Visualizing concepts-24-hour protection


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This week I worked with a client who sells dust protectors for computers and one slide said that his products offer 24-hour protection.

It was an important concept to visualize because of the emotional impact. People are afraid to lose their data (dust is one of the top reasons that computers fail) and 24-hour protection makes them relax, knowing that their data is safe from dust.

Presenters often struggle when visualizing concepts because the concepts may be abstract or because they simply can’t find the right graphic.

I found this image at, where I have a lifetime account. The site has both photos and vector files and I use it a lot. I think it’s the best value in royalty-free images around.

To get it into PowerPoint, here’s what I did:

  1. Downloaded the EPS file.
  2. Chose Insert, Picture and inserted it into PowerPoint.
  3. Ungrouped the image and clicked Yes to convert it to a drawing object.
  4. Ungrouped it a second time.
  5. Deleted several blank rectangles, leaving me 2 objects, the arc with the arrow and the clock hands.

Unfortunately, the hands were all one object and I wanted to animate just the hour hand, rotating it around the clock to represent 24 hours. So I deleted that object and created 2 hands with simple lines. Of course, I matched the color and width of the arc.

Tip: To get the rounded end, right-click the line and choose Format Shape. In the Line section, change the Cap Type to Round.

Creating the clock from scratch

Since you might not have access to this image, I figured out a way to create it from scratch in PowerPoint. It’s a bit of work to create the arc and you might be satisfied with a full circle instead of a partial one, but I really liked the arrow effect.

Here’s how I did it. (7-minute video)



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Ellen is a PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional, a Microsoft award), one of only 11 in the United States and 40 in the world. Her well-known website at offers many PowerPoint tips, a blog, and the free PowerPoint Tips Newsletter. She specializes in training speakers and presenters to convert Death by PowerPoint to Life by PowerPoint; communicate clearly and powerfully; and design high-impact, persuasive and professional-looking slides.

She is an Amazon bestselling author. Some of her books and e-books are PowerPoint for Teachers: Dynamic Presentations and Interactive Classroom Projects, How to Do Everything with PowerPoint 2007 (and three earlier editions), Slide Design for Non-Designers, 101 Tips Every PowerPoint User Should Know, The Lost Art of Persuasion, and others. She has written numerous articles on presenting and PowerPoint for Microsoft’s website and blog, Inside PowerPoint,, PresentationXpert, Presentations magazine, and more.

Ellen Finkelstein has done training for Citrix, Brainshark, Disney, Microsoft, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Maharishi University of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of Illinois, Vastu Homes, and others. She does on-site training, 1-on-1 virtual coaching/training, and live workshops. Read other posts by

Published On: 27th Oct 2016

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