Extra effort doesn't have to mean extra time

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At SHARPN we believe investing a little extra time to improve the clarity and impact of your slides has a real return for your readers. But we also know that time is often critical.

So we've created some templates and other resources to help boost your productivity.

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Free PowerPoint downloads

There are some types of slide or objects that crop up time and time again. Here are some templates that you can reuse and adapt.

A selection of the slides available for download in the accompanying article
10x10 percentage grids

If you need to convey percentages visually, try a simple 10x10 grid. And download our free templates to save yourself time.

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A selection of the slides available for download in the accompanying article
Useful Segoe font icons

Ever spent hours lining up icons with table text? Use icon fonts to put them right inside the table instead. And download our list of useful icons to copy-and-paste.

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A selection of the slides available for download in the accompanying article
Post-its

Quickly create a 'sticky' note with a standard PowerPoint shape.

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A selection of the slides available for download in the accompanying article
Plan on a page

A plan-on-a-page is something all well-managed programmes need. Download our techniques for a clearer plan – along with free templates to get you started.

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A selection of the slides available for download in the accompanying article
Roadmaps

A clear roadmap has never been more essential. Here are five different ways to present your roadmap, as a free PowerPoint download. And some tips on what makes an effective roadmap.

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ribbon & Quick Access Toolbar

Screenshot illustrating the positions of the custom ribbon tab and the Quick Access Toolbar

In Office apps, many commands are not immediately available. For example, to align shapes can take up to four clicks. This can be frustrating. So we've created a ready-made Quick Access Toolbar with some of the most useful commands, plus an extra 'SHARPN Favourites' tab that collects even more commands in one place.

Installation instructions (same for PowerPoint & Excel)

Installation instructions (same for PowerPoint & Excel)

If you've already customised the ribbon or the toolbar you can back them up using the 'Export all customizations' option in step 4 before you install our settings.

At the moment, PowerPoint for Mac doesn't support importing customisations.


Download the relevant customisation zip file the at the link below, then follow these steps. They are the same for PowerPoint and Excel.

1
Extract the contents of the zip file - make of note of where the extracted .exportedUI file is. Note: extracting is important here; if you try to import the file from inside the zip file, it will not work.
2
In PowerPoint/Excel select File then Option at the bottom left.
Screenshot showing how to open Options
4
Click the 'Import/Export' button bottom right and choose 'Import customization file'.
Screenshot of how to import a customisations file
5
Navigate to where you extracted the downloaded file and click Open. (Make sure you select the extracted file from Step 2, not the one inside the zip file.)
6
You may be asked if you want to replace the existing ribbon and quick access toolbars – click 'Yes'.
7
Before you close the window we strongly recommend one extra step: check the box to 'Show Quick Access Toolbar below the ribbon'. This makes the commands even closer to reach and also makes room for more buttons.
Screenshot of how to place Quick Access Toolbar below the ribbon
8
Click OK to close the window.
9
That's it. Now you will see a full QAT and the new tab: 'SHARPN Favourites'.

Downloads

Once you've installed them you can customise both the Quick Access Toolbar and the ribbon tab to suit your needs.

Keyboard shortcuts

We've assembled a list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint. Learning them will help you to do the 'mouse-and-keyboard dance' and save you hours in the long run.

Image of page listing various keyboard shortcuts
Image of page listing various keyboard shortcuts
Image of page listing various keyboard shortcuts
Image of page listing various keyboard shortcuts

Downloads

If you want to read them on your phone, these versions are better.

You can see the full list of PowerPoint shortcuts here

Websites we use

People often ask where we go for photos, icons and so on. So we've pulled together a list of all the (mainly free) stuff that we like. You can even import the whole set of bookmarks into your browser.

Get the list here