We all know how easy it is to create bad, overly long and dull PowerPoint presentations, especially when knocking together a slide show at the very last minute. Sometimes we might even try to perk things up by adding animations and a few gimmicks, just hoping that the audience won’t doze off halfway through the meeting. Making an engaging PowerPoint quickly is a real challenge.
The good news is that there is a vast range of tools available that help you take your slide shows past the elementary PowerPoint experience. Plus, they’re fun to experiment with!
Here are 6 nifty Microsoft Office add-ins for PowerPoint that will inject life into your presentations.
We have a hunch that ToolsToo might soon be among your favorite PowerPoint add-ins to help make your presentation slides pop.
ToolsToo is a comprehensive suite of tools designed to help you simplify creating slide shows, especially large ones. The plug-in lets you manipulate and arrange shapes more intuitively and with greater precision than standard Microsoft Office PowerPoint – all while saving a whole deal of effort and time that would be spent laboring over technical details.
In essence, ToolsToo provides a shortcut for ensuring visual consistency across your PowerPoint presentation slides and templates. It also houses everything under its own tab in the main PowerPoint ribbon, for easy, convenient access.
You can try out ToolsToo for 30 days for free. After that, fees apply.
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Creating professional PowerPoint presentations that leave an impression can be a tedious, frustrating hassle for users that aren’t exactly design or tech savvy. Don’t put them on the spot. With Templafy, generating engaging Microsoft PowerPoint presentations becomes fast and easy.
If you need more PowerPoint add-ins for your slide shows, Templafy is the tool to make your PowerPoint presentation stand out.
Get access to the right templates assigned to you and customize PowerPoint slides in a flash.
Integrated within PowerPoint, Templafy’s impressive asset library of best practice PowerPoint slides and on-brand content allow users to conveniently add slides, images, text elements, logos and more to their PowerPoint presentations - all without needing to worry about document compliance.
Templafy automatically adapts PowerPoint templates to each individual user so you can easily transform a generic company template into a personalized and specialized PowerPoint presentation with the right look and content for your purpose – anytime, anywhere, on any device.
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Save time while building slide shows that pop with powerful productivity tools
Templafy provides easy access to up-to-date presentation templates and digital corporate assets such as best-practice slides, images and logos within PowerPoint. Searching for what you need is simple, and once you've found the content you want to use, just clicking on the element will instantly insert it into the presentation. This makes Templafy your one-stop source for building new slide shows while staying within the company’s most current branding guidelines.
With Templafy productivity features, you can optimize the creation of complex slides and the tedious formatting of your presentation decks. Templafy provides over 40 features, from alignment tools to linking data directly from Excel sheets, all designed to increase productivity in PowerPoint.
Keep your PowerPoint presentations up-to-date with company standards
With Templafy's centralized administration platform, administrators can instantly roll out the latest templates and brand assets across the entire organization, or filter them by region, office and more, so content is only available to relevant employees. Administrators can trust that employees have access to content that is legally compliant and on-brand. To keep in sync with your company's corporate identity, Templafy also alerts you when you are using out-of-date, off-brand information in your presentation and makes it simple to correct.
3. Office Timeline
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use app to give you a hand with project planning and tracking, Office Timeline is for you.
The add-in allows you to quickly generate schedules, project timelines, and Gantt charts within Microsoft Office PowerPoint based on the data you provide (dates for your project’s key milestones, timeframes for different tasks, etc.). This makes it the tool of choice for knowledge workers, marketers, IT professionals, and project managers who want to easily create and update informative graphics. Sure, Office Timeline may not win you any design awards, but it’s great for those last-minute meetings where you need to illustrate progress quickly and efficiently.
Office Timeline works with Microsoft PowerPoint version 2007 and higher. While the standard edition is free, the Plus edition with enhanced functionality comes with a varying price tag depending on the license you choose.
Pexels is an easy-to-navigate search engine that helps you find free, powerful stock photos, both for commercial and personal use. It draws images from various quality sources to offer you an extensive asset library you can access right within PowerPoint. This means a clear increase in your productivity, as you don’t have to break your workflow and switch between tabs to find high-quality images for your slide show.
Pexels now has its own add-in for PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office applications.
With just a few clicks, QR4Office lets you quickly generate a QR code and insert it into your PowerPoint presentation. You can utilize a QR code in a slide show to provide additional information with rich media, or download reference material such as reports for clients and executives. You can also add a QR code to take a quick poll or gather feedback from team members.
QR4Office is free and works with PowerPoint 2013 or later.
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6. PowerPoint Labs
Creating sophisticated PowerPoint presentations doesn't need to be a drag. PowerPoint Labs is free and offers several nifty features to make your PowerPoint slides visually appealing in a snap.
With PowerPoint Labs you can polish up your presentation and instantly add that certain something with less effort – simply light up a single object or part of a slide, highlight bullet points, text segments and background, zoom in or pan between sections of a slide, drill down to important details, or crop out a part of an image without the need of an image editor.
The productivity add-in works with PowerPoint version 2010 and up.
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