How to edit a Microsoft PowerPoint template to change its default color theme, font, and more

It's easy to edit a PowerPoint template.
It’s easy to edit a PowerPoint template.

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  • You can edit a PowerPoint template by adjusting its theme settings.

  • Your options for editing templates look fairly similar whether you make them on the desktop or web version of PowerPoint, though the latter is more limited.

  • While the preset options PowerPoint offers you are helpful, you may want to edit the default font, colors, and more.

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Microsoft PowerPoint offers many templates to kickstart your projects — and you can adjust these presets with a few easy clicks.

Whether you need to match your latest presentation to your work’s logo colors or have a different preference for a photo slideshow, you can make those changes in several locations. You can also edit fonts, color schemes, accents, backgrounds, and more. Adjustments can be made in the toolbar at the top or in the

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Microsoft To Spin-Off Xiaoice, China’s Teenage Chatbot

Microsoft (MSFT) has announced the spin-off of the AI chatbot Xiaoice into a separate company according to an announcement made in Chinese by the company on Sunday.

The virtual teenager was previously described by Microsoft as ‘much more than a chatbot.’ In a 2018 blog post, Microsoft wrote “many prize her as a dear friend, even a trusted confidante. Sometimes the line between fact and fantasy blurs. She gets love letters and gifts.” The secret of her success: she can learn, with increasing success, to relate and interact with humans through nuance, social skills, and, importantly, emotions.

Going forward, Microsoft has appointed Dr. Shen Xiangyang as chairman of the new company, Li Di as chief executive officer, and Chen Zhan as general manager of the Japanese branch. All related work will be completed within the next few months.

According to the statement, Microsoft will maintain investment rights in

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LinkedIn, Microsoft launch free Learning Path job training courses to fight coronavirus unemployment

Microsoft and LinkedIn want to put a dent in the nation – and the world’s – unemployment numbers.

The software giant and the professional networking site, which Microsoft acquired in 2016 for $26.2 billion, identified in-demand jobs and are offering free, online training to help job seekers improve their skills and land positions.

LinkedIn data showed 10 specific jobs with the most current openings and a four-year trend of being in demand, pay “a livable wage,” and have skills that can be learned online and remotely. LinkedIn’s CEO Ryan Roslansky posted the details on the site’s blog about the initiative.

LinkedIn’s top 10 in-demand jobs

1. Software developer 

2. Sales representative 

3. Project manager 

4. IT Administrator 

5. Customer service specialist 

6. Digital marketer ​ 

7. IT support/Help desk 

8. Graphic designer 

9. Financial analyst  

10. Data analyst 

LinkedIn and Microsoft created Learning Path training modules for those 10 positions.

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Microsoft to close physical stores, take $450 million hit

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Friday it would close its retail stores and take a related pre-tax asset impairment charge of $450 million (£363 million) in the current quarter.

The Redmond, Washington-based software giant said would continue to serve customers online, with team members working remotely from corporate facilities.

It was not immediately clear if Microsoft’s move would lead to any layoffs.

The company also said it will rethink other spaces that serve all customers, including operating Microsoft Experience Centers in London, New York City, Sydney, and Redmond campus locations.

“This is a tough, but smart strategic decision for (CEO) Nadella & Co. to make at this point. The physical stores generated negligible retail revenue for Microsoft and ultimately everything was moving more and more towards the digital channels over the last few years,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note.

Retailers, whose stores shuttered in mid-March due

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How to update Microsoft Outlook on your computer and make sure you have the latest version

You'll want to make sure your Outlook app has automatic updates enabled.
You’ll want to make sure your Outlook app has automatic updates enabled.

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Microsoft releases frequent updates to its various Office applications, including Outlook. 

By default, these updates are installed automatically, so you don’t need to worry about doing it manually. But occasionally, automatic updates get disabled or specific updates fail to install.

Here’s now to make sure automatic updates are turned on, and how to apply an update manually.

How to turn on automatic updates for Outlook

1. Open Microsoft Outlook and the click “File.”

2. In the navigation pane, click “Office Account.”

3. Select “Update Options.”

4. If automatic updates are paused or disabled, you’ll have the option to “Enable updates” in the drop-down menu. 

5. Click “Enable updates.” Updates are now automatic. 

Enable updates from the Update Options menu in Office Account.
Enable updates from the Update Options menu in Office Account.

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How to check for and apply updates to Outlook manually

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