Another feature of Office XP/2003 programs is Smart Tags. These
are handy popup buttons with context-sensitive menus. PowerPoint does not
have as many as Word and Excel do.
Using Smart Tags
A Smart Tag appears in PowerPoint only after PowerPoint has done something
automatically that you might want to undo. Clicking the down arrow at the
right end of the button will open a menu with your choices. The exact
options will vary, depending on exactly what PowerPoint just did.
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Before you start...
Project 1: PowerPoint Basics
Project 2: PowerPoint Formatting
Project 3: Advanced PowerPoint
PowerPoint Smart Tags
button appears just below what you pasted when you paste anything into a
slide. Hover over the button and an arrow appears. Click on the arrow and
a menu of options appears.
options can vary, depending on what you are pasting (text, image, chart,
table data) and whether it is from a different program, like Excel. The
example at the right actually combines two Smart Tag menus, Paste Options
and AutoLayout Options because an Excel table was pasted.
of your slide text is in placeholders. If you type too many characters to
fit in the placeholder,
PowerPoint will automatically change the size of the text so that all will
fit in the placeholder. The AutoFit Options button appears when this
happens. This menu gives you the choice of accepting or rejecting the new
text size. If you reject the new size, you will have to either delete some
text or else make the placeholder larger.
button looks just like the AutoCorrect Options button. Automatic changes
in the layout are a type of AutoCorrection.
If you insert an object like a picture or a chart, PowerPoint will
automatically change the slide's layout to make room for the new object.
The AutoLayout Options menu gives you the choice of undoing this change or
of stopping automatic layout changes altogether.