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How do I get started?
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PowerMessage™ is an add-in to PowerPoint so you are working in a totally familiar environment. This revolutionary tool allows you to create your presentation structure and then marry it with your chosen look and feel and change any element at any time by simply clicking a button.

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The Project portion of the PowerMessage ribbon is where you: (1) start new projects, (2) select your template, and (3) update your presentation if you have made any adjustments to the structure or look and feel. Start by clicking the "New" button. This will open a new PowerMessage project where you start by entering the outline of your presentation in the Storyboard pane on the left side of your screen.

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How do I add a new topic?
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  1. Select the topic under which you wish to add a topic from the Storyboard pane. If you do not see the Storyboard pane, click the Storyboard icon from the PowerMessage ribbon.
  2. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select "Add Topic" (pictured above)
  3. Now, type the name of your topic. It's important to note that PowerMessage will only provide the navigation for 6 topics at any level.
  4. Click "Update" to see the change take effect in your presentation.
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How do I add a sub topic?
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  1. Select the topic or sub topic under which you wish to add a sub topic from the Storyboard pane. If you do not see the Storyboard pane, click the Storyboard icon from the PowerMessage ribbon.
  2. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select "Add Subtopic" (pictured above)
  3. Now, type the name of your topic. It's important to note that PowerMessage will only provide the navigation for 6 topics at any level.
  4. Click "Update" to see the change take effect in your presentation.
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How do I rename a topic?
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Select the topic you wish to rename in the Storyboard:

  1. Click "Rename" from the PowerMessage ribbon or
  2. Right-click the topic and select "Rename" from the drop-down menu
  3. Enter the new name of the topic
  4. Click "Update" to see the change take effect
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How do I apply a template?
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Because your company's brand is special and unique, there has been a unique template created for you that incorporates your brand standards and identity. It is important to remember that PowerMessage will not incorporate any branding or formatting unless you select a template.

  1. Enter an outline in the Storyboard pane
  2. Click on the "Template" icon in the PowerMessage ribbon
  3. Browse the Template Gallery and select the template

Note: you must click the "Update" button from the PowerMessage ribbon after you make changes to the presentation in order to apply any changes.

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How do I rearrange the topics?
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There are 2 ways to change the order of topics: from the right-click menu or PowerMessage ribbon.

  1. Select the topic you wish to move
  2. Right-click the topic and select "Move Up" or "Move Down"
  1. Select the topic you wish to move
  2. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select "Move Up" or "Move Down"

Note: You can drag-and-drop topics anywhere in your Storyboard.

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What is promote?
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There are times when creating a presentation that it might be appropriate to "Promote" a topic to a higher level (Level 3 to Level 2 or Level 2 to Level 1). This will raise the topic's level of importance in your presentation. There are 2 ways to change the order of topics: from the right-click menu or PowerMessage ribbon.

  1. Select the topic you wish to promote
  2. Right-click the topic and select "Promote"
  1. Select the topic you wish to promote
  2. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select "Promote"
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What is demote?
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There are times when creating a presentation that it might be appropriate to "Demote" a topic to a lower level (Level 1 to Level 2 or Level 2 to Level 3). This will decrease the topic's level of importance in your presentation. There are 2 ways to change the order of topics: from the right-click menu or PowerMessage ribbon.

  1. Select the topic you wish to demote
  2. Right-click the topic and select "Demote"
  1. Select the topic you wish to demote
  2. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select "Demote"
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How do I remove a topic?
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There are 2 ways to remove topics: from the right-click menu or PowerMessage ribbon.

  1. Select the topic you wish to remove
  2. Right-click the topic and select "Remove Topic"
  1. Select the topic you wish to demote
  2. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select "Remove Topic"
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How do I insert a Flash object?
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There are times when you may want to insert a Flash animation to enhance your presentation with rich media. PowerMessage allows you to insert SWF Flash objects. In order to insert an object, it must have the .swf file extension.

  1. Select the "Flash" icon from the "Insert" section of the PowerMessage ribbon
  2. Browse your computer for the SWF file you wish to insert
  3. Select the SWF file and click "Insert"
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How do I insert an XPS document?
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There are times when you may want to insert a XPS document object to enhance your presentation. PowerMessage allows you to insert XPS documents by clicking on the "XPS Document" icon from the "Insert" section of the PowerMessage ribbon and browsing your computer for the appropriate document.

* It is possible to create an XPS document by:

  1. From the Print menu of your file select "Print to Microsoft XPS Document Writer" and choose where to save it
  2. Select the "XPS" icon from the "Insert" section of the PowerMessage ribbon
  3. Browse your computer for the XPS file you wish to insert
  4. Select the XPS file and click "Insert"
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What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 topics?
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What is the "Update" button?
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It is important to understand the "Update" function in the PowerMessage ribbon. You will need to click the "Update" icon any time you make a change to the storyboard or add/delete/hide slides.

PowerMessage will NOT update your presentation in real-time, you MUST click "Update" from the PowerMessage ribbon to see any changes take place.

Update your presentation often and after you do any of the following:

  • Any change to the outline in the Storyboard pane (Add/Remove topic(s), Promote/Demote topic(s), or Rename topic(s))
  • Any change to the presentation's slides (Add/Remove slide(s), or change the order of slide(s))
  • Hide or unhide either slides or topics
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How do I add the forward/back buttons?

PowerMessage will automatically add Forward and Back buttons when you add slides to any topic. PowerMessage will not allow you to add sides to a landing slide section (see section called "What is a landing slide?" for a complete explanation of landing slides).

NOTE: If you want to insert a new slide with forward and back buttons, you can accomplish this by

  1. Navigate to a non-landing slide section by clicking on the topic from the Storyboard pane
  2. Using standard PowerPoint functionality, insert a new slide by using the right-click menu and selecting "New Slide" or from the Home ribbon and select "New Slide"
  3. From the PowerMessage ribbon, click "Update" and the correct formatting as well as the Forward & Back buttons will be added
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How do I add a new slide?

NOTE: If you attempt to put in additional slides in a landing slide section, PowerMessage will not allow the new slide(s).

If you want to insert a new slide with forward and back buttons, you can accomplish this by:

  1. Navigate to a non-landing slide section by clicking on the topic from the Storyboard pane
  2. Using standard PowerPoint functionality, insert a new slide by using the right-click menu and selecting "New Slide" or from the Home ribbon and select "New Slide"
  3. From the PowerMessage ribbon, click "Update" and the correct formatting as well as the Forward & Back buttons will be added
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What is a landing slide?

A landing slide is an introduction to a section with sub topics. PowerMessage automatically puts the topic name on landing slides from the storyboard panel.

Because a landing slide is simply meant to be an introduction, it is strongly recommended that you do not put any content on the slide other than a meaningful image. This will allow your audience to begin thinking about the topic about to be presented.

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How do I make Level 2 expand and contract?

Some presenters find it helpful to have the ability to expand and collapse the Level 2 menu to show or hide the Level 3 topics in that section. This is helpful if you are presenting a lot of content to a small group and may find yourself skipping over certain topics.

To make the level 2 expand and collapse:

  1. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select the "Options" menu
  2. Check the box to the left of "Expand / collapse Level 2 menu and click "OK"
  3. Click "Update" from the PowerMessage ribbon

NOTE: PowerMessage will create a duplicate landing slide so that the same content is visible in both the expanded and collapsed states. You also have the option to select which state (expanded or collapsed) is the default.

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How do I adjust Level 3 background height?

There may be an instance where you could have less than 6 Level 3 topics and you would like to dynamically size the background to fit the number of topics.

  1. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select the "Options" menu
  2. Check the box to the left of "Adjust Level 3 background to items and click "OK"
  3. Click "Update" from the PowerMessage ribbon
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How do I make topics not word wrap?

By default topic titles will word wrap to more than one line. If you de-select this option, PowerMessage will adjust the font size of each topic title to fit on one line.

To turn off the word wrap option:

  1. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select the "Options" menu
  2. Check the box to the left of the level (1, 2, 3) you wish to turn off word wrapping
  3. Click "Update" from the PowerMessage ribbon
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How do I adjust the Level 1 margins?

You may adjust the starting or ending position of the Level 1 topics. This option is set to zero by default and the value can be adjusted to move the Level 1 topics right or left.

To adjust the Level 1 margins:

  1. From the PowerMessage ribbon, select the "Project Settings" menu
  2. Adjust the margin by using the up or down arrows or enter a value in pixels
  3. Click "Update" from the PowerMessage ribbon
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