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15 Prezi Tips and Tricks to Ace Your Presentation

15 Prezi Tips and Tricks to Ace Your Presentation

The presentation tool Prezi transforms a dull, static presentation into an engaging one that tells a story. Instead of having multiple, consecutive slides as in a PowerPoint presentation, Prezi presentations capture content in a spatial context and engage your audience.

Let’s take a look at some useful Prezi tips and tricks that can be used to take your presentations to the next level.

1. Use templates

When you create any new Prezi file, you’ll be offered a choice of templates and you can explore them by simply selecting one and clicking the Preview button.

    2. Zoom in on objects

    Before you make a template choice for your project, look at the template previews and inspect the various objects and possibilities available. Use the Zoom function to look at elements that appeal and use the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner to check the template’s path and observe the flow. In the screenshot below we’ve zoomed in to see the assets included in this particular template:

      3. Use assets

      All of the templates in Prezi give you various asset options. Utilize them wherever you can, as that will save you time searching for images.

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        4. Include doodles

        As you can see in the preceding screenshot, the featured template has some lovely assets that you can include in your presentation. These assets include images, sketches or doodles, as shown in the top right of the screenshot. You can move these assets around and use them anywhere on your canvas.

          5. Add branding

          Some people new to Prezi don’t use templates, thinking that you can’t use company colors, logos, or branding on them. In fact, this can be done easily by using the Theme Wizard found in the bubble menu.

          On the wizard, click the Replace Logo button to include your company logo. The image should be a JPEG file no bigger than 250 pixels wide and 100 pixels high.

            6. Using shapes

            A very simple yet very useful element of the Prezi bubble menu that gets ignored a lot is the Insert Shapes option. There are lots of things you could do with shapes working within Prezi. A great use of the line tool, for example, is that you can add simple drawings wherever you would like. These shapes can be reused, and can save you lots of time searching for imagery over the internet. You can add some more detail to characters such as the one shown in the screenshot below.

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              7. Highlighter

              If you want to point out key information, like the interesting facts displayed in the next screenshot, just drag the cursor across the text to highlight the area you’d like to focus on. After doing that the highlighted letters will become objects in their own right and you can change their size or position.

                8. Pencil

                If you’re good at sketching things out with your mouse, the pencil tool can be used to draw freehand sketches. If you want to change the color of your pencil drawings, go into the Theme Wizard and edit the RGB values. This will also support you in choosing your corporate branding colors.

                  9. Drawings and diagrams

                  Another very valuable feature within the Prezi insert menu is drawings and diagrams. You can find the drawings and diagrams templates by clicking the button between YouTube and File from the Insert menu.

                    10. Spell-checker

                    The text editor in Prezi now has some lovely new features that will make your life much easier — spell-checker is one of them. Just as in Microsoft Word, Prezi will underline the incorrectly spelled words with a red line. To correct the word, right-click it and select the correct word as shown in the following screenshot:

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                      11. Text drag-apart

                      If you want to add some text from an email (or some other place) to your Prezi presentation, you’ll just have to copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the line or paragraph across to put it in the right place on your canvas. You can also easily drag a selection of text to anywhere on your canvas without copy and paste options.

                        12. Font colors

                        Apart from dragging a paragraph to make it stand out more on its own, you can also highlight certain words with different colors to engage your audience even more. To do so, you just have to highlight a word by clicking and dragging your mouse across the word. Then click on the color picker at the top of the textbox to see the color menu and change that piece of text.

                          13. Bullet points and indents

                          One of the important Prezi tips to discuss here are the options available within the text editor, i.e., bullet points and indentations. These make your presentations much easier to read and give the audience some quick-fire information. This can be done by simply selecting the body of text and clicking on the bullet point icon at the top of the textbox. You can also add indentations to your bullet points by using the icons to the left of the color picker.

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                            14. The plus (+) button

                            The plus button located on the left of the menu helps in keeping your Prezi’s style looking consistent. This button will open up a selection of five different layouts for you to choose from. You can see these in the following screenshot:

                              15. The Shift key

                              Another easier way of moving lots of objects at once is to simply press the Shift key on your keyboard and drag across the canvas to select multiple objects you need.

                                There are hundreds more hints and tips that can make your Prezi experience a wonderful one. Please share your thoughts in the comments below if you have some any more Prezi tips or tricks.

                                Featured photo credit: Mona Umapathy via flickr.com

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                                Published on September 20, 2018

                                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                Minimizing Tabs

                                Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                Incognito Mode

                                Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                Solve Mathematical Problems

                                Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                Play Media Files

                                Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                Stay Focus(e)d

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                                Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                Grammarly for Editing

                                Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                Loom

                                There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                Chrome Calendar Extension

                                No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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