Adding Text To A Slide


We’ve created a blank PowerPoint presentation, saved it and applied a theme to it. Our new presentation has one blank slide in it. Now we are going to add some text to it.

Each slide that you add to a presentation has placeholders that you can add text to. The blank slide that each new blank presentation has includes placeholders for a title and subtitle. The image below shows one such slide with only the default Office theme applied. Don’t forget, in the previous lesson, we applied the Clarity theme.

Placeholders In PowerPoint
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To add text to a placeholder, all you have to do is click in it and start typing. Since this is a presentation about how to study, and it’s aimed at students, guess what we typed for our title and subtitle?

Title Slide
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The above slide has the Clarity theme applied. See how even a simple colour scheme with minimal styling makes the presentation look so much better? In a later lesson, we will look at styling text.

The one blank slide that always appears in a blank presentation is a Title Slide. Now that we have the title sorted out for our presentation, we need to add some information to help our students with their studying. So let’s now add more slides to our presentation.

Setting Up OneNote 2010


When you run Microsoft OneNote 2010 for the first time, you will need to perform some setup tasks. The very first screen that is displayed asks you whether you will be using OneNote from other computers (via the internet) or just the computer you’re using at the moment. The recommended option is the first one, so unless you have a good reason not to, select that.

Opening First Notebook

Click Continue.

The next screen asks you to sign in with your Windows Live ID log on details. If you haven’t yet created a Live ID account, click on sign up for Windows Live SkyDrive. If you already have a Windows Live account, click Sign In.

Notebooke Synced To Web

After you click Sign In, OneNote will try to connect to the server.

Contacting The Server In OneNote

Once a connection has been established, you will be asked to type in your Windows Live ID log on details.

Connecting To Docs.Live

Type in your log on details and click OK.

Now that OneNote has your log on details, it tries to connect to the web service that it needs. Once your account details have been verified to be correct and connection with the web service has been established… you’re in! You should then see the following screen where you can begin using OneNote 2010.

Start Using OneNote 2010
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You can view the setup process as one that involves you giving your Windows Live ID details to OneNote so that it knows how to connect to your SkyDrive account.

Picture Corrections In Word


You can easily insert a picture into your Microsoft Word document by clicking Insert > Illustrations > Picture. You then navigate to where your picture is on your computer, select it and click Insert. But what if your picture is too dark or there isn’t enough contrast in it, for example? If you have a graphics program like Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks, you could correct the image before you insert it into your Word document.

But if you don’t have a graphics program you’re stuck.

Well, actually, you’re not stuck because Word 2010 comes with some impressive picture correction tools. Let’s explore them now.

Picture Tools In Word

With the picture selected in your Word document, you should see the Picture Tools tab appear in the ribbon.
Picture Tools Tab In Microsoft Word

Ensure that you are working on the Format tab and then go to the Ajust group. When you click on the Corrections button, you’ll see a gallery of preset corrections that you can apply simply by clicking on one.

Picture Corrections In Microsoft Word

You can see that each image gives you a small preview of what it will look like if you apply that correction. You can get a larger live preview if you hover over the thumbnail image, too. The picture corrections at the top adjust how soft your image looks, whereas the large selection of correction below adjust the brightness and contrast of the image.

If the preset corrections don’t offer you the adjustment you want, you can always fine tune the corrections manually by selecting Picture Corrections Options. The Format Picture window opens on the Picture Corrections panel and displays the following options:

Format Picture In Word

On this window, the same preset corrections are available when you click the Presets buttons. However, you also have precise control over just how much you soften or sharpen your image. The same is true with brightness and contrast: you can drag the sliders to the left to reduce them or drag to the right to increase them.

While this window is open, you might want to pop over to the Picture Color tab:

Picture Color Tab In Word

Here, you have some presets for Color Saturation (how much color is in the image), Color Tone (how “hot” the colors are) and Recolor (changes the actual colors used in the picture). There are sliders to give you precise control over the values for Color Saturation and Tone.

Create A New Email Account In Outlook 2010


You probably set up an email account when you installed Microsoft Outlook 2010. But what about when you need to have Outlook look after more email accounts – how do you add those? Easy.

Click on the File tab to open up Backstage View and then click on the Info tab on the left. At the top of the screen, you should see the Add Account button.

Add An Account ButtonClicking on that will display the Add New Account window, where you will type in details about the new account. These details include:

  • The name for the account
  • The email address
  • The password you use for the email account
  • The password retyped
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You’ll notice that there are 3 radio buttons for Email Account, Text Messaging (SMS) and Manually configure server settings or additional server types. Make sure that Email Account is selected and then click Next.

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Initially, Outlook tries to establish an encrypted connection to the email server. If that fails (and often it does – it’s nothing to worry about), the following screen is displayed:

Failed!
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Click Next, and Outlook will try to establish an unencrypted connection to the email server. When successful, you should see the following window:

Success!
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