Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Techy Teacher Tuesday

I am linking up with my buddies Katie, over at Queen of the First Grade Jungle, Fern, over at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas, and Erica, over at Erica's Ed-Ventures. My post is for all of you creative teachers who make products and you want to make a quick and easy, but attractive preview in Powerpoint. Quite by accident, I discovered the "change picture" option, and, ever since, making previews and products got a little bit easier. Here is a picture tutorial on how to make  a new preview using an existing preview.

(Right click on each photo to enlarge them.)

First, open up a preview that you already made.

Then, click on one of the images in the preview and click on "format."

Next, click on "change picture."

Find the picture you want to use in your new preview and double click to insert.

Voila! There is your new image, placed in the exact same spot as where the old image used to be. And, as an added plus, the new image is formatted exactly the same as the old image. Correct size and drop shadow, included! Isn't that amazing. 

Here is a side by side shot of two different previews that I made using the change picture option.

You can use the change picture feature any time you want to change from one picture to another and you want to keep the same formatting. I also use this function when I have a colored image and I want to change it to black and white. I do this when I create a product that has colored and black and white activities. I also use this function to change borders and frames. I love how the formatting stays the same.

I hope I have given you some helpful tips today. I learn best by trial and error. Usually, more error than trial! I accidentally clicked on this helpful feature one day and I've used it happily ever since. Please let me know if you already use this option when creating or if you will use it now. And, if you have other uses for it, please let us all know! Thanks, and, happy creating!


  1. That's an awesome tip for Powerpoint! =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Wow! Great tip! Thank you for sharing that! I love anything that makes our lives a little bit easier!! :O)

    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Lori - you are amazing (like usual!). I would have joined up with this link party for Techy Teacher Tuesday too but I would just have written "SEE LORI FOR MORE INFO!". I thank you so much for all of your help and I've been a busy little bee thanks to check back in, say, another couple of months and maybe, just maybe, I can join in on Techy Tuesday too (again, thanks to you)! :)

    Ѽ Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

  4. I "stumbled" upon this not too long ago, too. (Error more than trial...I love that.) It has made my life so much easier ;)

    Fun in Room 4B

  5. Thanks for the great tip. Can't wait to try it out!


  6. I love the change picture feature! I also stumbled upon it by accident a while back and it has surely made my life alot easier. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I can't wait to go try it! THANKS!

  8. What a handy tip! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Fun in PreK-1

  9. Thanks for the great tip! It is always great to get little tips like this that make life a whole lot easier! :)

    Love your blog!
    The Price of Teaching

  10. Thank you for the tip! I am so happy I stopped by to see it, on your Five for Friday, even though it has been up since Tuesday!
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  11. Oh my goodness - I use Change Picture all the time but have NEVER used it in my previews!!!! I'm so excited - can you hear me cheering? Thanks so much for connecting the dots for me. :)
    Growing Firsties

  12. I actually discovered this trick a few months back, but love that you blogged about it. It's good too see that I'm not the only one bumping into techy tricks. Thanks for sharing.
    Adorable blog, love it.
    :0) Melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

  13. Thank you for linking up this week at my Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers and showing my follower such a terrific tip! I could JUMP RIGHT THROUGH THE COMPUTER and kiss you! I NEVER knew that, thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
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