PowerPointLabs also introduces several useful shortcuts to make tasks easier. Here's an overview of what these are, and how to use them.

Quick Properties

Instead of the usual two-step process of having to right-click and choose Properties to bring up the Properties window, just double-click the item instead!

Edit Name

Right-click on any shape, and choose this option in the submenu PowerPointLabs to change its name easily. This is especially useful for giving shapes unique names for use with Animation Lab.

Fit To Height

Right-click on an image or a shape, and choose this option in the submenu PowerPointLabs to automatically resize it so it fits the height of the slide. This is great for using high-resolution images which are much larger than the slide.

Fit To Width

Just like Fit to Height, but for images which are a bit too wide. Right-click on an image or shape, and choose this option in the submenu PowerPointLabs to resize it so it fits the slide's width.

Convert To Picture

Right-click almost anything and choose this option in the submenu PowerPointLabs to convert it into an image on the slide. This is useful if you want to apply PowerPoint's artistic effects or color adjustments to an object, or resize an object containing text while maintaining the text's relative size.

Add Into Group

Add an object into a group while preserving the group’s animations. First, select the group which you would like to add into, then ctrl-click to select the other objects which you would like to add. Right-click on your selections, and choose this option in the submenu PowerPointLabs to add them into the group.

Hide The Shape

Right-click any object and choose this option in the submenu PowerPointLabs to hide it on the slide and slide show. You can unhide it by clicking on it in the PowerPoint’s Selection Pane.