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Press Release: March 2, 2006

Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances: Smart Solutions for PowerPoint Challenges

Sebastopol, CA—There's nothing more discouraging than an unresponsive audience—or worse, one that snickers at your slides. And there's nothing more maddening than technical glitches that turn your carefully planned slide show into a car wreck. Sometimes working with PowerPoint is just so annoying! Yet, as most people know, Microsoft PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software on the planet, and an estimated 30 million PowerPoint presentations are made every day. If you're vexed and perplexed by PowerPoint, Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances (Swinford, O'Reilly, US $19.99), presents smart solutions to a variety of all-too-familiar, real-world annoyances.

Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances is divided into big categories, with annoyances grouped by topic. You can read it cover to cover or simply jump to the chapter or section most relevant to you. Inside its pages you'll learn how to:

  • Avoid set-up mistakes
  • Add multimedia effects
  • Prevent audience mutiny
  • Solve output issues
  • Navigate easily
  • Create your own templates
  • Work with multiple masters and slide layouts
  • Take advantage of various alignment and formatting tools
  • Import Excel data
  • Insert graphics, PDF, and Word content
  • Create, edit, and format organization charts and diagrams
  • Use action settings and hyperlinks to jump to other slides
  • Add sound, video, and other types of multimedia to spark up your presentations

"You do not have to suffer through another PowerPoint fiasco," says author Echo Swinford. "This book will relieve you of your PowerPoint headaches, and help you create dream-worthy presentations out of previous nightmares." Swinford has been using PowerPoint professionally since 1997 and became a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP in 2000.

Entertaining and informative, Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances is filled with humorous illustrations and packed with sidebars, tips, and tricks, as well as links to cool resources on the Web.

Early praise for Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances:

"Think you know everything about PowerPoint? Think again. Echo gives you a treasure trove of insider tips, tricks, and workarounds that solve PowerPoint annoyances you didn't even know you had!"
—Cliff Atkinson, author of Beyond Bullet Points.

Additional Resources:

Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances
Echo Swinford
ISBN: 0-596-10004-3, 326 pages, $19.99 US
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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