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2 PowerPoint accessibility tools for increased productivity

Ever want a second pair of eyes on your work to help with proofing and fatigue? In today’s video, I talk about two accessibility tools that can augment your productivity using PowerPoint. The new dictation tool can easily be used to turn your voice into text. An older tool that you can add to PowerPoint menu is the Speak Selected Text tool. It takes highlighted text and speaks it back to you. Both are great additions for helping with proofing your copy.

I’m working today on a Windows computer using PowerPoint 365.

The first of the tools that I want to share with you is the new dictation tool.Look at the upper right corner for the microphone icon. Click the little arrow and you’ll pull down a selection of available languages.


If you click on the microphone, it will turn red and you’ll be ready to record your voice and turn it into text. For dictate to work, you need to be inside of a selected text box.


The next tool is the Speaks Select Text. I have added this to my Quick Access Tool bar.

Highlight the text you want to be read out loud, then click the speech bubble. It also works in the notes field, by highlighting the selected text and clicking the speech bubble.


Contact me when you want help making your next presentation shine!

Photo Resources for Pitch Decks

When I speak about the art of creating presentations and pitch decks, I recommend using full frame, legally yours, images as part of your slide deck. What you can do in school as a student is different from what you can legally do as a professional.


Full frame gives your slides have more punch. They have more impact than what we typically think of when using PowerPoint. When you do a google search for images, it’s like going to the library. Screen grabbing an image doesn’t make the image legally belong to you. It’s great though, for researching. Sometimes your google search will take you to stock sites where you can buy the image. I recommend using professional photo stock sites. They have great search abilities that make it easier to find exactly what you want. This will save you time, and you’ll know that you have a legal license to use the image once you purchase it. Avoid using photos that say “For Editorial Use Only.” Free image sites are less reliable in many ways.


4 popular professional image sites: (credits don’t expire) and let you search for images right inside of PowerPoint. You need to have an account for payment. Add this feature through the Insert/Store menu, or you can go directly to the stock photo websites and download them from there. When an image has a watermark across it, it’s intended to be used as a placeholder until you’re sure it’s the right image you intend on using. is sometimes less expensive, but more dated. Great for less expensive vector maps. Getty has higher priced photos, which could make your presentation a bit more unique.

2 techniques for improving your PowerPoint slides

2 techniques that will improve your PowerPoint slides. The first technique, fading back the background to make the text more impactful. The second technique shows how to use Morph to add movement to your slides. Original cartoons created for the presentation Dyslexia in the Workplace.