

In this post:


The pain: What most audiences see

During Q&A at the end of a talk, you know how most presenters show a slide saying something like “Questions” the whole time? As you can see here, that can quickly get very boring to look at, causing your audience’s minds to wander:

Well, here’s a far more engaging technique, so not only will you grab people’s attention, you’ll also come across as being really polished. This technique’s particularly handy when you present online, where your audience can get distracted all too easily. Continue reading

Wow them: How to spotlight part of your PowerPoint slide [Video ×2]

Golden Gate Bridge San FranciscoHere’s a great 3-minute video that shows how to sharply focus attention on part of your slide – by using a dramatic spotlight effect:


UPDATE: Here’s a video of a 2nd method that automatically adjusts to show the new background if you move the spotlights (or even if you change the background picture).

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