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Weekly Computer Tip # 171
22 September 2006

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finding a picture for your (PowerPoint) presentation (Google)

Today's tip is inspired by something that came up during Wednesday's Boost PowerPoint beyond bullet points (plus) seminar.

We were talking about the importance of images in a presentation. I mean, we all know "a picture is worth a thousand words", don't we? They easily explain a concept. And they stick in your mind! So what images to choose when you have a slide about, say, risks? The group was pretty quick with some ideas ... dice, a banana skin, somebody walking under a ladder.

But what if you're struggling and can do with some inspiration? Well, I've found that Google has given me heaps of motivation. So next time you're looking for picture ideas for your presentation, I'd recommend using Google Image Search.

Here's how:

  1. Click on the "images" hyperlink above the search field of www.google.com (or launch http://images.google.com).
  2. Type a few descriptive words in the search field.
  3. Hit the ENTER key or the Search button to see a list of images matching your search criteria.

Remember that if you want to use the image you are advised to contact the site owner to check whether or not the piccie is protected by copyrights. Simply click the thumbnail to see a larger version of the image, as well as the web page on which the image is located.

Finally, because of the success of our first Boost PowerPoint beyond bullet points (plus) seminar we will add the (optional) afternoon module to the original half day seminar, planned for 11 October. (See http://www.roem.co.uk/beyond_bullet_points.html) So if want to create professional PowerPoint presentations that will keep your audience through the length of your talk AND learn how to present it style, panache and confidence, book now! Only GBP194. (Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.)

Until next week.

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